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Like-A-Hug Vest Inflates When You Get a Facebook Like. Down The Digital Rabbit Hole As We Automate Everything. Eye-controlled 'i beam' tablet lets you strap-hang safely. Japan has some pretty high-tech trains, but bumpy rides are still common.

Eye-controlled 'i beam' tablet lets you strap-hang safely

If you're squashed between dozens of commuters and gripping a strap with one hand while holding reading material in the other, turning the page as the speeding carriage lurches to and fro can be downright dangerous. That's why NTT DoCoMo has developed a prototype tablet that you can control with your eyes. Google Maps now lets armchair scuba divers explore the Great Barrier Reef and more. Watch the Human Mind Explode a Watermelon. Have you ever come home from a stressful day at work and felt like smashing a watermelon to pieces?

Watch the Human Mind Explode a Watermelon

Only, you didn't feel like getting up from the couch to do so? Well, stress no more — now all you have to do is think. LVL1, a hackerspace in Louisville, Ky., designed a get-up that gives folks the ability to blow up a watermelon — using only their minds. Here's how it works: The user (or fruit-destroyer) wears an EEG headset to interpret his or her brain waves.

Then those signals are transferred into wireless impulses and sent to a CO2 cannon mounted at the bottom of the fruit. (This almost surely would have put Gallagher and his Sledge-O-Matic act out of business back in the day.) SEE ALSO: Fly This Mind-Controlled Quadrotor Using Your Thoughts Check out the video above to see an innocent melon meet its untimely demise. What other ways should EEG headsets be used? [via Dvice] Opinion: Tablets are changing the tech you use, whether you own one or not. Developers Are Flocking To Leap Motion To Revolutionize The Way We Interact With Our Macs. Leap Motion‘s worldwide call for developers “to imagine and create the future” has resulted in a virtual stampede of interested parties applying for the Leap SDK, which will allow them to make apps using Leap Motion’s revolutionary 3D motion tracking technology.

Developers Are Flocking To Leap Motion To Revolutionize The Way We Interact With Our Macs

Leap Motion is a San Francisco company developing the world’s most powerful and sensitive 3D motion-control and motion-sensing technology. Leap Motion’s first product, the Leap — featured with an exclusive hands-on video demonstration on Cult of Mac last month — will be available in early 2013. The Leap is the first product to let users navigate and interact with computer applications using natural hand and finger movements.

Founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald and David Holz (pictured), the company aims to revolutionize the way we interact with our computers. The Leap is a phenomenally accurate motion detection technology that can track your individual finger movements down to 1/100th of a millimeter. Xbox 'Power Glove' Offers Precise, Kinect-Like Gesture Control. Behold Ben's glove of power.

Xbox 'Power Glove' Offers Precise, Kinect-Like Gesture Control

Photo: Ben Heck The Kinect gesture-control system is a great addition for Xbox 360 games that involve dancing, leaping and other sweeping body movements. Leap Motion. 5 Exciting Innovations That Will Change Computing in 2012. The mouse, having played its role in the transformation of the personal computer, is now almost outdated.

5 Exciting Innovations That Will Change Computing in 2012

If you think about it, when the mouse was first invented in the 1960s, computers were unrecognizable from the sleek, sophisticated devices we use today. So has the mouse had its day? Technical innovations are incoming in the next year or so that promise to bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds like never before, whether that's controlling your computer with gestures, opening programs with your eyes or extending the menu options for touchscreens with wearable devices. Take a look through our gallery of interesting innovations in the computing world.

This May we'll be exploring the future of tech and many other digital trends at our signature conference, Mashable Connect. Event Information Held in a unique location away from everyday distractions, Mashable Connect is a rare and valuable opportunity to be surrounded by digital leaders across industries. Stop and Start Your Music With Hand Gestures. Skipping tracks and pausing your music is something that you probably do twenty to thirty times a day.

