When it comes to this day and age people look for two things in their mice; performance and comfort. If you enjoy playing a lot of games or editing images high sensitivity and a comfortable grip can be the difference between a good day working or a painful week recovering. Serafim is looking to give you an alternative option when it comes to a mouse of your choice with the world’s first laser projection mouse.
After a successful campaign on Kickstarter raising a backing of $108,195, the ODiN is the world’s first laser projected mouse, giving you the ability to carry your favourite mouse around with you in a tiny pocketable box. ODiN is designed from the ground up for high use markets, with the fact that you don’t have to grip it offering you a comfortable design with no risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
In the 8cm x 8cm projected area, the ODiN works just like you would imagine a touchpad working, with multiple finger gestures you can scroll and zoom with ease while the custom “application” button gives you quick access to launch your favourite program or site with a simple touch.
Weighing in at just 40 grams, you can carry ODiN in your pocket or slide it alongside your laptop in its bag for use on your Mac or PC and comes in three colours, Black, Silver or Green.
You may have seen some of the impressive light shows that can be created by using projection mapping on buildings. The surface is scanned and then software is used to create cool deformation and lighting effects that look like they’re changing the geometry of the building. The effect is profound for and spectators, but what if you were to use the same technique on a human face?
The tracking is managed by using tracking dots on the users face, this allows the projector to adjust for any movements in the subject, as well as allowing for on-the-fly adjustments to any animation patterns that are being projected on to the face. The effect is pretty surreal and while it may not serve much of a practical use, but it’s certainly cool to watch.
It looks like a German artist has used a different form of “graffiti” to protest the NSA early this morning in Berlin. Oliver Bienkowski, a self-proclaimed “guerilla marketing expert”, has used a powerful projector mounted in a cargo van and beamed it on the US Embassy. The image is said to have illustrated a silly portrait of US President, Barack Obama, and a message: “NSA in da House”.
The United States Embassy in Berlin is said to be in a heavily police-patrolled area near the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate and due to this, the police have peacefully shut down the projection within minutes, according to the video below, posted online by the group of German artists.
It is said that this is not the first time Bienkowski used the side of a building to express his work and protest. Last year, he projected the words “United Stasi of America” on another building structure to protest against spying activities, having the past year not being a good one for US-German relations.
A series of uncovered information have pointed out the extent of NSA surveillance activities in Europe the past year. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, had her phone under surveillance by the NSA and there are still concerns of widespread surveillance of internet activities which pass through US servers. A CIA chief in Berlin has even been expelled by the Germans last year as a sign of its displeasure with US spy activities in their country.
Smartwatches have been growing in popularity over the last year or so and as more companies join the bandwagon and the technology that they pack increases, it is only a matter of time before something ‘out of the ordinary’ comes about that grabs the attention of the masses. This attention grabbing appeal is where Ritot comes into play. Ritot is a new type of watch that breaks away from the small and compact display that is sat on the top of your wrist and instead it turns your hand itself into the display by projecting the time or a notification right onto the back of your hand simply by shaking your wrist.
Designed by a team over in California, Ritot has been in development for 6 months now and after a number of concept designs and prototype units bein made, the company has made their appeal to the masses to help fund their work and get Ritot into production and with not real effort their appeal has been met and acknowledged. Originally asking for a $50,000 funding, Ritot has already managed to surpass this mark and on to a whopping $152,000 (at time of writing) with 38 days of appealing still to go. In return for their donations, backers of over $120 will receive a free watch (or multiples of) when the smartwatch gets into production.
Besides simply displaying the time from pressing a button on the watch band, or by shaking your wrist, Ritot can connect to your mobile device and display notifications such as Facebook messages, text messages, weather, incoming calls and much more – with proposed support initially for iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms. Charging up the watch is set to be done wirelessly through a special base station through which you can also alter the projection colour of the time. Two type of Ritot are proposed with a thicker design for day-to-day use and a sports option with a slimmer rubberised design to match your sports appeal.
Following the campaign the Ritot projection smartwatch is set to go into production at the end of this year.
If you want to back the Ritot smartwatch you can find their campaign over on Indiegogo or for more information take a look at their website
We’ve all been in a vehicle and found ourselves cursing at other drivers due to their negligent driver skills, or lack of, right? Whether it be the forgetfulness of having indicators to tell other drivers which direction they are turning or the lack of not reading road signs appropriately; mainly STOP signs.
Now imagine if these particular drivers were confronted with a huge image of a STOP sign that they simply couldn’t ignore. A lighting show company Laservision have developed a technology which consists of laser-projecting a STOP sign onto makeshift waterfall and have been experimenting with the technology since 2007 in Australia.
The technology comes to light after a truck driver ignored warning signs and almost wedged his vehicle in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel reports 10 news. Described as a water curtain, the Australian government are hoping to stop tall vehicles such as trucks from attempting to pass under tunnels which simply aren’t tall enough.