Articles in the Gadgets Category
“The Touchless Iron Man Experience” was title of LM3 Labs display at Digital Content Expo 2010. They showcased their product “AirStrike”. A virtual mouse that interprets the user’s hand gestures in mid-air and enables interaction with on screen graphics. Kinda like the holographic UI that Tony Stark uses in the Iron Man movies (hence the title). Here’s how it works.
AirStrike is a already being used by big names like Chanel, Cartier and Marlboro; for their interactive catalogs. 3LM hopes for more widespread use internationally and in a wide variety …
DOCOMO’s AR Walker, with this you’d never be lost again. The AR walker aims to be you own personal augmented reality tour guide.
Imagine you were lost in a huge city in foreign country and you suck at reading maps. All you would have to do is attach a small device to your glasses. The mounted device has a screen that gives you directions to, and information about your target location. If you’re going the wrong way an arrow would appear to point you in the right direction. When …
TDK presented two futuristic OLED displays that they have in the works.
The first a see-through display demoed on cellphones. The user is able to see the on screen information but someone on the opposite side only sees transparent glass. This could be applied to glasses enriching the experience of augmented reality programs. (check out the scouter)
The other was a thin and flexible film display. This was displayed in really cool wrist bands, playing video graphics. Sony has already presented a similar product but TDK plans to start production of these …
Good news everyone! Finally, a way a to actually know if you’re tired! ‘Cause it’s so hard to tell isn’t it?
At Ceatec 2010, Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd presented their “vital sign sensor”. A device that measures a person’s fatigue level on a scale ranging from 1% to 100%. 1% being not tired at all and 100% being the most tired (all most dead?).
It works by the user placing his left and right finger on either side of the device. The user’s pulse and oxygen saturation are measured on the right …
Ever looked at your iPhone cable and thought “This thing is so boring. I wish it was something more. Something more….. disgusting.” No? Well Mio I-zawa did. And thus this unsightly abomination was born. An iPhone charger cable resembling some sort of pulsating alien umbilical cord.
This is actually one of a few mind blowing creations by Mio blending the electronic and organic look into some truly gross and artistic displays. Check them out here.
Imagine playing a game of Mario projected on your bedroom wall; you’ll control the little plumber as he jumps from poster to poster to picture frame. All this done using your cellphone.
This is already possible as proved by a gaming device presented by graduate students at the University of Tokyo.
The system allows a projected image of a character to interact with the surface it is being projected on. This is done using a hand held device equipped with a projector and a camera. The player controls the character …
Researchers at the University of Electro-Communications recently presented a touch screen system that provides tactile feedback in an interesting way.
The system uses transparent rubber applied to an LCD panel giving the user the ability to manipulate the layer of rubber while receiving real-time response. In one particular example the layer of rubber was in the shape of a human face and responded to different forms of input e.g. pokes, pulls and pinches. ….
The system has obvious applications in the entertainment market as users would be able to interact with in-game …
UPDATE: Interview with the designer
Deko-Robo Wars! which stands for “Decoration Robot Wars” apparently
A new arcade machine uses the humanoid “Robo Catcher” to interact with a video game. The player controls Robo Catcher as he picks up and drops a ball in one of threes slots in an attempt to hit an on screen target. All this to sparkly graphics, flashing lights and an energetic pop soundtrack.
FLAVIUS is a low cost point of sales cash register centered around the iPad. It was recently featured at the Interfood Japan Izakaya Expo.
The iPad (and iPod) is used both as an ordering device and a cash register. It was also has an attendance and revenue management system which is in-sync with online data.
FLAVIUS was not the iPad’s only showing at the Interfood expo. A system which allowed customers to order from the comfort of their seats using the apple product was also featured. Japan is taking full advantage of …
Why would you want to relearn how to read time every time you get a new watch? Because you buy your watches from Tokyo Flash, that’s why. This Japan based company constantly turns out the most imaginative sci-fi themed watches.
Their latest model the Kisai “Traffic” uses a multicolored LED network of streets to display time. As with all of Tokyo Flash’s watches, it comes with a learning curve and luckily a manual on how to calculate the time. It’s stainless steel, the screen has an animation mode and it’s …