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Ron Cobb’s views on the future

Today I interviewed Ron Cobb (Alien, Aliens, Back to the Future, Last Star Fighter, Star Wars, etc.) and Syd Mead (2010, Tron, Blade Runner, Aliens, etc.) for Web Conference. After the session Ron wanted to continue the discussion with his thoughts on how the future is perceived from a vantage point of now or the past and that the future is probably much less recognisable if we were to actually time travel from now to some point in the future.

Ron and I would love to continue this discussion with Syd and many others.

My NUI research is based on the near future as you have seen from my blog and looking further out becomes far more fragmented and random for prediction as you will hear more about from Ron.

Steve Wozniak at the 2012 NAB Show

Steve talks about how Creativity and Technology merge to influence Storytelling and Film.

Samsung Blogger Project

Samsung asked Heather Armstrong of to stop typing for a day and update her blog with handmade posts. I think it’s interesting that pen interaction is a point of differentiation between other well known tablet devices. I’m not sure who’s pen technology they use and if it’s pressure sensitive but I will find out and let you know.

Wacom Intuos5 on screen interaction

Intuos5 has several characteristics in terms of productivity, as the four key functions of the Touch Ring and ExpressKeys that can be customized to suit your shortcuts and modifiers to your favorite applications. The new display innovative Express View provides a reminder of your ExpressKeys settings on the screen so you can stay focused on your screen and your work. Let the guys at Wacom give you a full demo this week at (NAB stand SL2809)

Wacom Cintiq 24 HD

The Cintiq 24HD is the flagship product of Wacom’s Cintiq range and has been designed for professional use, setting new standards for everybody working in 3D design, animation, game development, industrial design and visual effects. I finally got to see one in the flesh today at the NAB show in Las Vegas. Nice!

Google – Project Glass

A team in the Google [x] group has started Project Glass to build this kind of technology which is along the lines of my PhD research into NUI. I think the key here is interface has to be simple and out of your way and the physical glasses have to look cool or just look normal.

Once those two elements come together it will be the perfect storm for this ..I can see it now with people walking around talking to themselves .. actually nothing really new about that.

Google Art Project – NUI Demo

EXOdesk NUI Preview

EXOdesk UI is built on the HTML5 apps runtime EXOengine. An application can be built either with HTML tags or with HTML5 canvas. In all situations, hardware acceleration is enabled.

Independent access to pressure, speed and angle of movement for up to 256 simultaneous points of touch, enabling advanced behaviors and collaborative applications.

EXOdesk Application Development Challenge –

Art Rage – NUI & Digital Painting

Art Rage – The Future of Painting –

Sensics Smart Goggles Android 4.0 Virtual Reality Helmet

Sensics Smart Goggles – Android is popping up in everything and we’ve come across the Smart Goggles which is basically an insanely heavy helmet containing a heads-up display. It’s running Android 4.0 though we’re not sure if it matters since it’s simply supporting a gaming environment.

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