Category: TECH

lego-mindstorm-ev3-leap-motion

LEGO Robot Does Your Bidding Via Leap Motion Control Device

15 Apr, 2014 by in TECH
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Can you make a robot do your bidding by the mere movement of your hands? The answer is yes. Can you make a robot use a motion controller to control itself? While your brain capillaries burst considering that, check out the nifty integration between the Leap Motion Controller and LEGO Mindstorm EV3 posted by the team at Leap Motion. German Vargas from the Math Department of the College of Coastal Georgia programmed it, linked it and strapped a laptop to his belly while walking around campus, shocking people as he controlled the bot by waving his hand about.
(more…)

3gear-gesture-control-solidsmack

3Gear Trips The Money Mine, Bags 1.9M, Blows Gesture Recognition Sky High.

09 Apr, 2014 by in TECH
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

In the office these days, there’s a lack of drama. Drama that could be taken to awesome new levels with the right amount of hand gestures, teeth gritting and intense looks of determination behind the glow of a 30″ HD monitor. 3Gear Systems is bringing all that in multiple ways today, introducing impressive new gesture recognition (smack), previewing an entirely new depth-sensing device (SMACK) and announcing $1.9 Million in seed funding (SMAA-HAACK!!). With it, they plan to deliver a gesture recognition system that “actually works” and can be used in a broader array of applications than anyone has ever thought possible. Here’s just how they’re changing the gesture control landscape.
(more…)

unified-weapons-master-lorica-suit-fb

Intelligent High-tech Battle Armor ‘Lorica’ Brings Fight Into the Future

26 Mar, 2014 by in DESIGN, TECH
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

It’s children covered in cardboard boxes, hitting each other with broom sticks taken to the next level. Unified Weapons Master (UWM) is upping the ante on fight entertainment and betting people want to watch fighters shelled in advanced composite, sensor-laden materials battle each other with real weapons. They’re right, we do. UWM has developed the biometric battle armor that provide real-time feedback while fighters wail on each other. It’s all prototypes and entertainment-focused now, but you can also bet military and police are getting dreamy-eyed over these dual-purpose defense/combat-monitoring suits. Here is CEO David Pysden telling about the small team of engineers and designers that are building the combat platform of the future.
(more…)

htc-one-m8-gold-3d-solidsmack

Sketchfab Model Rock: HTC One (M8) in 3D

25 Mar, 2014 by in DESIGN, TECH
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

You’ve been scratching at your computer screen waiting for the news to drop. Low and behold, HTC has now revealed their latest smartphone, the HTC One (M8) with all the juicy updates you’re likely to want: a bigger screen, more power, dual cameras, expandable storage (128GB MicroSD baby!) and motion gestures for your nubbins. It still has the slick unibody aluminium construction of the One, but with more metal all around doing away with the polycarbonate accents top and bottom. You can get the phone in gray, silver or gold. And, wouldn’t you know it, we have the 3D model for you to move, zoom and spin around right here. Hit it!
(more…)

matterport-3d-scanning-sensing

Matterport and How 3D Scanning Has Shifted To 3D Sensing

13 Mar, 2014 by in TECH
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

We’ve been following what Matterport has been doing in the 3D Scanner space since they first came on the scene–excited about their debut, saddened by their dropping the handheld 3d scanner and now elated to see what they’ve been up to. In February, they announced how they’re teaming up with Google on Google’s Project Tango, with the goal “to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion” and headed up by Human-Computer Interaction researcher, Johnny Lee, best known for his work on the Microsoft Kinect. This and other developments are changing the state of 3D scanning and Matterport is part of the shifting stage.
(more…)

Dell-Precision-M3800

Dell Preps To Go Primetime With a New 3/4″ Powerhouse Precision Laptop

22 Oct, 2013 by in TECH
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Remember when Dell announced the announcement of their latest laptop last July at SIiggraph? Of course you do. The Precision M3800 is the sub-$2k lappy with loads of style that weighs less than a Maltese pup and cooks your cad models like a high-end cooktop. Today, the official release date popped up on the M3800 webpage and press releases were sent near and far, so drop the visual of cute puppies frying apple latkes at the stove and have a look at these specs.
(more…)

SpaceMouse_wireless_solidsmack-01

3DConnexion Ditches the Cord, Releases First Wireless 3D Mouse

01 Oct, 2013 by in NEWS, TECH
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Have you ever walked the hallways dangling portable 3D mice from your arms like a raging super villain who can expel them from beneath the skin as an effective attack mechanism? I knew you have. This may even less of an occurrence now as the wee, corded 3DConnexion SpaceMouse is shedding its ties to the tethered world of wire and sheath, slipping on a micro-USB receiver, 2.4 GHz wireless technology and a rechargeable battery–you bad little mousy. Here are the explicit details.

(more…)

bot-and-dolly-box-08

Box: An Awesome Exploration in 3D Projection Mapping You Have to See

26 Sep, 2013 by in DESIGN, TECH
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

I’m all for tossing up some highly complex, geometrically intense, 3-dimensional visuals on flat surfaces to wow the senses and, I tell you what, Bot & Dolly do not disappoint. Bot & Dolly is a design and engineering studio that specializes in automation, robotics, and filmmaking, but to show off what their rigs and equipment are capable of, it doesn’t hurt to create a little sumin’ sumin’ to squelch any doubters. They do that extremely well with their latest feature, Box which takes that drab old stage space and converts it into a aural eye feast for all high tech, projection mapping junkies. They go one step further though, projecting the visuals onto objects… being moved… by robots.
(more…)

haptix-3d-multitouch-motion-control

Yes, This is 3D Multitouch Being Used For Precision 3D Design

12 Sep, 2013 by in TECH
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

The new Haptix motion controller just one-upped the Leap Motion controller in a big way. Last week we saw Elon Musk fiddling about mid-air with a rocket engine using the Leap Motion, while weeks before the Haptix device was launched on Kickstarter. While similar to the Leap Motion, it looks down on your nubbin’s instead up capturing what happens over it. The difference? It’s able to turn just about any surface into a multitouch interface. On top of that it can pick-up the area between it and the surface for the added dimensional control. They just posted a video showing what that would be like.
(more…)