Archive for the 'hardware' Category


September 29th, 2009

Maybe you still remember the metal Bismuth from you chemistry classes. When you had to look it up on the periodic table, you found all it properties but you still had no clue what it looked like. Till today.
This is a Bismuth crystal with an iridescent oxide surface.





Nearness & Sniff

September 16th, 2009

Nearness is a Rube Goldberg machine like you probably have never seen one before. It works with with RFID, so it means that the elements of the machine interact without touching. Nearness is the first exploration into designerly applications for RFID by BERG. BERG was inspired by “The Way Things Go” by Peter Fischli & David Weiss and the Honda Cog commercial.

Sniff by Sara Johansson, Timo Arnall & Einar Sneve Martinussen, Nearfield, is another RFID application. Sniff is an interactive dog that “sniffs” objects that come close to his nose. It reacts through sound and vibration while creating games through behaviors, melodies and emotional responses.

Y’all Can’t Ball

August 6th, 2009

Believe me. Just watch what this robot already can do, even with throwing some hoops. Sensor Fusion is another project of the Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory of the university of Tokyo.

found at kottke

Touch the Invisibles

August 4th, 2009

The problem with most touchscreens is that you don’t get any tactile feedback. Touch the Invisibles, a project by nosigner, Hiroyuki Ando, Junji Watanabe and Eisuke Kusachi, let you feel what’s happening on the screen. They placed a small vibrator on the fingernail and by tracking the position of the finger with the touch screen, the user can get some tactile feedback. It’s probably not the most elegant solution to this problem, but I would like to try it out anyway.
Touch the Invisibles will be on display at siggraph 09.

Touch the Invisibles

Touch the Invisibles

Touch the Invisibles

found at designboom weblog

Sticky Light & scoreLight

August 3rd, 2009

Sticky Light is a project by Alvaro Cassinelli, Kuribara Yusaku and Stephane Perrin of the Department of Information Physics and Computing at the Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory of the university of Tokyo. Indeed, this should already spark you interest.
Sticky Light is a 3d tracking technology using a laser diode (low power), a pair of steering mirrors and a single non-imaging photodetector. The big difference to other tracking technologies is the fact that the Sticky Light doesn’t use a camera or projector. So what could you do with? It can track the contour of objects and even augment real-time drawings. Or you could build games like air hockey or a pinball game. Or … just watch this video, after 2 minutes they show you the games demo.

Sticky Light

Sticky Light

Daito Manabe visited the lab recently and added some functionality to the system: sound. soundLight can now generate sounds based on the movement of the laser.

found @daitomanabe

LED’s in Your Mouth

March 11th, 2009

Daito Manabe is up to something new, you know his Electric Stimulus experiments right? This time he doing something with LED’s in his mouth. For now he just moves them around with his tongue. I don’t know what he’s planning but if he can hook them up to his Electric Stimulus … That would be great.

It seems like the LED’s are sound reactive in this second video.

Daito Manabe

Daito Manabe

Daito posted some more tests in his YouTube channel. Just keep an eye on it.


January 21st, 2009


The cheap CMOS sensor of an iPhone does not expose the whole thing at once, it scans from left to right. If you take a picture of something that moves very fast (like an airplane prop) you can get some crazy pictures out of it since each column represents a slightly different time.

found at Global Nerdy

Lost Luggage

September 15th, 2008

Lost Luggage by Steve Jurvetson, a rockter covered with a decorative finish of airline baggage stickers.

Lost Luggage by Steve Jurvetson

found at FFFFOUND!

Large Hadron Collider

August 7th, 2008

Maybe you’ve heard about the Large Hadron Collider, a 27 kilometer long, circular particle accelerator. CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) has build this huge research centre a 100 meters under the border of France and Switzerland. It is almost finished now, actually they are still cooling down the entire collider to -271.25°C (-456.25°F). When everything is up and running they will do high-energy collisions.
That sounds all very exciting… but I’m really amazed by the beauty of this. Who says that engineers don’t have any sense for esthetics? Just look at these pictures!

Large Hadron Collider

Augmented Reality on the iPhone

July 22nd, 2008

Augmented Reality is nothing new, but till now it was mostly a nerdy webcam demo thing. But when you use a mobile phone like the iPhone, where you can move the camera and the display in one device, the user experience could really become enjoyable. Just think of all the possible applications with this technology. ARToolworks developed a version of the free ARToolKit (a software library for building Augmented Reality applications) for the iPhone. In this video they show us a preview, unfortunatly they only managed to get 10 frames per second. But maybe with some help from Apple they could boost the speed over 20 fps.

Warning, mute the sound of the video right away! Believe me!