When we go somewhere new, we wish we could spend more time taking in the sights and less time looking at our phone for directions and info about our surroundings. Apple’s well aware of this conundrum, and has filed a couple of patent applications to let you ogle your environment while telling you where to go and what you’re seeing. One app is a method for combining augmented reality (AR) information and real time video while allowing users to interact with the images on screen — so you can shoot a vid of a city skyline with your iPhone, touch a building where you want to go, and let it show you the way there. The second patent application is for a device with an LCD display capable of creating a transparent window, where the opacity of the screen’s pixels is changed by varying the voltage levels driving them. Such a display could overlay interactive info about what you see through the window, so you can actually look at the Mona Lisa while reading up on her mysterious grin. Of course, these are just patent applications, so we probably won’t be seeing any AR-optimized iDevices anytime soon (if ever), but we can dream, right?
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It’s one thing for a robot to learn English, Japanese, or any other language that we humans have already mastered. It’s quite another for a pair of bots to develop their own, entirely new lexicon, as these two apparently have. Created by Ruth Schulz and her team of researchers at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, each of these so-called Lingodroids constructed their special language after navigating their way through a labyrinthine space. As they wove around the maze, the Lingobots created spatial maps of their surroundings, with the help of on-board cameras, laser range finders and sonar equipment that helped them avoid walls. They also created words for each mapped location, using a database of syllables. With the mapping complete, the robots would reconvene and communicate their findings to each other, using mounted microphones and speakers. One bot, for example, would spit out a word it had created for the center of the maze (“jaya”), sending both of them off on a “race” to find that spot. If they ended up meeting at the center of the room, they would agree to call it “jaya.” From there, they could tell each other about the area they’d just come from, thereby spawning new words for direction and distance, as well. Schulz is now looking to teach her bots how to express more complex ideas, though her work is likely to hit a roadblock once these two develop a phrase for “armed revolt.”
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We’ve been seeing more and more shoes
infused with different sorts of technology in recent years, but none quite like this WeSC Karmatech concept developed by some students at Sweden’s Hyper Island “digital school.” Described as a “social take on Nike+,” the shoes apparently wouldn’t have an accelerometer but they do pack an RFID chip that allows the wearer to interact with their surroundings — automatically check in at a location and share it on Facebook or Twitter, for instance, or get access to exclusive deals or special events. Of course, it is just a concept, but the students note that it would be relatively cheap to implement (at least on the shoe end of the equation), as the RFID tags themselves only cost a few cents. Kinda gives a new meaning to “sneakernet,” doesn’t it? Head on past the break for the video.
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You know what the big deal about using your cell phone while driving – it not only endangers your life, but that of other road users as well. Hence, in many countries, it is against the law to do so, making hands-free kits a must. Some people prefer to opt for a wired solution, while others look towards Bluetooth connectivity being their savior.
Aliph has brought their expertise to the world of wireless communications with the Jawbone ERA Bluetooth headset, which is also the latest in their collection. The Jawbone ERA Bluetooth headset is touted to deliver the highest quality HD audio experience on-the-go, boasting unprecedented intelligence courtesy of motion technology and a robust computing platform which will work in tandem to deliver richer applications.
Jawbone CEO and founder Hosain Rahman claims that they have “perfected a complete in-bound and out-bound audio experience that is so rich it is almost addictive – whether you are listening to your favorite song or a phone call.” Of course, apart from HD (High Definition) audio, the use of integrated sensors and intelligence will also pave open the road for new ways to interact with the device and apps via natural, intuitive motion control, and this alone is hoped to change the way we use headsets.
Thanks to a 25% larger wideband speaker, expect High Definition audio to be the norm even while you converse over the phone, listen to music, watch movies and play games. Jawbone will also be relying on their legacy of noise-cancelling expertise by including the newest version of military-grade NoiseAssassin 3.0 technology with the Jawbone ERA Bluetooth headset. Being able to detect your surroundings, it will then go ahead and adjust the inbound volume and intelligibility, regardless of whether you are in a restaurant, ball game or traffic, so that your ears will be able to enjoy the clearest, richest sound, automatically without any user intervention.
