Hitachi gesture User-Interface (UI) for Information Services in public places

Hitachi @ CEATEC 2010 544px(photo source: CEATEC.com)

this sounds like a scene out of Minority Report (2002, Fox Movies). remember how Chief John Anderton (played by Tom Cruise) gesturing through the police databases? yea, think this technology is gradually becoming a reality. isn’t that exciting? in the recent CEATEC Japan 2010, Hitachi introduced the world to this reality. in this case, we are looking at gesturing through for information services in public places. gesturing means no physical touching unlike current touch-screen technology, therefore it’s certainly going to be more hygienic.

the gesture UI includes hand sensors that detect hand movement over the display which enables the manipulation of the on-screen menus. the combination of infra-red illumination and 3D cameras enable sensing of hand position and the movement. this technology has wide spectrum of applications including education, amusement, medical et cetera. welcome to the future. i am totally thrilled. aren’t you?

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Sharp concept smartphone with 3D showcased in CEATEC Japan 2010

Sharp Mobile 3D @ CEATEC 2010 544px(photo source: CEATEC.com)

how would like to take 3D still images and movies? now, how do you like taking 3D still images and movies via your mobile phone? Sharp presented the concept “Mobile 3D” to make this a dream comes true. armed with 2 cameras built into the mobile phone, the Mobile 3D enables taking of 3D still images and 3D movies via your mobile and viewable through the HDMI output, on commercially available 3D televisions. ‘concept’ is a term you hardly hear when it comes to mobile phone but you heard it right, this is a concept and my guess is, it will almost certainly come true.

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Non-contact charging for electric vehicles demonstrated by Nissan

Nissan Contact-less Charging showcased in CEATEC 2010 544px(photo source: CEATEC.com)

the idea of contact-less or non-contact charging is not new, and has been talked about since 1998. demonstrated as part of Nissan ‘Future’ technologies in the recent CEATEC Japan 2010, Nissan depicts their vision via the solar tree and Eporo robot cars. the demo, Eporo robot cars moved through a course around the solar tree, when the Eporo robot car runs out of power, it changes its course to enter into the non-contact charging lane and returns to normal lane when recharging is completed. well, i sure do hope this technology will come true. Continue reading Non-contact charging for electric vehicles demonstrated by Nissan

new old vintage of the week: Diana Mini Lomography Camera

Diana Mini lomography camera 544px(photo source: mikeshouts.com)

feeling nostalgic like i did? grab a Diana Mini lomo camera and starts snapping away. lomography is not only an art, it is the lifestyle. the palm-size Diana Mini now comes with a range of accessories to go with it, not to mention the available color options. don the Diana Mini with the leather ready-to-shoot camera case, the princess is even more alluring then ever, and if you are feeling a little more sophisticated, grab a piece of the matching leather neck strap and the flash case too. style factor 10 out of 10. now where’s my bell-bottomed pants…. Continue reading new old vintage of the week: Diana Mini Lomography Camera

new JBL On Stage iPhone/iPod speaker dock

JBL On Stage iPhone/iPod speaker dock 544px(photo source: jbl.com)

the new JBL On Stage certainly looks like an art sculpture which challenged the conventional speakers design (i.e. round or oblong in shape). termed as the Dynamic JBL Weave design. this could be a conversation piece in your home, an art piece which don’t have to spend top dollars to acquire. available in 2 sizes, the larger of the two is the On Stage IV features 4 x 1-inch (25mm) JBL Odyssey transducers, USB jack that syncs your iPhone/iPod with iTunes when connected to your computer, charges your iPhone/iPod while docked and an infra-red remote control. the smaller model, named, On Stage Micro III, has pretty much the same as the On Stage IV except for being smaller physically, and the Micro comes with two x 1-inch (25mm) JBL Odyssey transducers, instead. the JBL On Stage IV and the Micro III retails at US$149.95 and US99.95 respectively (correct at the time of publishing).

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Bike Shelf: style plus functionality

Bike Shelf by Chris Brigham 544px(photo source: knifeandsaw.wordpress.com)

although, i don’t own a bike, i like the Bike Shelf. rather ingenious way of hanging your bike to show off to your guests or personal admiration when you feel like it. on top of just hanging up your beloved ride, you can use the top shelf to display your books, or any item that you fancy. pretty neat. seriously, if i ever have a bike, this is what i would get.

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Raytheon Exoskeleton 2 Robotic Suit: Iron Man in reality

Raytheon Gen 2 Exoskeleton Suit 544px(photo source: raytheon.com)

this is awesome! a couple weeks ago, Raytheon unveiled it’s 2nd generation Exoskeleton Robotic Suit. this project started as far back as 2008, when the 1st generation suit was unveiled. needless to say, this was developed for the U.S.Army but it’s potential applications are far and wide. the suit uses a combination of sensors, actuators and controllers, to ‘amplified’ the strength of human. although it may not look as ‘sleek’ as the Exoskeleton suit that Raiden wears in Metal Gear Solid, but this mark a huge advancement in this technology. as with all other innovations, thing always starts from big, but as technology matures, miniaturization of the components will no doubt be possible, and in the process making the suit even more sleek and agile. Continue reading Raytheon Exoskeleton 2 Robotic Suit: Iron Man in reality

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