Stop and Start Your Music With Hand Gestures

If you’re at work and someone starts chatting with you, you’ll start seeking out the pause button until the conversation is done. What if you didn’t have to click a button at all? A new app by a company called Flutter lets you simply hold your hand up to your webcam to start and stop your music and it’s pretty freaking awesome. The free app for Mac is a lightweight download and once you open it up it leaves your webcam on. Microsoft Demos Super Fast Touchscreen Display.

Brainwave-controlled skateboard is totally mental. Remember the Board of Awesomeness , the Kinect-controlled motorized skateboard from CES?

Brainwave-controlled skateboard is totally mental

Well, it just got more awesome. Singing gloves give new meaning to jazz hands. Hand gestures can add a lot to a conversation.

Singing gloves give new meaning to jazz hands

They can convey excitement and help you describe a scene or object. And, of course, the simple act of lifting a certain finger can quickly let someone know you're not too happy with them. In all, gestures are an effective form of communication, and now, researchers in Vancouver have found a way to take them to the next level. A team of engineers from the University of British Columbia has developed a pair of gloves that read hand gestures and convert them to speech and song, potentially giving those with speech and/or hearing disabilities another way to communicate. The project, called Digital Ventriloquized Actor (DIVA) and led by UBC professor of electrical and computer engineering Sidney Fels, tries to replicate the movements of real vocal cords through the use of hand gestures read by a system of sensors.

The right glove features 3D motion sensors that can detect whether your hand is open or closed. (Via New Scientist) Mattel plans to make ‘Back to the Future’ hover boards. Likely hoping to capture the same frenzied, nostalgic excitement that was created by the release of the Nike Mags, Mattel has just announced that the company will be creating a 1:1 replica of the hover board used by Michael J.

Mattel plans to make ‘Back to the Future’ hover boards

Fox’s character in both Back to the Future II and Back to the Future III. As mentioned on the Matty Collector blog, Mattel will be taking preorders for the hover board between March 1 to March 20, 2012. The board will make “whooshing” sounds similar to the films and Mattel mentioned that the board will “glide over most surfaces,” but not actually hover. Mattel is targeting a November or December 2012 release window; somewhat late for anyone that was planning an amazing Marty McFly Halloween costume this year. Apple introduces us to the Wild World of Coded Magnets. Apple's Patent Background Electronic devices are common in both home and work environments.

Apple introduces us to the Wild World of Coded Magnets

Such devices often transmit data back and forth in order to operate or share information. Lenovo IdeaCentre A720: a Microsoft Surface for the rest of us (hands-on video) Okay, so it's not a 46-inch table that supports 20 points of input, but Lenovo's IdeaCentre A720 does morph into a pretty sweet flat panel horizontal surface for only $1,299. Synaptics Demonstrates Windows 8 Trackpad Gestures On Video. We heard a while back that Windows 8 would support multi-touch via the trackpad. Sure, there’s some stuff you can do right now, but the promise made by Microsoft and Synaptics has been deferred for the most part. The Story of 'Pah!', The Voice-Controlled Mobile Game. The Next Web has covered a broad spectrum of stories from Internet Week Europe, taking in everything from Jimmy Wales and Jason Calacanis, to what big tech firms mean for the UK startup scene and startup survivor stories.

And today we were at the Power of One conference at Battersea Power Station in South West London, an event focused on getting developers and entrepreneurs together to celebrate how much the individual can achieve in today’s tech industry. Yosi Taguri was one of the keynote speakers at the Power of One. Yosi has been a developer since he was 11, “when computers had 8 bits and less than 64k of memory”, and today he holds a mass of experience developing for multiple platforms, though he has been focusing specifically on iOS and Android in the past couple of years. But the subject of his speech wasn’t so much to talk about his past experience, though it’s worth noting that past failures did get a look-in. A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design.

Gesture-Based Login Apps For iPad And iPhone Aim To Banish Passwords From Touchscreens.

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