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ZED – The Future of Autonomous Navigation


The ZED sensor is a stereo camera that provides high definition images and accurate measure of the environment depth. It has been designed for the most challenging applications, including autonomous vehicle control, mobile mapping, aerial mapping, security, and surveillance. http://www.zed.stereolabs.com/

Google Project Jacquard – Weavable Wearable NUI


Project Jacquard is a new system for weaving technology into fabric, transforming everyday objects, like clothes, into interactive surfaces. Project Jacquard will allow designers and developers to build connected, touch-sensitive textiles into their own products.

Greg Gage: How to control someone else’s arm with your brain


Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. The neuroscientist DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member.

VR Immersion devices 2015

Rendering Volumetric Haptic Shapes in Mid Air using Ultrasound


Bristol University scientists presenting a method for creating three-dimensional haptic shapes in mid-air using focused ultrasound. This approach applies the principles of acoustic radiation force, whereby the non-linear effects of sound produce forces on the skin which are strong enough to generate tactile sensations, a technology we hope will soon be available in conjunction with Microsoft HoloLens for a perfect holographic tactile experience.

This mid-air haptic feedback eliminates the need for any attachment of actuators or contact with physical devices. The user perceives a discernible haptic shape when the corresponding acoustic interference pattern is generated above a precisely controlled two-dimensional phased array of ultrasound transducers.

Google – Project Tango

Project Tango is an exploration into giving mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

Leap Motion Intro to VR – Oculus Rift


The leading brand, if you will, in the coming consumer virtual reality space is Facebook’s Oculus Rift platform. Oculus by itself is straight up old-school virtual reality. But a special project with Leap Motion, a high-fidelity, in-the-air gestures product already on the market, adds reality to Oculus. By bolting a Leap Motion device to the front of an Oculus Rift headset and mapping hand gestures into to a virtual reality scene, users can see their own hands in the virtual space (of course, software can make them gorilla hands, robot hands, you name it), and those hands can manipulate 3D virtual objects in the simulation.

This is the Project Tango idea inside out. Instead of the real world being duplicated to create a hybrid real-virtual environment, the environment is fully simulated but the user is duplicated or, at least parts of the user.

100 Things to Watch in 2014

JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2014 from JWTIntelligence

Edible Packaging, Heads-Up Movement and Haptic Technology—just a few items from our annual list of 100 Things to Watch for the year ahead.

It’s a wide-ranging compilation that reflects developments surfacing across sectors including technology, television, food and spirits, retail, health care and the arts. The list also includes new types of goods or businesses, new behaviors and ideas with the potential to ladder up to bigger trends.

C Wear Interactive Glasses


Pre-release Augmented Reality Glasses – C Wear from Penny is now available for order, for delivery later in 2014.

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