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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

BendDesk - Multi-touch Curved Display...



Continuing on from the last post, the short video above provides an interesting parallel alternative to the 'Beautiful Modeler' version of a haptic (G)UI. Here the 'arm fatigue' (as mentioned by Steven Jobs a while back) of using a haptic interface on a vertical screen is avoided by smoothly unifying it with the horizontal plane.

If it only now can be made to fit a laptop and we're on to something (potentially) truly worthwhile and interesting...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Beautiful Modeler - Multi-Touch Controller...



In some previous blog-entries I've discussed the various options and opportunities provided by the various interfaces, augmented or otherwise, popping up on a regular basis in the technosphere... The above video introduces a new, quite interesting, update on how a GUI, here with a quasi-tactile interface, can introduce and provide yet additional opportunities for how a 3D avatar can be manipulated... This example is still somewhat ad-hoc, as the results of the video's artifact seem somewhat random to say the least, but the potential is there, and with a bit more tweaking and focused effort it will hopefully amount to something usable in the not too distant future...

Friday, November 5, 2010

QR Code Wallpaper - Read a Coded Poem/ Narrative on the Wall with your Smart-Phone...


Currently sitting in the an airport lounge in Doha, engaged in a bit of late night blogging.

The included images are of a QR coded wallpaper which, in this instance, narrate (up to 250 characters within each square) the first few pages from a 3D Printing manual, but, more imaginatively, could and should be used to outline some poetry or interesting quotes, facts about its location. etc. The information would be accessed through a smart-phone, but for the remains of the individuals exposed to the QR squares it would simply remain a, quasi-Islamic, pattern on a wall or even a floor...

For a previous entry on a QR Code folly please click here...



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Making a Car Body Through FDM...


Came across this ditty of an article about (assumedly) the first car to have its body fully fabricated (including windscreen) through FDM, an additive digital fabrication process...

We'll be getting a FDM machine here at VCUQ in the near future, which is very exciting indeed..!

The original article can be accessed by clicking here...

Image sourced from Gizmag...