Category Archives: Just a prototype so far

Another Step Forward in Automatic Speechreading

Bit by bit, computer vision analysis is advancing to the point of offering rapid, accurate speechreading. Cornell’s LipNet uses sentence-length, natural utterances to improve its accuracy, which at 93%, surpasses skilled humans. Just a prototype for now, we hope to … Continue reading

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Smile and Move Along

We’ve seen a lot of progress in facial recognition recently; now we’ve got facial expression recognition. That’s right, smile to control your wheelchair (or whatever). It’s a control capability and a way to authenticate a user.

Posted in Communication, Computer vision, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Dexterity impaired, Education, Gesture interface, Identity/authentication, Just a prototype so far, Personal management and self-care, Redundant input, Transportation | Leave a comment

Disney Prototypes ‘Puff of Air’ Haptic Interface

Disney Research has developed a prototype device that lets the user feel the presence of virtual objects through carefully constructed and aimed puffs of air. Aireal aims the puffs based on the virtual reality interface — the puffs could be … Continue reading

Posted in Blind, Cognitively impaired, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Controls: shape, texture, color, grouping, Gesture interface, Hardware, Just a prototype so far, Okay, sometimes it *is* about the technology, Redundant output, Simplicity, ease of use | Leave a comment

Bedside table serves as Twitter interface

An art project recently displayed in Saint-Etienne, France, has an interesting interface: it uses a bedside table with a scanner built into its drawer. Place a photo (or a handwritten note?) into the drawer, and the image is automatically scanned … Continue reading

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Dude, where’s my mouse?

MIT has come up with a prototype for an invisible mouse. You cup and move your hand as you would with a standard mouse, but instead of a physical piece of plastic, there’s a camera and light source that track … Continue reading

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Diminished Reality

We’ve covered augmented reality interfaces, where a video image is superimposed with additonal content, such as the history of a building your camera is pointed at.¬† Now researchers at the Technische Universit√§t in Ilmenau, Germany are going the other way … Continue reading

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