Fishing for information

Future OceanExplorer
“Catch me, I’m an information” communicate the floating words. With his hands the visitors of the table touches the glass surface and grabs the typographical swarm who has just awakened his interest. Aligned with white lines that look like delicate probe of marine animals, spread of secondary information will be visible. Text, images and films on various subjects can be detected by the visitor. The Ocean Explorer is an interactive table projection. Up to twelve visitors can view texts, films and animation on different topics. With headphones, visitors can also listen to the scientists under discussion. The five meters long and 120 centimeters wide, multi-touch table allows visitors to fish out information such as from a virtual pool of water and even go on an expedition themselves.”
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Michel Magens

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Business models

An iPad App That Helps You Overhaul Your Business Model
“Not surprisingly, the Business Model Canvas is the center of the iPad app. Here, the canvas is used as a way to prototype and illustrate business models. The focus tends to be on disruptive models, but it can also be used to describe and develop less radical changes. In the app, the canvas supplies the main interface, and the user can apply digital sticky notes to its different elements, just as they can on the analog version. The big enhancement over the book lies in the underlying modeling tools. By specifying customer types, revenue sources, and costs, users can sketch a quick overview of the viability of a business. While it took me a few tries to understand how it all worked (the interface is not exactly intuitive), it functions well, and the analytic tools make it a powerful resource in the right hands.”
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Co.Design

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Remote gaming

Videoconferencing games help remote families stay connected
“To use Chicago-based Let’s Play Please, family members need only have high-speed internet access and a webcam. Then, once they register with the site and join each other’s contact lists, they’re ready to connect. When they want to play a game, they simply choose a family member or friend from their list of contacts, call that person through the site’s system and select an activity to play. Current choices include “Let’s Make a Story,” “Let’s Cook Together” and “Let’s Take Care of the Water,” for example. Newly launched Let’s Play Please plans to remain free for users thanks to its sponsorship model; each activity on the site will also be associated with a particular charity, it says.”
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Springwise

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Music originality

A Different Song Every Time: The New Bronze Music Format
“Musician Gwilym Gold and producer Lexxx have come up with the concept for a new music format called Bronze. Gold’s first solo single Flesh Freeze has been the first song available to download in this new format. According to the website, Bronze is: A new non-interactive format in which recorded material is transformed in real time, generating a unique and constantly evolving interpretation of the song on each listen. It alters the musical components of a track so that each time you listen to it, it sounds different. Each play is unique; the lyrics may be changed around, certain instruments may be taken out or enhanced, and it may start and finish at a different point.”
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PSFK

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Haptics

Disney Researchers Create Sensory Illusions For Video Games, Movies And Theme Park Rides
“Researchers at Disney’s Pittsburgh research facility have created a system that can make people feel like rain is dripping down their back or insects are crawling along their body. The “Tactile Brush” uses vibrating coils embedded into a chair to give the user sensory illusions via a series of motions and vibrations. The software can create a range of realistic effects, as the team showed at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems last week in Vancouver, Canada. They demonstrated the “Tactile Brush” using a driving game and users experienced forces that mimic the experience of cornering and and accelerating, as the coils were activated in sequence to sweep across the back.”
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PSFK

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Band instruments

Korg iElectribe Gorillaz Edition iPad App features Sounds from latest Album “The Fall”
“Korg announces a new iPad App in collaboration with the cool band Gorillaz (Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett). The group’s latest LP, The Fall, is particularly notable for being recorded entirely on Albarn’s Apple iPad. Among the apps used was Korg’s best-selling iElectribe, and to commemorate the album’s release, Korg and Gorillaz have teamed up to offer the special iElectribe Gorillaz Edition.”
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I4U News

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Wearable tech

Military tested, ultra rugged wearable computer system gets commercial release
“Worn as a vest, its rear plate carrier holds that processing platform, peripheral controller and power manager while a flip down 6.5-inch, sunlight-viewable, night vision goggle-compatible Universal Tactical Display (UTD) sits at the front and a GPS unit sits at the shoulder. In night-vision mode the UTD produces no detectable light beyond 33-feet and it can be worn at chest or lower torso height. Cables are routed through a cummerbund that integrates body armor and I/O ports while the computer itself has a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, 2 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, and an SD card slot.”
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Gizmag

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