Archive for September, 2009

Cool way to interact with lighting

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Daito Manabe and  Motoi Ishibashi


Using the Wii remotes for mixing music

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

An experiment by Daito Manabe and Satoshi Horii…

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Will RFID make everyday experiences more convenient and secure?

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

RFID making supermarket checkout super-easy, commercial by IBM

Improved experience at the airport, easy luggage check-ins and hopefully no more lost luggage?

These examples are similar to the examples of incorporating RFID into credit cards and passports in that they aim to make transactions more secure.

AR in an anime series, Dennou Coil

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

I first saw this series called Dennou Coil last year. Wikipedia describes the show as a

Japanese animation science fiction series depicting a near future where augmented reality (AR) technology has just begun to enter the mainstream. The series takes place in the fictional city of Daikoku, a hotbed of AR development with an emerging city-wide virtual infrastructure. It follows a group of children as they use AR glasses to unravel the mysteries of the half real, half Internet city, using a variety of illegal software tools, techniques, and virtual pets to manipulate the digital landscape.”

The show does an incredible job depicting how seamlessly the real and the virtual worlds could be integrated in the future. I love the way that the characters interact with virtual characters. People can pick up and hold virtual pets, they try to dodge huge “Saatchi” machines which are agents of anti-virus bots, they collect and they can launch virtual attacks on other users. The only hardware required in the world of the show is a pair of glasses which allows them to see virtual reality superimposed onto the real world.

Here’s the full Wiki for Dennou Coil.

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iPhone vs Kindle, and what about the future of reading?

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

I don’t have an iPhone nor do I have a Kindle so what I write is based on what I’ve read or heard. The iPhone seems like it has almost limitless capabilities while the Kindle is for reading texts, documents, and periodicals. I think that perhaps those who like reading the experience of reading text from a computer screen would be perfectly content with using the iPhone whereas those who are attached to the experience of reading printed text would be better off with the Kindle. The iPhone’s multimedia abilities provide plenty of entertainment, so why use it to read books? The major advantage of having the Kindle Will a later iteration of one of these devices replace books, newspapers, magazines and journals completely? What can we do to revolutionize the reading experience? I’m still old fashioned and prefer the actual printed material. There’s the feel of the thickness of the page, the smell of a new or an aged book, and the different weight of each book that makes reading every book a unique experience for me. Now how can that be captured in a device?

Some links I visited to learn more about these devices:

is the iPhone the Ultimate eBook Reader?

cnet’s review of the Apple iPhone

cnet’s review of the Kindle DX

Amazon’s Kindle specs

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Using AR to enhance education

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

One of MIT’s labs has been making AR games since 2003. On their site, they describe several examples of using AR and GPS technology as part of afternoon and summer programs for kids. What I think is exciting about incorporating AR into educational curricula is that students are more engaged in trying to solve an AR game or puzzle than they would be if they were sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture.  Could classrooms be replaced by mobile devices?

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Restoring Sight With Implants

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

What kind of vision would people with implanted microchips experience? Could we re-define what it means to see?

For more technical details about how this technology works, read this article.

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