55 results for “Magical-Interaction”

E-Skin Makes You Control Objects Without Touching Them

Charlotte Kuijpers
January 30th 2018
Scientists developed an e-skin that lets the wearer manipulate virtual objects without touching them, by using magnetic fields.

Smart Ring Turns Thumb Gestures into Words and Numbers

Belen Munoz
January 22nd 2018
From the Georgia Institute of Technology arrives FingerSound, a smart ring that recognizes thumb gestures and converts them into words and numbers.

Chat with Plants in the Botanical Garden

Camille Charluet
September 5th 2017
Exploring methods to better connect people to the natural world, Waag Society, in collaboration with the Dutch Botanical Gardens Association, have developed an app that allows visitors to talk with plants.

When the Sun Casts Its Vote

Jack Caulfield
September 1st 2017
Space weather can influence elections on Earth.

Celebrate World WiFi Day

NextNature.net
June 20th 2017
Download the WiFi Angels App: next time when you search for WiFi, just follow the angels.

Bacteria Use Electronic Messaging

Julie Reindl
February 18th 2017
Bacteria use electronic messaging system to recruit new workers.

Future of Feelings: Emotion Reading Radio

Mathilde Nakken
October 3rd 2016
Researchers have the developed the EQ-Radio: a tool to read people emotions from a distance.

A Step Further in the Race Against AI

Alejandro Alvarez
September 20th 2016
Today, we all have superpowers. It may not seem like it because we are attached to our physical devices to use our powers, but with a Neural Lace that may soon change.

Microsoft Is Betting on Mixed Reality

Ruben Baart
August 9th 2016
The Microsoft HoloLens is a holographic computer that enables you to interact with high-definition holograms through augmented reality.

PC Problems? Better Call a Witch!

