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Colloidal Display – a soap bubble transparent display

By Damir Beciri
One Comment2 July 2012

colloidal-displayMany research groups around the world are developing new ways to present media and improve information interaction, ranging from images projected onto fog to various solutions regarding holography, but an international team of researchers managed to produce Colloidal Display – a display that uses ultrasonic sound waves to alter soap film’s properties in order to… »

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Open source 3D printing and 3D printers – RepRap 3D printers

By Damir Beciri
2 July 2012

reprap-mendel-3d-printerWe already published various articles about 3D printers and 3D printing, but we always delayed the publication of the article about the first of the low-cost 3D printers projects whose blueprints and software are publicly available and open source. Named Replicating Rapid-prototyper (RepRap), the 3D printer is practically able to self-replicate since it can print… »

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Musical robot companion Shimi is more than a docking system

By Damir Beciri
One Comment29 June 2012

tovbot-shimiGeorgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology developed a robot whose role is to be a musical companion. Named Shimi, the robotic musical companion is able to recommend songs, dance to the beat, and even create new, unique musical compositions. Instead being just a docking station, the robot increases interactivity and various features which can be… »

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Canon Mixed Reality System (MR System)

By Damir Beciri
21 June 2012

canon-mixed-reality-systemCanon presented a new augmented reality project they developed on a recent Virtual Reality Expo (IVR) in Japan. Named Mixed Reality System (or MR System), the image data processing technology offers integration of real and virtual worlds in a different way than their previous augmented reality (AR) systems, since the new system enables you to… »

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Using water and air to create bistable optical displays

By Damir Beciri
One Comment20 June 2012

aalto-water-and-air-bistable-optical-displays-1An international team of researchers led by Aalto University have come up with a concept of writing and displaying information on surfaces using simply air and water. The researchers are using an interesting property of superhydrophobic surfaces when they are submerged into water. The microscopic structures on their surface prevent the water from contact with… »

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Digitizing yourself as Miku Hatsune or some other avatar

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments20 June 2012

miku-hatsuneIn this article you can read about 2 projects which are able to transfer your actions into a virtual world. Both projects function without  special motion tracking suits or markers, and their another thing in common is the way they were presented. Both of their presentations were done with usage of a virtual character named… »

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Longevity of light bulbs and how to make them last longer

By Damir Beciri
15 Comments8 June 2012

light-bulb-longevity-robaidEverybody would like to buy a light bulb which lasts at least as long as the box you bought it in claims it will. However, as I mentioned in the definite guide for declaration found on light bulb packages, the longevity of light bulbs is usually much shorter than it is declared on their package…. »

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Multi-touch table educational games improve learning

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments5 June 2012

multi-touch-table-educational-gamesAn interdisciplinary team consisting out of computer scientists, biologists, and cognitive psychologists at Harvard, Northwestern, Wellesley, and Tufts, conducted a pair of studies where they investigated the actual learning outcomes of educational games in both formal and informal settings. The results revealed that educational games succeeded at making the process of learning difficult material engaging… »