Conversation starter

bus shelter billboard and geotagged google map project by yen trinh
“a play on the ‘priority seating for the disabled’ signs posted in most public transit cars, trinh’s signage designates ‘priority seating for people who want conversation’, helping facilitate, as the designer says, ‘a culture of friendliness’. with a public installation currently in place in brisbane, australia, the project also encourages global crowd-sourced interventionism, through posting signs in public space and via a collaborative google map.”
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DesignBoom

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Bike computer

iBike Dash CC turns your iPhone into a cycling computer
“The app allows the iPhone or iPod to act as a speedometer, odometer, chronograph, altimeter, GPS navigator, and all the smartphoney things one would expect, while also allowing users to place and receive phone calls without interrupting its iBike functions. It also includes 50 training programs, that are designed to keep riders within an optimum-but-safe heart rate zone and pedaling cadence.”
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Gizmag

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Pulling together photos

Make Sense Of Your Social Photos With VVall’s GRID
“GRID attempts to organize your social photos chronologically, separating your own and your friends’ online image trails by date and days of the week. In a wider scope than Twitter apps like Lookedon, GRID right now covers four platforms (Facebook, Twitpic,  PiczPlz, and Dailybooth) but aims to add others like Instagram, Flickr and Yfrog as soon as technically possible. This feat is obviously challenging, as there are 82 different apps that post photos to Twitter alone and dealing with all the limitations of different APIs is akin to herding cats. Says creator Ray Chan Chin Ching, “Instagram is great, Picplz is great, Facebook photo is great, but still, your photos (memories) are still here and there on different platforms. There is not yet a place to build one’s complete memories. vvall hopes to fulfill such need.”
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TechCrunch

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Doctors pad

DrChrono Makes The iPad A Doctor’s Best Friend In The Exam Room
“The free iPad app allows doctors to schedule patient appointments, write prescriptions and send them to pharmacies, enable reminders, take clinical notes, access lab results, and input electronic health records. The electronic medical records element is key because the Obama administration is currently offering strong incentives for doctors to start moving their health records online. DrChrono will help doctors start, finish and manage this process.”
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TechCrunch

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Body motors

Humans Are Now Using Motor-Driven Power Knees to Kick Ass
“Germans are being fitted with the motorised knee by their national health system, along with money-rich Frenchies and American amputees. This is one limb with a difference—it’s actually the first to use motors and sensors to help bring life back into the old muscle, encouraging them to adapt to the new form of movement. An added benefit is that it can help lift users when trying to stand up.”
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Gizmodo

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Digital skin

Stretchable Solar Cells Power Ultra-Sensitive Electronic Super Skin
“researcher Zhenan Bao has developed a new stretchable, solar-powered “super skin” sensor that is so sensitive it can feel a fly touch down. The flexible electronic material harnesses polymer solar cells to generate electricity and can detect chemicals and sense various kinds of biological molecules. The technology holds potential for an incredible array of applications ranging from clothing, to robots, prosthetic limbs and beyond.”
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Inhabitat

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Kids interactive theatre

Little Magic Stories by Chris O’Shea
“This is the first version of the project to test the idea and build the system. This story about the seasons was created entirely by the children, with the interactivity in the scenes built by me. Some scenes used motion detection in zones to trigger animations, such as catching Easter eggs, squashing sand castles or launching fireworks. Body tracking and basic physics were used in other scenes.”
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CreativeApplications.Net

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