Physical Computing

Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote hacks by Student

“Researcher Johnny Lee, became a YouTube star with his demo of Wii Remote hacks, demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.” text borrowed from TED

The reason why I chose this great talk from TED is, it’s a very good example of how a simple hacking project can turn into a commercial product.

Via TED Talks

A.Naci Altinbas / Group 10

Pianotrappan – by Student
October 16, 2009, 3:50 pm
Filed under: Inspiration

I like the technologies that encourage people to choose  healthier way of doing things, which are fun and healthy. As much as the usage of high-tech facilities increases in our daily life, we are becoming lazier and less healthy. So we should think of new ways to relief the side-effects of  lack of mobility. This Pianotrappan is an attractive technology that offers both fun and mobility to its users. People prefer to use it over the electric stairway because they are curious how they can make the piano play by going up the stairs, meanwhile  they are unconsciously doing some exercise as well. This approach could be applied more in different facilities to make them more compatible with body health.

“via pixelsumo”

Sara Mansouri Bakvand

Group 10

push by Student
October 13, 2009, 5:14 pm
Filed under: Etc., Inspiration, Projects

push N900.

Nokia wants you to hack their newest device N900. If you can think of a cool project they may will support you (with a N900 f. e.) and take your results on a world tour. Unfortunately the deadline is allready next week so you have to hurry a bit. If you got a nice idea but you need help to realize it just mail me ;D! On the blog you’ll find a description howto connect the n900 to an arduino for some physical computing action.

maemo 5 intro video


BrainGate™ human-computer interface by Student
October 11, 2009, 4:55 pm
Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: ,

You might have heard about the BrainGate technology, which enables paralyzed people or people with physical disabilities, to steer their wheelchair with just thinking about it, and not even a blink of an eye’s mechanical action. The chip inserted into their neural system transmits the signals produced by their brain activity, to a computer, and the computer will interpret the signals into pre-defined commands and sends them to the electrical wheelchair. Yep, you think about going which direction, and you go.

check out the video here.

I think the future of interaction will not be much dependant on mechanical movements, but on the decision making mechanism in our brains. And I think it would be feasible, as we are moving forward in the fields of micro-, nano-, bio- and techno- logy.

Posted by: Amirhosein Azarbakht – Group 13

Exercise motivation by Student
October 5, 2009, 10:07 am
Filed under: Inspiration

Looking for a motivation for exercise? This little hack sends up annoying boxes on your TV when you haven’t been running enough.

It’s done using arduino, some wires, a few resistors and an IR LED.

The video is in Swedish…

// Gustav ‘Gussoh’ Sohtell

Xbox project Natal by Student
September 25, 2009, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Tech | Tags: , , , , ,

Are you tired of using expensive controls for your gaming console? Do you want your console to be able to recognize what you say? Do you want to be able scroll through movies, pictures and music with simple hand gestures and voice commands? Do you want to take the next step in gaming and interaction? Then the project Natal for Xbox is something for you!

Project Natal is a add-on unit that is used with an Xbox 360. With the help of a camera, a microphone array and a depth sensor the Project Natal is able to do full-body 3D motion tracking, facial recognition and voice recognition. This allows you and your friends in front of the TV to control everything from games to media in your Xbox 360.

This video is made by the Microsoft Corporation.
Technical facts from

Posted by Isac Sagerholm – Group 14

555 KUBIK | facade projection | by Student
September 25, 2009, 4:13 pm
Filed under: Inspiration

“How it would be, if a house was dreaming”

When I spotted this post: Project Blinkenlights then I remembered a cool project I spotted during the summer. This is an incredible 3D projection onto a big house. I wish I could have seen it irl because it looks very impressive especially the 3D perspective looks really good.

I would watch it in full screen with HD turned on and don’t forget the sound!

The audio effects also seem to improve the audience experience. This installation was made in Hamburg Germany. There is an extended version of the video here. I guess I spotted this on Engadget

Jacob – Group 5