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David Orban’s Interview with Vernor Vinge, who coined the term “technological singularity”

March 23, 2010

DAVID ORBAN | Conversation with Vernor Vinge on the Technological Singularity. Vernor Vinge published the original article at a NASA conference in 1993 that reintroduced and popularized the concept of the Technological Singularity.

Video Source: David Orban

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Vernor Vinge bio
The Technological Singularity

Dynamically Changeable Physical Buttons

March 19, 2010

CHRIS HARRISON | Physical buttons have the unique ability to provide low-attention and vision-free interactions through their intuitive tactile clues. Unfortunately, the physicality of these interfaces makes them static, limiting the number and types of user interfaces they can support. On the other hand, touch screen technologies provide the ultimate interface flexibility, but offer no inherent tactile qualities. In this paper, we describe a technique that seeks to occupy the… read more

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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Chris Harrison's website & Pneumatic Displays project details

Search by Sketch

March 19, 2010

SEARCH BY SKETCH R&D TEAM | After several months of intense development alongside Stacey Kuznetsov, the Rapid Content-Based Image Search (RCBIS) engine was ready for use in user oriented programs. The most obvious and appealing project was to develop an image search engine which took not text, but a sketch as input. Search by Sketch was born – developed by Stacey Kuznetsov, Teobaldo Fernandez and myself.

Mirroring the RCBIS… read more

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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Chris Harrison's website & Search by Sketch project details

Scratch Input: novel finger input surface

March 19, 2010

Scratch Input R&D team | Scratch Input: Creating Large, Inexpensive, Unpowered and Mobile Finger Input Surfaces

We present Scratch Input, an acoustic-based input technique that relies on the unique sound produced when a fingernail is dragged over the surface of a textured material, such as wood, fabric, or wall paint. We employ a simple sensor that can be easily coupled with existing surfaces, such as walls and tables, turning… read more

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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Chris Harrison's website & Scratch Input project details

Abracadabra: wireless, high-precision finger input for very small mobile devices

March 19, 2010

ABRACADABRA R&D TEAM | Advances in small and low power electronics have created new opportunities for mobile computing, leading to an explosion of new devices for the general public. Overall, these advances have allowed extremely powerful computing capabilities to be packaged in smaller and smaller form factors. These devices offer tremendous new potential due to e.g., their extreme mobility. However, with this potential come new challenges for interaction design.… read more

Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft

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Chris Harrison's website & Abracadabra project details
Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Stacks on the Surface

March 19, 2010

SURFACE STACKS R&D TEAM | Stacks on the Surface: Resolving Physical Order Using Fiducial Markers With Structured Transparency

Considerable work has explored tangible interactions on surface-based computing. Often, this entails the direct placement of physical objects – either abstract or iconic – onto interactive surfaces. Although static themselves, their physicality offers an accurate and intuitive means for instantiating, manipulating, or otherwise acting on dynamic elements within the interface.… read more

Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft

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Chris Harrison's website & Surface Stacks project details
Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Skinput: Turning the Human Body into an Input Surface

March 19, 2010

SKINPUT R&D TEAM | We present Skinput, a technology that appropriates the human body for acoustic transmission, allowing the skin to be used as a finger input surface. In particular, we resolve the location of finger taps on the arm and hand by analyzing mechanical vibrations that propagate through the body. We collect these signals using a novel array of sensors worn as an armband. This approach provides an always-available,… read more

Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft

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Chris Harrison's website & Skinput project details
Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

PayPal teams with Bump for revamped iPhone app

March 15, 2010

PayPal’s official commercial for their iPhone “Bump” app. Is this a sign of things to come? Is this really the end of paper money? Some critics site continued problems with security still plaguing progress in this area.

Video Source: PayPal

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PayPal Mobile
PayPal 2.0.31 app
Bump app
PayPal 2.0: Send cash by bumping iPhones

The Manhattan Beach Project | top scientists, MDs, entrepreneurs gather to set real guidelines to end aging, disease

March 11, 2010

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MaxLife Foundation | The Manhattan Beach Project was a recent conference of leading biomedical scientists, entrepreneurs, and anti-aging doctors held in Manhattan Beach, California on November 13-15, 2009. The goal of the event was to create real timelines and real budgets “designed to completely change the face of aging.” This conference presented an interesting map of current knowledge on why we age, why degnerative illnessness that hasten aging and death occur, and what… read more

Video Source: MaxLife Foundation

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The Manhattan Beach Project
The Manhattan Beach Project Complete Video Collection on YouTube

To Age or Not to Age, documentary film by Robert Kane Pappas

March 10, 2010

FILM WEBSITE | Imagine a 120-year-old living like today’s 50 year-olds. Possible? Yes, according to the scientists in Robert Kane Pappas’ new film, To Age or Not to Age. The scientists featured have found the means to postpone and possibly mitigate diseases tied to aging, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes. Genes that control aging, among them SIRT2/SIRT1 genes, when altered, may, as a side effect increase… read more

Video Source: film website

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Film's Official Website and Blog

MeBot: A robotic platform for socially embodied telepresence

March 10, 2010
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MIT MEDIA LAB | The MeBot is a semi-autonomous robotic avatar that gives a person a richer way to interact remotely with an audience than is allowed with phone and video conferencing. The robot was designed with an emphasis on being able to convey the non-verbal channels of social communication. That is, it is able to communicate some body posture, a wide range of head movement and very expressive hand… read more

Video Source: Sigurdur Orn Adalgeirsson, MIT Media Lab

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MIT Media Lab Personal Robotics Group
PDF: Sigurdur Orn Adalgeirsson Thesis
Sigurdur Orn Adalgeirsson Thesis Website

Short film Life on a Leash

March 9, 2010

Rob Prior | A short 3D film I made last year. I am currently putting together my second short film which will be named ‘Chiyo.’ Here you can follow the film’s progress from original thoughts, to sketchbook drawings all the way through to the final outcome… your opinions and comments during this process my well influence some of the directions I decided to take.

Video Source: Rob Prior

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Chiyo: 3D Short Film Blog
Portfolio Website
Life on a Leash Website

Futuristic rolltop laptop concept

March 5, 2010

YOUTUBE | www.orkin-design.de : The device of the flexible display allows a new concept in notebook design growing out of the traditional bookformed laptop into unfurling and convolving portable computer.

By virtue of the OLED-Display technology and a multi touch screen the utility of a laptop computer with its weight of a mini-notebook and screen size of 13 inch easily transforms into the graphics tablet, which (with its 17-inch… read more

Brain-machine interface technology enabling control of a robot by human thought alone

March 3, 2010

HONDA | Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP), a subsidiary of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation have collaboratively developed the world’s first Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology that uses electroencephalography (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) along with newly developed information extraction technology to enable control of a robot by human thought alone. It does not require any physical movement such as… read more

Video Source: Honda

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Honda YouTube Channel
Honda Research Institute

Honda short film Mobility 2088

March 3, 2010

HONDA | Ever since the dawn of man, mobility has been central to our growth and freedom as a civilization. There have always been places to go and people to see, greener pastures, bluer skies and undiscovered lands. But what about the future of mobility? We ask some of the great thinkers of our generation how people will get around in 80 years. From the hope of hydrogen to the… read more

Video Source: Honda

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Honda YouTube Channel

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