Archive for the ‘Audio and Visual Experiences’ Category

Interactive Educational Tool for Kids Learning Stop-Motion Animation

January 7th, 2013 by NearInteraction

“Pas a Pas is an interactive educational tool for schools that enables children to learn and experiment with different sets of elements using animation. It aims to use the physicality and the animated outcome of stop motion animation to bridge the gap between abstract concepts from maths, physics or arts (usually represented by graphs, equations or words) and reality.

The system consist of three aspects: a platform to record and display animations, sets of elements for animating and a community to share the content generated.”

Pas a Pas


Baby Monitor Let You Watch Over Your Baby by Your Iphone

November 5th, 2012 by NearInteraction

“This Smart Baby Monitor from Withings is now available in the U.S., allowing parents to remotely check on their child using their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The hinged monitor has a wide-angle adjustable 3-megapixel camera, with night vision and a 4x zoom.

The device also has sensors that detect noise, movement, temperature and humidity levels, and can alert the parent of these changes, depending on the user-adjustable parameters. A two-way microphone lets you hear the baby and also talk to them, and you can also start a lullaby or switch on a night light.

The Smart Baby Monitor can connect to the internet via wi-fi or Ethernet cable, or directly to your Apple device via Bluetooth. You need to be running Withings’ freeWithBaby app on your device to access the monitor’s functions.”

Check out the demo video below:

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Physical Objects and Desk Space Shared Online With a Projector Lamp

September 3rd, 2012 by NearInteraction

“Seen at Microsoft Research’s TechFest 2012, IllumiShare enables remote people to share any physical or digital object on any surface. It is a low-cost, peripheral device that looks like a desk lamp, and just like a lamp lights up a surface at which it is pointed, IllumiShare shares a surface. To do this, IllumiShare uses a camera-projector pair where the camera captures video of the local workspace and sends it to the remote space and the projector projects video of the remote workspace onto the local space. With IllumiShare, people can sketch together using real ink and paper, remote meeting attendees can interact with conference room whiteboards, and children can have remote play dates in which they play with real toys.”

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Control Music by swiping hands across this fabric speaker

August 2nd, 2012 by NearInteraction

Tangible Textural Interface (TTI) is a new type of sound system that that embeds a tactile surface. The interactive system allows users to rub their hands and fingers across the fabric to control the music. Unlike conventional materials such as plastic or glass, TTI adds a softer and more personal appeal to an electronic device.

With a few simple gestures, users can adjust the volume, select the equalizer, and skip tracks just by touching the speakers. TTI was created by product designer Eun Hee Jo, who has also created other textured gadgets such as the Fabric Mouse.

Watch the video below to see a demonstration of TTI.

Eun Hee Jo


Noisy Jelly

June 4th, 2012 by NearInteraction

“Noisy jelly is a game where the player has to cook and shape his own musical material, based on coloured jelly.

With this noisy chemistry lab, the gamer will create his own jelly with water and a few grams of agar agar powder. After added different color, the mix is then pour in the molds. 10 min later, the jelly shape can then be placed on the game board,and by touching the shape, the gamer will activate different sounds.

Technically, the game board is a capacitive sensor, and the variations of the shape and their salt concentration, the distance and the strength of the finger contact are detected and transform into an audio signal.
This object aims to demonstrate that electronic can have a new aesthetic, and be envisaged as a malleable material, which has to be manipulated and experimented.”

Raphaël Pluvinage


Fine Collection of Curious Sound Objects

April 2nd, 2012 by NearInteraction

“The arrangement includes six exceptional exhibits from the world of sounds and acoustics. At first sight looking trivial, each object incorporates a very unique ability.

The magical character of each object is accompanied with a little story, almost completely concealing the existence of technical components such as speakers or sensors. Only small connection ports as well as the uniform black finishing point to their unusual abilities.

Processing is used for recording live audio input, modifying the playback and generating digital sound according to sensor data.

In form and functionality all these exhibits pursue John Maeda’s „Simplicity“. They are enjoying to use, they are surprising and one wants to explore and investigate them.”

Georg Reil


Disturb me – Room’s wall projection

March 5th, 2012 by NearInteraction

Disturb Me is an interactive installation between human and his environment. It is to make perceptible the reciprocal links and often forgotten contact, that we maintain with our environment.

The projection depends on the sound emitted by the spectators and creates consequently, a transitory and colored environment. The projected forms are revealed when in contact with surfaces of the room.”

The senses are awakened, the room becomes alive.

The PopcornMakers


Night Bright

September 23rd, 2011 by NearInteraction

“Night Bright is an interactive installation of nocturnal discovery where children use their bodies to light up the nighttime forest and discover the creatures that inhabit it. Listening to the creatures’ sounds children can locate them in the forest, as they play a nighttime game of hide and seek. ”

More info here.


First Digital 3D Rendered Film (1972)

September 23rd, 2011 by NearInteraction

“Below is a very early digital 3D rendered film (possibly the first one, ever). It was created in 1972 by Ed Catmull (the founder of Pixar) and Fred Parke with a little help from Robert B. Ingebretsen.”

 

Full Article after the jump.


Holographic arquitectural representation system

November 29th, 2010 by NearInteraction

Zebra Imaging presents the holographic arquitectural representation system. One more proof that we are crossing borders, letting image become more real, inviting it to our daily lives.