Bits and pieces of August 2011

2011 August 20

See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception, link
See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception is the first book to survey the fascinating relationship between design, the body, science and the senses. Over the last 50 years, artists, architects and designers have been experimenting with the boundaries of our senses, altering the way we experience the world.

HAPMAP, link and video
A pedestrian navigation system, with a natural and intuitive haptic interface, providing subtle and complex navigation cues following the curvature of a road or path. Yuki Imamura from Keio University, Emerging Technologies @ SIGGRAPH 2011.

Surround Haptics, link
Surround Haptics is a new tactile technology that allows generation of high-resolution, continuous, moving tactile sensations anywhere on the human body. The technology is inexpensive. It can be used with a broad range of off-the-shelf tactile actuators. It is compact. And it can easily be integrated into clothes, furniture, accessories, hand tools, mobile devices, and game accessories, among other potential applications. Disney Research, Emerging Technologies @ SIGGRAPH 2011.

Mommy Tummy, link
Mommy Tummy is an interactive system that simulates pregnancy. A user wearing the Mommy Tummy jacket can feel the fetus’s temperature, movement, and heartbeat, and, by rubbing the jacket, communicate with the fetus. Within a few minutes, the jacket’s weight and size change, simulating fetal growth over nine months. Kanagawa Institute of Technology (Japan), Emerging Technologies @ SIGGRAPH 2011.

RolyPoly, link
RolyPoly enables two individuals to “sense” the presence of each other even though they may be physically apart. This is achieved through the mirrored movements in a pair of RolyPolys. A gentle tap to rock one RolyPoly simultaneously rocks its partner RolyPoly to the same degree. Likewise, a sudden shake and rattle in one instantly produces a corresponding reaction in the other. Kanagawa Institute of Technology (Japan), Emerging Technologies @ SIGGRAPH 2011.

Serial Latency on Arduino and Teensy, link
Java latency is at least 20ms, The Arduino UNO may be slower than the Arduino 2009 if small a amount of ser­ial bytes (<12b) are transferred, The Teensy 2.0 board may be up to 18 times faster than an Arduino board. Discussion on Arduino forum.

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