Thursday, December 31, 2009
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- Keystick – An Extremely Handy Multi-foldable Portable Keyboard!: With every gadget having the single goal to be... http://bit.ly/6ibolz (Fri, 25 Dec 2009 00:50:17 +0000)
Thursday, December 24, 2009
With every gadget having the single goal to be small and handy, portable gadgets are much in demand rather than the heavier and bigger devices. Talk about a thin netbook or a small mobile phone, all we need is small items that takes less space while packing and doesn’t add to the weight of your backpack. Foldable and Portable devices are much in demand as they are easy to carry and more refined now a days. This is the reason why manufacturers want to make devices smaller and smaller. If you find the keyboard of your laptop is too clumsy, then you can always try a Multi Foldable Portable Keyboard. Designed to fit all your keyboard needs without giving you a small enough keyboard space, this portable device is very easy to type. Still in the concept stage, Keystick would prove to be a smart device to carry with your mobile phone or small laptop.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wouldn’t it be great if we could customize colors just like we customize caller tunes in cell phones? We could change the color of the cell phone according to the dress that we wear. Similarly, mp3 players could change hues along with a change in song or type of music. In fact, the day is not very far away when this will be a reality. Philips has introduced an innovative technology called E-skin which will personalize electronic equipment. It is an exciting color e-paper technology which can change the appearance of any electronic gadget like a cell phone or an mp3 player with just the touch of a button. If we extrapolate our ideas then perhaps this technology can be used to alter the color of the wall or change the ambiance of the smart windows in the future.
E-paper or electronic paper is just like regular paper and uses visible light to create the change in color. There is no backlight involved and the vividness of the color remains the same under any lighting conditions. This technology makes sure that different colors are weaved into one layer which is all controlled separately. There can be a completely transparent layer, a totally dark one or one with a mixture of colors. And that’s not all; you can also get any shade you require by controlling the saturation of the colors. Since ambient light is behind this technology, it is energy efficient and portable too.
The E-skin technology is expected to make a small beginning with tiny gadgets like cell phones and mp3 players. But later on, it can go on to change the entire aura and décor of hospital diagnostic rooms and even fit the MRI and CT scanner to make the patient feel more comfortable. The process which makes this possible is called electrophoresis which uses an electric field to control the motion of surface charges of the particles in suspension. The technology behind monochrome e-paper was improved to adapt to polychrome ones too. The in-plane electrophoresis involves applying an electric field parallel to the surface of a suspension containing a pixel with colored particles. The colored particles spread in all directions of the pixel turning it dark. Similar modifications can make it transparent and colorful too.
With everything being transformed into a lively and colorful atmosphere, life cannot remain untouched from the glories of it.
Source: Philips Research Press Release
LII is a laboratory of ENAC specialised in human-computer interaction (HCI) and its computing aspects. They have developed multitouch in the linux kernel, X.org, and been involved with several…
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
It has 3-axis acceleration sensor and 2-axis pitch and yaw rate sensor. So, it fits most entry-level (e.g. handhelds) motion sensing.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Vision-based Tactile Sensing
GelSight achieves a high-precision tactile sensing. It can even detect fingerprints.
GelForce at Tachi Lab utilizes a transparent elastic material, two layers of blue and red markers, and a camera. When a user touches GelForce, the blue and red markers are distorted. The camera acquires the image and calculate the magnitude and direction of the applied force.
Hairy Tactile Sensing
Fibratus tactile sensor provides a new way of sensing mothers’ soft touches. This hairy (furry?) sensor is composed of flexible fibers, silicon rubbers, patterned surfaces and a CCD camera.
