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White Void March 11, 2008

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in innovative displays, interactive installations.
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Very interesting website showing art & technology, interactive objects, interfaces, motion pictures and concepts.


Aegis Hyposurface November 9, 2007

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in ambient displays, innovative displays, innovative interfaces.
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Aegis Hyposurface is an elastic architectural surface made up of small metal plates that are controlled pneumatically and react in real time to electronic stimuli from the environment (movement, sound, light, etc). Driven by 896 pneumatic pistons, the dynamic ‘terrains’ are generated as real-time calculations.

The Aegis Hyposurface effectively links information systems with physical form to produce dynamically variable, tactile ‘informatic’ surfaces. Aegis is perhaps the world’s first such dynamic screen.Any digital input (microphone, keyboard, movement sensor) can trigger any physical output (a wave or pattern or word.)

Sensacell November 9, 2007

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Sensacell uses capacitive sensing technology (the measure of minute electrical changes in electrical capacity caused by objects moving in the immediate proximity of the sensing electrodes). What that means is that large conductive objects like the human body are easily detected. The sensors can not see through metal or other conductive materials as they block electric fields. The Sensacell can be ordered with or without on-board lighting. What’s nice is that they are modular and can be plugged together to make up larger grids for interactive architecture of differing scales.

Sensacell modules have various operation modes applicable for interactive architecture. In autonomous modes, modules perform actions without any interaction with the outside world, eg. they light up and change state when a sensor is triggered. They can also run in a passive mode updated by an external connection.

Chatter Pillow October 10, 2007

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chatter-pillow.jpg Some of the most popular items these days are internet-connected objects that contain glanceable information, such as the status of your inbox, the weather, or stock prices.

The “Chatter Pillow” designed by Rebecca Stern, an undergrad at the Parsons School of Design in New York, is a midterm project for her “Making Wireless Toys” class.

The pillow basically allows Stern to stay on IM from her bed or her couch, without the burden of a laptop — one of the pillow’s trio of icons will light up when one of three possible messages are received, so long as they’re sent only from her boyfriend. If he sends “talk to me,” “xo,” or “on my way,” then the icons (pictured) will glow blue accordingly.

Microsoft Surface May 30, 2007

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in innovative displays, innovative interfaces.

Microsoft has come up with a very interesting new approach to the multi-touch surfaces. They now integrate physical objects with digital information. Very cool!

Check out another video here: http://www.brightcove.com/title.jsp?title=933742930

Customizable OLED keyboard May 30, 2007

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in innovative displays.

oled-keyboard.jpgThe Optimus Maximus Keyboard uses OLED technology (thiner and cheaper then LED) in every key letting the user customize its content. The company also discusses the possibility of adding animation to every key.

Even with the high price of $1,500 a piece, the first set of 200 keyboards was sold-out in 12 hours during the first day of sales. Now, whoever wants to have one of those, besides paying $1,500 will have to wait till late 2007 or early 2008 to get one.

I don’t think this is super innovative but it’s worth a look.