100” multi-touch table [#gesture]

Ideum breaks out 100-inch Pano Touch Table
"Ideum says that the Pano is the largest production-built, integrated multitouch table in the world. Its 100-inch multitouch surface is made up of two 55-inch LED LCD HD display panels for a total display resolution of 3,840 x 1,080 pixels. The panels are topped by Sevasa HapticGlas, a 0.2-inch (5 mm) micro-etched tempered glass surface developed for Ideum that offers users a passive tactile touch experience while also reducing fingerprint marks. A solid state optical multitouch system supports over 40 simultaneous touch points and offers a touch response time of ±7 milliseconds."
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Pintofeed lets you remotely feed and monitor your pet [#pets]

Pintofeed lets you remotely feed your pet using your smartphone
"The feeder, not surprisingly called Pintofeed, is much more than one of those “bowl hooked to an alarm clock” affairs that have been around since the 1930s. It not only dispenses food either on schedule or by phone command, it also monitors your pet and sends alerts as text, email, Facebook or Twitter messages that report on feeding start times, amount of food dispensed, portion consumed and feeding end time. Using a "sophisticated set of sensors and artificial intelligence," the Pintofeed uses the information it collects to create feeding schedules and monitor food intake and nutritional habits."
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Kenshiro robot mimics the muscular system of humans [#robots]

Skeleton Muscle Bot Brings I, Robot’s Future One Step Closer
"[…] the researchers there believe the best way to build an artificial human is to simply copy our anatomy, particularly our muscular and skeletal systems. Kenshiro uses some of the most advanced artificial muscles ever developed to move and walk—or shuffle, at least—in a manner that’s surprisingly similar to how you and I get around. Standing at just over five feet tall the robot closely resembles a twelve-year-old boy, but weighs in at 112 pounds thanks to 160 different muscles bringing it to life."
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Flexible optical fibres that can generate solar power [#power]

Solar Powered Clothing Makes Wearer A Walking Energy Source
"Thinner than a human hair, these flexible optical fibers are injected with a silicon composition under high pressure to turn them into solar cells. While most solar cells are 2-Dimensional and applied to flat, hard surfaces because of structural restrictions, the 3-Dimensional and flexible nature of these fiber-optic solar cells means they can be produced in strands that can then be woven together. The implications behind this indicate that we may soon be able to wear a flexible power source woven directly into our clothing. The research team has already received interest from the United States military about creating clothing that can act as a wearable power source for soldiers while they’re in the field."
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Access4Kids provides an interface to tablets for people who only have gross motor movement [#interfaces]

Access4Kids Helps Disabled Kids Rock Out On Their Tablets
"Built by Ayanna Howard, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech, and graduate student Hae Won Park, the device works with Android tablets and offer an alternative keyboard for kids who may have problems handling regular tablet interaction. The current model has three “force-sensitive resistors that measure pressure.” Kids with problems like cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and muscular dystrophy can swipe along the pad to select on-screen items, something that is impossible for children with fine motor skill issues."
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WedPics App for wedding guests to use to share photos [#lifeEvents]

App puts wedding photos in one place in real-time
"With WedPics, brides and grooms simply get their guests to download the free app and enter a unique code that connects them to the private feed for the wedding. Couples can upload a cover photo and description of the wedding to the dashboard for a personal touch. Users can take photos and add filters through the app, as well as comment and like any of the pictures in the feed. They can also easily add other guests and those not present via Facebook or email."
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LED light powered by gravity. Lift a 20lb weight for 30 minutes of light [#power]

GravityLight tackles weighty issue of lighting in the developing world
"The GravityLight is an LED lamp that works by harnessing the gravitational force exerted on a weight hanging from the lamp. One lift of a 20-pound (9 kg) weight, (which is formed by filling the fabric bag the light is delivered in with rocks or sand), generates enough power to provide 30 minutes of light with no need for rechargeable batteries or fuel, which means no running costs."
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Closer to building circuits that use electricity and light to transmit data [#optoelectronics]

Computing with Light
"IBM announced what it called a technological breakthrough today in San Francisco. The company verified in a manufacturing environment the feasibility of using light instead of electrical signals to transmit information. IBM had proven the concept of such technology, called “silicon nanophotonics,” back in 2010, but this announcement, following a decade of research, nudges the field towards commercial applications."
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