Friday, March 28, 2008

A glimpse ahead

Microsoft's vision on the future of healthcare.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Holophonics - 3D Sound for relugar headphones

Holophonics is a form of sound recording that employs a dummy head recording arrangement and is based on the hypothesis that the auditory system acts as an interferometer. As with binaural recordings, the sound characteristics are most clearly heard through headphones. Holophonics should not be confused with holophonic recording (or holophony), which is a system of sound recording over the surface of a sphere. - Wikipedia

You'll need headphones for this to work. Make sure there is no noise around, close your eyes, turn the volume up a little bit, hold and press headphone on your ears for better hearing, play it and enjoy this impressive audio work.

Example 2: - Holophonic.mp3
Example 3:

Friday, March 21, 2008

Head Tracking using FaceAPI

This video shows Head tracking using the faceAPI and a web-camera, connected to Johnny Lee's desktop VR demo. By using the faceAPI and a webcam instead of a wiimote, the same 3D view-dependent rendering can be accomplished without having to wear anything on your head. The faceAPI automatically tracks head position and rotation in X, Y and Z. - FaceAPI

Johnny Chung Lee's Head Tracking using the Wii Remote

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Boston Dynamics Big Dog

BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. - Boston Dynamics

Thursday, March 13, 2008

"Voiceless" phone calls

A neckband that translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals has been used to demonstrate a "voiceless" phone call for the first time.

With careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound. These signals are picked up by the neckband and relayed wirelessly to a computer that converts them into words spoken by a computerised voice.
- NewScientist

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Gesture Based Interaction Screens image

The Alternative has developed a gesture based interaction screen for Orange. According to The Alternative it’s the first time that a technology like this has been shown to the public. Via the large projected image and a touch-free interface, the installation provides users with a new way to activate news, film clips and music videos. -

Minority Report At Cebit 2008

It seems that everyone is working on new interfaces. Using thought, gestures or real objects. This interface was filmed at CeBIT 2008. It offers a very intuitive way of interacting with information and images. It resembles the interface that was used in Minority Report. To make sure that you see the resemblance I added a Minority Report scene as a bonus. -

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Hans Rosling: Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen

You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world" using extraordinary animation software developed by his Gapminder Foundation. The Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) turns complex global trends into lively animations, making decades of data pop. Asian countries, as colorful bubbles, float across the grid -- toward better national health and wealth. Animated bell curves representing national income distribution squish and flatten. In Rosling's hands, global trends -- life expectancy, child mortality, poverty rates -- become clear, intuitive and even playful. - TED


George Dyson: Let's take a nuclear-powered rocket to Saturn

George Dyson tells the amazing story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. With a priceless insider's perspective and a cache of documents, photos and film, Dyson brings this dusty Atomic Age dream to vivid life. - TED