Margherita Olivo
January 22nd 2016
Meet the witch who casts viruses out of computers with magic.
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No ordinary, human flesh, but electronic skin with many more functionalities. Presented in a recent research, the e-skin provides the wearer with new possibilities for interaction by using magnetic fields. For example, when a magnetic field sensor is placed in the hand, the position of that hand with respect to the field can be tracked down. This information may be especially valuable for VR.[caption id="attachment_80170" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image by D. Makarov via Futurism[/caption]The e-skin can also open up a wide variety of new gesture-controlled objects. As shown in the study, the e-skin can be used to control a magnet nearby. At the moment it is possible to use a hand (and a little stick-on sensor) to interact with a lamp, but the e-skin might soon also be employed to control an entire smarthome, seems kind of magical. Remember Matilda? Or Eleven, from Stranger Things? On a (much) small scale, this no-touch interaction may channel your inner Magneto.Source: The Verge [post_title] => E-Skin Makes You Control Objects Without Touching Them [post_excerpt] => Scientists developed an e-skin that lets the wearer manipulate virtual objects without touching them, by using magnetic fields. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => e-skin-control-objects [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-01-29 10:50:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-01-29 09:50:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=80153/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79519 [post_author] => 1511 [post_date] => 2018-01-22 09:59:11 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-22 08:59:11 [post_content] => The relationship between humans and smart wearable devices has had its ups and downs. Although it is going in the right direction, it has not become a stable one quite yet. This could be partially due to the social awkwardness of wearing this type of technology in everyday situations. What’s more, users have already noticed some of its major drawbacks, such as typing messages on the tiny screen of a smartwatch.These obstacles were tackled by a team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who have introduced an alternative system that could succeed in integrating wearables into our daily life. FingerSound is a smart ring that recognizes thumb gestures and converts them into words and numbers. But unlike any other wearable device out there, there is no need for users to perform gestures in mid-air in order to make it work. It is equipped with a tiny microphone and a gyroscope sensor, so wearers only have to rub their thumbs against their fingers to activate the device.This ring is programmed to detect specific sounds and movements so that it can clearly identify when an intended gesture is made. This way it can “understand” whether one chooses to draw the shape of a number, a letter, or simply indicates a swiping direction (left, right, up, down) over the fingers. You don't even have to look directly at it to know what signal you want to send.FingerSound aims to be less invasive, much more subtle, and easier to use than other wearables. Cheng Zhang, creator of this ring-based gesture technology, believes in its potential to become a vital tool in our day-to-day activities: “A ring augments the fingers in a way that is fairly non-obstructive during daily activities. A ring is also socially acceptable, unlike other wearable input devices”,Sooner than you expect, you won’t need to interrupt a conversation when your smartphone rings, just whirl your thumb and send the call to voicemail. The smart ring, introduces a different kind of body language, providing a glimpse into a whole new set of possibilities of how our smart devices might evolve and engage with us in the near future.Source: Georgia Tech [post_title] => Smart Ring Turns Thumb Gestures into Words and Numbers [post_excerpt] => From the Georgia Institute of Technology arrives FingerSound, a smart ring that recognizes thumb gestures and converts them into words and numbers. 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Exploring methods to better connect people to the natural world, Waag Society, in collaboration with the Dutch Botanical Gardens Association, have developed an app that allows visitors to talk with plants.The app, called Hortus Chat, was designed as part of the Planting the Future project, a co-creation by various Dutch botanical gardens, aspiring to boost the collaboration between the gardens themselves and broaden the diversity of visitors. Waag Society’s objective was to "make the invisible visible", enabling interaction and delivering insight into plants that might otherwise go unnoticed.Aimed at a young demographic with an interest in plants but little knowledge about them, Hortus Chat allows visitors to select the plants they want to meet upon entering the garden. When visitors approach the selected plant, they receive a message from that plant and the conversation takes off. The app uses a combination of catalogue information and dialogue customized by the gardens. Users can also share pictures of the plants within the app, offering future visitors the possibility to observe the various stages of a plants life.Apps such as Hortus Chat demonstrate technology's ability to bring people closer to nature than ever before. The future is filled with possibilities for technology to strengthen human’s awareness and connection with nature, and it's about time we start exploring them.Source: Waag Society [post_title] => Chat with Plants in the Botanical Garden [post_excerpt] => Exploring methods to better connect people to the natural world, Waag Society, in collaboration with the Dutch Botanical Gardens Association, have developed an app that allows visitors to talk with plants. 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After 14 years from that vote, the academic Bhurat Bhuva presented this bizarre conclusion at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.In the election one candidate was surprised to find he had suddenly received 4.096 additional votes. The cause of the increase was a mystery to the election officials, ultimately described as a "spontaneous random bit inversion" in the electronic voting system. This was essentially a sophisticated way to admit that the officials had no idea how this happened.But according to Bhuva, the most likely cause of the surprising anomaly was solar radiation. Bhuva argued that the extra votes were likely caused by a single event upset, or SEU. This means that an ionizing particle bounced off a vulnerable node in the machine recording the votes, flipping a switch that caused the instant registration of thousands of non-existent votes. While this chain of events could not be proven certainly, Bhuva’s research concluded this is the most probable cause, and since officials at that time offered little more than a shrug, his explanation seems compelling.Bhuva, a professor at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, is interested in the general topic of space weather’s effects on terrestrial electronics, of which electronic voting systems are just one example. He warned that much smaller cases of solar interference may be common in electronic voting, and that these are harder to detect. The same radiation, as well as affecting voting systems, can also interfere with other electronics, from cellphones to satellites and power grids, potentially with serious consequences.When we think of the interaction between nature and technology, we often envisage technology as the conqueror of the ‘natural’ environment preceding the modern world. But Bhuva’s study paints a more complicated picture, one in which natural phenomena like solar radiation can play an unpredictable role in systems we expect to be infallible. We may have to face up to the idea that forces beyond our control are at play in systems we consider carefully organised.Source: Motherboard [post_title] => When the Sun Casts Its Vote [post_excerpt] => Space weather can influence elections on Earth. 