Archive for the 'Interface' Category

Microsoft Surface

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

I don’t have a lot of time to talk about it. They did it, and they will sell it: Microsoft Surface!

The Reac-Table was very close from what Microsoft intends to provide, anyway. But this one might be the one in your dining room next year!

Google Maps Street View

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Google released a new tool (one more): Google Maps Street View. We have had it in France for years with our Yellow Pageslink services. Now it is fully integrated within Google Maps and provided with a pseudo 3-D interface. Follow this link to test it with San Francisco streets, once again it’s disruptive.

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

And now… Another man-machine physical interface: the Reactable. To make it short, you have a table under which a video projector projects a video (seriously?). This video mainly displays links between real objects you put on the table. We have already seen that, yes I know. But these objects are used are switches and tuners […]

Atlas Gloves

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

The guys at Atlas Gloves just released their DIY hand gesture for Google Earth. They are not the first team to propose a “Minority Report”-like interface using hand gesture recognition. Anyway they deliver their binary and source codes as well as a description for building your own markers. And it works! And you can try […]

Hyperimages (part 2)

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Do you remember my post introducing hyperimages?
The process is on its way with PhotoSynth from Microsoft labs! Soon available, this application provides a wonderful set of new ways to explore images databases:

infinite and smooth zooming/dezooming capability on large sets of pictures (”Google Earth”-like)
automatic mosaics (panoramas) from multi-resolution pictures (with overlaps)
smart navigation through pictures: selection of […]

3-D Desktop

Friday, July 7th, 2006

My couz’ (do not search in an english dictionnary, it isn’t even french…) is working on a 3-D desktop for Windows (XP), something like Xgl. I might not explain it clearly, the way it’s done is a projection of textures on 3-D objects (with DirectX rendering). Textures of course are windows contents. In order to […]

Nano Projector

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

Explay released its nano projector. Take a look at Gizmodo to find out what it is.
So, what is it? A system for projection of color pictures and videos from a portable device. The manufacturer says images are always well-focused and may have sizes ranging from 18 to 90cm. The device itself seems to be very […]

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