The mouse (first one ever displayed below) has been around since the first PCs hit the market and it hasn’t really changed much.
Now 2 German students sat down and started to think about how to improve the mouse and they came up with this prototype.
The roll of your mouse slows down, giving files the feeling weight based on the size of their contents. Depending on how much a given file has been used the mouse starts to breathe.
Check out the video. An interesting thing I thought is that they brought back the mouse ball – remember those – always clogging up with dust?!?
They also dreamed up a hard drive concept which expands and contracts based on the amount of space being used up.
Pretty cool concepts, I am just not sure how useful they would be.
Let me know what you think.
Augmented reality has been around for a while now and we have been using it in the past as well, but we always found it to be sluggish, laggy and unreliable.
Now it seems that there is a light at the end of the tunnel a Sony is holding the torch. Sony announced their SmartAR everybody thought that it is just another technology that has the same issues.
But check out the video below and prepare to be blown away – fast response times, markerless object recognition and original anchors can be out of sight and your virtual object just keeps animating.
There was no availability date announced yet, but I am sure AR will get a lot more coverage once it is out.
you might have seen this already, but I somehow missed it in my post here.
I was send the video at the bottom of this post and it blew my mind. Looks like there was a working version of it at CES this year.
This camera (concept) takes the connectivity and application platform capabilities of today’s smart phones and wirelessly connects them with interchangeable full SLR-quality optics.
Check out the video:
their site promises some awesome specs:
Aluminum and magnesium alloy
Docked display and frame unit Display unit: 127 x 69 x 7.5mm
Frame unit: 164.5 x 76.5 x 28.2 mm
5.0" AMOLED display
Viewing area: 110 x 61.9 mm
1920x 1080 pixels
(2,073,600 dots, 16:9)
Cortex-A15 ARM Multi-Core CPU
16GB embedded + microSDHC
Approximately 10 fps
20 images (lens detached)
180 images (lens attached)
5 RAW (lens detached)
40 RAW (lens attached)
I am hoping they are going to build this thing and ship it really fast, because I want one.
then maybe you should try and get hired at Inventionland – no I am not kidding, this place really exists.
I have seen some cool workplaces in the past, just think about Google Headquarter or the old Amnesia office next to the brothel , but George Davison really put some effort into this place.
He created multiple different environments for his employees to get the creative juices flowing – e.g. work on a Pirate Ship
It seems to be working too as they are pumping out over 2000 inventions per year.
Here are some more of their workplaces
the concept kitchen
the race track
or the tree house
You Can check it out here, but be warned they have some weird theme song on their site
or check out their flickr stream here
Hollywood is known to stuff up when they make movies from books or in this case a comic, but i have to say the 4 minutes of the upcoming Green Lantern movie actually looks pretty good.
According to the io9 article here, it even won over the sceptical crowd at Wondercon, so what could go wrong, right?!?
Let me know what you think in the comments.
3D is cool, but I do not want to put on glasses every time I watch something in 3D.
There are plenty of glasses free TVs out there, but let’s face it I do not want to be confined to 3-5 spots in my living room and if I move a little bit the picture will look sh*t.
However, Japanese researchers have devised a new type of hologram technology. They work with normal light and can produce full-coloured 3D images.
This new technology works by hitting a thin metal film with three beams of white light, each from a different angle. Each beam excites a different colour of light, which then passes through an RGB hologram, combining to form a full-colour 3D image.
These holograms wouldn’t require glasses or viewing angles and how awesome would it be to have real life holograms acting out movies in your living room.
I can’t wait for it.
Swedish telecom company 3 Sweden together with Swedish company B-Reel have bridged the gap between Internet commerce and brick and mortar with 3LiveShop.
The new site features employees interacting with customers, live, over video screens. It was made possible with custom-built touchscreens that look like they’re right out of The Minority Report. Using the screens, the online salespeople are able to bring up images of phones the company sells and field questions about them.
I personally think it is a pretty cool thing, but I usually go shopping online so I don’t have to deal with a sales person.
Check out the video for a cool demonstration.
By now we all experienced kinect one way or another and I personally really enjoy my kinect at home.
Kinect has been talked and hacked a lot and most people can see much more in it than just a game controller.
Looks like MS Research is thinking the same thing and in the video below they are showing off some cool things, like head tracking, glasses free 3D, gesture based interfaces and more.
As we all know from past experiences, these may or may not happen, but right now they are pretty cool.
From now on if you are in a (spanish for now) restaurant and you don’t know what it says on the menu or you are in Spain and you can’t read those street signs, all you have to do is take your iPhone out and point Word Lens at it.
It will translate on the fly and looking at the video below it is pretty amazing tech – check it out.
It tries to find out what the letters are and then looks in the dictionary. Then it draws the words back on the screen in translation.
From what I have read it doesn’t work as smooth as it does in the video and it only works on iPhone 3GS, 4 and the latest iPod, but it is still impressive. I’d love to try it, but it isn’t available on Android (hint hint).
It is available on the App store, so check it out. If you do let me know in the comments what you think