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In searching for connectivity, NNN developed the WiFi Angels app, a smartphone application to experience electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks around you into a choir of singing angels. Download it for free on your Android smartphone. Next time when you search for WiFi, just follow the angels. [post_title] => Celebrate World WiFi Day [post_excerpt] => Download the WiFi Angels App: next time when you search for WiFi, just follow the angels. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => happy-world-wifi-day [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-23 13:02:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-23 11:02:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=75167/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 71271 [post_author] => 1317 [post_date] => 2017-02-18 15:27:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-18 14:27:19 [post_content] => Did you ever think about how bacteria life could look like? Thanks to modern technologies, we are now able to research bacteria social behavior, which seems quite familiar. Scientists found out that bacteria use a universal language that helps to invite foreign workers to help build complex multicultural cities in order to inhabit the planet together.Their motto is "strong in solidarity". As one single bacterium is quite helpless and wouldn't be able to survive for long, a large group of bacteria is capable of rather complex and more sustainable actions.The building site for a bacteria city consists of "biofilm". Growing the city works in a quite unexpected way. The biofilm expands itself in two hour circles, during which it grows and pauses and repeats. These breaks are crucial in the establishment of the site, as nourishment is just able to reach the cells living in the heart of the city, while the growing process is stopped. In this time the outer areas have to suffer in order to reinforce the inner part, a beneficial act to the whole community.Commonly known, bacteria structure their behavior through a network of chemicals called quorum sensing. Recently though, scientists noticed that bacteria use another language, a universal one, to connect via high distance and cross cultural. Surprisingly, it's a electric messaging system. Comparable to how neurons establish our thoughts. As soon as one bacterium opens its own channel, ions are able to stream through and trigger the nearby located channels to open likewise, creating a electrical pulse that carries on via the whole bacteria stem.Jacqueline Humphries from the University of California, San Diego, says: “Maybe they just send out these ads, get whom they can, and then work out how to live together". What this example once again proves is that it's all about communicating and working together, because that is what nature does best.source: The Atlantic. Image: HDWLP [post_title] => Bacteria Use Electronic Messaging [post_excerpt] => Bacteria use electronic messaging system to recruit new workers. 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Researchers at CSAIL (MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intellegence Laboratory) have developed the EQ-Radio: a tool to read people emotions from a distance.Like a bat sends out a sonar which reflects back to detect the surroundings, the EQ-Radio sends out a signal that reflects back on the human body, tracking respiration and cardiac rhythms. The radio has algorithms that can extract the heartbeat from the signals the body reflects. It then analyzes each heartbeat and compares it to previous measurements, knowing if a person is happy, angry or sad.[youtube]http://youtu.be/nmcDnEhZTJM[/youtube]The EQ-Radio could have various implications in our daily life, for instance the data could be sent to the devices in your home. For example, when you feel sad the lights get warmer and your fridge orders a chocolate cake in advance. It could also be applied on a bigger scale: a football stadium that can recognize anger amongst supporters and warns the security before the situation gets out of hand.The applications in healthcare are even more promising. Doctors can use it as a non-invasive method to monitor patients with depression, anxiety issues and other medical conditions.Most of all, a technology based on emotion tracking is interesting for companies to understand their customers behavior. They could get realtime feedback to their latest advertisement or they could hide an EQ-Radio in the supermarkt shelves to see how people react to new products. At the beginning of this year, Apple bought the start up Emotient, a company that develops software to track emotions by simply using a camera. It is able to recognize gender, but mainly focusses on facial micro expressions which we show before even realizing it. It is simply a perfect lie detector, working much more accurately than the regular sales questionnaires or researches. With these technologies it won't be long before our surroundings know how we feel, before we do.Source: Engadget [post_title] => Future of Feelings: Emotion Reading Radio [post_excerpt] => Researchers have the developed the EQ-Radio: a tool to read people emotions from a distance. 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Until now these powers have always depended on the support of tech devices, but with the Neural Lace this could soon change.A Neural Lace is a mesh that grows in the brain and merges with it to create an internal interface with the web, allowing mind controlled interaction with computers. This will revolutionize the way we learn, communicate and think. It will also be a huge step in the race against Artificial Intelligence. As Elon Musk said during his Code conference this year, “We will be left behind [by AI] a lot!, we will be so far below them in intelligence that we would be like a pet, we will be like a house cat”. Here he explained that we are at disadvantage because we have the output constraint. No matter how fast you type on your computer, an AI can “google” faster than you because it doesn't has to type.In the future that weakness can be overcome with the Neural Lace digitally merged into our brain, working symbiotically with it and giving us fiction-like superpowers. Luckily, a post-apocalyptic world with AI dictatorship seems to be a little less plausible.Sources: GizmodoRecode [post_title] => A Step Further in the Race Against AI [post_excerpt] => Today, we all have superpowers. It may not seem like it because we are attached to our physical devices to use our powers, but with a Neural Lace that may soon change. