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[21 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
3D Characters You Can Touch

RePro3D is a naked eye, multi-perspective 3D display that allows users to “touch” 3D characters. Using an infra-red sensor, the system recognizes the position of the user’s finger and the displayed 3D character responds to the virtual contact. The group is also working on a device worn on the finger that simulates for the user, the sensation of touching something when the character is poked.
What are the possible uses of this technology? According to Keitaro Shimizu of Keio University:
“There are many attractive characters in animations and games, but since those …

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[19 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
A Better Way to Take Self Portraits

Seriously, there should be a better way of talking self-portrait photos that standing in front of a bathroom mirror. Of course any modern digital camera has a timer setting and more professional models come with remote controls, but is there a way to make it even easier to take a photo of yourself? Shaowei Chu and Jiro Tanaka of the University of Tsukuba have developed a system to allows the user to control a camera by the use of hand gestures.

Much like a Kinect program, the system displays a live …

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[7 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
Ultraman Transformation using a Kinect Hack

These Kinect hacks coming out keep blowing my mind. Here is Japanese YouTube user hogehoge335 demonstrating his heroic transformation into Ultra Seven, a version of the popular super hero Utraman. Watch Hogehoge don the Ultra suit, shoot energy beams at real objects and even fly.

It would have been cool if the entire suit was 3D, but this is pure awesome. Agent 340 would be impressed.

Via: Asiajin

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[19 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]
Amazing Art Created with just Your Eyes, for Cheap

Eye tracking technology for the disabled is not new, but the problem is that it certainly isn’t cheap. A quick Google search will show some systems can cost $20,000 or more. This makes the benefits of these devices inaccessible to many who need it it.
How about cutting the cost down to $50? That’s what the EyeWriter Initiative is all about. The EyeWriter was developed to be a completely opensource project that allows anyone to make their own eye tracking device from hardware that can be bought inexpensively. The team works …

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[17 Nov 2010 | 22 Comments | ]
The Screen made of 25 iPads – iProject25

iProject25 is 25 iPads synced together to form a huge interactive display. This was one of the most eye-catching and imaginative installations at this year’s Tokyo Designers Week.

So why 25 iPads? The design was commissioned by the Environmental Ministry of Japan as was a part of their “Challenge 25″ event to mark 25th anniversary of Tokyo Designers week, fitting isn’t it?. They wanted art that brought awareness to various global environmental problems. And they got this …

The creators, given their musical backgrounds, designed iProject25 with inspiration from the art of …

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[15 Nov 2010 | One Comment | ]
Bike Operated Image Gallery

This bike operated image gallery is not for the lazy. You have to pedal your way through the pictures.

Projectors were placed on the ceiling at each side of the wall. The speed at which the viewer cycled directly affected the scroll speed of the pictures. The imagines were courtesy of Pixiv who enlisted the help of the interactive design company Team Lab to design this eye-catching display.
What’s not like about this installation? You can enjoy art while burning calories.