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Tag: Prototype

Extra Robot Fingers Could One Day Help the Disabled, Elderly & StarCraft Pros

Extra Robot Fingers Could One Day Help the Disabled, Elderly & StarCraft Pros
Last month we saw MIT’s prototypes for wearable robot arms. Two mechanical engineers from the same university recently presented a similar robot, but on a smaller scale. Made by mechanical engineering professor Harry Asada and his student Faye Wu, the Supernumerary Robotic Fingers add two small limbs to complement the human hand.

Smart Picture Technologies Turns Your Smartphone’s Camera into a Measuring Tape

Smart Picture Technologies Turns Your Smartphone’s Camera into a Measuring Tape
Pictures make it easy to record or compare visible properties such as shape and color. But they’re not the best way to figure out distances and measurements. Until now. Smart Picture Technologies is working on an app that will let mobile devices extract the measurements of and distances between objects just by taking a picture.

Joytone Joystick-based Musical Instrument: QCF#

Joytone Joystick-based Musical Instrument: QCF#
Most electronic musical instruments use knobs, buttons, pads or piano keys for input. For their senior design project at the University of Pennsylvania, Digital Media Design students Dave Sharples and David Glanzman set out to make a new instrument that was physical and expressive.

Metaio Thermal Touch Uses Heat from Your Fingers to Turn Any Surface into a Touchscreen

Metaio Thermal Touch Uses Heat from Your Fingers to Turn Any Surface into a Touchscreen
We’ve seen a couple of prototypes that enable or at least emulate touch-sensitivity on everyday objects. But as wearable technology continues to flourish, we’re going to need a simple and portable solution. Augmented reality company Metaio thinks they may have an answer with Thermal Touch, a technology that emulates touch-sensitivity using “the heat signature left by a person’s finger when touching a surface.”

Google Glass Virtual Keyboard Concept Doesn’t Need You to Type “Okay Glass” First

Google Glass Virtual Keyboard Concept Doesn’t Need You to Type “Okay Glass” First
Google Glass’ voice recognition software is only as good as the user’s English accent. Even if it were perfect, there are still times when you can’t talk out loud. But how else are you going to input words on a device that small?

PaperFold Foldable Smartphone Has Three Displays: Triptech

PaperFold Foldable Smartphone Has Three Displays: Triptech
Two–screen phones? Pfff. Queen’s University professor Roel Vertegaal and student Antonio Gomes recently shared their prototype for a smartphone with three screens. They call it PaperFold, and its functionality changes with its form. For instance, the PaperFold can become a phaptop.

Microsoft Gesture-Sensing Keyboard Concept: Type & Swipe

Microsoft Gesture-Sensing Keyboard Concept: Type & Swipe
Even with the rise of touch input, the mouse and keyboard remains the best and most flexible computing setup. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be improved upon. Microsoft Research recently developed a mouse and keyboard hybrid that allows users to type and make multitouch input on the same device.

Raspberry Pi-Based Braille Learning Device: Project Mudra

Raspberry Pi-Based Braille Learning Device: Project Mudra
Two 20-year old students of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Goa, India are working on a device that aids in learning Braille. Sanskriti Dawle and Aman Srivastav’s Project Mudra – mudra means “sign” in Sanskrit – is a device powered by the Raspberry Pi, with custom software made using Python.

Ghostman Augmented Reality System Lets You Learn from a Teacher’s Perspective

Ghostman Augmented Reality System Lets You Learn from a Teacher’s Perspective
Watching a master at work is a great way to acquire motor skills. But it’s not that easy to keep an eye on someone else while looking at your own movements to see if you’re doing it right.

MIT FingerReader Reads Printed Text Aloud: Talk to the Hand

MIT FingerReader Reads Printed Text Aloud: Talk to the Hand
Braille helps visually impaired people read, but there is a lot of printed material that is never converted to that writing system. Blind people also miss out on using mobile devices because obviously they can’t feel the text on screen.

Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Goes with the Wind

Trinity Portable Wind Turbine Goes with the Wind
There are already portable battery packs that have solar panels for recharging. The Trinity is a new kind of portable charger that uses a different renewable source of energy: the wind. It recharges its 15,000 mAh battery through its built-in wind turbine.

Virtual Cane Helps Blind People Move Around with Voice Prompts

Virtual Cane Helps Blind People Move Around with Voice Prompts
Last year we saw a robot cane for visually impaired people that warns its user of obstacles with an audible alert. The Virtual Aid for the Visually Impaired or VAVI by grade 10 student Roman Kozak is an even more convenient prototype for a high tech cane.

Parrot AR.Drone Controlled with Head Movement Using Oculus Rift: OculusDrone

Parrot AR.Drone Controlled with Head Movement Using Oculus Rift: OculusDrone
Last year we saw a drone camera system that streamed live 3D video that can be viewed through the Oculus Rift headset. Diego Araos wrote a program that not only lets you use the Rift to view the feed from a Parrot AR.Drone

Festo BionicKangaroo: Energizer Joey

Festo BionicKangaroo: Energizer Joey
After creating a robot bird and dragonfly, automation company Festo shows off with another impressive animal replica. Like real kangaroos, Festo’s BionicKangaroo is not only great at jumping and keeping its balance, it can also store the energy generated from landing and use it for the next jump.

Flexible Stick-on Electronic Patches: Skinnables

Flexible Stick-on Electronic Patches: Skinnables
Wearable technology is just about to take off, but we can already take a peek at what’s coming after smartwatches and the like. A team of engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have made health monitors in the form of stick-on electronic patches.

Diffuse Laptop Light Makes Screens Easy on the Eyes: Ambif.lux

Diffuse Laptop Light Makes Screens Easy on the Eyes: Ambif.lux
Carolina Ferrari, Ilaria Vitali and Mengdi Xu designed Diffuse, a lamp designed to make laptop screens easy on the eyes in two ways.  Diffuse can provide complementary ambient light or it can compensate for a dark environment with a soft white light.

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