Wearables have largely revolved around smartglasses and smartwatches, but slowly other wearable items are cropping up, among them being the Bluetooth safety alert jewelry we saw yesterday and, as of late, the crowdfunded FIN ring. This ring functions as a ...
Audio Graffiti is a multi-user sound/music installation that explores new modes of sonic interaction, afforded by the latest in locative technologies. Several mobile users may create and explore a gradually evolving collage of audio graffiti.
The piece can be deployed in an outdoor environment (using GPS tracking), or in an indoor space as seen in this video. Equipped with a wireless headset and tracking device, participants can "tag" or "spray" sound on to a real physical wall. We provide several small musical instruments, which can be used along with one's voice, to add sounds to the collaborative musical mix. The installation is seeded with some pre-existing sonic material, which allows participants to synchronize rhythmically, and maintains cohesion over time. All user-contributed sounds slowly fade away, resulting in an ever-evolving musical piece.
As users moves about, they also experience a changing sonic perspective of the localized sounds, based on their particular location. Thus, users not only create the audio content, but they also participate actively in the encounter (remixing) of sonic material. Participants who are waiting their turn in the staging area may watch a real-time 3D visualization of the installation, which shows avatars of each player walking amongst virtual sound sources. ...
Zack Settel (sheefa.net/zack/portfolio) Mike Wozniewski (mikewoz.com)
QR Codes help explain the Welsh story wales.com (blog) Many people now have smart phones and can use them to access Quick Response (or QR) Codes. HistoryPoint QR code being scanned. QR Codes are helping people to discover facts about Wales.
Just when we were really warming up to Siri again (we admit the Her commentary was pretty endearing), there’s a new voice assistant hitting the market soon that might have us uttering “Siri, who?” in no time.
Ez-Robot, a small company based in Calgary, Canada, is aiming to start a new "revolution" in robotics. The company's new Revolution line is a series of small, hobby-sized robots with modular parts, easy-to-use features, and snap-together mechanics. The line consists of three new robot kits: a humanoid two legged walker, a rover with tracks, and a hexapod, or six-legged spider-bot.
Ez-Robot has been around since 2011, making robot controllers, servo motors, and robot control software. Previous products have concentrated on adding functionality to existing items – first by turning radio control toys into robots, and then adding intelligence and additional sensors to off-the-shelf robots like the Roomba and WowWee's Roboquad.
The company's three new robots are based around a simple sliding mechanical interface called the "Ez-Bit clip'n'play" technology, which allows chains of servomotors to be attached to create arms, legs, or even pan-tilt mounts for cameras. No tools are required, and all of the parts can be created on a 3D printer, if you have one. Ez-Robot will send you the patterns to make your own components.
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Here I visit the weird headquarters of Meta. Home of the Space Glasses. https://www.spaceglasses.com/ The CEO, Meron Gribetz, and COO, Ben Sand, show me arou... (Meta makes all my dreams come true with their augmented reality wearable.
Neurowear, developed the Neurocam, is an augmented iPhone camera that records emotionally significant moments. The camera is activated by the user’s brainwaves as emotions increase neuro activity. Software within the Neurocam judges emotional sensitivities on a scale from 0 to 100, 100 being the most stimulating moment.
With discriminating decision-making software, the camera only begins to record 5 second .gif files when the neuro value exceeds 60. Images are saved with a timestamp and location, so if someone ever asks you “do you remember…” you can interrupt with “yes, let’s watch.
The latest wearables are smart in that they have more capabilities and sensors. That’s not enough for this market to explode beyond predictions though. We need a killer app to separate signal from noise in personal, meaningful ways.
The EmoSpark console is a 90 x 90 x 90 mm (3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 in) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled cube that interacts with a user’s emotions using a combination of content analysis and face-tracking software. In addition to distinguishing between each member of the household, the device uses custom developed technology that the creator says enables it to differentiate between basic human feelings and create emotion profiles of not just everybody it interacts with, but also itself.
"When researchers look at the aspects of meaning that matter for grammar across different languages, many of the same aspects pop up over and over again. Does the verb describe something changing (break vs. hit)? Does it describe something only people can do (own, know, believe vs. exist, break, roll)? Does it describe an event or a state (frighten vs. fear)? This is too suspicious of a pattern to be accidental. Researchers like Steven Pinker have argued that language cares about these aspects of meaning because these are basic distinctions our brain makes when we think and reason about the world (see Stuff of Thought). Thus, the structure of language gives us insight into the structure of thought"