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[10 May 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Beautiful River of LED Lights by Panasonic

Panasonic presented a stunning art installation in which hundreds of LED lights drifted along the river. The small floating orbs represented a dance of fireflies with an accompanying light show by the enormous Tokyo Sky Tree in the background.

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[9 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Desktop Mannequin Makes 3D Posing a Lot Easier

Creating natural poses for 3D models by using traditional input devices is difficult and time consuming. Now it can be as easy as playing with dolls… I mean action figures. Qumarion is a miniature mannequin which 3d artists can use to easily manipulate the pose of onscreen characters in real-time.

“Until now, handling 3D models was in some ways non-intuitive and difficult. Also, depending on the software, dragging can make movements unnatural. So we wanted to handle models more intuitively, by moving a mannequin. That’s why we’ve made QUMARION.”
Qumarion is a …

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[8 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
How a Real Transformer Rolls

Watch as this mini-Transformer shape-shifts from vehicle to humanoid mode and even throws out an uppercut. This little Autobot was designed and built by Kenji Ishida while working with JS Robotics. Making a transforming robot is a lot more difficult than it seems. Mr. Ishida’s bot performs the transformation relatively quickly while maintaining balance. All this presented in a 2 min youtube video better than the last two Transformers films.

via: PlasticPals

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[28 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
High-tech Wheelchair Can Move in Any Direction [Video]

The Permoveh (Personal Mobile Vehicle) is an omnidirectional electric wheelchair developed by Kyoto University. As demonstrated by professor Komori Masaharu it displays great maneuverability allowing the driver to move backwards, forwards and diagonally in any direction, making it suitable navigating small spaces. The chair achieves this by the use of four omnidirectional tires.

The tires of the wheels consist of rollers, the wheels move the chair back and forth, while the rollers move it from side to side, when both the wheels and the roller spin, the chair moves diagonally. We’ve …

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[28 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Ubi-Camera Let’s You Take Photos With Your Hands

Researchers at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences are working on a device that allows you to take pictures using your hands. The small camera is attached to your thumb and let’s you frame shots using your fingers in the shape of a rectangle.

According to one of the researchers:
“When you draw a picture or take a photo, you sometimes form a rectangle with your hands to decide the composition. With this camera, you can take a photo using the exact same motion. You attach this device to your …

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[22 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
AR Technology that Makes Food Look Bigger so Your Waist Doesn’t [Video]

Here’s some high-tech help to keep you on that diet of yours. “Augmented Satiety” is augmented reality technology that limits a user’s consumption of food by changing the apparent size of the meal item. According to the makers of the device, recent psychological studies have shown that the amount of food consumed is not only influenced by actual volume but also external factors. They deduced that if we eat something that looks larger we are convinced that we’re full sooner than if we eat smaller looking food.

The demonstration shows a …

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[9 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
EyeCan – Eye operated mouse from Samsung [Video]

Last month Samsung announced the release of the eyeCAN; an eye motion controlled virtual mouse. This device consists of a motion tracker mounted to the frame of a pair of lens-less glasses. The user’s eye movements are used to control cursor motion and clicks (I assume blinks count as clicks). eyeCAN was developed specially for paralyzed individuals who have no other means by which to use a computer.

When I saw the eyeCan, I was immediately reminded of the EyeWriter; the $50 eye tracker that we talked about back in 2010. …

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[5 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Japan Invents a Speech Jamming Gun [Video]

“I wish the mute button on this remote would shut you up!”, I remember frequently saying this to a cousin of mine that wouldn’t shut up while I was watching TV. Thanks to Japan now we have a device to silence those who annoy us. With the Speech Jammer can silence your target by simply pointing it at them.
The Jammer works by recording the person’s voice and projecting it back at them with a 0.2 second delay. Hearing their own voice with the delay makes the speaker confused and almost …

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[3 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
Nissan Creates a Self Healing iPhone Case

Now your cellphone case can magically heal itself from scratches. Nissan has announced that they will be applying their Scratch Shield technology to iPhone cases. This self-healing technology has been used on paint jobs of Nissan and Infinity cars for the past four years. Now you can have it in the palm of you hands.

It works by using a polyrotaxane-based paint layer over a ABS plastic shell. The gel like substance can heal small scratches in as little as an hour while larger more serious scratches may take up a …

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[9 Dec 2011 | One Comment | ]
Enter the Metaverse –  Sony HMZ-T1 and Epson BT-100 Review

Japan is a land of myriad wonders. A technological smorgasbord. The great minds that brought us karaoke, MSG and Hayabusa also conjured up the laser disk, MD and Virtual Boy. The next frontier for Japan’s electronics community seems to be head-mounted displays. (I’m sure the product development team at Sony pitched it something like, “Virtual Boy wasn’t a conceptual failure, it was the implementation dummy!”) So, if you go down to your local Yodobashi Camera right now you can try out two nifty head displays.
The two offerings available to date …

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