Touché is a new sensing technology that can provide touch sensitivity to everyday objects, liquids, and even the human body (video). The technology can detect complex hand gestures and body movements. Much like conventional touchscreens, Touché uses a capacitive sensor to detect touch; but Touché takes readings across a wide range of frequencies, allowing it detect much more complicated interactions. Touché is being developed by Disney ResearchPittsburgh.
“Cloud Book Study” by Heidi Neilson consists of a book that when flipped through at high speed, reveals a time-lapse film of clouds moving across the pages. The accompanying video shows the movement of the clouds across the sky in a way you couldn’t achieve by thumbing the book on your own.
VIDEO HERE: http://vimeo.com/27172301
A research group at Keio University in Japan have been developing (somewhat creepy) interactive robotic rings that imitate human eye and mouth movements. This video from DigInfo TV shows the rings in action.
Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this "couch guitar" by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings with a stiff wire attached to the base of the quadrotor. A special microphone attached to the frame records the notes made by the "couch guitar".
These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.
Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to some of the most innovative robotics research on the planet, much of it coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab.
This video premiered at the TED2012 Conference in Long Beach, California on February 29, 2012. Deputy Dean for Education and GRASP lab member Vijay Kumar presented some of this groundbreaking work at the TED2012 conference, an international gathering of people and ideas from technology, entertainment, and design.
The engineers from Penn, Daniel Mellinger and Alex Kushleyev, have formed a company called KMel Robotics that will design and market these quadrotors.
BeetleCam is a remote control buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top. I created the first BeetleCam in 2009 in order to take close-up, wide-angle photographs of dangerous African animals. You can find out more about the initial project in "The Adventures of BeetleCam": blog.burrard-lucas.com/2010/04/adventures-of-beetlecam/