Interaction clothing

nieuwe heren: beauty and geek
“it uses a pair jeans modified to accommodate the added technology of keyboard and mouse. the right back pocket is custom-shaped to cover the mouse which is attached to the jeans via an elastic wire. ‘the beauty and the geek’ has a wireless USB connection that allows the user to move around while still maintaining control with the keyboard and mouse. speakers are also added to the knees giving the user the freedom to listen to music.”
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Design Boom

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Un-cooled superconducting

Forcing Electrons into Superconducting Line
“Superconductors carry electricity with no loss to resistance. They are to regular conductors what a laser beam is to a light bulb. The problem is they have to be cooled to at least –100 degrees Celsius to work. Then the electrons spontaneously start moving in one direction and forming pairs. And now, scientists have caught a glimpse of a mysterious phase they call the “pseudo-gap” where the electrons line up just before they form pairs and start superconducting. Louis Taillefer from the University of Sherbrooke said they used a magnetic field to align the electron flow: “The effect was very big. It was surprisingly big.” If scientists can take advantage of this effect, room temperature superconductors could be a step closer. “If we do find or if we do arrive at a material that can sustain superconductivity at room temperature we will have a huge technological revolution, similar on a scale to the transistor.””
Scientific American

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Sidewalk batteries

Pedestrian footsteps, converted into energy
“Each rubber slab from UK-based Pavegen Systems gets depressed by about 5 mm each time it gets stepped on. Using just that small movement, it can convert the kinetic energy used into electricity, which is then stored in the slab. Specifically, 5 percent of the energy harvested is used to make the slab’s LED glow, making it clear to users that their energy has been captured. The rest can be used to power pedestrian lighting, information displays and many other applications. Pavegen’s patent-protected technology has also been used to harvest energy from users’ footsteps on stairs; custom branding is available.”
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Springwise

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Social recommendations

Dating site lets women call the shots
“Men can join for free, if they have been invited—and if a current Bookioo member can vouch for their information. They can then post a profile for the perusal of the female—and paying—members of the site. It’s those paying women, however, who get to call the shots. Female members see all the details in men’s profiles—including ratings and comments from other Bookioo members—and it’s also up to them to initiate contact with the ones they find interesting. They can request double-dates for added security, if they wish; also available is the option of connecting with other women on the site.”
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Springwise

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3D in public

Sky launches 3D channel in pubs
“The match between Arsenal and Manchester United will be viewable in 3D in pubs in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Edinburgh. In April Sky will roll out its 3D channel to hundreds of other pubs. Later in the year, Sky 3D will be made available to all Sky+HD customers with a range of content on offer. This will include movies, sport, documentaries and entertainment. Viewers need to wear a special pair of glasses to watch the content.”
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BBC News

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Glove mouse

AirMouse – the mouse that fits you like a glove
“The wireless mouse utilizes an optical laser, and can run for a week without recharging. According to the company website, the clinically-tested product works by aligning itself with the ligaments of your hand and wrist. This lets you keep your hand in a neutral position, and transmits more of your vector force than would be possible with a regular mouse. Not only does this make it easier on your hand, but it increases your mousing speed and accuracy as well. The mouse is also designed to remain inactive until your hand is placed in a neutral, flat position, so you can easily go back and forth between typing and mousing.”
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Gizmag

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Sending pressure

Mobile Touch Screens Could Soon Feel the Pressure
“However, Peratech says that using quantum tunneling means that its material is more sensitive to pressure than competing materials such as carbon composites. It also means that the sensors draw no power unless someone applies pressure. The company says the sensors can be fitted to existing screens relatively easily, and can be manufactured using standard printing methods. Gadgets that use the technology should hit the market as early as April of this year, says Taysom. These devices could bring with them new interactive functionality. “The harder you press, the faster the screen will scroll or the faster a character will run in a game,” says Taysom. This could also make it easier to drag and drop on-screen items, or to perform two tasks at the same time, such as simultaneously dragging and zooming an image, Taysom says.”
Technology Review

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Tracking consumption

Talking plate scale urges diners to slow down
“The Mandometer consists of an electronic scale designed to fit under a plate and a small screen. The scale weighs the food as the meal is being consumed and the screen depicts a graph that indicates the rate at which the food is disappearing from the plate. This “ideal graph for food consumption” was programmed by a food therapist. As soon as a diner deviates too much from the ideal graph, he or she is subjected to a spoken request from the computer to slow down. The idea behind the Mandometer is to train overweight people to eat more slowly so that they will feel satiated sooner and eat less, thereby losing weight.”
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mydigitallife

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Digital board games

Interactive board games with OLED Displays
“The prototype projects back images onto each
individual OLED display. This allows for a seamless interaction experience that anticipates wireless OLED technology. The technology allows groups of friends or family members to play electronic games like they used to do board games: in a sociable and physical setting, placed together around a table. it also eases game controls by using affordances of regular cardboard pieces.”
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OLED-display.net

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