 S. Saga, S. Kuroki, N. Kawakami, and S. Tachi, "Fibratus tactile sensor using reflection on an optical lever," in SIGGRAPH 2007 Emerging Technologies, 2007. http://files.tachilab.org/intconf2000/saga200708SIGGRAPHETECH.pdf
Fabric User Interfaces
Robot Skins (A.K.A Eskins or Electronic Skins)
Updated Feb. 28, 2010
Capacitive Tactile Sensor
Optical Tactile Sensor Applied to 3D Interface Control
Sunday, December 20, 2009
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Inspiron One 19 the Latest Desktop Product from Dell to Use NextWindow Touch Screens
Pleasanton, CA – December 16, 2009 – NextWindow, the world’s leading provider of optical touch screens for desktop PCs and monitors, today announced that another all-in-one PC using NextWindow touch screens has begun shipping. Top computer maker Dell is now offering the Inspiron One 19, an all-in-one PC featuring a 19” touch screen from NextWindow. The Inspiron One 19 is the third desktop PC or monitor from Dell to include NextWindow touch screens. The others—the Dell Studio One 19 all-in-one PC and the Dell SX2210T desktop monitor—already have been announced.
Dell is one of many high-profile PC makers to have selected NextWindow. Among the other Touch PCs using NextWindow touch screens are the Medion X9613, the NEC ValueStar W, and the Sony L Series.
“NextWindow is preferred by the largest PC makers because optical technology is ideal for desktop products and NextWindow offers the most mature optical technology on the market,” said Al Monro, CEO at NextWindow. “In short, we represent the lowest risk and the greatest possible return for Dell and the other top PC and monitor manufacturers.”
NextWindow is a leader in touch-screen technology and a major manufacturer of optical multi-touch displays for OEMs, ODMs and resellers. With highly accurate, cost-effective solutions designed for personal and business use, NextWindow provides the hardware necessary to bring touch-screen technology to life—giving software designers the freedom to create exciting and intuitive applications. Founded in 2000, NextWindow is privately held with offices in New Zealand, Taiwan, California and Singapore, with manufacturing facilities throughout Asia. More information about NextWindow is available at www.nextwindow.com.
David Villarina, NextWindow
+1 (925) 272-4530
I can’t understand why they use a E-ink display for just controlling robot.
When we perceive the world around us with our eyes, we seldom realize the gift that we have got. Eyes are so precious that it is difficult to imagine how the blind can manage their life without this beautiful creation. To help the blind overcome their incapacity to see and read, Braille was discovered as a medium of instruction. But today, there is a still more ingenuous device being built which can enable the blind to “see” with their tongue. Although difficult to envisage, a Tongue Display Unit (TDU) can introduce electro tactile signals in the tongue which will help transmit visual images to the brain.
Tactex Controls Inc. designs custom tactile force sensors using Kinotex (based on wave guide coupling) . Tactex sensors are used in applications that require touch sensitive or pressure mapping…
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Not even Nintendo could have imagined the plethora of possibilities which Sony has envisioned. This time, Sony wants to be one up on the peripheral-happy Nintendo by exploring a number of possibilities for a forthcoming motion controller with a variety of attachments. This has come to light when Sony Computer Entertainment launched a patent for "Expandable Control Device Via Hardware Attachment". It proclaims the possibility of combining two motion controller units length-wise or in the H-shape. This will provide a number of control options which will even put the Wii remote to shame. A unique, secondary controller attachment may put together one DualShock and one motion controller. This prototype was mentioned as a possibility at Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
“I’m not convinced the iPhone’s small screen is suited for this kind of note taking, but I’ll be anxious to see how I feel about this app once I’ve tested it out a bit more.”
Let’s see excerpts from its press release:
“Integrating for the first time multiple interface technologies—including multi-touch capacitive sensing, haptic feedback, 3-D graphics, and force, grip, and proximity sensing”
“Fuse’s innovative sensing technologies surrounding the entire device enable quick, intuitive, single-handed navigation. For example, grip sensing achieved via force and capacitive touch sensors on the sides of the phone allows the user to execute common controls such as pan and scroll. In addition to the novel side sensors, Fuse introduces for the first time, 2D navigation from the back of the phone. This feature offers yet another mode of effective and fun single-handed control without obstructing the display or enhanced usability, Fuse combines multiple sensory input and feedback technologies including active 3-D graphics and next-generation haptic effects.”
