Category Archives: 04. ubiquitous computing

Flexible Displays

As computing becomes more a part of our everyday lives, new types of displays are required in order to present information. One of these new display technologies include flexible displays. These allow the displays to be used in unique situations where a standard fixed shape display wouldn’t work. The potential for these types of screens to be used in all sorts of ubiquitous computing situations is enormous, which makes these types of displays extremely useful.

http://www.oled-info.com/flexible-oled

So here’s an interesting writeup of a recent blackberry addition to cameras. It’ll basically take a video recording that will let you catch the right time for your photo. More here:

http://www.thecomplexmedia.com/blog/2012/05/rim-bb10-camera-tech/

Here’s something a bit different, kinda like the quilt or clothing that we read up on during the semester.

Lighting Up: Adaptive and Interesting way to change our landscape

http://news.discovery.com/tech/building-converted-into-giant-tetris-game-120423.html

Its a recent article on MIT students changing a building into a giant tetris display. I believe there was also a marketing video that made space invaders out of it. This may not actually be much related to most things we talked about but wont it be interesting if we leverage on the things we have today to create a vision of tomorrow. Rather then just lighting up our buildings, why not give it life on the outside that will also make the landscape interesting.

The thing is many of us envision some sort of vision of tomorrow, but most of us cant give up what we have today easily. All this structure and knowledge that lies around today wont be gone tomorrow or anytime in the near future. What we need to do is adapt them to this new vision rather then trying to replace them. Like retro fitting of current buildings, giving them smart circuits to control their internal flow and lighting, all this to change them for the future.

And of course a little fun like those guys in MIT wont hurt will it?

Automated Home of Today

This is a video of a fully automated situated in Japan on a mountain. Using current technology by Control4 and integration, a fully automated home with settings that can both automate normal functions like lifting the blinds to heating the home and switching off the lights. It can also provide security by knowing if someone entered the home. All of this could be remotely controlled. It is expensive to do such a home for now but in the future this certainly can aid people in multiple ways.

BrandTable Concept

BrandTable is a concept for food courts where you order remotely from a table and pay with your phone. Neat idea. Uses NFC technology.

 

 

This project was completed as part of the Interaction Design and Electronic Arts program at the University of Sydney

Intertain Experience Home Lab

Have a look at this video to see what other Aware Home type initiatives are out there. This video focuses on how computers can be integrated into the daily activities which take place in a home environment.

This is much like a mixture of the Aware Home and the Syn Lab at GVU :