Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
When I read Internet articles on this patent, I thought that it's a kind of device sensing 3D spatial position of a user's finger. However, the patent reveals a different configuration. It's not a 3D spatial input device like its another patent US2008005703. The patent describes a combination of force and touch sensing.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Checks before multitoucch programming.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Have you ever seen a bed mattress with an alarm clock? Well, this innovative approach has been successfully experimented by Florian Schärfer. The product features the coolest clock-bed combo design that you may never have seen before. A Haptic, touch sensitive alarm with speakers and controls are ingeniously embedded within a bed. Incorporating a novel concept, the ‘MeltedAlarm clock’ is a masterpiece that offers you the comfort of a bed and service of a clock. So, now you can comfortably sleep and get up just on time to attend your important meetings/engagements. Brainchild of Florian Schärfer, the product is equipped with three control icons that let you to set your radio frequency along with alarm time.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Litl webbook is the gadget that even the techno phobic members won’t mind using. It’s a multitasking portable device that allows the user to surf web, play video, display photos and also use it for several other regular functions that often laptop performs. Designed mainly to cater to the needs of home users, this mini 12-inch webbook has a user friendly and easy operating interface that can be easily used even by kids and elderly people. Just like a regular PC, it pulls content from the web via cloud-computing services. However, the system is engineered in such a manner that it pulls not only content, but also different applications from existing web-based services, like Google apps, Flickr and YouTube. The respective content is displayed as “channels” which can be easily flipped by using the wheel attached into Litl Webbook’s hinge, or even by using the remote control.
In contrast with laptops and netbooks, this easy-to-use device can be flipped over into easel mode and kept upright like a digital photo frame. When not using it as a laptop, you can simply prop this mini yet hi-tech gadget up as an easel and set it to display photos of your choice or stream some content from popular websites. Litl Webbook is equipped with plug-and-play connectivity by way of an HDMI output port that allows the users to connect their TV set to this portable device and enjoy their favorite shows with no interruption. Moreover, it features a wide degree viewing angle that allows a larger number of people to clearly view the screen at the same time.
Unlike PCs, this device has been designed such that there are interactions with content and not with computer hardware. As part of this technique, the monitors and status indicators are not displayed onscreen at all time, but are monitored in the background and can be brought to a user’s attention only when required. Though not an ideal substitute of laptop, it definitely is an ideal product for home users because it’s less complex to operate and simple to maintain.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
References whose titles are prefixed by “*” are our favorites.
Key points are expected to include ITO film development for an exclusive electric capacity use, which has not yet been standardized, ITO film development for targeted few makers, and ITO development…
Monday, November 23, 2009
It is said that the BAMB interface uses Zyxio’s SensaWaft technology. The video below shows the performance of the adopted sensor system. Good. It seems that it can track directions of blowing with well implemented noise cancellation algorithms.
So, the next thing is to find out what technology they really have used. I’ve studied the website and their patents (US20090249202 and US20090247222)
Method and System for Processing Signals that Control a Device Using Human Breath (US20090249202) -
Method And System For Providing A User Interface That Enables Control Of A Device Via Respiratory And/Or Tactual Input -
But, at this time, I can only tell that the SensaWaft seems to use a MEMS air pressure sensor and recognition algorithms. The patents do not show much about its technologies.
So, let’s explore other direction. Are similar products or concepts out there? Here are lists of what I found on the Internet.
Pantech’s IM-S410K blow-controlled mobile phone via CNET Asia
IMS-S410K adopts Emotion Framework developed by Fantalog Interactive.
This video clip shows a demo of breath-controlled photo browsing.
Nintendo also has showed off games that use game's blows. Since I’m not familiar with gaming, let the following articles say something for me.
WARIOWARE TOUCHED!, AceGamez
“You blow into the mic to make someone on the upper screen blow bubbles in his drink”'The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks' (NDS) - New Screens, WorthPlaying
“Link uses a variety of new items and weapons, including the Whirlwind, which players activate by blowing into the microphone of the NDS or NDSi system.”