Until now, information is not enough to fully describe FUSE UI. However, the most amazing part of FUSE UI is that it actively adopts grip-sensing technology. In the video clips above, you can find scenes that GUI is morphing and an application is launched as a user squeezes the phone.
It’s very exciting to witness so many emerging touch interfaces today. But don’t forget that those awesome devices are results of many years of hard and boring research works, for example:
Email Alert from Immersion about Fuse Phone Concept
Updated Dec. 16, 2009
Updated Feb. 20, 2010
[via IntoMobile, Video: Hands-On with Synaptics Fuse]
Sunday, December 13, 2009
A research trying to answer the question of “how to manipulate 3D object with multitouch surfaces?”
- Fabric Bend Sensor: Bending Under Pressure!: Can you imagine calculating the angle of bend when a ballet dancer i... http://bit.ly/8ODgmq (Sun, 13 Dec 2009 15:54:18 +0000)
- Nice list RT @sensoryminds: List of Touch-enabled Software (both Games and Applications): http://bit.ly/5tt3HQ (via @lcorneliussen) (Sun, 13 Dec 2009 11:19:28 +0000)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
A flexible tactile sensor with embedded optical sensors have been developed by Jeroen Missinne and colleagues at CMST (Center for Microsystems Technology), Ghent University in Belgium
Friday, December 11, 2009
Digital desk using MERL DiamondTouch table.
It has been some years now that bio circuits have been in action. They are a form of vibration healing which has been developed after several studies involving chemists, doctors, psychologists and other professionals. These bio circuits have a special healing capability which is brought about by balancing the bodily energy. This can be achieved by connecting the meridian terminations based in the hands to the points near the bottom of the spine and the base of the neck. The energy flows through the copper electrodes connected to the meridian via copper wires to the copper screen which radiate the energy. The whole experience brings energy flooding back to your veins and you feel rejuvenated.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
With video games riding the wave of popularity and manufacturers queuing up to devise more intuitive methods and interactive games, it is becoming increasingly important to create new types of gaming controls to help play them. It is easy to manipulate the movements when the protagonist is moving on the land in a particular game, but when he moves to the air or to the sea, it becomes difficult to translate the motions in all three directions. The Suma is a laudable effort to provide a 3D PC gaming control with squeezable user interface technology. The finger and hand grip movements are encoded in software form which helps to provide a sophisticated control of games and other computerized applications.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Touchscreen technology has been widely used in many computing devices and has turned out to be hugely popular. The concept of getting applications open with just a finger touch appeals to everyone and the easier operation without having to click the mouse of press buttons yet carrying out regular tasks has its own charm. To mark the growth in touchscreen technology Wacom has now unveiled the multi-touch display. A technology still in its prototype stage, it can recognize multiple touches. While you operated on the touchscreens with just one finger, now you can use it like a key pad that converts your touch command and carries out functions.
Gunze USA and Stantum Announce Partnership to Develop Multi-Touch Solutions for the North American Professional Market
BORDEAUX, France, December 8, 2009 – Stantum (www.stantum.com), a pioneer developer of multi-touch technology, and Gunze USA (www.gunzeusa.com), a world leader in resistive touch-panel manufacturing, today announced a partnership to co-design and deliver multi-touch solutions to the North American professional market.
The joint commitment will allow Gunze USA’s clients to benefit from Stantum’s multi-touch technology, with advantages such as:
· 10+ touches;
· fingers and stylus input;
· finger-pressure detection;
· low power consumption; and
· native Windows 7 support, with no driver required.
The two companies will co-design multi-touch modules based on the joint expertise of Stantum’s seven years of pioneering, proven multi-touch experience and Gunze USA’s leading manufacturing of touch-panels solutions, its workforce and its know-how.
