“We have found noninvasive electrical and thermal stimulation of the tip of the tongue successfully generates the primary taste sensations”.
The team is also working on a spin-off called a digital lollipop that will give the effect of a continuous sugar hit – but without sugar. For taste messaging they have developed TOIP – taste over internet protocol. This is a data format that makes it easy to transmit information on how to recreate the different tastes via the electrode.
Now I’m quite curious to check out well this works! I could see this as the next CATCHPA: lick this UI and confirm the flavour to activate your account :-)
inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.
Magnets, motors and robots, a combination that is hard to beat!!! Check out this new platform called MOSS by some friends in the Sketching in Hardware community.
“MOSS is a brand new robot construction system from Modular Robotics. It was designed, prototyped and engineered over the last two and a half years. Building with MOSS is incredibly fun and easy thanks to an intuitive, magnetic construction system.”
Autographer, a new release for the SenseCam wearable camera, originally developed by Microsoft Research Cambridge. It’s not very cheap, but it looks very well built, and supported with decent apps and software offering. It’s nice to see a research project like this making it to a product of its own.
“Ototo is an experimental PCB based synthesiser from design and invention studio Dentaku.
Ototo allows you to combine sensors, inputs and touchpads and easily create your own electronic musical instrument. You can make a drum kit out of some saucepans or an origami that sings when touched. Ototo is designed to let anyone unpack a kit and interact with sound however they want to, no soldering or coding required.” (excerpt from their website)
“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression. (from their website)
Taking projection mapping to another level!!!
A very insightful article and video from The Verge on voice synthesis and speak text-to-speech technology.
If you, like me, get the urge to play around with piezo discs, I came across this inspiring video demonstrating a few ways of using transducers of different kinds when working with sound and material.
And by the way, should you run low on stores/money/imagination, you can also look up and reach for your fire alarm (be sure to replace it!). The part you are looking for is also the same part that is making the pleasant noise. Usually it looks like a metal ring with a membrane. Most alarms have them and they work great both in sensing vibrations and transmitting sound depending on how you use them. Enjoy!
GHI Electronics is bringing their modular electronic building blocks to Arduino land! You might be familiar with the .NET Gadgeteer platform and its very convenient modules+cables+sockets system. Now this is accessible and (re)usable with Arduino. A nicer solution than stacking 3-5 shields into an electronic sandwich monstrosity. I’m not sure why GHI needed a kickstarter campaign for that, but hey, why not :-)