Kinect in Space

The device’s latest outing will be on the STRaND-2 satellites — two half-metre orbiters that will borrow components from the Xbox controller to scan the local area and provide the satellites with spatial awareness on all three axes.

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-05/28/kinect-in-space


Bret Victor – Inventing on Principle

 

It speaks to all of us as developers and designers.  If you start watching it and think you’ve seen it all before, jump to 23:20 or 29:20.


Robonaut Shakes Hand


Google glasses with a HUD

They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that “normal people” wear.  However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface.  There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.  Additionally, we are not sure of the technology being employed here, but it is likely a transparent LCD or AMOLED display.

In addition, we have heard that this device is not an “Android peripheral” as the NYT stated.  According to our source, it communicates directly with the Cloud over IP. Although, the “Google Goggles”  could use a phone’s Internet connection, through Wi-Fi or a low power Bluetooth 4.0.

The use-case is augmented reality that would tie into Google’s location services.  A user can walk around with information popping up and into display -Terminator-style- based on preferences, location and Google’s information.

Therefore, these things likely connect to the Internet and have GPS.  They also likely run a version of Android.

Motorola’s version:

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NASA Facebook Trivia Game

The free game, called “Space Race Blast Off,” is a mix of Space Camp and “Jeopardy!” that pits players against one another in a quiz on NASA and space exploration history. Players with enough correct answers can earn award badges emblazoned with NASA astronauts, spaceships or astronomical objects, NASA game designers said.

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Use your eyes instead of a mouse

Swedish company Tobii, a pioneer in eye tracking technology, has come up with a way to control the screen of a laptop or desktop with your eyes that’s actuate within a quarter of an inch.

The technology was first made available to people with handicaps, but it’s progressed and will soon be available to the general public.

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