AR helmet for when you’re on a construction site but need tech [#AR]

DAQRI Smart Helmet brings AR to the workplace
“The Smart Helmet design includes two retractable displays that sit in front of the user’s eyes, much like Google Glass and other AR headsets. When not needed, they slide up. The helmet is equipped with four cameras that can cover 360-degrees around the wearer. It’s also equipped with a depth camera, which is crucial for knowing where to display information, and an inertial measurement unit for keeping track of movement. DAQRI says that the screens are visible in both bright and dim lighting situations, which will be critical if this is to be used on job sites.” via Gizmag

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FOVE combines a virtual reality headset with eye-tracking [#VR]

FOVE Uses Eye Tracking To Make Virtual Reality More Immersive
“FOVE’s virtual world looks different from other virtual reality systems, which have entire scenes in sharp focus, by replicating the depth of field you see in the real world. It does this by tracking the users’ gaze and determining where in 3D space he or she is looking. Then its graphics engine adjusts focus. The headmount display’s technology makes it possible for users to do things like make eye contact with characters in games or aim weapons much more quickly than with a mouse or keyboard. By the time a FOVE user has reacted to another character, they are already aiming at it.” via TechCrunch

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Minder only gives access to content at a certain time and place [#Security]

Minder Controls Your Content Location and Duration
“Minder lets you set who can see the content, the duration the content is accessible and a geo fence, or limited geographic area where viewers can access your content. This means you can control exactly who, how long and where the content will display. You share the content by email, SMS or on Facebook and the link takes you to the content inside Minder. As an example, suppose you wanted to create a video to promote your event at TechCrunch Disrupt. You could limit the video distribution to just the TechCrunch Disrupt location area and you could make it available from September 8-10th, just the dates of the event. If you wanted to limit it to your team, you just select their names in your address book before you share it.” via TechCrunch

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PandaBed is like AirBnB but with religious or cultural matching [#Sharing]

Airbnb-style service for Asia lets homeowners find lodgers with a cultural match
“Located in Singapore and operating across Asia, the service follows the model of Airbnb by enabling homeowners to open up their spare rooms for travelers and those seeking short-term accommodation. However, the Asian market is less receptive of the concept because the idea of letting a stranger into the home is an uncomfortable one for many. After speaking to many of its existing users, the company found that the prospect of lodgers being a cultural mismatch was a major part of the problem. To help allay fears, PandaBed has introduced the PeerMatch feature, which gives hosts the option to narrow their audience based on their own preferences. Users can limit their guests according to their religion, age, or even whether they drink alcohol. The idea is that non-religious guests won’t get woken up by morning prayer rituals, while Muslim hosts won’t get kept up by late night drinking sessions.” via Springwise

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