Gesture UI

Real life version of Minority Report’s user interface
“John Underkoffler led the team that came up with this interface, called the g-speak Spatial Operating Environment. His company, Oblong Industries, was founded to move g-speak into the real world. Oblong is building apps for aerospace, bioinformatics, video editing and more. But the big vision is ubiquity: g-speak on every laptop, every desktop, every microwave oven, TV, dashboard. “It has to be like this,” he says. “We all of us every day feel that. We build starting there. We want to change it all.””
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Boing Boing

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Virtual theft

Police investigate Habbo Hotel virtual furniture theft
“Finnish police are investigating up to 400 cases of theft, with some members reporting the loss of up to €1000 (£840) worth of virtual furniture and other items, according to Detective Sergeant Marko Levonen. “We have done five home searches in five cities in Finland,” he said. This is not the first time Habbo Hotel, which allows users to meet friends and buy virtual goods, has been targeted.”
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Local networks

Nokia Instant Community Enables Hyper-Local Social Networking
“Nokia Instant Community provides an instant way for communities to socially interact when in close proximity, without the need for Internet service. The technology, still in the research stage, and being developed by the Nokia Research Center and Tampere University of Technology, uses the device’s ad hoc wifi to connect with several devices across a location. The application could be used to chat, share pictures, songs and contact information with those nearby.”
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PSFK

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Smart CCTV

Defence lab reveals ultimate CCTV
“The camera was already trained on the two insurgents before the people watching the monitors had even spotted them. As they parked their vehicles and removed a large package from the back, it zoomed in and followed them. The two men moved across a patch of vegetation that made them trickier to see, so the surveillance monitor automatically switched to thermal imaging and followed them closely as they tried to conceal themselves behind a building. ”
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Felt interface

Soft Sensors
“Her thesis, Soft Sensors, fuses the digital world with physical experience by creating computer controls out of felt. With so much anxiety about an increasingly digital existence, her project refreshingly points out the potential for truly warm and fuzzy interfaces. Using soft circuitry, Grant made an array of felt housings that—when stretched, squeezed, prodded or poked—change the electronic resistance which feeds into a computer.”
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Cool Hunting

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Exercise games

More and more complex pedometer games
“It uses a currency known as “watts”, which are obtained as the player walks with the device. Every 20 steps will earn the player one watt. It can communicate with other Pokéwalkers. Exchanges are not limited merely to watts, but also items and Pokémon. When players transfer a Pokémon from their game into their Pokéwalker, they can select which route they would like to take their Pokémon along. Depending on which route the player takes (such as in a grassland or by the sea), they will encounter different wild Pokémon and items. When players first begin their journeys with the Pokéwalker, the list of routes they can select from is short. But, the more players take a stroll with their Pokémon, the more routes will appear and the more Pokémon and items they will be able to get.”
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Pasta&Vinegar

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