Archive for the ‘Creative Code’ Category

RFID Ring Swipes Just Like A Subway Card

June 11th, 2013 by NearInteraction

“MIT graduate Chris Benson, along with co-founders from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUDT) have come up with a solution to the problem of digging through your bag for a transport card.

The “Sesame Ring” is a 3D-printed piece of wearable technology embedded with an RFID chip that makes it easy to access MBTA train stations. Initially, the trio tried key chains, bracelets, and iPhone cases, but decided that rings were the best solution.

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After testing the idea with incoming freshman at SUDT, replacing student IDs with the rings, the trio move on to bigger things.

They set up the company Ring Theory as a platform for the idea, and have since launched a Kickstarter campaign as well.

For a pledge of $20, you can be the proud owner of a more convenient way to get through train station barriers. Once you have pledged, all you have to do is choose from one of seven different colors, whether you want a gold or silver ring face, and tell the company your ring size.

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There is also the option to add a four-letter insignia, or your own custom design for those looking to make a fashion statement.

Benson is confident the idea can be applied in offices, university campuses, and other places where identification is required, such as a bicycle rental systems. He also hopes to combine multiple identifications into one ring at some point, meaning one piece of wearable tech could replace an entire wallet at some point.”

Source: PSFK

Ring Theory


BFS-Solo: High Speed Book Digitization using Monocular Video

February 4th, 2013 by NearInteraction

BFS-Solo enables high-speed book digitization using monocular video captured while the paper is deformed. Our original method can reconstruct the 3D deformation and restore a flat document image by taking into account the physical constraints on deformation for a sheet of paper from the monocular image sequence. This system allows flexibility of configuration for high-speed book digitization, anywhere and anytime.”

Ishikawa Oku Laboratory

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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.”

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BFS-Auto: High Speed Book Scanner at over 250 pages/min

December 4th, 2012 by NearInteraction

BFS-Auto can achieve high-speed and high-definition book digitization at over 250 pages/min using the original media format. This performance is realized by three key points: high-speed fully-automated page flipping, real-time 3D recognition of the flipped pages, and high-accuracy restoration to a flat document image. This system is toward the practical use in 2013.”

Ishikawa Oku Laboratory

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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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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


Little Printer generates mini-newspapers of curated content

December 12th, 2011 by NearInteraction

Little Printer lives in your home, bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from your friends. Use your smartphone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely, beautiful mini-newspaper.”

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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. ”

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Lagao multiphysics

October 13th, 2010 by NearInteraction

Not available yet, but it looks amazing.
I’m keeping an eye on http://www.lagoatechnologies.com/