Posts Tagged ‘ Touch ’

Just Go Ahead And Give It A Little Touch.


Anyone would ask what a Blintor is. Well, it’s a monitor for the blind. Not the most original name, I’ll agree, but the Blintor helps translate visual data into tactile data and that’s dope in itself. however, it analyses depth and prepares a one-axis depth map, which it then feeds into the Blintor’s screen which manipulates its surface to make a 3D object stand out. The Blintor’s rim also has a touch surface that allows you to revolve the 3D data so as to be able to feel it in its entirety. To make the Blintor a worthy monitor, it also comes with its own speakers. My only question to Blintor’s designer is… why is Blintor circular? Don’t you think it would be much better to adhere to a 16:9 aspect ratio?  The Blintor’s a pretty nifty piece of tech, and MIT’s already working on something similar. Do check it out.  The Blintor is a winner of the Red Dot Design Award for the year 2016. First and second generation designs may be elementary in comparison to the final design, but the Blintor a winner off the bat.

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Curved Cell Phone Screen


The US patent, No. 8,603,574, is for a manufacturing process that would enable a screen to remain responsive to touch despite the effects of curving or shaping. Although Samsung has been the only one so far to create a live demonstration, Apple is the one that actually owns the technology. As part of the initial filing made in 2010, Apple specifically provides examples of its use in displays, touch pads and even mice. It also explains that current methods for curving a display result in a less sensitive and responsive screen; the process creates ‘dead’ areas. Apple’s approach uses a film that is applied to a screen or surface before it is shaped, which would ensure that its whole surface remains touch-sensitive once curved. The filing also gives examples of more complex shapes, like waves as well as simple curves, that would be possible thanks to the process that Apple is patenting. Whether or not the patent is a signal of Apple’s future intent remains to be seen but there is little doubt that curved and flexible displays are set to play a huge role in the future of mobile device design. Samsung and LG, two of Apple’s biggest competitors in the smartphone and tablet space, have already launched smartphones with curved, flexible displays as showcases for their own display capabilities.

Jeremy Young

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He’s only 17 and already has great qualities when it comes to put his talent to work. Jeremy Young comes from New Zealand and has his very own style. It’s all about colors, and minimalism, drawing portraits with his own touch.

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Touchscreen Friendly Gloves.

True, the downside to touchscreen phones are inclement weather patterns causing havoc on your hands but at least your mitts can stay stylishly warm thanks to Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves. No, they’re not the only smartphone friendly gloves on the market but they come by way of the Dutchies and those people live in pretty cold conditions, not to mention being neighbors to the coldest of the cold – Scandinavians, so I believe them when they say they’ve perfected it.

“We’ve tested miles of yarn to come up with improved anti-pilling properties and literally spent hour’s texting in an icebox. The result is an optimized balance of insulation, conductivity and elasticity. After numerous requests for different colors, the gloves are now available in natural gray, sandstone, lavender and coral pink.”

Holiday gift anyone? Holiday gift for moi? Thanks, appreciate it. Cheers.

Smart Media Shower.

The ‘Le Terme’ is a stainless steel structure that features antibacterial cypress wood base and OLED interactive glass panels. The bathroom concept was created by Fei Chung Billy Ho. This luxury room of pleasure integrates smart media device into the shower room featuring display panels that sync with any in-house smart phone or tablet. Essentially it allows you to view and your favorite music and videos and make direct phone calls from the booth. Classically designed water control stem uses a see-through channel and surrounding illuminations to create a relaxed setting. The antibacterial cypress wood base, with surround drainage system, naturally kills bacteria, viruses, viral infections and fungus – helping to maintain the hygiene level, temperature and humidity of the base area.

Emirates Unveils The World’s Largest In-Flight Screens.

Emirates has unveiled the world’s widest seat-back television screens, to be installed on its new aircraft.  The new 12.1-inch screen is the largest economy class seatback system in the world, Emirates says, complete with high-definition displays — another first for the Dubai-based carrier.  New screens are also being installed in premium classes, Emirates said May 31, including a 27-inch widescreen in First Class and 20-inch screen in Business Class.  Emirates, which is competing with rival Etihad to build a hub-based model from its location in the Arabian Gulf, has long been recognized for the money it pours into in-flight entertainment, winning world’s best entertainment from airline ratings website Skytrax for the last seven years.

The new upgrade, due to be installed on all new Boeing 777s in the fleet and on the carrier’s A380 aircraft (pictured below) from next year, is likely to further consolidate this position.  A new computer system, developed by Emirates and Panasonic, will drive the screens, offering over 300 movies, thousands of music tracks and television programs.  The new system has been based on a consumer tablet, Emirates says, with the aim of allowing passengers to ‘swipe’ and ‘scroll’ to access functionality and communications features such as SMS and email access.  A tie-up with skating brand Quiksilver will also see new entertainment offered for children, including a branded travel journal, wallet and playing cards.

The Rumble Wafer.

