ZeroN: technomagical interface

Posted by on May 25th, 2012

There is something fundamental behind motivations to liberate physical matter from gravity and enable control. The motivation has existed as a shared dream amongst humans for millennia. It is an idea found in mythologies, desired by alchemists, and visualized in science fiction movies. I have aspired to create a space where we can experience a glimpse of this future. A space where materials are free from gravitational constraints and controllable through computing technologies.

We set out to travel across the universe and to develop bio-technologies that resist the natural fall of our bodies to earth. At some level, we are all trying to defy gravity.

Quotes and more at FastCodesign.

Sony’s “SmartAR” Augmented Reality Tech Demo

Posted by on May 30th, 2011

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Needless to say, the ability to photograph barcode-less items in the real world and get instant information on them could be huge, a sort of away-from-a-home-computer Google. What remains to be seen is if Sony can bring it to the masses in a palatable format and, of course, what Google will counteroffer if SmartAR takes off.

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Polymer Vision Demos SVGA Rollable Screen

Posted by on May 30th, 2011

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From CrunchGear:

Designed and manufactured by Polymer Vision, the screen can be rolled and unrolled 25,000 times. The question, obviously, is why would you need a rollable display? Well, as ereaders become ubiquitous the need for them to be almost indestructible. I could see a day when kids get their own ereaders for the nursery a la the Diamond Age. Interestingly, Polymer Vision isn’t the company of note when you think of e-ink displays so either they will license this technology or they could start taking more and more market shares from leaders like Eink.

Kinect + 3D goggles = “Holodeck”?

Posted by on March 29th, 2011

Today on yetAnotherAwesomeKinectDemo:

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Easy to envisage future interactions with architects being via something like this.

From The Future Digital Life, via Chris Arkenberg.

Adam Greenfield’s Cognitive Cities keynote: On Public Objects

Posted by on March 18th, 2011

Here’s Adam Greenfield‘s excellent, thought-provoking keynote at the recent Cognitive Cities conference in Berlin – On Public Objects: Connected Things And Civic Responsibilities In The Networked City


CNN Video interview with Wafaa Bila, of the Third I project

Posted by on December 6th, 2010

I know Kevin posted about this last month, but I just found this video interview by CNN and.. well, you’ve got to see it.  (Just try and self-filter out the CNN lady)

Remains of the Day: Kinect Hacking Makes for Minority Report-Style Browsing

Posted by on November 30th, 2010

Video via lifehacker.

3D Realtime Multi-Touch Infotainment

Posted by on November 30th, 2010

For the fashionable Bond villain.

Full details here.

Disposable touch interface makes paper interactive

Posted by on November 29th, 2010


Further advances in Mind Control

Posted by on July 23rd, 2010

Here, have a TED Talk about Emotiv‘s EPOC neuroheadset:

Meanwhile, DARPA are looking into wiring prosthetic arms straight into patient’s brains:

A team of scientists at Johns Hopkins, behind much of Darpa’s prosthetic progress thus far, have received a $34.5 million contract from the agency to manage the next stages of the project. Researchers will test the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL) on a human. The test subject’s thoughts will control the arm, which “offers 22 degrees of motion, including independent movement of each finger,” provides feedback that essentially restores a sense of touch, and weighs around 9 pounds. That’s about the same weight as a human arm.

The prosthetic will rely on micro-arrays, implanted into the brain, that record signals and transmit them to the device. It’s a similar design to that of the freaky monkey mind-control experiments, which have been ongoing at the University of Pittsburgh since at least 2004.

Within two years, Johns Hopkins scientists plan to test the prosthetic in five patients. And those researchers, alongside a Darpa-funded consortium from Caltech, University of Pittsburgh, University of Utah and the University of Chicago, also hope to expand prosthetic abilities to incorporate pressure and touch.


Japanese researchers create touchable holograms

Posted by on July 18th, 2010
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Using, in part, hacked Wiimotes.

g-speak – the future of UI?

Posted by on July 2nd, 2010

From Singularity Hub:

The movie Minority Report features one of the most discussed and influential user interfaces ever shown on the silver screen. Using a pair of special gloves, Tom Cruise’s character can navigate and manipulate a vast array of digital images and information using intuitive gestures and movements. As we discussed back in February, that interface is real. The concept was developed for the film by John Underkoffler of MIT’s Media Lab who has gone on to recreate it as a marketable system. Known as ‘g-speak’ the revolutionary interface is under development by Underkoffler’s company Oblong. It was debuted at the TED conference this year and now we finally have access to that video. Watch Underkoffler casually demonstrate what might very well be the future of human computer interactions.