Not only that, the Jawbone ERA Bluetooth headset is also hailed to be the first headset with a built-in accelerometer and MotionX, being one of the more accurate motion sensing technology on the market thanks to their partnership with Fullpower-MotionX, the leaders in motion technology. Jawbone ERA is capable of detecting your natural movements when you interact with it right out of the box. Available for $129 a pop, it will come in Shadowbox, Smokescreen, Midnight and Silver Lining designs.
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In a post on the Red Bull blog, Rhys Millen advises gamers on how to handle the Pikes Peak rally course in Gran Turismo 5. Only trouble is, Pikes Peak hasn’t been in a GT game since Gran Turismo 2.
Could it be a mistake, or is RB teasing a Pikes Peak add-on to GT5, which arrived for Playstation 3 just in time for the holiday season. Here’s the quote from Millen from the Red Bull site that raised more than a few eyebrows.
Millen recommends that gamers study the surroundings to help serve as memory markers to what’s coming up. A tree here or a boulder can help offer handy reference points for specific corners to help gamers prepare for what’s coming, something that’s been known to help a driver or two in actual race cars, he adds.
“As for picture painting, running most video-based course layouts will aid a driver in course recognition prior to laying sight on the course. This will also help in corner exit speed as to placing the car in the correct position on track.”
While Gran Turismo 5 gives an accurate reflection of the actual Pikes Peak circuit, there are some things that the video game simply can’t do. And, even though Millen sees the quality of the gaming experience increasing, he still thinks there’s nothing like the real thing.
Users on the GTPlanet forums noticed that comments questioning the article’s accuracy were deleted early this morning, yet the article itself remains unchanged. Yet, confused commenters remain confused.
Big mistake or brilliant viral marketing? We’ll find out soon enough.
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Gostai, a company specialized in Artificial Intelligence solutions, is launching Jazz, its telepresence robot that can be remotely operated via a web-based user interface. The robot can be used for video conferencing, visiting a place or telesurveillance. Jazz can effectively patrol at night, thanks to its infrared camera, laser system and a map of its surroundings. In case of a security alert, the remote operator can take control of the robot in real time using a regular web browser and check on the situation. Check the complete feature list in the full post.
Jazz Security features:
- Jazz Security is equipped with a camera that detects motion and can be controlled by a person via a web-based interface
- Jazz Security record video while patrolling a place and send alerts via SMS or email in case of suspicious activities
- A Laser Range Finder will soon be proposed with Jazz Security. This powerful device allows the robot to build a map of the area where it stands, and then use this map to localize itself.
- Using this map displayed on the user’s screen, it is possible to setup waypoints that the Jazz robot will follow
- Random patrolling can be used as well, to avoid regular patterns that can be monitored by potential thieves
- Learn more on the product page http://gostai.com/security/
Jazz Connect features:
- Jazz Connect robot stands in a remote location and will serve as your personal avatar. It can move and perceive its surrounding with its embedded camera, speaker and microphone, and the user remotely controls Jazz Connect via a web browser from a computer, or a smartphone.
- Easy to use: the robot can connect itself to the Internet via a WiFi connection and it will be operated using a 3D pointer on the real-time image displayed on the web interface to indicate the direction to follow.
- An optional LCD screen (not in the product picture here) can display the user’s face during a video conference meeting, so that people know who is controlling Jazz Connect.
- The rotating head enables the robot to better (video-)capture the surroundings
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While it won’t cast enough light to read by, Huey the chameleon lamp would make a great night-light. Like a true chameleon, he adapts to his environment and glows in the same color as whatever’s underneath him.
If your whole house is void of color, he can otherwise cycle through the whole color range. A small squeeze of his body when he settles on your preferred color locks it in. Surprisingly, this lamp only costs $30, which I think is a great price for something that uses a couple of white LEDs and an optical sensor to recognize and emulate the color under his belly. ThinkGeek via Technabob
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Star Wars gear never ceases to amaze us. Adding to the ever growing list is “Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner” for the iPhone. The game, which pits you against an onslaught of tie fighters – just like in the movie – uses the iPhone’s camera to superimpose your surroundings directly into the game’s background (otherwise known as Augmented Reality). There will also apparently be rendered screens as well. So if you’re like the guy or gal in the video below, you’ll be taking on the imperial fleet on top of your New York City apartment building.
The game will be available sometime later this month for a yet to be disclosed price.
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