TED’s overlook on Chris Hughes

June 24, 2009 at 8:04 am | Posted in ubiquitous computing | 1 Comment
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Its always interesting to see TED’s presentation as it always delivers innovative contents, speakers & some interesting talks to attend. Recently one talk by Chris Hughes created a lot controversy, where he showed a very basic (i really mean, its tooooo basic) Augmented Reality demo which anyone with not so deep knowledged person can present. Augmented Reality toolkit is open source and anyone can download and start using it.TED’s answer on it :

When Chris showed us the software off stage at TED, we jumped at the chance to show it to our audience, and swooped him up to the stage after a very short prep time”


See what people have reacted to his presentation.

Someone actually wrote:Wow Chris, how many lines did you actually write? Well done speaking at TED!”

Natal – gesture based gaming by microsoft

June 2, 2009 at 5:26 am | Posted in interaction design, ubiquitous computing | Leave a comment
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Gesture based interaction is next 10 years, for sure. Started from Sony (Nintendo Wii), Apple (iphone) & now its turn of Microsoft (Project Natal). Microsoft as come up with an extension of XBOX which is completely gesture based. Interesting thing is, it does not require any remote like Nintendo Wii & its works on a camera recognition which recognizes full body gestures.

   ” Natal is controller-free, using what looks like a TV-mounted camera/microphone bar to sense motion, sound, and even 3D movement, suggesting that the technology involved is far beyond that of products like Sony’s PlayStation Eye “

Bruce Sterling at IFID

May 29, 2008 at 8:29 am | Posted in ubiquitous computing | Leave a comment
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As IFID (Innovationsforum Interaktionsdesign) was trying to reflect the whole spectrum of interaction design and innovation, they needed the voice of a visionary. Who else than Bruce Sterling. Now when Bruce Sterling talks, you just shut up, listen and enjoy.
She came with some interest thoughts, as usual.

“A computer interface for everything in the world: that doesn’t sound realistic but that’s because i’m a visionary, it’s not my job to be realistic! Something like that is going to happen. It’s going to be difficult but you’re going to do it. And you will be getting a lot of money when you succeed in doing a part of it.”

Another one which i like the most is,
“Do i want to interact with my toothbrush? What’s the toothbrush of the future? A toothbrush that advertises that if you upgrade it you’ll get 20% more of the plaque removed. Nah! That’s boring. How about the new Apple iBrush? It takes pictures of the holes in my teeth and sends the images online. Do we want toothbloggers?” just great.. Actually my mind started running in that direction.

I want to be able to give a device (let’s make it a tablet) to a four year old boy and let him tour the world. He could go to downtown New Delhi. The tablet will book the plane trip, get him through the controls at the airport, order a special meal, play games, pay the taxi from the airport, book the hotel, bring him to favourite food places, etc. The tablet can do all that for him. It has biometrics so no one but the toddler can use the tablet. The tablet would send twitter messages to his mum every 15 seconds. It’s like he never left! And of course the device has geo-locative capabilities to tell her where her son is exactly. The kid doesn’t have to learn how to use it, doesn’t have to be careful, doesn’t have to be afraid to loose his passport or wallet.
There’s not many technical pieces missing! Only thing is that you don’t send a toddler to New Delhi.

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