The University of Sydney has a great bunch of interaction design students and one of them is Stephen Davis.
As you all know Amnesia Razorfish is always trying to stay ahead of the curve especially when it comes to new technologies so when Stephen had the idea of the BrandTable we were able to help him out a little.
Together with Publicis Mojo we were able to get him first hand insights into Paypal and Google and what they are planning in regards to mobile payments. We were also able to help him with the build of his prototype that shows how NFC could be used in future.
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Here is what Stephen has to say about his creation:
Brand Table is a product designed initially for shopping centre food courts that takes in an order via a mobile device in where item selection and payment will occur.
Skinput is based on an armband straddling the wearer’s biceps and detecting the small vibrations generated when the user taps the skin of his arm. It measures the vibrations and differentiates them based on bone densities, tissue mass and muscle size.
You can use different parts of your arm and even fingers to interact with it.
According to them it is 95% accurate and you can combine it with a pico projector and get some display on your arm as well.
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definitely an interesting concept, but until it is integrated into my T-shirt I doubt I will be interested in wearing an armband.
When I get around the web I come across heaps of cool things that due to lack of time never really make it onto our blog, but I thought I share these 2 concepts with you as I think they are awesome and deserve to be mentioned because they make the world a safer and greener place.
The countdown traffic light
I have seen traffic lights with big number displays next to them telling you when it will turn green again, but this concept is so much simpler and makes a lot of sense.
The designer Damjan Stanković sees his idea saving energy — when motorists know there’s plenty of time until the light turns green, they’ll shut their engines off to conserve fuel.
I like it and it should be implemented everywhere. found here
The laser wall pedestrian lights
The Virtual Wall is designed as a replacement for traffic lights and if made would use "plasma laser beams" to project silhouettes of moving people into the path of oncoming traffic.
Supposedly this would calm traffic and make drivers more careful around the soft humans as they cross the street.
the concept is simple in theory but making lasers appear like that would require something for the lasers to be reflected on and the price for one of these is probably more than the normal traffic light which means it will never see the day of light.
Too bad I think it would improve safety on our streets for pedestrians. found here
These concept pants called “Dancepants” will generate energy to power you MP3 player from the kinetic energy from the movement of your feet. Basically as long as you keep running (or dancing) you will be able to hear your music.
great concept? definitely!
Will it make me run longer? probably not, but I didn’t waste any energy
Daimler today has unveiled the F-CELL Roadster, the latest in their line of "F-Series" concept vehicles.
It’s a roadster fitted with a 1.2 kW hybrid drive – one that allows the F-CELL to reach a top speed of 15 mph and achieve an operating range of 217 miles. From a design standpoint, however, is where the F-CELL Roadster truly shines, as it manages to blend the overall aura of the original Benz patent motor car with seating and a fiberglass front section both drawn from elements of Formula One racing.
As it is still a concept car it is not practical, but I always liked old cars and this way I could combine both worlds.
A group of scientists at KDDI apparently created a prototype they say could look through walls. Using geomagnetic sensors, accelerometers, and GPS, the device is able to determine its position and render its surroundings on the screen in OpenGL, including areas that are currently out of sight.
Scientists at Oxford University have begun to take a closer look at an early invention from the great Albert Einstein in order to hopefully create refrigerators (and appliances in general) that could be used completely without electricity. Back in the day, Sir Albert created a mechanism that had no moving parts and used only pressurized gases to keep things chilly. Once compressors became more efficient in the 50s, however, the idea was tossed aside. Now, the idea obviously has greater appeal, and if things keep humming along nicely, a completed prototype should be erected by the year’s end.