vrAse: The Smartphone Virtual Reality Case by Louise Bankhead vrAse is the biggest revolution your Smartphone has ever seen; a very special case, which enables you to use it like never imagined before. Today Smartphones have everything we need to enjoy movies and games in a portable way. The BIG issue is they have small screens to do so, and your hands are kept busy holding them. We have created vrAse to solve these two problems. With vrAse you can enjoy movies in a huge 3D-Perfect screen, play totally immersive games and experience the awesome possibilities of Augmented Reality… everything in a super compact, portable, affordable, hands free use and upgradable device. You have to try vrAse, to see what you have been missing all this time! Forget TV, consoles and expensive gadgets that have wires and low resolution screens… with vrAse you can take your Smartphone to the next dimension, and have fun from day one. Download any content which is “Side by Side” (SBS) ready to your smartphone and you are set. Wait to see a movie on vrAse! Mobile adaptor
ZERO TO MAKER: A Re-Skilling Guide for New Makers by David Lang "David Lang is an inspiration to anyone who has dreamed of making, but has been hesitant to start because they feel they don't have the necessary skills. As David will show you, all it takes is curiosity, passion, and a willingness to learn from your mistakes." - Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of MAKE Magazine, founder of Boing Boing, and author of Made by Hand "Many entrepreneurs have heard the prediction that 'hardware is the new software.' Well, David is laying out a lean approach to building the right skills to help you get into the action." - Patrick Vlaskovits, entrepreneur and author of The Lean Entrepreneur By this point, you've probably heard of the maker movement. It's one thing to read about this curious maker world, but quite another to immerse yourself into it, which is what I've done for the past year and a half. After losing my office job in the summer of 2011, I was forced to rethink my career trajectory. But I wouldn’t want to do it by myself.
The Matterform 3D Scanner The Matterform 3D Scanner - The world’s first, truly affordable 3D scanner for anyone! If you've ever wanted a 3D scanner now's your chance. By pledging support to this project, you can have your very own 3D Scanner. All the Early backers, batch #1, #2, #3 and #4 packs are sold out and batch #5 is now closed. The Matterform 3D Scanner allows anyone to take a physical object, and turn it into a digital 3D model on your computer. We’ve been developing the 3D scanner hardware and software from scratch for the past year and now we’re ready to release it to you. The Verge - "Matterform crowdfunds a simple, well-designed 3D scanner that could arrive this summer" MAKE: - "Inexpensive “Click-and-Scan” 3D Scanner Soars on Indiegogo" Ponoko- "the unit behaved as advertised, and really does look great." Ars Technica - "New $443 3D scanner on sale: “Looks awesome. Tech Crunch - "Similar projects are popping up these days ... – but none look as polished as this model." Do I have to be an engineer? No.
Redefining Architecture, in a Dance of Lasers Lasers trace a transformed architectural space, in a choreography connected to sound and music. All images courtesy the artists. We live in an age in which the art of architecture and the art of light have come into close duet. One such example is the 2012 project Blau, receipient of a 2013 Ars Electronic nod. Blaus from Playmodes on Vimeo. But it isn’t just architecture responding to music. “Architecture itself is used as a musical source, since the study of the room acoustics and its resonance frequency allows for using the space as a giant musical instrument. Customized Duration software. The ingredients for the installation of Blau at the VAD Festival, Girona (Spain/Catalunya) are a combination of motors and mirrors. 12 laser beams meet servos and motors and the Duration software by James George (with YCAMInterLab).Duration @ GitHub You can look into the development process in a making-of video: Radial and Blaus. The project involves a set of collaborations in Barcelona.
Brevet US7470218 - Walk simulation apparatus for exercise and virtual reality - Google Brevets This publication claims the benefit of PPA 17522 USPTO 60/474780 Not applicable This invention relates to an exercise platform. There is a growing demand for exercise machines to become more entertaining and less tedious. As many games require the player to walk or run around a virtual world several inventions have attempted to simulate walking and running. A feature of walking/running exercise devices is that they tend to be computer controlled as opposed to providing an input to a computer. Phillips' U.S. The objective of the disclosed invention is to provide a locomotion platform. Notwithstanding any other forms that may fall within the scope of the present invention, preferred forms of the invention will now be described, by way of example only. illustrates one exemplary embodiment of the locomotion platform 2. A change in direction is achieved by altering the direction in which the user's feet are slid. The view from above the active platform 2 area is circular.
Makeblock : Next Generation of Construct Platform by Makeblock Update #2: Using Makeblock to DIY a 3D (Chocolate) printer What is Makeblock? Makeblock is an aluminum extrusion based construct platform that can be used to bring your creations to life. With Makeblock you can make professional and steady robots, machines or even art-ware. With Makeblock platform, the only necessary tool is a screw driver. We are committed to providing a complete solution to bring your ideas into the physical world to enjoy. Why did we start this project? We wanted to create a platform that is open and accessible to everyone, to allow people with varying skills and backgrounds to create something with their hands. It was then we decided that the only way to do this was to design our own platform. After a year of testing, designing and several upgrades we finally unveiled our creation. Features Makeblock’s STABILITY comes from its strong modular aluminum design and flexibility. Makeblock uses the most popular open source platform Arduino. Where can Makeblock be used?
