RFID in shoes


Image from fubiz.net

Interesting concept, which uses RFID tags embedded in shoes to interact with social networking platforms. Have a look at the video above – checking in, taking pictures, sending friend requests… Obviously it is just a prototype and to be honest I don’t think it will be ever used in the future, however it is cool to see different ideas about how we can interact with social networks in real life.

Mouth Controlled Music

Interesting concept from Japan.

Control music through a device that fits in your mouth.

http://en.akihabaranews.com/81055/misc/daito-manabe-new-crazy-party-in-mouth-concept

Microchips on Contact Lenses

About a month ago we talked about some glasses that project images onto your retina.

Well, that’s old news now.

These clever cloggs scientists have found a way of getting a chip onto a contact lense… so throw away those glasses!
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20927943.800-smart-contact-lenses-for-health-and-headup-displays.html

Voice Controlled Video Projection

Yes yes we know.. ANOTHER video projection thingy.
BUT.. this one is voice controlled and a great example of 3d animation.
http://vimeo.com/18888136

Robots Will Inherit the Earth

I’m serious.

A terrifying insight into what we can now automate.
The video speaks for itself.

WC Interactive Window



Images from fubiz.net

Really cool interactive window installation concept for the clothing company Worldwide Conspiracy. As people move, they interact with the display thanks to using an infrared camera that detects movement. A video-clip played on the screen is played forwards and backwards, depending on when the person is standing or moving. Have a look at the video to see it in action (please bear in mind that it is only a concept and the video is not showing ‘real footage’ – I would love to see something like this live though).

Facebook Places Case Studies

It’s only been out for a few months, so in case you were wondering what people have been doing with it, here’s a nice overview of Facebook places used in campaigns

http://mashable.com/2011/01/10/facebook-places-campaigns/

GPS Stamp



Only a concept.
However, this stamp, with disposable GPS and battery offers a glimpse of what could be possible in the future.
Slap a GPS device on the local tabby who keeps eating all your flowers to find the owner!

Intel – The Chase


Images from creativereview.co.uk

Really cool ad which incorporates many different pieces of software in order to create an animation showing the power of multitasking on Intel’s multicore processors. Reminds me of the Bird and The Be Again & Again music video that was part of the 2009 Saatchi & Saatchi New Director’s Showcase. It references many different pieces of software and games that you might know or find familiar.

YouTube Highlights 2010

Double rainbows? Bed intruder? Annoying oranges? The Old Spice guy a.k.a. “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like”? There were quite a few popular videos on YouTube in 2010. What are your favourites? Google has prepared a list of the 10 most popular videos viewed on the web that year, so you can see what was hot and got a lot of attention in 2010.

See the official list here

3D Chat

The project shown above, created by Oliver Kreylos, uses two Kinect cameras to capture someone’s image, then streams the 3D image over the internet. The result? A (slightly choppy) 3D image showing up on your screen for a video chat. In an unholy alliance of motion gaming technologies, a Wiimote is used to control the program and navigate the virtual space.

Aside from just being an innovative use of technology, it’s also handy for those who’ve ever been frustrated with the lack of eye contact and impersonal nature of conventional video chat. Aside from, you know, the person you’re talking to missing the back of their head.

Laser Murals

Time for some laser graffiti – clean & neat, eco-friendly, glows in the dark and does not destroy anyone’s property. You can draw on any surface, provided that the projector can display an image on it – I would assume it is even possible to draw on a calm lake, ice or semi-transparent glass. Obviously it is not permanent.

greentomatocars is London’s largest environmentally friendly taxi service, and one of our newest clients. Whilst most Londoners see their cars all over the place, lots of people don’t know what greentomatocars stand for or that they operate as a regular taxi service. So our first brief was a chance to communicate some of the most exciting things about the company’s mission to people outside their loyal customer base.

Their fleet consists entirely of Toyota Prius hybrids, as the greenest viable option there is today; they hacked one of their own vehicles to make a fully functioning plug-in Prius; they introduced free wifi to their cars; and they’ve built a team of drivers who are famous for friendly, efficient service, and who are rewarded under a progressive franchise scheme.

We wanted to bring to life this sleeves-up but sophisticated approach to creating a cleaner environment. It’s an inventive brand full of optimism, charm, energy and integrity, and we wanted to make a film that embodied these values in its content, tone and methods.

Kinect Air Guitar

Thanks to Kinect and modern technology, geeky air guitarist who whish they were rock stars can be even more geekier with this virtual air guitar. All you need to do is stand in front of the camera, grab your invisible guitar and rock on!

Written in c++ using openFrameworks and openCV for image processing. Using the ofxKinect addon and the libfreenect driver on Mac. Thank you to the openframeworks and openkinect communities for enabling this to happen. A big thank you to Microsoft for bringing this technology to the mass market.

First it thresholds the scene to find a person, then uses a histogram to get the most likely depth of a person in the scene. Then any pixels closer than the person to the camera are possible hands. It also uses contour extremity finding on the person blob to look for hands in situations where your hand is at the same depth as your body. It only works if you are facing the camera front on. Then it uses one hand as the neck of the guitar, drawing a virtual line from the neck through the person centroid to create the guitar line. The other hand is tracked to see if it passes through this line, strumming the guitar. The neck hand position controls the chord.”

Word Lens

A really cool app that translates Spanish signs into English – live! Imagine being able to translate everything, instantly, just by using your phone – this might happen soon! Translation technologies are improving every day. We still need to learn how to handle context, slang and things like sarcasm and irony, however it won’t take long until someone creates a near-perfect translator.

“Word Lens can instantly translates printed words from one language to another using the video camera on your iPhone. No network delay, no roaming fees, and no reception problems.

Word Lens is a dictionary — evolved. It looks up words for you, and shows them in context. You can use Word Lens on your vacations to translate restaurant menus, street signs, and other things that have clearly printed words.

Word Lens has its limits. Sometimes the translation will have mistakes, and may be hard to understand, but it usually gets the point across. If a translation fails, there is a way to manually look up words by typing them in. Word Lens does not read very stylized fonts, handwriting, or cursive. Try it, and tell us what you think!”