Where’d you get those Googles?

Google has sold interactive glasses for $1500 (only) during its annual software conference in San Francisco to first adaptors. If all goes well, a less expensive version of the glasses is expected to go on sale for consumers in early 2014. While wearing these glasses, directions to a destination or a text message from a friend may appear directly before your eyes. Conversing with friends in a video chat, take a photo without taking out a camera, phone or even buy a few things online as you walk around. JUST DON’T DRIVE DOING IT.

Isabelle Olsson, lead designer of Google’s Project Glass, talks about the design of the Google Glass during the keynote at Google’s annual developer conference

Kiss The Future 101: Dream a Little Dream of Me


Brooklyn’s own Bitbanger Labs is the brainchild of photographer meister Duncan McCloud Frazier and his compatriot jack-of-all-trades genius Steve McGuigan.
They’ve invented a remarkable eye mask that presumably helps trigger lucid dreaming (or rather the ability to control yourself and your surroundings as you dream!). Remee (REM Enhancing Eye Mask) is the specialized eye mask that is equipped with a microcontroller that flashes a series of six customizable LED light patterns when you are at the peak of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. These dim flashes appear as visual anomalies as you sleep, helping you recognize that you are dreaming and subsequently trigger lucidity. Remee’s performance can be customized and adjusted by placing its built-in light sensors in front of your monitor on their official site while you set your configurations. Oh, so MODERN!
It sounds like a portal to limitless creativity.

Kickstarter once again is proving a fertile ground and is crowd-funding this project where the two bright boys have surpassed their initial goal of $35,000 with $573,000 and counting…
Pre-order yours (for 95$+ 15$international orders) at: www.sleepwithremee




http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bitbangerlabs/remee-the-rem-enhancing-lucid-dreaming-mask/widget/video.html

Air Conditioned Clothing “Kuchofuku” a rage in Japan

Not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing garment around, it is nevertheless a HUGE hit this summer as the Japanese avoid air conditioning and other mod cons amid power shortages in Japan after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Two electric fans in the jacket can be controlled to draw air in at different speeds, giving the garment a puffed-up look. But this has not deterred those happy to be cool rather than “hot” when it comes to fashion.The fans in the Kuchofuku jacket are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack that lasts for 11 hours on a single charge, consuming only a fraction of the power used by conventional air-conditioning.A standard air-conditioned jacket sells for around 11,000 yen ($140).

MINORITY REPORT SCREEN

Wall Street Journal:

About a year ago, HP began working on a ginormous touchscreen display for their PR firm’s Manhattan offices. The resulting product, called the Wall of Touch, was such a hit that it has found its way into the workplaces of other select clients, with more on the way. Ironically, despite its name, one of the things that makes the Wall unique is that users don’t have to actually touch it.

The Wall of Touch is made up of as many as nine 43 to 46-inch, 1080p panels. HP decided not to go with one big panel, as it would require rear projection and a translucent screen material that would compromise resolution. The Wall is driven by an HP Z800 workstation, essentially making it a huge HP TouchSmart computer. Built-in optical cameras and a magnetic strip detect when users are nearing it, thus the lack of needing to actually touch the screen. If users can’t reach the corners, it still works with a mouse or keyboard.

Versions of the Wall are currently in use at the headquarters of the National Basketball Association, as well as the Continental Airlines counter in the Houston airport.

So will a Touchless Touchscreen be arriving at a location near you soon? “We’re in the process of building out the next handful of walls as part of supporting our customer base, with the intent that, if there’s enough interest, HP will turn it into a mainstream product,” HP’s Personal Systems Group VP Philip McKinney told the Wall Street Journal.

It won’t come cheap, though. Prices are expected to range from $US2,000 up to $100,000 for systems with features such as HD video conferencing. The HP Wall of Touch is made up of as many as nine 43 to 46-inch, 1080p panels

D+ROPOP Robotic Mannequin. Be very afraid, Kate Moss.

Apart from being made almost entirely made of recycled corrugated cardboard and hence cheap to produce and eco-friendly, the D+ropop is incredibly elegant and will perform a host of new and existing modeling tasks very cost-effectively. At an all-up price of around USD$5500, the D+ropop will work 24/7, won’t throw tantrums, get involved in scandals and damage your brand, or be perpetually late. D+ropop can obviously be customized, painted and re-purposed in many ways, though if there’s a weakness we can see, it’s that the whole model including eight lightweight motors weighs just 6kg, and may fray around the edges a bit if worked hard as a storefront mannequin.
I can see robots playing a significant role in displaying clothes, and how they might hang and “fall” on a human. Like most Japanese robotic companies, it’s difficult to determine an exact cost of ownership for a robot at present, and all of them offer some form of rental – the best I could ascertain regarding D+ropop was that it can be rented for around US$1800 a week.
D+ropop - the eager robotic mannequinD+ropop - the eager robotic mannequin

ASUS unveils 3 very futuristic waveface items

ASUS' Waveface Ultra is designed to provide information anywhere, anytime
ASUS' Waveface Light can be used as a tablet or a traditional keyboard

ASUS' Waveface on display at CES 2010

ASUS – once known mostly as a motherboard manufacturer – has chosen CES 2010 to introduce some innovative laptops and futuristic concepts. Not content with showcasing a laptop designed in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen’s chief designer, it has also introduced three Waveface design concepts. The range includes a portable device worn on the wrist, a widescreen display that is both an entertainment center and internet portal and a touch-sensitive machine that can be used as a single-screen tablet or conventional keyboard – all designed by ASUS to allow the user to fully embrace the digital life…perhaps even by using one’s own physiological and emotional state as a source of data. Well, I did say “futuristic concepts”.

