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Tag: Motion Sensor

Drones Can Now Dodge Balls

Drones Can Now Dodge Balls
If you aren’t afraid of drone attacks on humans in the near future, you should be. And if your plan was to simply knock them out of the sky, well, forget that. Drones can now dodge balls that are thrown at them. So, they will probably be very good at…

Pokémon VR: First-Person Trainer

Pokémon VR: First-Person Trainer
Step into the surprisingly floppy robotic body of a Pokémon trainer with Pokémon VR. YouTuber misterbunbun – there’s a 90% chance he’s a 4-year old’s pet rabbit – made the short virtual reality game for the Leap Motion 3D Jam. The game puts you in control of Pikachu as you…
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Cyberith Virtualizer VR Treadmill Virtually Funded on Kickstarter

Cyberith Virtualizer VR Treadmill Virtually Funded on Kickstarter
Late last year we talked about the Cyberith Virtualizer, an omnidirectional treadmill and motion sensor for use with virtual reality devices like the Oculus Rift. After three prototypes, Cyberith is now raising funds on Kickstarter to finalize and produce commercial versions of their promising device. The final version of the…

AllSee Low-power Sensor Uses Ambient Radio Signals to Detect Gestures

AllSee Low-power Sensor Uses Ambient Radio Signals to Detect Gestures
Many gesture detection devices, including the Kinect and the Leap Motion, use infrared cameras to sense movement. They also have dedicated chips that process the data from the cameras. These components are power-hungry, especially if they’re turned on at all times. Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a…

Cubli Robot Cube Balances, Jumps and Walks: A Better Companion Cube

Cubli Robot Cube Balances, Jumps and Walks: A Better Companion Cube
We’ve seen robots that move about using wheels, two legs, four legs and even ones that slither like snakes. The Cubli can move despite being just a cube. Actually it does have wheels, but they’re inside its body.…

Cyberith Virtualizer VR Treadmill Lets You Step Into Virtual Shoes (and Gloves)

Cyberith Virtualizer VR Treadmill Lets You Step Into Virtual Shoes (and Gloves)
When the Omni VR treadmill was announced, many anointed it as the perfect companion to the much-awaited Oculus Rift. But a group of students at the Vienna University of Technology may have a better VR treadmill at their hands (and feet). They call it the Cyberith Virtualizer.…

PrioVR Full Body Sensor: Mo Sensors, Mo Capture

PrioVR Full Body Sensor: Mo Sensors, Mo Capture
Last year when I saw YEI Technology’s Unreal Engine demo of their 3-Space Sensors, I mentioned how it might be able to integrate with the Oculus Rift for a more immersive virtual reality experience. Turns out the company had the same plan all along. YEI recently launched a Kickstarter fundraiser…

Lernstift Vibrating Pen Making a Buzz on Kickstarter

Lernstift Vibrating Pen Making a Buzz on Kickstarter
Earlier this year we heard about Lernstift, a concept for a pen that helps kids spell and write correctly by vibrating to point out mistakes. The folks behind this promising invention have now launched a fundraiser on Kickstarter. The questions I had when I first saw it remain unanswered though.…

Leap Sensor Virtual Drum Machine: AirBeats

Leap Sensor Virtual Drum Machine: AirBeats
Earlier this year we saw AirHarp, a virtual harp that uses the Leap gesture controller, letting the user make music by playing an imaginary harp. The developer behind the AirHarp recently introduced a similar program but for a more popular instrument. The AirBeats will actually make air drummers productive. Or…

Ego! Smartmouse Also Works as Flash Drive, Gesture Remote and More: Swiss Army Mouse

Ego! Smartmouse Also Works as Flash Drive, Gesture Remote and More: Swiss Army Mouse
A week ago, we learned about the Mycestro, a pointing device that, despite its unusual form, only has a humble goal: to replace your mouse. The Ego! Smartmouse on the other hand is quite the opposite. It looks like a traditional mouse, but it is much more than that. The…

Mycestro Wearable 3D Mouse: Cursor Conductor

Mycestro Wearable 3D Mouse: Cursor Conductor
Wearable mice have been done before, but Nick Mastandrea’s Mycestro might be the best implementation of the form factor yet. Like other wearable mice, Mycestro – it’s pronounced “mice-tro”, get it? – is designed to be worn on your index finger. But instead of a small trackpad, Mycetro lets you…

Lernstift Pen Vibrates When You Make Mistakes: Wait, People Still Write by Hand?

Lernstift Pen Vibrates When You Make Mistakes: Wait, People Still Write by Hand?
Inventor Falk Wolsky and his better half Mandy, a child care worker, were inspired to make the Lernstift (“Learning pen” in German) after seeing their son struggle with writing. They came up with a prototype that detects “writing movements” and alerts the user if he makes a mistake.…

Lynx A 3D Camera: Point & Shoot & Model & Capture

Lynx A 3D Camera: Point & Shoot & Model & Capture
It didn’t take long for hackers to use the Kinect to create 3D models by scanning real world objects. Microsoft has also pitched in to the scene, but an upstart company from Austin, Texas could introduce the next step in affordable 3D modeling. They’re working on a portable 3D camera…

Leap Sensor Virtual Harp: Heavenly Tech

Leap Sensor Virtual Harp: Heavenly Tech
Early demos of the much-awaited Leap motion sensor mostly showed how it can be used to control graphics programs, browsers and video games. But the motion sensor can also be used to make an audio program, as shown by software developer Adam Somers with his AirHarp demo.…

Quantum Bits LED Playthings Offer Hours of Light-up Geeky Fun

Quantum Bits LED Playthings Offer Hours of Light-up Geeky Fun
Looking for a fun stocking stuffer that I’m pretty sure your intended recipient doesn’t already have? Then check out Quantum Bits. They’re little light up thingies that react to motion.…

Real-time Motion Capture on Unreal Engine: That’s Unreal All Right

Real-time Motion Capture on Unreal Engine: That’s Unreal All Right
Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has proven to be quite versatile and accurate, but in the end’s it’s only one motion sensor. A company called Yost Engineering Inc. or YEI recently showed off how multiple motion sensors can be used in videogames, enabling real-time motion capture and virtual reality.…
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