Sharp’s Free Form display is the future of LCD tech

Conventional displays must have a bezel around to house the drive circuit, in tech jargon called the gate driver. Sharp’s Free Display disperses the control circuits throughout the pixels on the display area. I can’t wait to see the creative applications!

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-sharp-free-form-free.html#jCp

Facial Recognition Kiosk on Quebec campuses

In order for the Quebec government to get their message across, the Commission on Health and Safety at Work (CSST) teamed up with Brad agency, Zoom Media and software development company Parabole to build interactive kiosks with built in facial recognition technology.

How it works:
Students approach the kiosk with a picture of an injured person in a hospital bed, while students are in front of unit, the kiosk scans the students face, capturing a photo when they blinked their eyes. “The terminal then adjusted the user’s facial dimensions and corrected for the lighting while superimposing wounds onto the image of their face before displaying it back at the viewer.”. Users photos were displayed with a message “It doesn’t just happen to others”, along with messages to ask about work safety and a prompt to have viewers visit a website for a chance to win $500.

This campaign lasted for 4 weeks in Quebec and was supported nationally with a static campaign. It has wrapped up just as students are about to being summer holidays and head to work.

Zoom Media says although this is a custom build kiosk, this is a flexible platform and can be tailored to other brand messages, “The only thing you need is a plug”.

Full article in Strategy magazine can be found here: OOH with facial recognition tours Quebec campuses

Light Show!

Check out the neat compilation video posted by the government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors.

Pixel Dust: Graphic Levitation System

Take a look at the below video, where you’ll see a graphics system based on the expansion of 3D-acoustic-manipulation technology. Graphics are being generated by levitated and animated objects in a computational acoustic-potential field.

3D printing…a house.

Using a 6.6-meter-tall, 32-meter-long industrial printer and a mixture of construction waste (sand, concrete and glass fiber) and concrete for printing material a Chinese company is using 3D-printing technology to build cheap housing. A single story one room house can be built for less than $5,000.

3D bears walking on 3D stairs

A very simple but cool idea. Create a low polygon model and animate it (seamless loop) in the 3D program of your choice. Then 3D print enough states that you can photograph to create a beautiful stop motion animation. Thanks Kris for the find!

The first 3D Printer Tattoo

A design school in Paris, called ENSCI les Ateliers, hosted a workshop organised by the French Ministry of culture that challenged participants to pick a digital material and remix it. One group decided to hack a desktop 3D printer and enable it to trace a real tattoo onto skin. Any volunteers?

TED’s Interactive Sculpture

If you’re not familiar with TED, it’s a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading ideas in the form of short powerful talks. This year’s conference in Vancouver, featured a large outdoor sculpture which was a collaboration between sculptor Janet Echelman and data artist Aaron Koblin. At night, people were able to interact with the sculpture using their phones to draw lines, webs, water drops, squiggles etc… onto the sculpture.

The data artist Aaron Koblin described the way it works in the article:

“The lighting on the sculpture is actually a giant website,” Koblin says. “It’s one huge Google Chrome window spread across five HD projectors. The content is being rendered in WebGL. It uses Javascript and shaders to render particles and sprites based on user motion, which is transmitted from mobile browser to our rendering browser via websockets. There are a lot of moving pieces here, from the local area network to the server (written in Go), to the sound system (also running in Chrome with Web Audio API) all the way through the LED light control system, which pulls pixel data directly from the browser.”

I highly recommend you read the entire article on the TED blog here & watch the video’s as well

http://blog.ted.com/2014/03/31/unnumbered-sparks-fly-through-the-sky-initiated-by-ted-attendees/

Augmented Acoustics

Making some sweet music with your hands – CONTACT is an audio interface that uses the Leap Motion Controller to manipulate and visualize sounds generated from interaction with a simple wooden surface.

Pizza Hut’s Interactive Concept Table

Pizza Hut recently teamed up with a shop down in Austin, Texas to develop a interactive table which lets customers build their own pizza’s right in front of them and pay through their phone. While this is only concept table, it’s an interesting idea and nicely executed by the team at Chaotic Moon Studios. Could this be a future dining experience?