Recent project developments

“Body-Swapping”

“Body-Swapping”

The Washingtonpost reports on Scientists Report Mental ‘Body-Swapping’. Effectively, people were made to think they were a mannequin, or even other people by using physical feedback that was consistent with what they were seeing from the perspective of the other. Details are thin on the…

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Mobile game that teaches first aid

Mobile game that teaches first aid

Recently, I’ve been wasting a lot of time playing Far Cry 2. As part of the game dynamics, occasionally you are required to fix damaged vehicles in order to get them going again. This is simply represented by the game character ratcheting at an innocuous…

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More Augmented Reality

More Augmented Reality

Following on from the last Augmented Reality post, here is an application using the same code library – ARToolkit. Magic the Gathering with AR. This brings 3D action into the card game, and I imagine could be quite easily applied to boardgames too. This is…

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Browser-based Augmented Reality

Browser-based Augmented Reality

Digital Pictures Interactive has created a fantastic example of augmented reality, that you can run in your browser. As Hack A Day tells us: :“Print out the custom symbol and try it out for yourself in your browser. Augmented reality refers to any mashup that…

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Washable, fabric buttons

Washable, fabric buttons

Instructables features a fantastic guide to making your own fabric buttons, perfect for wearable electronics interfaces. They are made by cutting holes in foam, and sandwiching it between two layers of conductive material.

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Mechanical Turks: Use the Big Giant Head of aggregate Internet intelligence*

Mechanical Turks: Use the Big Giant Head of aggregate Internet intelligence*

Over on the great how-to site Instructables, an enterprising chap has created a book entirely using Mechanical Turks, and illustrates how to use them for your own project. Mechanical Turks are a service offered by Amazon, which allows small tasks to be sourced out in…

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Walking house

Walking house

Walking house can escape floods or unruly neighbours – Telegraph The 10ft high home is solar and wind powered and can stroll at walking pace across all terrains. It has a living room, kitchen, toilet, bed, wood stove and mainframe computer which controls the legs….

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Scientists Erase Specific Memories in Mice

Scientists Erase Specific Memories in Mice

Scientists Erase Specific Memories in Mice – Yahoo! News “While memories are great teachers and obviously crucial for survival and adaptation, selectively removing incapacitating memories, such as traumatic war memories or an unwanted fear, could help many people live better lives,” Tsien said. The “work…

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DIY RFID implant (link)

DIY RFID implant (link)

DIY RFID implant – Hack a Day Quethe implanted an RFID chip into his hand so that he can access his handgun safe without having to fumble around for keys or buttons. He’s also planning to do more with the chip, including installing readers so…

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US Politics: Another (very scary) world

US Politics: Another (very scary) world

John McCain and Sarah Palin try new tactics – Los Angeles Times Before McCain spoke, a Christian pastor offered a prayer that seemed to ask for divine intervention on his behalf. “There are millions of people around this world praying to their God — whether…

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