Nod, gesture control ring

The Nod device is a touchless gesture control device meant to be worn as a ring: The device works with smartphones, tablets, computers, the Nest thermostat, those fancy WiFi enabled light bulbs, “and more,” according to Whipsaw; we’re guessing that “and more” includes game consoles, as they mention you can wear two Nods at once, to simultaneously move around and shoot while playing games. And interestingly enough, to get around the different-finger-sizes issue, the company is offering them in 12 different sizes.

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Tile, the world largest lost and found

Tile is an application and hardware device designed for the iOS platform. The application allows users to locate lost items by using Bluetooth 4.0 technology to locate “Tile” devices attached to the lost items.

By attaching a “Tile” device to keychains or other small items, users can later use the app to locate the Tile if the object is lost. A user can add up to 8 Tiles on an account. The Tile application uses Bluetooth 4.0 technology to locate Tiles within a 150-foot range, and each Tile comes with a built-in speaker so the user can hear it in close range.

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Vessyl, the intelligent cup that knows what you’re drinking

At first glance, “Vessyl” looks like an ultra-modern, but relatively ordinary, 13 oz (385 ml) mug. However, pour something into it and it becomes extraordinary: not only will it identify what type of drink it has in it, but Vessyl will also tell you its dietary content, such as sugar, protein, calories, fat, caffeine – even identifying the beverage by name – then take all of those results and synchronize them to your smartphone.

Vessyl automatically knows and tracks what you’re drinking in real-time.  No more guessing or journaling. It keeps track of what’s important to you… all automatically.

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Circuit stickers, electronics meet papercraft

Circuit stickers are electronic modules with conductive adhesive to add electronics to any sticker-friendly surface. In combination with conductive materials used for ‘wiring’ such as conductive paint or thread, people can add their own electronic creations to clothing, paper and plastic.

The stick-on electronics come in kits with different kinds of components: LEDs, sound and light sensors and effect modules that make LEDs twinkle or fade. There are also a programmable ATTiny85 microcontroller stickers.

Circuit Stickers are the creation of Jie Qi and bunnie, who collaborate under the name Chibitronics. Qi is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab where she researches the interface between traditional arts & crafts and electronics & programming.

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Make your tablet touchless

The Ootsidebox case enables touchless and 3D gestural interactions with your device. The case can see your fingers wherever they are and feel them even if they don’t touch the screen. The Ootsidebox case is fully loaded with 3D sensor electrodes.

It is also possible to extend the Ootsidebox’s platform with an haptic actuator to improve the emotional immersive experience and enhance the social interactivity of real-time messaging users.

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Wearable tech: not a device, but a system

Building hardware for the wearables market is only the first challenge companies need to master. For a truly differentiated experience, they must build out a service.

The majority of products haven’t successfully married the hardware and the software in such a way that there is anything that actually makes life better, easier, smarter for the consumer. Devices must have a user experience that hardly involves the user. Brands must incorporate user motivation into the design of the product. They need to build for the user. Digital partners and hardware suppliers should be at the table with product developers from day one.

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MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch

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. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms:

More info here.

inFORM – Interacting With a Dynamic Shape Display from Tangible Media Group on Vimeo.

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Structure Sensor: Capture the World in 3D

The Structure Sensor gives mobile devices the ability to capture and understand the world in three dimensions.

With the Structure Sensor attached to your mobile device, you can walk around the world and instantly capture it in a digital form. This means you can capture 3D maps of indoor spaces and have every measurement in your pocket. You can instantly capture 3D models of objects and people for import into CAD and for 3D printing. You can play mind blowing augmented reality games where the real world is your game world.

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3D touchscreen with tactile feedback

Microsoft’s research unit develops a 3D touchscreen with tactile feedback. The project combines an LCD flat panel screen with force sensors and a robotic arm that moves it back and forwards. By controlling how much resistance there is to a user’s fingertip it can simulate the shape and weight of objects shown on the screen.

Microsoft says the device could have medical uses as well as for gaming.

