My husband called me last night all a-twitter and once I got him talking slow enough to understand that he wasn't going on about "six pennies", I could sympathize with the high level of enthusiasm. Earlier this year, "Sixth Sense Technology" from MIT---basically, a visual interface system that allows you and the computer in your cell phone to communicate in some truly astounding ways---was a big hit at TED. This week, at TED India, inventor Pranav Mistry announced that the technology will be released as open source...in a matter of months.
"Rather than waiting for that time to come, I want people to make their own system. Why not?," Mistry says in an article on Rediff Business. "People will be able to make their own hardware. I will give them instructions how to make it. And also provide them key software...give them basic key software layers...they will be able to build their own applications. They will be able to modify base level and do anything".
UC Berkeley researcher and artist Eric Paulos and his students continue their explorations of “cosmetic computing” with a new prototype and paper about “Human Hair as Interactive Material.” If you’d like to coif your own computational locks, they’ve posted a how-to guide on Instructables. From their research page: Human hair is a cultural material, with […]
South Wales Police announced they were able to access a WhatsApp user’s photos through a backdoor, then extract fingerprint data from a picture of a weed dealer’s hand to help convict 11 involved people.
Five years ago, Steve Ballmer said “we can make Windows devices once again the devices to own.” Last week, Microsoft announced that Windows will no longer be a standalone unit at Microsoft, ending a division dedicated to personal OS that started in 1980. Via Ben Thompson at Stratechery:
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