FOLDING FAN KEYBOARD

By Darren Quick:  Decent portable keyboards can be hard to find. Roll-up solutions like the ElekTex Smart Fabric Keyboard are extremely portable but lack the feel of traditional keys. Others that do provide traditional keys, like the Goldtouch Go! Travel keyboard, opt for a folding solution that doesn’t really reduce their size all that much. The Keystick keyboard looks to overcome both of these shortfalls with a full-sized QWERTY chicklet keyboard design that folds away like a Japanese fan to become an easily transportable stick. The Keystick folding keyboard concept

MEDIA CHAIR OFFERS IPOD, SPEAKERS AND PROJECTOR IN COMFORT

Usually, when you envisage a media chair your mind conjures up thoughts of weird (read uncomfortable) pieces of furniture that would be more at home in a museum of modern art than your lounge room. But Martin Emila’s Media Chair is something else. Sure, it’s a bit “left field” but it’s a concept chair that would look pretty good at my place I reckon. It features embedded speakers, an iPod dock, a projector and, above all, looks pretty darn comfortable. The Media Chair by Martin Emila features an iPod dock, built-in surround sound speakers, a...

THE BMW C1-E ELECTRIC SCOOTER

BMW has brought back the C1 as an electric-powered concept scooter called the C1-E
By Alan Brandon

When BMW released their original C1 scooter in 2000 nobody had seen anything like it on the road. And not many C1s were seen on the road after it was released either. In the three years that BMW produced the scooter-with-a-roll-cage, only about 12000 were made. The riding public didn’t quite know what to make of the C1 and BMW never sold as many as it had hoped. Now BMW has brought the urban runabout back as the C1-E concept vehicle with an electric drivetrain. Could it be the C1’s time has come?

The C1 may have been ahead of its time when it first appeared, but the times and fashion may now work in its favor. The C1-E looks right at home on the street with other modern scooters such as the Piaggio MP3, Piaggio USB concept, and Peugeot Hymotion hybrid. The C1-E also crosses over into the ultramobile four-wheeler category with vehicles such as the Nissan Land Glider, VW L1, and Renault ZE.

Where BMW’s old internal-combustion models offered a 125 cc, 15 bhp four stroke engine (later a 176cc capacity with 18 bhp), the C1-E features an electric motor and components from the Vectrix scooter company, powered by a lithium-ion battery. Although Vectrix filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, new investors may resurrect the brand. No matter the outcome, BMW hopes the C1-E will demonstrate the viability of an electric powertrain in a safe, urban commuter vehicle.

Like the original C1, the BMW C1-E is designed with an emphasis on rider protection with its front-to-back roll bar and energy-absorbing impact material in the nose. Unlike the C1 however, the C1-E also features a seat-belt for the rider. According to BMW, the scooter is the only motorized single-track vehicle that is exempt from mandatory helmet wearing in almost all European countries

The C1-E design also provides for rider comfort and convenience. The roll cage has mounting points for both a windscreen and a roof to provide wind and weather protection. In addition, there is luggage space behind the rider.

BMW Motorrad developed the C1-E concept as part of the European safety project eSUM, which stands for European Safer Urban Motorcycling. eSUM is a cooperative project between major urban European motorcycling centers and motorcycle manufacturers. The goal of the project is to develop and demonstrate ways to take advantage of the benefits of two-wheeled transportation in easing traffic flow in urban locations, while also increasing the safety of motorcycles and scooters in the city. Participating cities include Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and London; and the manufacturers are BMW and Piaggio.

The C1-E will remain a concept for now. BMW says that series production is currently not planned but that findings from the project will find their way into other future developments in the field of single-track vehicles.

For more information about eSUM visit www.esum.eu.

ZEGNA SPORT ECOTECH SOLAR JACKET

Zegna Sport's new eco-friendly jacket powers your handheld devices

With winter fast approaching, it’s time to think about appropriate protective clothing. The Ecotech Solar Jacket, a new clothing piece from Zegna Sport, ticks all the right boxes for winter gear. Made almost entirely from recycled plastic, it is not only environmentally friendly but also solar-powers your MP3, keeps you protected from the elements and has Italian good-looks to boot.

This unique jacket features a detachable solar cell system located in each of the sleeves. Once the sun’s energy is harnessed, it is fed to washable internal leads connected to a rechargeable battery device – also detachable – which is located in the inside pocket. Then it’s ready to power your portable communication device or MP3 player.

The material of the Ecotech jacket will help protect you from the wind and rain, and the solar cells on the sleeve also serve to power a heating system located inside the collar, guaranteeing comfort and warmth. And, as the external fabric, linings, paddings and breathable membrane are all made from 100% regenerated plastics, you’ll not only be wearing an Italian-designed jacket, you’ll be carrying a clear conscience as well.

The battery requires about five hours of direct sunlight to fully recharge and is normally contained in an inner pocket but can also be placed in a separate neoprene case. After charging, it can be used to power your mobile communication device, MP3 player or camera. As the solar panel sleeves and battery are detachable, they can also be charged even when you’re not wearing the jacket. The adapter sets (provided) ensure compatibility with most mobile communication brands.

This is not the first time Zegna Sport has dabbled in integrating technology and clothing, the Zegna Sport Bluetooth iJacket boasted a device in the sleeve to control a cell phone and iPod, and featured a bluetooth interface and microphone embedded in the jacket collar.

No word on pricing yet – what would you expect to pay for a multi-functional, eco-friendly, Italian-designed winter jacket? See video footage of the making of Zegna Sport’s Ecotech Solar Jacket below.

Via Inhabitat

Zegna Sport making of Ecotech Solar-JKT