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Posted by on March 17th, 2010

A novel way to interface with your devices, Skinput:

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I can’t see this getting mass adoption; as some people have already commented, you’d probably have an arm covered in bruises. But if there isn’t an electronic artist using this live on stage to control their show soon I’ll be sorely disappointed.

Via Warren Ellis

Misa Digital Guitar

Posted by on January 19th, 2010

The Misa Digital Guitar, designed not replace a guitar, but to create sound effects.

Link via

Air Guitar Hero

Posted by on October 27th, 2009

Or:  Using Guitar Hero to demo a Muscle-Computer Interface.

Ghost Detector

Posted by on September 23rd, 2009

Created by artist Sam Ashley:

His Ghost Detector is a musical instrument built by ‘hacking’ any electronic device that generates sound. Random lengths of wire are connected to randomly chosen places on its circuit board. The wires receive radiation of all kinds, and the results are translated into sound. The device becomes a “synthesizer”. It is unstable, responsive to slight influences and what it synthesizes can therefore not be controlled. A larger Ghost Detector randomly interconnects several such individual devices. Positioned all over a wall at HMKV, the network of “ghost detectors” read the “auras” of the audience. Rumour has it that the bodies or even the moods of visitors walking around the installation might affect the sonic output.

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Human Antenna

Posted by on September 3rd, 2009

The lush, white carpet is interwoven with conductive thread and transforms anyone who stands and walks across the carpet into a human antenna.

The carpet picks up the radio waves which your body receives and makes them “hearable.” When walking on the carpet you can tune it to a certain frequency, similar to the tuner of a radio.

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First Wi-Fi pacemaker in U.S. gives patient freedom

Posted by on August 11th, 2009

After relying on a pacemaker for 20 years, Carol Kasyjanski has become the first American recipient of a wireless pacemaker that allows her doctor to monitor her health from afar — over the Internet.

When Kasyjanski heads to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York, for a routine check-up, about 90 percent of the work has already been done because her doctor logged into his computer and learned most of what he needed to know about his patient.

Three weeks ago Kasyjanski, 61, became the first person in the United States to be implanted with a pacemaker with a wireless home monitoring system that transmits critical information to her doctor via the Internet.

Kasyjanski, who has suffered from a severe heart condition for more than 20 years, says the device has given her renewed confidence and a new lease of life, because if her pacemaker were to malfunction or stop working, only immediate action would save her life.

“Years ago the problem was with my lead, it was nicked, and until I collapsed no one knew what the problem was, no tests would show what the problem was until I passed out,” she told Reuters Television.

Dr. Steven Greenberg, the director of St. Francis’ Arrhythmia and Pacemaker Center, said the new technology helps him better treat his patients and will likely become the new standard in pacemakers.

He said the server and the remote monitor communicate at least once a day to download all the relevant information and alert the doctor and patient if there is anything unusual.

“If there is anything abnormal, and we have a very intricate system set up, it will literally call the physician responsible at two in the morning if need be,” he said.

Link and words via Interesting that the article mentions nothing about any security measures in place.

Need To Fly A Military Drone? Yep, There’s An iPhone App For That

Posted by on August 10th, 2009

MIT Professor Missy Cummings (a former F-18 Hornet Navy Pilot), and her team of 30 students and undergrads, have successfully demonstrated how an iPhone could be used to control an Unmanned Area Vehicle, or UAV.

As part of their work at MIT’s Humans and Automation Lab (HAL, heh), the team thought about ways to improve on the suitcase-sized controller that soldiers must currently lug around to control hand-thrown Raven UAVs.

The iPhone app they developed sends GPS coordinates to the craft, which then in turn can send photos and video back to the iPhone.

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Neurosky’s MindSet is now available

Posted by on July 29th, 2009

Neurosky‘s mind control headset, the aptly named MindSet, is now available for purchase.

I had the chance to see an early version of these in action at the Tokyo Game Show last year, and it was pretty impressive tech.

The demo video gives a quick run-down on what apps are currently available with it:

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Probably only for the first-adopter crowd right now, but I think we all can see the potential here.