December 30, 2010

Play With Your Food - Fab@Home


Shades of Richard Dreyfus in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and his mashed potatoes. We don't even begin to understand it, but we found that Cornell University Computational Synthesis Lab's Fab@Home Model 1 to be utterly fascinating. They see the printing of food, yeah, food, to be doable in the future. One loads up the ingredients, (for now chocolate, cheese and other liquid ingredients,) picks a recipe, tweaks it a bit, and a syringe literally prints the stuff. The team sees this technology as an eventual social networking tool. We see it as getting to play with your food and about 180ยบ away from a Star Trek replicator.

Via Cornell

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May 3, 2010

Look! A Twitter Cuckoo Clock


Haroon Baig has taken tweeting to a whole 'nother level. The Twitter Cuckoo Clock displays messages on a touchscreen and the trademark bird chirps as it pops out of the top. The interface and interaction designer modified the clock's insides with a controller board, WiFi dongle and Chumby open source platform.

Via Wired

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September 28, 2009

Find Out What The Internet Thinks of You


If you would like to see your Internet life flash before your eyes, try MIT's Personas Web. The application uses your name and algorithms to check references about you, then rapidly lets you know how the Internet sees you. Note that if your name is common, there will be information on others mixed in, but it certainly beats Google for coming up with aspects that you didn't think anyone noticed.

The one above is a partial gauge of yours truly. We are wondering where the fame and military parts come in. This is a Must Application for you to try. Then insert names of your friends, family and others for a really fun trip.

Via Personas Web

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April 2, 2009

Feel the Film With Philips Jacket


This has to be the ultimate method of literally getting into a film. Philips has designed a jacket that is lined with vibration motors and 64 actuators that are linked along a serial bus across both arms and torso. The clothing simulates outside forces, but fortunately not the violent type. So instead of feeling a kick to Bruce Lee, you feel his emotions such as tension and anxiety. Not only will a shiver go up your spine, it will create a pulsing that is meant to simulate an elevated heartrate. The jacket was displayed at the recent IEEE-sponsored 2009 World Haptics Conference 2009.

Via IEEE Spectrum

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February 20, 2008

Crazy Pod Chair Makes You Think You Are In The Movie Sleeper

If you ever wanted to feel completely dorky and listen to music at the same time AND you are a big Woody Allen fan then we have something for you. Dubbed the "Armchair Paradise" this crazy chair completely envelopes you to let you rest your weary bones after a long day and listen to some tunes in complete isolation. The makers claim that it holds an advanced sound system in there so you can relax to your favorite tunes streamed into the chair ball while you relax. While this isn't our typical story to cover we just couldn't resist. While we have been envisioning a future where all of our media is digital and can be accessed anywhere and shared with everyone, others are finding ways to isolate us from others and make us look nuts. :) If you haven't seen the Woody Allen movie "Sleeper" you really should as it is a pretty funny depiction of our life in the not to distant future. This chair just reminds us of too many of the silly contraptions that Woody predicts will be in our lives. Are we really that stressed out that we need a chair that covers us up and soothes us with happy music. We'll see, but we can tell you this, if anyone ever buys one of these your friends will never let you hear the end of it.

via engadget
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