As you may know iPhones can blink their LED when there’s an incoming message, i always thought that feature was kind of pointless. But here’s the accessory that will make it an awesome feature. They are clear plastic cases with different patterns etched in on the back. And when the LED flashes it distributes the light across those patterns. You can see the result above. Pretty cool, and they’re only $19.99 each. (more…)
This digital billboard will identify airplanes flying over it, point towards it accurately and then tell you which flight it is and It’s destination. Fascinating.
MIT never seems to stop showing us new cool stuff. The latest invention is a morphing table with an interesting control interface. And their hopes are to actually put this technology to good use, not just as a cool thing.
Past research on shape displays has primarily focused on rendering content and user interface elements through shape output, with less emphasis on dynamically changing UIs. We propose utilizing shape displays in three different ways to mediate interaction: to facilitate by providing dynamic physical affordances through shape change, to restrict by guiding users with dynamic physical constraints, and to manipulate by actuating physical objects.
In other words they’re exploring ways in which we could interact with machines in the future.
This guy probably decided that candles and LED’s are just too mainstream. So for Halloween he decided he would try to light a pumpkin with a massive Tesla coil. A pretty fun Halloween experiment even though It’s not exactly the safest thing to do.
Researchers at MIT have come up with something incredible, a bracelet that regulates your body temperature. Literally meaning that this wristband replaces your AC, your heating system and even your jacket.
Wristify, as they call their device, is a thermoelectric bracelet that regulates the temperature of the person wearing it by subjecting their skin to alternating pulses of hot or cold, depending on what’s needed. The prototype recently won first place at this year’s MADMEC, an annual competition put on by the school’s Materials Science and Engineering program, netting the group a $10,000 prize, which they’ll use to continue its development. It’s a promising start to a clever approach that could help alleviate the energy crisis.