Archive for the ‘Cool’ Category

Fakenect – OpenKinect driver simulator, experiment with the Kinect without the hardware

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

one thing I commonly hear is that “I want to experiment with the demos out there but I don’t have a Kinect”.  From that, and I decided to make a library that identically replicates the libfreenect library so that anything that dynamically links it can function without requiring a Kinect.

Go and check out Brandyn White’s site to learn more about it.

Computing from the past

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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Madgets: Actuating Widgets on Interactive Tabletops

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

There are some crazy ideas here. I really like the fiber optic pass through for object detection. I still think RFID would be a better solution since you have to uniquely identify each element and teach your program to know that object. Although the gradient tags give you orientation.

Madgets are transparent tangible controls for multi-touch tables. Our system combines electromagnetic actuation with fiber optical tracking.

For more information: Visit hci.rwth-aachen.de/madgets

iPad vs. Kindle lighting test

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

I wanted to see how well the iPad worked in comparison to the Kindle in different lighting situations. To be somewhat fair I tested the Kindle app on the iPad to the Kindle 2 device. You can see the results of my very unscientific test below.

The first test is a side by side in a well lit room

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Both devices fair well.  I still really like the Kindle screen for long term reading since it has a non-glare screen which can result in less eye strain.

The next test was in a dark room.

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Without a light the Kindle doesn’t work at all, cheap but then again neither does a regular book.

The next test was in direct sunlight

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The Kindle is the big winner here, but even though the photo doesn’t show it well, the transflective screen on the iPad is very useable in direct sunlight.  What is interesting is that it worked better with the sun shining right at it, over being just in the shade.

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David Kelley Demos the Touch Tag

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

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I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

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David J Kelley on Windows 7 Touch and Wirestone

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Recently, website
I’ve been working on some Windows Multitouch applications.  These apps have been built using WPF and .Net 3.5 using Microsoft’s Touch Interop Library.  Since .Net 4.0 isn’t officially released yet, I haven’t been using it for any production apps, even though it would be the preferred choice for Windows Multitouch.

One of the bigger challenges with trying to design and create applications that take advantage of Windows 7’s native multitouch support is the hardware.  There is currently a fairly limited choice of external displays that you can add to your setup to begin working with.  All of the displays work the same in that they connect to your computer via a standard display port (VGA, DVI, HDMI, etc) and then also connect via USB to supply the touch device.

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Goldfish Music Box for iPhone

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

This application converts color into music. It can turn your goldfish or any moving objects into an interactive music box.

iPhone App: Goldfish Music Box from Francis Lam on Vimeo.

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The Useless Machine

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Oh how I love this little guy. I’m going to have to build my own:

Instructions for building the device

Zimoun Electric Art

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Zimoun : Sound Sculptures & Installations | Compilation Video V1.5 from ZIMOUN VIDEO ARCHIVE on Vimeo.

To learn more about the artist visit zimoun.ch

GelSight

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Dynamic Ground from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Dynamic Ground from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Dynamic Ground from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Dynamic Ground from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

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