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Tactilu – Bracelet for remote tactile communication

Created by the panGenerator collective, Tactilu is a research project embracing remote haptic/tactile communication. The device takes a form of a bracelet capable of transmitting the touch between two individuals via bluetooth and internet connection provided by the smartphones. It is based on technologies like flexinol wire for actuation of touch and QTC ( quantum tunneling composite ) on the touch sensor layer.

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@><#!!! – The life of an overtaxed surface

How do we benefit from machines that appeal to our emotional perception? Where are the limits of this perception? How discrete can we design machine-made feedback so it is still being noticed? And how can we create such expressions through deformation and re-shaping?

Vera Hausmann, Till Maria Jürgens and Vitus Schuhwerk decided to concentrate on the problem of »excessive demands« and set their focus to a flat surface. This square surface, consisting of a thin metal coated foil, is transformed with invisible string connected to servo-motors and an arduino board, which senses, if somebody comes close. Through squeezing and releasing, the flat motion turns into a spatial transformation and comes closer to the user. This resulting surface dynamically generates new surprising patterns. The intensity of expression is determined by the user’s interaction.

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Hövding, an invisible bicycle helmet

Hövding is a collar for bicyclists, worn around the neck. The collar contains a folded up airbag that you’ll only see if you happen to have an accident. The airbag is shaped like a hood, surrounding and protecting the bicyclist’s head. The trigger mechanism is controlled by sensors which pick up the abnormal movements of a bicyclist in an accident.

The airbag inflates and surrounds the head in case of an accident. The airbag consists of an inner and an outer hood, attached together by straps. It’s made in an ultra-strong nylon fabric that won’t rip when scraped against asphalt. The way the hood is designed and folded into the collar ensures that it will inflate quickly and safely. It takes about 0.1 seconds to inflate and the airbag will be fully inflated before head impact. Hövding protects nearly all of the head while leaving the field of vision open.

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MYO – Wearable Gesture Control

With the wave of your hand, MYO will transform how you interact with your digital world. The MYO armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital technologies.

Using groundbreaking technology, MYO is able to measure electrical activity in your muscles instantly. The result is a seamless way to interact with computers, and a truly magical sense of control.

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A Day Made of Glass

Watch “A Day Made of Glass” and take a look at Corning’s vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it. More info about Corning here.

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Leah Buechley: How to “sketch” with electronics

Designing electronics is generally cumbersome and expensive — or was, until Leah Buechley and her team at MIT developed tools to treat electronics just like paper and pen. In this talk from TEDYouth 2011, Buechley shows some of her charming designs, like a paper piano you can sketch and then play.

Leah Buechley is an MIT electronics designer who mixes high and low tech to create smart and playful results. More info here.

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Twine, listen to your world, talk to the Internet

Want to monitor things and environments remotely without a nerd degree? Maybe you want to get a tweet when your laundry’s done, an email when the basement floods, or a text message when you left the garage door open.

Twine is the simplest way to get the objects in your life texting, tweeting or emailing. Focus on your idea instead of installation or technical stuff. A durable 2.7″ square provides WiFi, internal and external sensors, and two AAA batteries that last for months. A simple web app lets you give Twine human-friendly rules — no programming needed.

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UP by Jawbone

UP™ is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background. The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers
insights that keep you moving forward.

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Philips Hue

Philips Hue connected bulbs and bridge let you to take full control of your lighting from iPhone or iPad. Create light settings based on your favourite photos, choose from expert light recipes to help you relax or concentrate, or even set timers to help you wake up and pace your day. Whatever you want to do with your lighting, Hue can.

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Exertion Games Lab’s Joggobot

At exertiongameslab, they believe that in the future, exertion activities will become a new experience, involving interactions with autonomous embodied systems. Their vision is Joggobot, an autonomous flying quadcopter that exemplifies our thinking about the combination of robotics and physical exercise.

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A Touchless 3D Tracking Interface

first imageIn this project, we’ll take a very simple idea — the length of time it takes a capacitor to charge — and make something rather amazing with it: a 3D interface that can track the position of your hand. The original implementation of this project comes from media artist Kyle McDonald.

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