“We are very pleased to work with Gunze USA,” said Francois Jeanneau, Stantum’s sales & business development director, North America. “Their superior quality of touch sensor solutions and their advanced manufacturing capabilities will enable North American customers to integrate multi-touch functionality into their products.”
Commented Aparna Sharma, president of Gunze USA: “We are excited to expand our product line and to include true multi-touch products in our portfolio. Stantum’s pioneering position in the industry now enables us to offer state-of–the-art multi-touch solutions to our existing and future customers.”
Gunze USA will provide these custom multi-touch modules to the North American market for use in industrial, automotive, defense, aerospace, medical, kiosk/point-of-sales, and other professional applications.
Unlike capacitive multi-touch, Stantum’s technology is particularly well suited to these professional markets, thanks to its:
· immunity to EMI issues, via easy coexistence with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth antennas around the screen;
· stylus input and high precision, enabling handwriting recognition; and
· ability to work flawlessly with gloves.
With this agreement, Gunze joins Stantum’s growing network of qualified touch-solutions partners and will benefit from the multi-touch pioneer’s dedicated support and design services.
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Gunze (www.gunzeusa.com) is a world leader in resistive touch panel manufacturing. Gunze Ltd. Japan established Gunze USA in 1988 to better serve the needs of the North American market. Gunze works with OEMs and system integrators to design the most effective touch panel solutions. Gunze touch panels include polarizer and anti-reflective configurations with polycarbonate and glass substrates. Gunze designs and manufactures 4-wire, 5-wire and 8-wire touch sensors in their state-of-the-art facilities in North America and Asia for consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, medical, mobile, and POS/ kiosk applications.
Stantum (www.stantum.com) has been the pioneering company in multi-touch technology since 2002, and in 2005 was the first company to market commercial products using a truly reliable multi-touch user interface. Today, Stantum’s patented and breakthrough multi-touch technology portfolio is available under license of IP bricks and associated engineering and design services. Stantum is headquartered in Bordeaux, France.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Since the day that the touch interface was first introduced, it has gained in recognition and functionality like nothing else. With a single touch being able to transform the entire display, navigation was becoming more natural and accessing the programs mere child’s play. In fact, touch sensitivity just got smarter with the installation of Anywhere MultiTouch, an extremely intuitive platform which uses piezoelectric sensors. The result of this innovation is that the entire device becomes touch sensitive instead of only the display. Sensitive Object is the French firm which developed this popular idea and now Motorola wants to capitalize on it. The technology involves deciphering the location of the touch through acoustic imaging.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Touch on your deskThere are interesting articles discussing usefulness of touch in desktop computing environment [1-3]. The discussions are based on the usability of All-in-One PCs such as HP TouchSmart. All those articles say that it is not so convenient to use touch-enabled All-in-One PCs.