Bento Laptop Tablet Hybrid by René Woo-Ram Lee Bento is quite an exceptional and forward thinking concept by René Woo-Ram Lee. It’s quite a plausible scenario that most of use/own a tablet, a PC, external hard drives and a smartphone. Now combine the power of these to have fully customizable Bento Laptop! The Box accommodates all the gear to work as one whole unit or individually; as you see fit. Features Laptop with 15″ OLED screen11″ tablet and 4″ phone sit in shallow depressionsSolar powered lithium-ion battery1TB SSD drive Designer: René Woo-Ram Lee The Fujitsu branding is evident and rightly so, the concept is a part of the Fujitsu Design Award that is organized by Designboom. The Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the AHS Sikorsky Prize The Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition was established in 1980 by the American Helicopter Society to help foster the creation of the first human-powered helicopter. To win the prize a team of engineers would have to build a helicopter powered solely by a human that would achieve a flight duration of 60 seconds, reach an altitude of 3 meters (9.8 ft), while remaining in a 10 meter (32.8 ft) square. The first attempt wouldn’t even leave the ground until 1989 when the Da Vinci III built by students Cal Poly San Luis Obispo flew for 7.1 seconds. Over 33 years have passed since the creation of the AHS Sikorsky Prize and dozens teams have tried to win it.
VWN Resource Database: Locomotion The issue of moving immersively within virtual environments and landscapes, without cracking your head open on a physical wall has always been at the forefront of VR work. Fundamentally, there has to be a way to navigate without walking into walls. Sections Six degrees of freedom represent total movement. X, Y, and Z axis are the normal three. Pitch, roll, and yaw join them for every possible movement. Game Law: Everybody Conga? The Wii: Truly a Wanda for Everyone? The Nintendo Wii has been out for almost half a year at time of writing. Tongue Drive Technology Tongue drive sounds at first like a strange sexual fetish. Tracking Your Fingers with the Wiimote By using an LED array made out of cheap to buy LEDs placed in a grid with a hole in the middle for the Wii-mote to point through, some software, and some foil stickers on the fingers, a home-use, very basic multi-point interaction system is born. VR Interfaces: Gyration Air Mouse Movea? The MX Air is essentially a 6 DOF mouse. Back To Top
ATOMS Express Toys by Seamless Toy Company, Inc. And there's a little more in it for you too - if we hit $175K, we'll give every backer at the $59 pledge level and above a free Earthquake ATOM for your set (it's a vibrating motor/rumble-pack ATOM). ATOMS give kids of any age the ability to make their toys DO things. And not just new toys – ATOMS were built to work with the stuff kids already have, like LEGOs, costumes, stuffed animals, Barbies and action figures. ATOMS don’t require any electronics skills or programming experience – or supervision from a parent with an engineering degree. Here’s a snapshot of the toys we’re introducing at launch, with your help: Monster Construction Set: So you have a pet monster? Magic Wand Set: What good is a magic wand that doesn’t do anything? iOS Control Set: The 18-room, 4-car garage Italian villa you just built with your LEGOs would be a lot cooler if those garage doors would open, cars could drive out, and the third floor would shake when Henry the Ghost haunts it. $100K - UNLOCKED! 1. 2. 3.
Disney's Magical Flashlight Brings Kids' Books To Life Maybe being the dad of a toddler makes me overly skeptical of "enhanced" or "augmented" children’s books and toys, but I’m usually unimpressed with efforts to future-ify an experience that seems to work just as fine now as it did when Goodnight Moon was first written 66 years ago. Then I saw HideOut, a new prototype from Disney Research that uses a handheld projector to bring animated characters to life on the surface of a book or board game. Okay, now I’m impressed: A smartphone-sized handheld projector, surprisingly enough, looks like just the right kind of "extra" to add a bit of genuine magic to the experience of reading stories to your kid. Those two words--"lightweight" and "exploratory"--are the key, and for once they don’t sound like lip service. HideOut isn’t a product yet, but it should be.
Massive Phoenixes Made of Remnants from Construction Sites Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing's aptly titled Phoenix soars above viewers, made from the remnants of old construction sites in China. The large-scale sculptural installation consists of two massive birds, each comprised of countless materials that include steel beams, hard hats, chains, pipes, tanks, tools, and other remnants from the migrant laborers who worked on the urban construction sites. The project is the result of two years of collection and assembly. Xu's enormous creations, weighing 12 tons and measuring 90 and 100 feet in length, are sculptural representations of cultural evolution and the lives of those who have given their energy and strength to spark a cultural and architectural change in China. The project states: "At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China."
String Walker 1 Introduction ----- vision and goal It has often been suggested that the best locomotion mechanism for virtual worlds would be walking. It is well known that the sense of distance or orientation while walking is much better than that while riding in a vehicle. 2 Technical Innovation of the Project 2.1 Basic design The major innovation of this work is a new actuation mechanism that cancels the displacement of the walker. Figure 1. 2.2 Hardware configuration Four strings are connected to each shoe (Figure 3). Figure5. 2.3 Method of walking The user’s position in virtual space is updated corresponding to the results of motion tracking of the feet. Figure 8.Cancellation of walking Figure 9. 3 Experience for the SIGGRAPH 2007 attendees The experience of the String Walker is simple. 4 How does this work expand on prior work? We have been developing prototypes of locomotion interfaces for virtual environments since 1989. 5 Larger implications of the project beyond this demonstration phase References