Mozilla Labs shows Seabird mobile phone concept

The Seabird concept was created by Billy May as part of the Mozilla Labs Concept Series. Seabird experiments with and observes how users may interact with the mobile phone as modern technology continues to advance. The concept provides greater and more reliable levels for gestural interfaces, managing to distinguish its user from a crowd. A pico projector with crisp resolution provides further interactivity, virtually behaving as a notebook.

Via: Mozilla Labs

Intel brings Legos to life by using Kinect-style cameras

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.

Via: Intel, Engadget

Mobile phone concept adds ’empathy’ to communication

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.

Chocolate shaped digital camera

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.

Via: FarEastGizmos

Pico projector gives your iPad/ iPhone a 100-inch screen

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.

Via: Wired Gadget Lab, Gizmodo

Harry Potter IR battling wands work the laser tag away

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.

Windows 7, Kinect get together for a Minority Report like user interface

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.

Via: Wolfgang Herfurtner, Gizmag