Monthly Archives: February 2012

Brain Controlled Skateboard!!!

Mind control! Just read the title!!! Brain controlled skateboard! :D ‘Nuff said. Check it out NOW!


Voice it Table & LED Chandelier



Finder is a cool little device for those of you that are a little bit forgetful and misplace essentials, like your phone or your keys. Technically, Finder is a two-part RFID Locator comprising of main transparent terminal and a series of small tab stickers. Basically you are supposed to stick the tracking stickers to objects that you tend to misplace often, like keys, phone, wallet etc.

SWYP: See What You Print

Molly – turns your retweets into sweets


One of the essential properties of Near Field Communication is nearness, but this is set against one of the paradoxes of touch-based interaction where, in fact, nothing needs to touch. In a very short film made by the Touch project in collaboration with BERG,  nearness in interactive technologies is explored:

Illumishare – Microsoft’s Latest Concept Of Shared Spaces

Imagine a that you’re desk is a shared space where people can interact with you as if they were sitting across from you. This is Microsoft’s vision of shared space in its latest iteration. Though admittedly extremely simple in terms of tech (hardly more than a projector and camera), the product is simple and effective. It can be used to play games together on pen and paper, play cards, get help from remote tutors with math and other homework, and just about any other interaction where another person’s presence can be overlaid onto an augmented shared space. More in the video.



C21U TechBurst Competition voting still open

My current research focus is on student-led video as a tool to aid in teaching and learning in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classroom. I have completed several projects incorporating this idea into undergraduate courses at Tech, the last of which being in conjunction with Professor Greco’s Physics 2211 course (478 students).
The notion of learning via asynchronous video is also at the core of the C21U TechBurst competition (with $5000 in prize money at stake), and I have worked with them as well over the past few terms. Many of the video projects that now are “finalists” in the competition are either taken exactly from our work with Physics or from other video projects I’ve done across campus. Take a look and vote!

Microsoft’s Holoflector

here is a video from Microsoft Research, showing how they combined the use of their kinect sensor as well as their windows phone, together with an ‘augmented’ mirror to display holographical projections, which people can interact with


Here is another video from Microsoft research showcasing a see through desktop, where users can use direct manipulation ‘touching’ the objects in the 3D space. With files and folders layed out in 3D space on the user’s hand.


Home Technology for Religion

I’m sorry to keep posting links to papers to read ;), but I just remembered an interesting article out of the sadly now-defunct Berkley Intel Research center. Alison Woodruff led an ethnographic study around home automation technology to support Sabbath practices for Orthodox Jews. It’s super interesting!

here’s an arXiv link to the paper:
Sabbath Day Home Automation: “It’s Like Mixing Technology and Religion”