Monday Want! 3D Printed Pip-Boy 3000

Fallout 3 gamers are going to go crazy over this! We found this 3D printable Pip-Boy 3000 on sharing site Thingiverse today. If you are into this game (or even if you aren’t cuz it’s so freakin’ cool) you are going to want to head on over and grab the files to use with your 3D printer.

The cuff can hold a paper screen or better yet your smartphone to bring it to life.

For those of your not familiar with Fallout, this device is a Personal Information Processor (PIP) made by RobCo Industries and acts as the players display showing the wearer’s stats, area maps, inventory and the like.

Source: Thingiverse

LUMO Wearable Tech Wants You to Sit Up Straight

How many times did you hear “sit up straight” from your Mom when you grew up? Well LUMO wants to be your virtual mom by tracking your posture and “shocking you” into a better position. 

LUMO is a band with sensors that monitors and tracks your posture. You wear the band around your waist and it connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth (like most wearables today).

Here is what LUMO says needs to happen to make their product work:

"1. Activate LUMOback’s Posture Monitoring App: Download the LUMOback app from the Apple App Store and follow the instructions in the app. The app will take you through a short series of movements to do the initial calibration (e.g. walking, sitting, slouching, etc.).  In less than 5 minutes, you’ll be on the path to good posture!

2. Wear: LUMOback is a small, flexible sensor that attaches to a thin and flexible belt. Strap the belt around your lower back, either against your skin or over a thin layer or clothing.

3. Track: LUMOback’s sensors measure pelvic tilt and help guide your body position to a neutral pelvis alignment. If you slouch with your lower back, lean forward, lean backwards, or shift your weight to one side, the LUMOback will let you know via a gentle vibration so you can learn to correct your stance to good posture. LUMOback also offers tracking  to help you understand your posture now, your daily activity levels, your sleep habits, and your improvements over time.”

I have a constant war with my posture being at my computer for 10 hours a day and then straight from there to a mobile device so I can totally see value in tracking and reminding myself of my posture digitally. 

The health and fitness sector is booming with wearables and so its great to see orthopedic type applications come out to the market.

You can buy the device now for $149.00USD.

Check out the video for more features and a demo.

World’s Largest Ferris Wheel in Japan Will Feature AR
Some information from the CNET article you can read here
"Called the Nippon Moon giant observation wheel (GOW), it could be twice the size of the London Eye wheel”
"The experience of riding the Nippon Moon is going to be an augmented-reality one. The glass of the observation pods can be turned on via smartphone to show a digitally altered view of the landscape, possibly including information from Google Street View and Maps, although UNStudio doesn’t detail exactly how this is accomplished."
via: xeonwired

World’s Largest Ferris Wheel in Japan Will Feature AR

Some information from the CNET article you can read here

"Called the Nippon Moon giant observation wheel (GOW), it could be twice the size of the London Eye wheel”

"The experience of riding the Nippon Moon is going to be an augmented-reality one. The glass of the observation pods can be turned on via smartphone to show a digitally altered view of the landscape, possibly including information from Google Street View and Maps, although UNStudio doesn’t detail exactly how this is accomplished."

via: xeonwired

Elements 4D Brings the Periodic Table to Life with AR + Wooden Blocks

A new Kickstarter project uses Augmented Reality to bring wooden blocks to life to teach you about chemical reactions.

"We think this is the killer app for Augmented Reality" the team says.

Its “Part story, part game, part educational toy, Elements 4D interactive blocks offer a fun way to experience augmented reality.”

This is the first consumer product from DAQRI, world’s leading augmented reality developer. The call it 4D because its spatial and interactive.

The Kickstarter project has already raised its goal of $50,000 with 4 days still to go.

Starting next year, e-scooters will have iPhone as the console

iPhone integration in car consoles is of course nothing new, with Siri Eyes Free becoming an increasingly standard feature in new cars. But next year’s electric scooters appear to be taking the idea one step further: if you go to the showrooms to look at an electric scooter next year, you may well find that your iPhone doesn’t just connect to the console, it is the console.

Smart, the Daimler brand that makes the ultra-compact Smart Car, announced that its 5.4-horsepower Smart Scooter(pictured above and below) would use an iPhone as its instrument panel, serving as combined speedo, range indicator and GPS. The scooter will sit alongside its existing electric-drive Smart Car and eBike.

Read More: http://goo.gl/y0f1P

via: proteusmagazine

(via thetechgets)

Jazz Up Your Coffee with this Latte Printer!

So looks like on my Christmas list this year is a 3D printer AND a Latte Printer :) Come on. You Know you love this too!

