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Paper Generators – low-tech and inexpensive way to harvest energy from friction

By Damir Beciri
9 October 2013

paper-generator-1Researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Mellon University recently presented a simple system that could be used to harvest power of different gestures performed onto a paper surface. Named Paper Generator, the system exploits gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing or sliding friction in order to run simple interactive applications involving books, posters… »

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Cubelets – robotic building blocks

By Damir Beciri
18 July 2013

cubelets-kt06-kitBuilding blocks from our childhood and our imagination enabled us to create new worlds and explore different ways to use what we had at our disposal. A year ago, Modular Robotics came up with Cubelets – simple robotic cubes which serve as building blocks that behave differently depending on how you connect them, like a… »


Robot butler HERB gets improved object recognition

By Damir Beciri
One Comment9 May 2013

herb-robot-explores-objectsAs most researchers who work with computer vision know, it can be troublesome to discover objects in its surroundings. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute introduced properties such as object’s location, size, shape and even whether it can be lifted in order to enable a robot to continually discover and refine its understanding of… »

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WorldKit – touch-based interfaces on everyday surfaces

By Damir Beciri
28 April 2013

world-kitIn one of our previous articles we described OmniTouch – a prototype of a wearable multitouch system that turns any surface into interface for information interaction. Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have played with that idea and created WorldKit – a system able to create these touch-based interfaces and enable information interaction in… »

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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… »


Touché sensing technique – enhancing capacitive touch sensing

By Damir Beciri
8 May 2012

touche-capacitive-touch-sensingA new sensing technique developed by a team at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) could enhance current capacitive touch sensing used for information interaction by enabling detection of more complex gestures. Named Touché, the new method monitors capacitive signals across a broad range of frequencies instead sensing electrical signals at a single… »


Green architecture – Carnegie Mellon University Gates and Hillman Centers

By Damir Beciri
One Comment11 December 2011

cmu-gates-and-hillman-centers-1Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies have recently been awarded with LEED Gold certification. With that achievement, the Gates and Hillman centers managed to join 10 other CMU buildings which demonstrate their commitment to energy and water conservation, as well as the promotion of sustainable… »

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TapSense uses sound to enhance information interaction on touch surfaces

By Damir Beciri
23 October 2011

tapsenseA group of researchers, led by a Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researcher, developed a technology which recognizes determines the difference in sound when you tap of a fingertip, the pad of the finger, a fingernail or a knuckle on a touchscreen. This technology, called TapSense, enables richer touchscreen interactions by employing the anatomy and dexterity… »