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Kinect’s depth cameras seem to have a quiet a few interesting effects. Intel’s Seattle Research Lab has been making use of “Kinect style” cameras for a few intriguing projects. These can bring Legos to life, or make mundane objects interactive. Basically, a lot can be done, like interactive mapping, interactive projection systems, and object recognition to name a few.
A lot of communication between people these days happens on social networking websites. While this helps people stay in touch, with the absence of voice and visible gestures, it is nearly impossible to understand the emotions of the other person. This somewhat spooky, somewhat useful Blackberry Empathy phone concept from designer Daniel Yoon seeks to take care of that problem.
If you’re so in love with chocolates that you’d want even your camera to look like one, the Fuvi chocolate camera has you covered. It has a 30cm fixed lens, self-timer, recording resolution of 640×480 pixels, some built-in memory, and most likely, crappy picture quality. But hey, chocolates. The camera will be available this January in Japan, and it will have white, strawberry and milk chocolate flavors, and a pricetag of $32.
The iPad’s screen is probably good for one person watching videos on it, the same however cannot be said if there are more people, or if you’re looking at videos on your iPhone or iPod. That’s where MicroVision’s SHOWWX+ projector comes in, presumably to save the day. It projects videos with 15 lumens brightness, contrast ratio of 5000:1, can stay in action for up to 2 hours using its in-built battery, and has a native resolution of 848 x 480.
Made specifically for iOS devices, it can easily get to work with iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches, when doing the job with non-iOS devices, it makes use of composite cables. Costs $450.
Koostik is a wooden dock for you iPhone, that can amplify the device’s sound without involving any electronics. Once the iPhone is placed in the central wooden dock, Koostic acoustically amplifies sound two to four times using its “specially designed” chambers and channels. It costs $85-$90 and is made of wood.
A time machine that also works as an SSD is a pretty sweet deal. Well, this is a 1:18 scale replica of the DeLorean, is made of stainless steel, has opening gullwing doors and hood, and obviously no time-travel properties. But then we see the DeLorean, and go Back to the Future, yep, it is a time machine alright. Costs $250.
First instalment of the last Harry Potter movie is out, and it has quite a lot of magic and dueling action. Those looking for a bit of magical action themselves, can get hold of these infrared wands. They work in a fashion similar to “laser tag,” have their tips light up when a spell is cast, and include “authentic” sound effects. That’s about as close muggles can get to “real” magic. Wands are available in four styles: Harry, Hermione, Ron and Voldemort, and cost $23 at ThinkGeek.
The user interface we saw in the movie Minority Report has kind of stuck like the gesture controlled user interface we want. Tech company Evoluce, with some support from Microsoft, put Windows 7 and Microsoft Kinect together, to create a gesture-controlled interface. The interface seems to work fine with Windows 7 desktop, numerous applications that support multitouch, and Java and Flash apps. Using the gesture recognition ability of the Kinect to control Windows 7 is a smart move, and one with possibly great applications.
The good folks at Nokia have put together what may be the world’s biggest touchscreen, made of ice. They put ice blocks together and fused them with a heat gun, creating an ice wall that is 6.5 feet long, 5 feet tall, and 10 inches thick. The next step involved putting up a projector that targeted the back of this ice wall with infrared light.