The most common form of force feedback in our electronic devices is the sort of rumbling buzz you get when a motor spins some sort of mass inside the case of your hardware. Video game controllers usually have two motors, one on each side of the controller, and that sort of “rumble in stereo” configuration allows for a number of effects based on the speed of each motor. This takes power, it takes space, and there’s not much you can do with the technology. At CES I met with Artificial Muscle, a Bayer MaterialScience company, so they could show me their Vivitouch technology. Vivitouch a sort of artificial muscle that could changing how we experience haptic effects in our devices.

The Vivitouch device is small, almost perfectly flat, and after playing through a few demos using a consumer device that’s available now, I was turned into a believer. That thin piece of plastic in the image above produces a rumble effect that’s more responsive, subtle, and expressive than the technology that’s currently the market standard.

The haptic effects in this case are created by a “dialectric elastomer film” sandwiched between two layers of electrodes. The electrodes contract when electric current is introduced, causing movement. You still need mass in order to give the player a satisfying feeling of movement and rumble, and in most of the devices we saw—such as a concept cell phone and a modified iPad—the mass was supplied by the device’s battery. Vivitouch is able to use the existing components of the device to create rumble, instead of the metal weights used by most game controllers and portable devices.

What’s even better is that the technology is easy to apply once the hardware is installed. I played a series of tech demos on an iPhone where the feedback was created using sound cues from a game. When I rolled dice, it felt like I was holding a box that contained physical dice, not the sputtery rumble usually felt in an iPhone. I played a pinball game on a modded iPad that included one of these strips, and the rumble effect felt much more satisfying than what we’re used to from our portable electronics. I was told that they could fake the effects very well using just audio information, but the company would also provide an SDK for developers so they could code even better effects into games and applications.

Right now this technology is more expensive than existing motors, so if a company is just looking for a brute force approach, this isn’t the best option. What this version of haptic feedback excels at is sending more detailed and subtle information to the player, and that’s where the extra cost is justified. I was able to play with an Xbox 360 controller that had been modded with Vivitouch’s technology and during a few demos I was able to feel the rumble of a motor in a way that felt much more realistic. In this case the strip was located in the center of the rear of the controller, using the battery pack as the rumbling mechanism. That may sound like it leads to a jittery mess, but the rumble effects felt much more precise than the stock controller.

The cost of these strips will come down in time, and the benefits are many: the technology is smaller than existing motors, it requires less power, and the feedback offered by the rumble is much higher quality than what’s currently available. It may take a little convincing for electronics manufacturers to look at a new way of offering force feedback, but Vivitouch has a compelling argument.

Touch Powers – Chicago Show.

Watch an ordinary space come to life with touchscreen technology, and people who play to power amazing. Experience the second of our Chicago 3D projections, made possible with HP.

”The Prediction”.

So while spending a day at home, getting over a bad fever, I was looking for some oddities, or something really crazy to put up, and after a few hours of searching, I found a good one.  This little diddy is called “The Prediction”, and it’s a hands on demonstration that is essentially meant to boggle the mind the first time you see it.  The entire demonstration is presented by Richard Wiseman. I’ll let you watch it first, then I’ll give you a bit of insight…

So let me start out by saying that the first time I saw this video, the prediction was incorrect.  I didn’t have my finger on the photo that he picked, but all of the other inclinations he had were correct.  I happen to be an avid puzzle solver, so after I watched it for the first time, my mind went to work… I haven’t figured out the secret just yet, but this is what I came up with.  There has to be a reason why he systematically eliminates certain tiles, and a better reason why he picks different numbers for you to move each turn.  This obviously has something to do with the trick, but whats even more clever… is that if you freeze the video at 1:07, there’s a flash frame of the smiley face that many people miss the first time they watch it.  Now I know at the end, there’s a 50/50 chance for him to get it right, but I’m very intrigued as to weather or not the flash frame has anything to do with peoples decisions on a subliminal level.

The Pouring Light Lamp.

Human actions play such a significant role in design; it’s either evident in the form or in the function. In the Pouring Light, the action is evident in the form and is delightfully executed as well. With the motive of giving off “an emotional flow of light”, the lights linger on with a mesmerizing effect thanks to the use of phosphorescence in the “water” part. Yeongwoo suggests the use of LED lights to conserve energy, and my suggestion to him: get this in the market ASAP son.

Multi-Touch DJ Tables…

Recently, some peoples worlds have been turned upside down once again with a multitouch-enabled DJ rig built by Gregory Kaufman. The set up employs a gesture-based interface that lets you spin the virtual turntables and use a variety of taps and finger swipes to replicate the main functions of a regular DJ deck. What’s more, Kaufman says that the only gear a DJ would have to carry is a USB drive with their own music and settings, which they’d simply plug into the multitouch table at a club — assuming the idea catches on universally, that is. To top things off, the system would also be able to accommodate regular DJ gear for some added flexibility, and even provide enough room for two DJs if you’re looking to battle or share the stage.  I instantly see some functionality issues, and I can already hear the massive classic vinyl crowd crying about how it makes you less of a “true DJ” when you use it.  But personally I think the concept is worth taking some time to consider, and I would totally be interested if someone put one of these in front of me to try out.