This Taiwanese coffee mart has a machine that makes latte art out of any picture you want. All you do is take a picture with your phone and upload it to the coffee machine and let this caffeinated H.A.L. do the rest. Finally, your cat can be immortalized in foam which will then be consumed in about five seconds.

What kind of picture would you want to see on top of your coffee? Let us know! 

(via Let’s Cafe latte printer)

(via cookingchannel)

Gartner Says Worldwide PC, Tablet and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 5.9 Percent in 2013 
Traditional PC Shipments to Decline 10.6 Percent in 2013
Tablet Shipments Increase 67.9 Percent
Mobile Phone Market to grow 4.3 Percent
“Additionally, with enterprises’ growing acceptance of bring your own device (BYOD), there is an increase in consumer-owned devices in the computing world. Gartner forecasts that computing devices bought by consumers will grow from 65 percent in 2013 to 72 percent in 2017. This signifies the growing importance of designing for the consumer inside the enterprise.”
Read more here: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2525515

Gartner Says Worldwide PC, Tablet and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 5.9 Percent in 2013 

  • Traditional PC Shipments to Decline 10.6 Percent in 2013
  • Tablet Shipments Increase 67.9 Percent
  • Mobile Phone Market to grow 4.3 Percent

Additionally, with enterprises’ growing acceptance of bring your own device (BYOD), there is an increase in consumer-owned devices in the computing world. Gartner forecasts that computing devices bought by consumers will grow from 65 percent in 2013 to 72 percent in 2017. This signifies the growing importance of designing for the consumer inside the enterprise.”

Read more here: http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2525515

Turn Anything Into a Moving Robot with RK-1 

A new Kickstarter project founded by passionate roboticist, Evangelous Georgiou from the UK has put together a simple robot platform called RK-1. It uses Arduino and wi-fi to allow you to control your robot using your iOS and Android devices (Smartphones and Tablets).

The robot is controlled using swipe gestures. So, just swipe the screen up, down, left, and right to make the robot go in those directions.

The project is looking for funds to develop a better control board, better robot chassis, and make some awesome software for iOS and Android devices.

For pledges of over 150 pounds or more you get the mobile robot kit in a color of your choosing.

The project has 23 days to go with 30% of its goal already funded.

The potential for DIY robots is continually growing especially thanks to Arduino. This project is most interesting because it essentially can make any toy or 3D printed item a moving robot almost right out of the box and control it with your smartphone.

Fairphone: Buy a phone, start a movement from Fairphone on Vimeo.

The Fairphone Wants to Start a Movement on Ethical Smartphone Manufacturing 

Fairphone is a “seriously cool smartphone that puts social values first”. Its the first smartphone to really focus on fair trade and social ethics - something that Apple is consistently under the limelight for.

They have lofty ambitions to change the way that tech products, like smartphones, are made - and I commend them for it. 

Here is what makes Fairphone so ethical:

Fairphone is crowd funding their first run themselves on their website. At the time of this article, they have already sold 2,383 with 20 days left towards their 5,000 goal. Fairphone requires 5,000 orders before they can begin production.

Learn more and support this great startup here: http://www.fairphone.com

Measure the Temperature with your Smartphone With this Kickstarter Smartphone Attachment

Thermodo is a simple and elegant way to measure the temperature wherever you are, directly though the headphone jack on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Currently on Kickstarter, back this project now to be one of the first to own.
source: surplus

Measure the Temperature with your Smartphone With this Kickstarter Smartphone Attachment

Thermodo is a simple and elegant way to measure the temperature wherever you are, directly though the headphone jack on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Currently on Kickstarter, back this project now to be one of the first to own.

source: surplus

AR App Brings Blank Canvases to Life with Art

“Through the SCAD Museum App, augmented reality technology reads the visual cues from each design. Though the canvas in blank in front of them, the user sees current SCAD Museum artwork embedded in the frame on their smart phone or mobile device. When they tap the image, the user is redirected to the Museum website for information on the art.”


My SCAD Museum Augmented Reality project I did for my Intro to Advertising class. This project has been displayed in Adler Hall’s Green Mile Gallery and in SCAD’s New York One Show Event. Vanessa Brown. 2013.

via: vanessa-draws

MorePhone flexible display smartphone prototype

Created by researchers at Queen’s University Human Media Labin Canada, the phone is in its prototype stage thus far. Its e-Ink display uses special memory wires, curling up to a certain angle when they’re electronically activated.

Flexible displays are expected to hit the market later this year with an LG smartphone.

This technology is one to watch and is sure to change how we interact with screens as it becomes more and more common in the mass market.

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