desktop mixes physical and digital inputs [#Desktop]

Ideum experiments with tangible interface on projected capacitive touch tables
“Ideum’s Dynamic Desktop is embracing that convenience while also attempting to preserve and extend the tangibility of the physical object. You can put your phone down on the screen, for example, and drag out a few photos to share on social networks or some documents you want to work with on your desktop. Or you can plop a keyboard down and get right to work on a new document while a dozen other interfaces dot the edges of your desk.” via Gizmag

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Prototype building changes shape as the temperature alters [#Materials]

This Prototype Building Changes Shape in the Heat
“Imagine a building that expands to provide a more airy space in the warmth but contracts to reduce heating bills when it gets cold. Well, that’s almost what this prototype, called, Translated Geometries, is designed to do. A concept by Ece Tankal, Efilena Baseta and Ramin Shambayati at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya uses Shape Memory Polymers to create a structure that changes shape according with ambient temperatures. The material—in this case a modern twist on plywood—can become flexible at high enough temperatures, allowing the overall structure to bend and twist into new shapes.” via Gizmodo

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Sensor network used to check for power blackouts [#Power]

SOP Notify Launches A Waze For Power In Emerging Markets
“The technology works by taking low cost android phones and turning them into sensors to determine whether there is power in the field at a specific location. The company has a proprietary case that allows them to slot into the network. Users can follow their location and their friends’ locations to determine whether there’s power at a user’s home or at a home in their network. If there’s a power outage, a user can look through their network to see if there’s a friend in the network that has power. If users don’t have access to a smartphone, there’s also an option to use the service on SMS.” via TechCrunch

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ChitChat is a lightweight voice messaging app from IDEO [#Communication]

Ideo Releases ChitChat, A New Way To Send Voice Messages On Your iPhone
“To send a ChitChat to an existing user, all you have to do is hold down the bubble and talk; release, and the message is whisked into the digital ether and sent to your friend. There’s no history: when you listen to a ChitChat, it’s deleted. You only have one chance to hear it. […] The ring of each ChitChat bubble even changes color to let you know if your friend has heard all your messages, or is currently in the process of sending one. ChitChat even supports group messaging.” via Co.Design

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3D Robotics drone will follow you and keep you at the centre of the action [#Robotics]

New Autonomous 3D Robotics Drone Follows You Wherever You Go
“This third-person view mode will be immediately exciting for anyone doing action sports, since it not only follows you around but also controls the gimbal to keep you in the center of the camera frame while you pull off stunts. The Iris+ can become your own personal aerial cameraman that sticks with you over every jump or down every trail—so long as you’re toting a GPS-enabled Android device and there aren’t too many trees to trip it up. It even boasts a custom app for the Pebble smartwatch so you can tweak the flight during your ride or run.” via Gizmodo

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Collaborative photo sharing app lets anyone remove a photo from a shared album [#Possession]

Seahorse Lets You Collaborate With Friends To Build Lasting Photo And Video Albums, Shared Privately
“For up to a week, anyone can delete photos from a “scene” – no matter who added them. The concept the company is trying to get across is something called “co-ownership” of photos. That is, it’s trying to take away the importance of who shot the photos, and give control over what becomes permanently archived to all those who were a part of a shared album – the people who were likely the subjects of the photos or videos in the first place.” via TechCrunch

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Device brings quantum-based encryption to the masses [#Security]

Super-secure quantum-based data encryption for everyone
“Using technology developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and incorporating the quantum mechanics of random photon polarization, the new device generates random numbers and creates cryptographic keys so fast and so securely that the technology is said to revolutionize high-speed cryptography and offer a completely new commercial platform for real-time encryption at high data rates.” via Gizmag

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Panasonic’s Augmented Reality mirror tracks faces and recommends make-up [#Fashion]

Panasonic’s AR Make-Up Mirror Turned Me Into a Pussycat Doll
“Combining facial recognition technologies gathered from Panasonic’s Lumix camera line and commercial security products, the mirror is able to track and assess your face, and give cosmetic recommendations based on your look. It’ll then put a real-time overlay of your face onto the mirror, complete with all manner of blush-inducing eye-shadow and lipstick combinations. Paired with bespoke software, the camera can also spot lines and wrinkles on your face, and adjust its application appropriately, and even show you how the make-up will look under different lighting conditions.” via Gizmodo

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Virtual high-fives between strangers in Amsterdam and New York [#Remote]

Perfect Virtual High Five Wins Free Trip to Amsterdam
“For one day only as part of KLM’s World Deal Week campaign, two interactive screens with HD video feed and audio were placed over 3,600 miles apart in New York City and Amsterdam. The screens encouraged spontaneous interactions between people in the two cities as they worked together face-to-face to accomplish a simple-sounding task. Whoever could achieve the “perfect” high five with their counterpart across the Atlantic was rewarded with KLM tickets to the other city (either New York or Amsterdam, depending on their current location).” via PSFK

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Interesting new social and technological trends culled from the web by Richard Banks.