Like-A-Hug Vest Inflates When You Get a Facebook Like There's nothing like a bear hug from a loved one at the end of a long day. But if you live far away from your family, you now have a man-made alternative. Scientists at MIT have created a vest that inflates when your Facebook friends "Like" your posts, mimicking the sensation of a hug. Dubbed "Like-A-Hug," the puffy vest inflates so its wearer can "feel the warmth, encouragement, support or love that we feel when we receive hugs," according to designer Melissa Chow's website. To return the hug, the wearer wraps his or her arms around the shoulders to deflate the vest, symbolizing the act of sending the hug back.
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Eye-controlled 'i beam' tablet lets you strap-hang safely | Crave - CNET Japan has some pretty high-tech trains, but bumpy rides are still common. 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.
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Have you ever come home from a stressful day at work and felt like smashing a watermelon to pieces? 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. Watch the Human Mind Explode a Watermelon [VIDEO]
Opinion: Tablets are changing the tech you use, whether you own one or not If the computing industry was a stagnant pond in late 2009, the introduction of tablets a few months later was less akin to a pebble flicked from the shore and more like a boulder hurled from 10 feet up. The ripples have been widespread and lasting. And the rocks haven’t stopped dropping from the sky.
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. 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.
Behold Ben's glove of power. 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. Xbox 'Power Glove' Offers Precise, Kinect-Like Gesture Control | Gadget Lab
The mouse, having played its role in the transformation of the personal computer, is now almost outdated. 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. 5 Exciting Innovations That Will Change Computing in 2012
Skipping tracks and pausing your music is something that you probably do twenty to thirty times a day. 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. Stop and Start Your Music With Hand Gestures
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Brainwave-controlled skateboard is totally mental | Crave - CNET Remember the Board of Awesomeness , the Kinect-controlled motorized skateboard from CES? Well, it just got more awesome. The creator of this high-tech board, Chaotic Moon Labs, has come up with a new version called the Board of Imagination that works by reading your brain waves. That's right, a mind-controlled skateboard. You simply imagine where you'd like to go and how fast you want to get there, and the Board of Imagination will take care of the rest. It's powered by the same 800-watt electric motor and Windows 8-enabled Samsung tablet as the Board of Awesomeness, but it adds an emotive headset to read your thoughts to set the board in motion.
Singing gloves give new meaning to jazz hands | Crave - CNET Hand gestures can add a lot to a conversation. 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.
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Apple introduces us to the Wild World of Coded Magnets Apple's Patent Background Electronic devices are common in both home and work environments. 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. Not only does it have a unique hinge that allows it to adjust the screen at almost any angle — it can be folded back to a 90 degree angle and then be pulled forward to a 5 degree angle — it's also only 25.4mm thick. Lenovo's claiming that's the "industry's thinnest" 27-inch all-in-one, but I have to say that Samsung's Series 7 seems to have a thinner profile, although that only has a 23-inch display. The A720 won't be available for a while — though it will be sometime in the first half of the year — but we do know that it will have Intel Core processors, Nvidia graphics, and up to a terabyte of storage. I got a quick look at the A720 here at CES 2012, and found the sliding mechanism to be extremely sturdy. In fact, it may be too sturdy; it required a bit of force to pull the display forward.
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. But they’ve put up a video that shows just how you can expect to interact with Windows 8 and Metro using a multi-touch trackpad. You can watch the video here, but I’ve embedded it here as well for your convenience: I have to say that some of these things look extremely handy.
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.
So, here's a Vision Of The Future that's popular right now. It's a lot of this sort of thing. As it happens, designing Future Interfaces For The Future used to be my line of work. I had the opportunity to design with real working prototypes, not green screens and After Effects, so there certainly are some interactions in the video which I'm a little skeptical of, given that I've actually tried them and the animators presumably haven't.
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