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Designer: DCA Design International
With so many conceptual videos on touchscreen products, it's hard to believe that the Cybertecture Mirror by Hong Kong-based founder James Law is actually real. The reflective mirror features programmable applications using a digital display, and is decked out with stereo speakers, WiFi, IP41 waterproofing, and fog-resistant glass.
The Cybertecture Mirror can be used in an active or passive mode, controlled via its remote control and/or smartphones. It interacts with users by delivering useful information and can even monitor your health through its peripheral sensor pad. The personal digital assistant has the ability to communicate with your computer and mobile phone, and is perfect for the home, office and public environments (hotels, hospitals, retail shops).
According to Engadget, Wen Wei Po reports a 60,000 HKD ($7,733) price tag and a very ambitious expectation that two million Mirrors will be sold over the first three years.
Street Charge is a revolutionary “urban intervention” designed by PENSA Studio. A concept turning the ordinary streets signs into more facilitating system for busy citizens. The whole system features a charging desk for gadgets, WiFi connectivity around it, so that you can check your emails while charging, and in the night it will light up our streets. Luckily this infrastructure doesn’t require any special space. Rather, this smart concept can easily fit in our current public infrastructure of street signs.
A bathroom mirror with hidden screens that will display everything from your Twitter feed to the weather, to your daily exercise schedule and health data.
A fake rock or garden gnome may be an efficient way to hide a spare set of keys, but what if you could let in houseguests from afar simply by pressing a button on your phone?
You can with Lockitron, a combination home-security system and smartphone app.
Replace part of your door with Lockitron's internet-enabled lock, which works with most types of locks including dead bolts, handles, knobs and even apartment buzzers. Then you download the corresponding app and can begin locking and unlocking your home from anywhere your phone gets service.
This machine that lays down ready-made brick road—some are calling it a "road printer".
The Tiger Stone works like this: Operators on top of this rig grab bricks from a hopper and feed them into an opening. As the vehicle drives, gravity pulls them down in a perfectly tessellated layer and lays them on a prepared sand surface. Apparently it can lay out 400 meters of road in a day.
Designer: Dinard José da Mata Filho
The See assistive technology concept aims to alleviate some of the difficulties in the process of product consumption that affect so many people with visual impairments. The ingenious bracelet-to-headphone system allows the user to scan bar-codes directly from their wrist and receive real-time audio information about the product at hand. Using the tool, visually impaired users can now compare prices of similar items, understand technical data, and easily find the desired color of a product they are seeking.
Brick is a sleek personal computer with a transparent display. This concept uses features like magnifier, text translation, video and still photography, projector and much more. Working on the maxim that “a PC is no longer a PC anymore,” the designer duo want to convey that accessible networks and true mobility are the key ingredients of futurist products…even if it’s a PC.Designers: Shaocheng Huang & Yuyin Huang
We all experience the world in a highly personalized fashion. And as the physical world becomes increasingly digital, computing is becoming more connected to our physical selves.
We've seen the rapid development of "natural user interfaces" that invoke the digital world by recognizing our voices, our gestures and even our faces, creating a more seamless integration of computers into our everyday environments. Additionally, a flurry of new consumer health and lifestyle devices that measure anything from how much we move to how deeply we sleep are evidence that biometric data are becoming accessible as a means to reflect about our personal wellbeing.
The R&D Lab's Reveal is a mirror platform that we've designed to explore how the relationship between information and the self is evolving and how media content from the New York Times and others might play a part.
By using a special semi-reflective glass surface, the users of the mirror are able to see both a normal reflection of the real world as well as overlaid, high-contrast graphics. We've dubbed this "augmented reflection". Conceptually, the idea is that our mirror can reveal the halos of data around real-world objects, including ourselves.
Envisioned as a key fixture in your home, the mirror uses face recognition to call up personalized data, including health stats, a calendar, news feeds, and other information relevant to your morning routine. Voice commands switch between views, and gestures (via an embedded Kinect) activate content, including fullscreen video messages from other mirror users. An RFID-enabled shelf responds to objects that are placed on it, such as medications and personal care products, revealing personalized data. The mirror will recognize certain behaviors, such as when you schedule a trip or fail to get enough exercise, and recommend contextually-relevant content. If you're interested, you can tap your phone on the mirror to sync the article for reading on the run or on our Surface Reader application.
R&D developed the hardware and software for the mirror in-house. It is an ongoing project, with many new modules and modes of interaction in the works.
Nest is a new thermostat that learns. After installation, you tell Nest a few things and it begins to learn how and when you change the temperature.
After about a week, Nest has noted your schedule and will make adjustments based on that schedule. If you are away on Mondays, Nest will note and turn down the temperature. If you turn the heat or air down at night, Nest will adapt to that behavior and make sure it gets done, even if you forget.
You can also access Nest online or via an app on your smartphone and control the temperature remotely.
Created by Magic Cube, the laser keyboard works via Bluetooth and is compatible with Apple products, other smartphones and laptops. The palm-sized rectangular device also has a mouse-mode option where instead of a mouse, you just need to use your finger.
A great bit of musical folklore says that, to keep from being cheated out of money at gigs, blind R&B legend Ray Charles preferred to be paid entirely in $1 bills. If only he'd had the amazing new LookTel Money Reader app, it's likely Charles's billfold would have been quite a bit thinner.
It's almost too cool to believe: Simply wave a piece of American currency in front of your iPhone's camera and LookTel, created by software company Ipplex, will tell you the denomination without even having to access the internet.
Incidentally, if you're wondering how a blind person would even know where the app icon is in the first place, it so happens that Apple has a feature called VoiceOver that translates information on the touch screen into audio.