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Tag: Prototype

Gravity Augmented Reality System Lets You Sketch in 3D: Airbrush

Gravity Augmented Reality System Lets You Sketch in 3D: Airbrush
3D modeling software is often used to visualize and develop concepts – anything from a piece of furniture to a video game. Those programs make it easy to transition from idea to prototype and to refine or duplicate sketches, but they require a lot of practice and training to master.

Steam Controller Touchscreen Replaced with Buttons: Button Diamonds are Forever

Steam Controller Touchscreen Replaced with Buttons: Button Diamonds are Forever
When Valve unveiled its Steam Controller last year, I was quite skeptical about the value of its built-in touchscreen. It turns out many of Valve’s testers had the same opinion. This January, at the 2014 Steam Dev Days conference, the company announced that it was ditching the touchscreen for a more conventional button configuration.

Origami-based Paper Microscope Costs Less than $1 to Make: Foldscope

Origami-based Paper Microscope Costs Less than $1 to Make: Foldscope
High quality microscopes cost thousands of dollars and can be hard to operate and maintain. A group of researchers from Stanford University are close to changing that with a microscope that’s made mostly out of paper and costs less than a dollar to make.

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.

Lian-Li PC Case Doubles as a Desk

Lian-Li PC Case Doubles as a Desk
We’ve featured a couple of PC casemods that incorporated a computer’s hardware into a desk. If Lian-Li pushes through with its prototype, you won’t need to be a modder to have a desk and PC case in one.

Netflix & Fitbit Hack Pauses Video When You Fall Asleep: How Sweet

Netflix & Fitbit Hack Pauses Video When You Fall Asleep: How Sweet
Netflix recently held a Hack Day for its engineers to come up with tweaks to the popular streaming video service. Even though the activity was made primarily for fun, one of the resulting hacks is quite promising: a hack that uses information from a Fitbit to detect when you fall asleep and then pauses the video in response.

Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine Prototype: Shut Up and Take My Laundry!

Cloudwash Smart Washing Machine Prototype: Shut Up and Take My Laundry!
Washing clothes shouldn’t be rocket science, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that when you look at the controls of modern washing machines. So when cloud services company Berg set out to create a prototype for an Internet-connected washing machine, they didn’t want to smarten it up just so it can tweet which socks you prefer.

Fujitsu Tablet Prototype Lets You Feel Rough and Smooth Textures on Screen

Fujitsu Tablet Prototype Lets You Feel Rough and Smooth Textures on Screen
Fujitsu has rolled out a prototype tablet that has a cool bit of tech inside. The tablet has haptic sensory technology inside that allows you to feel images on the screen. Users are able to feel smooth or rough textures depending on what is displayed on the screen.

Google Project Tango Smartphone Lets You Make 3D Maps: DIY Street View

Google Project Tango Smartphone Lets You Make 3D Maps: DIY Street View
Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) recently unveiled Project Tango, a smartphone that lets users make 3D models of their surroundings. ATAP is also working on development APIs that will let developers use those 3D models in apps.

OpenKnit Clothing Printer: Programmer Wear

OpenKnit Clothing Printer: Programmer Wear
The burgeoning small scale 3D printing industry is focused on producing plastic or metal objects. A small team of makers led by Gerard Rubio hopes to turn the spotlight on a more practical material: fabric. The OpenKnit is a work-in-progress open source printer that automatically knits thread to create clothing based on digital templates.

iBag Seals Shut, Sends Alert When You’re on the Brink of Overspending

iBag Seals Shut, Sends Alert When You’re on the Brink of Overspending
If you’re in danger of overspending every time you reach for your wallet, then the iBag might just be the thing you need. It’s an interactive wallet of sorts that seals itself shut in order to prevent its owner from spending money on non-essential stuff.

Paper-Thin Keyboard: Print and Press

Paper-Thin Keyboard: Print and Press
The printed word is dying, but the printed keyboard is alive and kicking. And no, you won’t need a 3D printer to make one. A company called Novalia has made an incredibly thin Bluetooth keyboard made of photo paper, conductive ink and its proprietary electronic module.

Making Prototypes with a 3D Printer & LEGO: faBrickation

Making Prototypes with a 3D Printer & LEGO: faBrickation
3D printing can help you create prototypes or mockups quickly. Or should I say relatively quickly – it can take a 3D printer hours to print even moderately-sized objects. To speed things up, students from the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the Hasso Plattner Institute tested adding LEGO to their workflow.

Voxiebox Volumetric Display: 3D Printing with Light

Voxiebox Volumetric Display: 3D Printing with Light
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), The Verge noted that TV companies had largely given up on 3D displays. A small company called Voxon is not about to give up on the idea, especially because their device actually projects light in three dimensions.

ZTE Eco-Mobius Modular Phone Concept: Junior Master Race

ZTE Eco-Mobius Modular Phone Concept: Junior Master Race
We recently saw Razer’s concept for their newbie-friendly modular desktop computer. ZTE is also mulling taking a similar approach to mobile phones. The company presented its idea at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). ZTE calls its concept device the Eco-Mobius, a smartphone with swappable core components.

Razer Project Christine Modular Computer: Puzzle PCs

Razer Project Christine Modular Computer: Puzzle PCs
Now I know what you’re thinking. Most personal computers available today are already modular. That’s true, but what Razer wants to do is to make swapping computer components as easy as replacing the batteries on your remote control.

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