Links: Be a Mind Blower and Zyxio via SensoryMinds and Multitouch+NUI
GRID is a research project that aims at implementing a large thin multitouch display. GRID uses a matrix of IR LED and sensors installed behind an LCD. Its predecessor is MightTrace…
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Say goodbye to the various sizes of measuring cups that crowd your kitchen and create a messy situation when you need to measure different items. The Smart Measure Cup is a hassle-free solution for most of your measuring worries in the kitchen. Designers Ryan Eder & Chris Daniels designed the Smart Measure cup for Priority Designs, which is known for its innovative designs that truly blend necessity and invention together. Taylor Kitchenware has manufactured this smart product developing on the initial prototype, published in Yanko Designs.
The Smart Measure Cup, as the name suggests, helps in measuring food items with ease. It has a small backlit LCD screen that displays unit type as well as the volume accurately. It also has unit conversions for you to choose the type of unit you want to select depending on your recipe. The Smart Measure Cup also allows the user to pre-set the volume prior to measuring. It has a small beeper that beeps as you exceed the volume pre-set by you earlier and makes you doubly sure that you take the exact amount effortlessly. The LCD screen can be detached from the cup before you wash the cup. This ensures that the LCD screen does not get wet and makes the use of the cup even more practical and simple.
As the manufacturer of modern kitchenware, Taylor aim to make your effort in the kitchen less tiring and more of a fun time with newer appliances and the Smart Measure Cup is yet another addition to it. Though the original Smart Measure Cup design appeared to be much more trendy and stylish, the manufactured version -Taylor Digital Measuring Cup and Scale - tries to make it affordable to even a stiff pocket. And no matter which unit your recipe book suggests, you have a simple answer and you need not use a calculator to help you convert the volume before measuring.
Link: Really Really Smart, Yanko Design
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The dummy has nothing but a mirroring mechanism that transfers an image beneath the bottom to an eye on its face.
So, its eye moves fast following the cup. Yes, its eyeball is actually displayed on Surface. The monster doesn’t have any mechanics inside.
Link: Surface Monster Mashup and real-world objects
Friday, November 20, 2009
Currently, showcased at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, the Galaxy Dress is yet to hit the party floors. The designers intricately embroidered 24,000 LEDS into the smooth surface of silk and made sure they are flexible and stretchable to wear. The extra-thin flat LEDs are only 2x2 mm wide, which accounts for their clean finish look. These LEDs are also pretty light and the fluidity of the fabric makes it very comfortable to wear without giving you the feeling of being a walking Christmas tree.
Talking about this wearable display, the Galaxy dress has about four layers of fabric like silk, organza crinoline and chiffon which are normally used for making designer gowns. The dress also has 4000 clear to light pink Swarovski crystals applied to the top layer. This also makes sure, that even after the batteries exhaust and the stilettos goes dark the dress sparkles with the crystals giving it a more ethereal appeal. Like any other typical evening gown, the organza crinoline underskirt used for the flounce makes the dress heavy. It has nothing to do with the light-weight LEDs.
A few iPod batteries are placed inside the dress in a very well-hidden and comfortable manner which can make this dress glow for approximately 30 minutes to one hour. You need not worry about your feminine figure, as the dress has the proper cuts and curves like a normal evening gown. The Galaxy Dress is still in the prototypical stage. Visual communication can be taken into all new heights with this innovative literally illuminated dress.
via Gizmodo, Elite Choice
Thursday, November 19, 2009
See other tactile sensor prototypes
He continuously talked about bridging gap between real life and digital worlds. More specifically, it seems that he is interested in controlling and getting information using everyday objects.
Here are some excerpts form his talk.
Low-cost data gloveWhat ever he named it, I call it a low-cost data glove. It’s made of two deconstructed mice.
Poor mice dissected
Two mice are collectively transformed into a single data glove
Quickies: Digital NotesThe second project is about digital note taking called Quickies. He showed demonstrations how a user can share, store, and print analogue sticky notes. Fore more information, the project page or following paper will help:
P. Mistry, "QUICKIES: the future of sticky notes," in Proceedings of the 27th international conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems Boston, MA, USA: ACM, 2009.
He also introduced a 3D input pen.
SixthSenseSixthSense is a 3D gestural interface using a small project, webcam, and microphone.
It turns everyday surfaces into multi-touch gestural input pads – the core function of SixthSense. It is achieved by combining image processing and gesture recognition with images gathered by the webcam. You can see four color markers on his fingers. Those explicit markers can help processing algorithms easily figures out a user’s gestures.