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Your skin as a touchscreen

12 years and 11 months ago · listen

How would you like to use your body as a screen and input device? Well, you will be able to do it in a very near future, according to the following video, which shows Skinput, the result of some experiments from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft’s Redmond research lab.

Skinput makes use of a microchip-sized pico projector embedded in an armband to beam an image onto a user’s forearm or hand. When the user taps a menu item or other control icon on the skin, an acoustic detector also in the armband analyzes the ultralow-frequency sound to determine which region of the display has been activated.

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Via Mashable.

Games, and the quest for reality

12 years and 11 months ago · listen

Jesse Schell, a Carnegie Mellon assistant professor of entertainment and technology, made a mind blowing presentation at DICE Summit last week about the current and (possible) future trends of gaming, the mix between games and social networks, and human psychology and quest for reality. Have you ever realized that Farmville has more users than Twitter?

Via SuperDuperDudes.

Watch the video (29 minutes well worthy):

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Internet statistics

12 years and 11 months ago · listen

A presentation from Jesse Thomas, with the latest statistics for the web usage. and very nice aesthetics:

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Augmented reality maps

12 years and 11 months ago · listen

The 2010 edition of TED is now over, and some really interesting videos are already popping out. In this one, Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos some new features in Bing Maps, and it's mind blowing:

Maybe is time for Google to bring back the Rasmussen brothers to Google Maps.

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