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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UIST Student Innovation Contest

July 17 2014
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fT6YjYyB4M Calling all hackers, designers, engineers, artists, researchers, and inventors... The goal of the contest is to invent new interactions on state-of-the-art hardware. We give you the hardware and you show us what you can do. You will demo your creations at the UIST conference on October 7th 2014, and the winners will be announced the same evening. This year’s hardware focuses on bringing more software-centric students into the fold for the contest. It’s a hardware prototyping platform that runs top-to-bottom in JavaScript; network communication, user interfaces, sensors, actuators, and all the rest are controlled through JavaScript to get you up and running fast and let your creativity flow. The Hardware: The Kinoma Create. The Create comes with a built-in touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, a front-facing sensor connector, and a 50-pin rear sensor dock. It’s all programmed wirelessly using Kinoma Studio, the provided software. Studio can compile code for the Create, as well as for Android devices: this means that you can have hardware interoperate with your cell phone. This software also allows you to simulate your sensors, so you can get started with your designs before you receive your device! Marvell will also provide example code for a variety of sensor and interface tasks to get teams started quickly. Through Kinoma, we are also providing teams with a sensor budget of $50 to acquire sensors and actuators for their projects. We’re focusing on household interfaces this year. For more details and to register by the deadline of August 7th, visit the contest website at: bit.ly/uistcontest2014. For questions, email the contest chairs at studentinnovation@uist.org. Make sure to follow us on facebook.com/uistcontest and twitter.com/uistcontest, where we will be posting updates.

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Aqwary, the subaquatic network

July 17 2014
We are a company based in Sweden, intent on making incredible diving experiences even better. We want to improve the way divers communicate, as well as actively support the diving community. Our first product, the Smart Console, enables divers to share information across their own local subaquatic network. https://aqwary.com

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Skatehack

July 9 2014
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPNGdMcYeTA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-MePOxpY3o http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0X7-sbRlnE Skatehack is an urban art & research project with a focus on skateboarding, hacking, and open source technologies. http://www.skatehack.org

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