Fig. 1 HP TouchSmart
Good reference for building LCD multitouch
Sunday, December 6, 2009
LED Sensing ~ BI-Directional LEDs Part – I
LED Sensing ~ Bi-Directional LEDs – Part 2
Bi-Directional LED Sensing Tips
- 05:40 RT @audio_news K.R.T X9 Multitouch Tablet runs Windows 7 bit.ly/8gqvwhsent #
- 05:47 Your feet can tell you somthing. RT @HapticsLSent Navigation by the Soles of Your Feet (and the Seat of Your Pants): bit.ly/5PDFqw #
- 22:09 Apple Tablet to Finally See the Light of Day: Image by Photo Giddy via FlickrIt seems that the obvious enthusia... bit.ly/5ZtQUa #
- 08:45 Magnify – Your Personal Librarian: Books have their own charm and even with the digital emergence and e-book re... bit.ly/4RoQEN #
- 12:01 Link: Dell SX2210T vs. HP L2105tm: optical multitouch head-to-head review -- Engadget tumblr.com/xin4d220b #
- 23:33 It has cool concept video clips. RT @kickerstudio: Adobe's ubicomp vision of the future: bit.ly/4RidpY (via @mikekuniavsky) #
- 23:35 Anyonr to buy it? RT @techflypaper: Multitouch 10.1″ DIY netbook touchscreen kits found on eBay bit.ly/7OWAq2 #
- 03:53 Touch Screen, Multi Touch, and Touch User Interface News: This page is intended to be an easy guide on what's going... bit.ly/5R9EyT #
- 05:25 Dell and HP Go Head on with Optical Multi-touch Technology!: The touch screen is now old and the war intensifies ... bit.ly/6X3vDo #
- 05:45 Engineering Windows 7: blog dedicated to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7 bit.ly/7tKd3k #
- 05:45 MT4j - Multitouch For Java: MT4j - Multitouch for Java™ - is an open source Java™ development platform bit.ly/5bedah #
- 06:15 TouchMagix . Interactive floor | Interactive Wall | Projections | Advertisement | Technology . Interactive Surf.. www.touchmagix.com/ #
- 06:15 Public Information Display Market Trend Analysis and Forecast: Public Inf ormation Display Market is largely cat.. bit.ly/8x2owN #
- 07:24 DIY Multi Touch Kit from RAS International: Multi touch kit from Taiwanese company RAS International Corp has bee... bit.ly/7c5cCR #
- 09:22 Dolphin browser and QT 4.6 are hitting the web... #
- 12:02 Link: 4iThumbs: iPhone Gets Another Physical Keyboard Idea - iphone keyboard 4iThumbs - Gizmodo tumblr.com/xin4dwdyb #
- 13:03 Link: Thanks to the WikiReader, I am the smartest person in the room. » Coolest Gadgets tumblr.com/xin4dxmn7 #
- 14:03 Video: via ITS2009 tumblr.com/xin4dz0ni #
- 08:17 Hand Touch – Hand Sensing Mobile Devices: Multi touch is undoubtedly a hot topic in recent days. Hundreds of rese... bit.ly/4pZ3EO #
- 23:45 Evolving the Interface: It includes high quality illustrations of MS's vision of UI (from MS CTO Craig Mun.. bit.ly/6t4Ofe #
- 05:15 xenakis table: Xenakis is a multi-user instrument to stochastically create music with a tangible interface. xenakis.3-n.de/ #
- 05:15 FireTouch Framework www.firetouch.de/ #
- 07:45 Portable Recorder for Musicians: Music composers are a creative lot with immense talent and an undying craving to... bit.ly/4rTnto #
- 09:27 iPhone's touch screen might be used as a near field communication component, technically (via @kickerstudio is.gd/5biOK) #
- 09:32 guess it can't sense drag-and-hold. RT @slashgear: Motorola invest in Sensitive Object acoustic touchscreen specialists url.ag/6pyar8 #
- 12:03 Link: Apple Ideas - Dual-display concept laptop is always fancy. tumblr.com/xin4fk3uf #
- 13:11 Link: Hear your heart rate, differently - Bio Circuit * | design by dana Dana Ramler via... tumblr.com/xin4flhtx #
- 14:29 RT @MSSurface: Microsoft Surface blog: The first book on developing for Surface bit.ly/8biRHM #microsoft #surface #sdk #coding#design #
- 14:56 RT @IEEESpectrum: What Does Real-Time Search Mean to Google? bit.ly/5U9lgv #
- 21:15 On The Tabletop: Stefano Baraldi's blog. He is a researcher, consultant and inventor of interactive hardwa.. bit.ly/8F686M #
- 21:15 The Future of Digital Interaction: Dr. Edward Tse's blog on digital interaction. Dr. Tse has done many res.. bit.ly/6euZrd #
- 08:10 NVIDIA Tegra Tablet: Waiting In the Wings?: With all the hype surrounding the Apple Tablet and the expectation of ... bit.ly/674n1Y #