Monthly Archives: March 2010

Open Structures

Can we design hardware like how we design software?

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Natural Gas

Here is a very cute and “warm” commercial for Natural Gas with knitting!

Check out the making of it – don’t ever underestimate the power of stop motion video!

100″ Multitouch Table – EM Spectrum Exhibit

Posted by Jee Yeon Hwang

The 100″ multitouch table, multiuser exhibit table, is developed by Ideum with Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The exhibit is part of a large gallery space at the museum which focuses on astronomy.

The table consists of a surface, two computers, and projects. The contagious surface enables users to interact with the same program at the same time.

The 100″ surface (an 86″ viewable area) is one of the largest contiguous multitouch tables ever developed. The screen has a 16 x 5 ratio aspect and a 2304 x 800 pixel, high-resolution screen.

The exhibit table explores the electromagnetic spectrum. The extended aspect ratio mimics the spectrum itself, from radio waves to gamma rays. Users can then move images across the table and see how the images are displayed in each waveform.

The exhibit displays a variety of celestial and terrestrial images in a wide range of wavelengths. For example, NASA images of the sun can be seen in all wavelengths. Common and iconic objects were photographed in diverse wavelengths. For example, a birthday cake with candles, a toy robot, an alarm clock, and even a hand holding an iPhone are seen in visible, infrared, ultraviolet, and x-ray modes.

Microsoft Surface

Posted by Jee Yeon Hwang

Key attributes of Microsoft Surface
(1) Direct interaction
Users can manipulate digital information with their hands and interact with diverse contents by touch and gesture, without using a mouse or keyboard.

(2) Multi-touch contact
Surface recognizes various contact points simultaneously, not just from one finger, as with a typical touch screen, but many items at once.

(3) Multi-user experience
The horizontal form factor makes it easy for users to gather around surface computers together, providing a collaborative, face-to-face computing experience.

(4) Object recognition
Users can place physical objects on the surface to get different types of digital information and responses, including the transfer of digital content.

Nice Tree House…

GM’s augmented reality windshield

I wonder how long it will be before they’re able to detect and highlight pedestrians who are crossing the street (or predict whether someone might be crossing the street). Also would be nice for this to augment other vehicle’s turn signals and brake lights.

Project Natal Milo

This really is the cutting edge when it comes to emotion recognition and interaction between human and computers.