Live chat on blog entries

Preview of 3Bubbles. “They have created a very easy to integrate Ajax based chat interface that can be added to every blog post automatically. By simply adding a code snippet into the blog template, a link will be included in every post (think comments, trackbacks, and now chat) to open a chat window where readers can debate and discuss the post.”

TechCrunch

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Display art

Makroskop. “The installation consists of a spiral-shaped array of screen-strips on which a continuous collaged image is projected. The image is slowly grinding towards the center of the spiral. There is also sound and as a whole creates a very maelstrom-esque appearance of the piece that is quite beautiful. Apparently, there is also some degree of interactivity which allows one to touch a part of the collage in order make more images from the same context appear, thus rendering it a kind of macroscope for the pool of images.”

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Smart shopping lists

SmartShopper – the voice-activated shopping list device (or should that be memory assistant). “SmartShopper is an automated grocery shopping list device that will use voice recognition technology to store, and intelligently aggregate lists for shopping and errands, then print the list. According to the company’s co-founder Richard G. Brindisi, “the user simply presses a button on the unit and says the name of a grocery item they will need on their next visit to the store. The unit has an LCD and an embedded thermal printer that actually prints the list right out of the unit. The list will be printed according to the categories in the grocery store, i.e. all of the produce items will be listed together, frozen foods together, etc.”

gizmag

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Audio through the body

New iPod nano uses human skin to transmit audio. “Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) took up the latter approach yesterday by unveiling an iPod nano which communicates with earphones via your body’s ability to pump electrical signal. Oh sure, the prototype requires the user to keep a finger pressed to the iPod to close the circuit and there’s always risk of a nasty infection after implanting the 10-microwatt/2Mbps chip in your forearm but hey, prototype or not think of the time you’ll save not having to untangle your headphone cables every morning. “

Engadget

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Touch payment

Pay By Touch Online. “Using the same scanners that are already showing up on PCs and some USB drives, Pay By Touch uses a fingerprint to generate a unique numerical algorithm. That pattern is then stored on Pay By Touch’s servers and associated with a credit or debit card, enabling the fingerprint to be used to make a purchase.”

Business Week

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Digital whiteboards

Polyvision’s Thunder. “For about $100,000, Polyvision will turn a bare meeting room into a “Thunder-capable” room. The white board is replaced by a large touch-sensitive screen connected to a series of digital projectors. Sketch ideas with a finger or virtual pen onto an easel, and each resulting page is projected on the screen. Photos and even videos can be added to sketches and pages easily rearranged in a drag-and-drop manner. All that, with none of the chemical stench of dry-erase pens.”

Business Week

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Pixels in your eye

Super Vision Sans Bionics. “At the heart of PixelOptics’ technology are tiny, electronically-controlled pixels embedded within a traditional eyeglass lens. Technicians scan the eyeball with an aberrometer — a device that measures aberrations that can impede vision — and then the pixels are programmed to correct the irregularities.”

Wired News

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Group voting on media

Video Bomb. “Video Bomb filters up the hottest videos on the internet: people submit links to the ‘Incoming!’ page and you bomb the best ones. If a video gets a lot of bombs quickly, it makes it to the front page.”

Video Bomb

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