Hybrid Interactions with Phones on Computer Screens (MIT)

September 26 2014
http://vimeo.com/105950126

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Physical Charts

September 22 2014
3Charts The amazing folks at Microsoft Research Cambridge have come up with a few mechanical contraptions that elegantly represent data in the tangible and physical world. Here is the description of the project, from the web page: The physical charts are an attempt to make data and data visualisations legible to ordinary people in their daily lives. In response to the increasing sophistication of data visualisations and the seemingly unquestioning quest for novelty, the charts make playful use of long established and highly familiar representations like pie charts and bar graphs. Rather than estrange viewers, the objective is to enable them to, at a glance, engage with and comprehend data. The physical and dynamic qualities of the charts are intended to draw people in to viewing data, differentiating them from screen-based visualisations that are beginning to lose their salience in our information-rich environments. The beauty of the charts is in how simple they are to read and how the physical mechanics produce strikingly visual (and tactile) representations of data. Check the videos at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/cambridge/projects/physicalcharts The Physical Charts were designed and built by David Sweeney - with software development from Tim Regan and Alex Butler.

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sketching

September 19 2014
https://vimeo.com/49419510 Sketching of any form (on paper, in hardware, in video) enables you to let your ideas talk back to you. This is a resource for developing your sketching skills on paper (not only for shape and mechanical development, also for storytelling and interaction design). Martijn van de Wiel's Designsketching on facebook has even more than his Vimeo channel    

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Apple Watch

September 14 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktujsc4ZUTo http://www.apple.com/watch/

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SmartMat: The World’s First Intelligent Yoga Mat

September 13 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGoxMmKAG_I SmartMat guides your practice and dynamically detects which pose you are doing, giving you responsive feedback on your Yoga practice. Though the Perfect Pose Technology, SmartMat offers real time adjustments in alignment and balance, helping you refine your practice while it learns more about "You" to offer a deeper level of personalized instruction for both the new and experienced Yogi. http://www.smartmat.com

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FORM

September 13 2014
https://vimeo.com/105085107 "Many design tools today are static. Interaction and animation remains trapped in the mind of the designer. There is no easy way to iterate on these ideas, or to communicate them to others. Form is an attempt to solve this problem. The tool lets you build custom prototypes directly on the device. Form prototypes are native. They have access to the device's camera and other sensors. Prototypes built with Form are as powerful as their coded counterparts." http://www.relativewave.com/form.html

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SAM

September 13 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVK6m9S9DWY SAM is an Internet of Things development kit that feels and shapes our world. With no coding and no wires, your ideas come to life in minutes! http://samlabs.me

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Not so handy robots and robotic user interfaces

September 11 2014
[caption id="attachment_14922" align="alignleft" width="600"]Photo. Akiko Nabeshima Photo. Akiko Nabeshima[/caption] Unfortunately this article does not have a fancy little video summary to post. However it is a nice read and a brief summary of some of the complexities of touch in designing robots and robotic user interfaces. Perhaps it sparks some thoughts or interface experiments in the new school year. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/science/robot-touch.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Hidden&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region&_r=1

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Put out a candle with the power of your mind

September 10 2014
https://vimeo.com/89318571 Why not add some technology to your meditation? Found on the Arduino Blog.

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Quantified Self / Personal Health Tracking

September 10 2014
product image This amazing Vessyl detects calories, caffeine, etc. and help users tack liquid calories. Amazing, right?? Be sure to also check out TellSpec, a compact laser spectrometer that will enable us to find out what is actually in our food. product image

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Galaxy Note Edge

September 9 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uALVIcQXH4Q via Core77

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Baidu announces launch of ‘smart chopsticks’ that test food safety

September 5 2014
For all of us that have been designing food-safety products, here's a company that put its money where its mouth is. These chopsticks analyse oil for cleanliness and water acidity levels. As seen on the Shanghaiist: http://shanghaiist.com/2014/09/04/baidu-smart-chopsticks.php

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This weekend: Music Tech Fest London

September 3 2014
http://youtu.be/fgHwmv8wPLo?list=PLF3eM81pDgI3xndbxxH_08vTQ3E87Wkqs This weekend the latest edition of Music Tech Fest will take place in London. MTF will most likely come to Umeå in 2015. For an intro into what Music Tech Fest is, see an interview with its current director, Andrew Dubber: http://youtu.be/DIJanmkfhgc

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IXION Windowless Jet Concept

August 24 2014
https://vimeo.com/78458486 [via]

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Omote: real-time face tracking and projection mapping

August 18 2014
https://vimeo.com/103425574 After using projection mapping on buildings and cars, using the human face as a canvas seems totally plausible. Beautifully scary!!! [via]

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