The Debut of Fully Interactive Music, Brain Scanner Matches Tunes to Your Moods

October 02 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future
Category: Entertainment   Year: 2008   Rating: 4

You’ve just closed a huge deal, beat a seemingly impossible team, or finally got a date with that girl you’ve been staring at in the coffee shop for the last few months. You’re excited. You feel like you can take on the world. To help make the moment more magical, you whip out your MP3 player and frantically scroll through your thousands of songs, looking for either “Eye of the Tiger” or “Final Countdown.”

Your fumbling has taken the edge off of your excitement and now you just feel silly.

I have to admit, I wish my own life had a soundtrack for moments like these. Metallica for when I’m driving, Portishead for when I’m depressed, Korn for when I feel like smashing things with my forehead. In fact, I have been wishing for my own personal soundtrack since I first started imagining John Williams songs playing as I trudged through forests (I swear, it felt like Endor).

And now someone has gone and done just that.

MUSINAUT, a company based out of Paris, France, has developed a brain scanner (the brainwave) that monitors your moods in order to play appropriate music. So whether you’re feeling stressed, sad, happy or angry, the appropriate music will begin to play over the headphones.

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"Minority Report" Interface Brought to Life by Oblong's g-speak

November 17 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets   Year: 2011   Rating: 2

This video by Oblong Industries, Inc will amaze you.

g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo.

What you are seeing is a literal replication of movie magic come to life. Dubbed “g-speak’ by its developers, it uses a “combination of gestural i/o, recombinant networking, and real-world pixels brings the first major step in computer interface since 1984.” They believe this method of computer interaction will be far better suited to the “data-intensive” work people are increasingly doing with their computers (the fact that more than one user can operate a single machine speaks volumes towards this belief).

The tie-in with Minority Report is no coincidence. One of the founders of Oblong worked as a science advisor on the set of that movie and incorporated many of his earlier work at MIT into the set. You can see similarities in the design like having a dedicated room, wearing special gloves, even specialized hand gestures that give it an almost Tai Chi-like feel to it. You could Zen out while doubling your productivity.

How close are we to this kind of design?

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Interactive Mirror Touches on your Love of Fingerpainting

October 30 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets   Year: 2011   Rating: 1

Interactive Mirror from Alpay Kasal on Vimeo.

If there’s one thing guaranteed to to touch your child side but also appeal to your geek side, Interference Inc has done just that. This fully interactive mirror allows users to design, paint, and even read text on a touchscreen mirror. The most amazing thing is vast array of colors at the users fingertips — whites, blues, red, and an incredible neon green.

Don’t expect to see these in your home for another year or two (and only if you happen to have a wad of cash hanging around). It will be incredible to see these displays used in a more consumer sense as far as personal computing or even retail. The mirror allows for you to virtually try on different articles of clothing right there in the store. A unit at home will allow you to literally “surf” the web, the sensation being that you can push your way through the Internet with touches. When can I get one?