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Video: New interface combines strength of touchscreen with precision of a pen

from MIT’s Technology Review:

The prototype for Manual Deskterity is a drafting application built for the Microsoft Surface, a tabletop touchscreen.

The interface’s most interesting features come out when the two types of interaction are combined. For example, a user can copy an object by holding it with one hand and then dragging the pen across the image, “peeling” off a new image that can be placed elsewhere on the screen. By combining pen and hand, users get access to features such as an exacto knife, a rubber stamp, and brush painting.

From Observation to Vision: The promise of human-future interaction

A human’s ability to think about the future is still in beta.” ~ Jason Tester, IFTF

by David Sherwin, Design Mind (via The Institute For the Future)

Imagining a sustainable future is like observing a series of waves crashing upon a shore, imperceptibly eroding the sand away.

It isn’t clear whether we’re at high or low tide, so we can’t be sure how far to stand from the water. We try to judge, in the far distance, if there are large waves that may get our feet wet, or even worse, pull us out in the undertow. There are a fearless few out surfing the breakers, but most people are content to rest on their towels, sun themselves, and read a book or two. There is no clear understanding of how our actions on the shore will change the quality of the water, or what lives beneath the surface. Our influence on the known world is intangible. [Read on]

Video: Concept laptop rolls up for transport

from Singularity Hub:

Evgeny Orkin’s thesis project, called RollTop, is a concept video of a laptop that rolls into a tube to take with you on the go.

Concept 2020: Holographic phone with levitating mouse ball

from Trendhunter (via Emergent Futures)

The Black Hole mobile concept design was made for Apple and predicted for 2020:

The holographic phone has a central mouse ball that levitates and allows the user to control all the phone functions and applications in mid-air.

By just opening the palm of your hand, the central ball rises into the air and opens up the phone’s applications.

Early Space Station concepts that “seemed to predict the future”

from Scienceray:

The conquest of outer space was on the mind of men decades ago, with some surprising similarities to today’s space platforms these visionaries seemed to predict the future. A future that they could not an have possibly understood or fathomed. Ultimately, we will need a new fleet of space shuttles to get there.

HP plans a line of (relatively) affordable 3-D printers

from GadgetLab:

Printers equipped for 3-D are poised to go mainstream, now that Hewlett-Packard plans to start selling them. The company’s inkjet and laser printers are staples in offices and homes.

The devices, which can crank out three-dimensional plastic models through a process similar to printing text on sheets of paper, have until recently been available only to high-end industrial designers. HP’s devices will be targeted at a broader market of mechanical-design professionals, and will probably cost less than $15,000.

“This is the boldest step we have seen so far in 3-D printing,” says Scott Summit, chief technology officer for Bespoke Innovations, a company that creates 3-D artifacts for medical use. “A lot of people want to do 3-D printing but it is a mysterious world. With HP embracing it, it is likely to demystify the idea to many consumers.”

Also see: 3-D Printers Make Manufacturing Accessible

3-D printers can take blobs of plastic and shape them into almost any object you desire. Now, thanks to open source hardware designs and enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers, these printers are increasingly popular and accessible. People are using them to fabricate iPod docks, plastic bracelets, hair clips and miniature teapots at home.

National Geographic feature on Bionics

from National Geographic:

bi-on-ics
Etymology: from bi (as in “life”) + onics (as in “electronics”);
the study of mechanical systems that function like living organisms
or parts of living organisms

Wallpaper doubles as flexible television

from theage.au:

Japanese scientists are developing a wallpaper that can be turned into a television screen, with the help of nanotechnology.

The living room of the future could be coated in the revolutionary wallpaper, thanks to the efforts of researchers at Toshiba. As well as being able to turn entire walls into a screen, the flexible paper can be adjusted to show images that fit the home owner’s mood.

The breakthrough in wall coverings is the result of improvements in organic electroluminescence (OLED) screen technology that enables the paper to emit light.

“OLED is anticipated to become an important light-emitting device for the next generation,” Toshiba said.

Also see: Digital OLED Wallpaper – The ultimate office (above images)

IEET: 10 emerging technology trends of the next 10 years

from The Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies:

  • Geoengineering
  • Smart grids
  • Radical materials
  • Synthetic biology
  • Personal genomics
  • Bio-interfaces
  • Data interfaces
  • Solar power
  • Nootropics
  • Cosmeceuticals

Spotlight: Project H: Design for Healthy, Happy People and Habitats

From triplepundit

Project H Design is a collective of designers who believe in the power of good design to change the world. Founded last year by architect and designer (and formerInhabitat.com managing editor) Emily Pilloton, the non-profit will kick off it its Design Revolution Road Show in February. During this tour, the crew will haul an Airstream trailer carrying an exhibit that features 40 different products aimed at addressing specific–and often humanitarian–issues, such as the need to easily transport and purify water, or the need for effective, low-cost eyeglasses.

[...] We like to measure this as the triple bottom line, so it’s people, planet and profit.

Embedded in the above link is Emily Pilloton on the Colbert Report (1/18/10)