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => step-race-ai [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-10-20 10:31:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-10-20 08:31:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=65885 [menu_order] => 23 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 65271 [post_author] => 873 [post_date] => 2016-08-09 16:14:25 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-08-09 14:14:25 [post_content] => In the 1977 blockbuster Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Princess Leia appeared to Luke Skywalker as a hologram. Nearly forty years after, that fantasy is here. The Microsoft HoloLens is a holographic computer that enables users to interact with high-definition holograms through augmented reality. Unveiled in 2015, the headset is now available to the (rich) masses, at a price of $3.000.When the company started shipping the first models to developers and partners, the technology was being tested by training aircraft mechanics and in sports. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced two major updates “making it easier than ever for more developers to create the future of holographic computing”. The positive reactions led to a pilot version for companies to deploy in their enterprises, the HoloLens Commercial Suite.The headset enables its user to create holograms with gestures, communicate through voice control and navigate with a glance, all in the most natural possible. This technology literally takes you beyond the screen, and lets you interact with digital content, just as you would do with physical objects. “Today we focused on the next frontier - mixed reality. Providing devices with the ability to perceive the world, breaking down the barriers between virtual and physical reality, is what we call mixed reality. Imagine wearing a VR device and seeing your physical hands as you manipulate an object working on the scanned 3-D image of a real object, or bringing in a holographic representation of another person into your virtual world so you can collaborate” Microsoft says.2016 has already been a great year for great year for augmented reality. Let’s start a new adventure. Welcome to the age of holographs.Story via Microsoft [post_title] => Microsoft Is Betting on Mixed Reality [post_excerpt] => The Microsoft HoloLens is a holographic computer that enables you to interact with high-definition holograms through augmented reality. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => a-hologram-for-the-masses [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://nextnature.net/2016/07/pokemon-go-curing-depression/ [post_modified] => 2016-08-12 14:58:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-08-12 12:58:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=65271 [menu_order] => 132 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 )[9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 60364 [post_author] => 864 [post_date] => 2016-01-22 20:47:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-01-22 19:47:04 [post_content] => Witchcraft is definitely not the first thing we think of when we have a problem with modern technology. Silicon Valley companies though don't seem to think this way. They recently employed a Wiccan witch to help them deal with hackers, computer viruses and demonic possessions.Computer programmers, software designers and engineers are dealing with issue that appear to be supernatural in nature. The solution was calling a Marin County-based witch with absolutely no experience in technology. With more than 40 years of experience in the field, Reverend Joey Talley, a witch of the Wicca faith, is an expert in dealing with the occult and holds three Master’s degrees.“Most people want me to protect their computers from viruses and hacks”, she says. “So I’ll make charms for them. I like to use flora". If plants fail, she turns to Jet, a black gemstone that acts as an energy blocker, ideal for debugging office hardware. However, larger or more vulnerable computer networks often require “a rainbow of colors to divert excess energy". And to keep things going smooth, she can also cast a protection spell over the entire company.1452554788833888Her field of expertise is dealing with evil spirits. “I really like dealing with demons", she says. One of her first tasks in this new field has been helping a startup whose office alarm was infected by what she defined an “invasive species”. All electricians failed to fix it, so the company called her and she solved the issue, “I don’t know anything about electronics, but I got the spirit out”.To eradicate entities from an electronic machine she uses a variety of techniques: from placing stones on the computer, to cleaning the negative energy by imposing one's mind. The time necessary for the virus to be eliminated varies according the kind of evil entity, she says that sometimes it just takes an hour, sometimes even four."When I go into the room where somebody’s computer is, I go in fresh, I step in like a fresh sheet, and I’m open to feel what’s going on with the computer".Source: Motherboard, Image: Shutterstock [post_title] => PC Problems? Better Call a Witch! [post_excerpt] => Meet the witch who casts viruses out of computers with magic. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => witch-for-computer-virus [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-02-03 20:33:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-02-03 19:33:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://nextnature.net/?p=60364 [menu_order] => 385 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [post_category] => 0 ))[post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80153 [post_author] => 1433 [post_date] => 2018-01-30 10:00:07 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-30 09:00:07 [post_content] => Scientists are developing a new skin. No ordinary, human flesh, but electronic skin with many more functionalities. Presented in a recent research, the e-skin provides the wearer with new possibilities for interaction by using magnetic fields. For example, when a magnetic field sensor is placed in the hand, the position of that hand with respect to the field can be tracked down. This information may be especially valuable for VR.[caption id="attachment_80170" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image by D. Makarov via Futurism[/caption]The e-skin can also open up a wide variety of new gesture-controlled objects. As shown in the study, the e-skin can be used to control a magnet nearby. At the moment it is possible to use a hand (and a little stick-on sensor) to interact with a lamp, but the e-skin might soon also be employed to control an entire smarthome, seems kind of magical. Remember Matilda? Or Eleven, from Stranger Things? On a (much) small scale, this no-touch interaction may channel your inner Magneto.Source: The Verge [post_title] => E-Skin Makes You Control Objects Without Touching Them [post_excerpt] => Scientists developed an e-skin that lets the wearer manipulate virtual objects without touching them, by using magnetic fields. 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