Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nokia researchers develop a phone controlling magnetic finger ring

Three researchers at Nokia have designed an amusing finger ring that can control your phone. The ring that looks like a piece of jewelery is completely made of magnet. On twisting it around, the ring will simply do the task of controlling a certain functions of your phone. The team of researchers has named the magnet ring as Nenya, which will be officially shown up at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver, Canada in May. The magic ring functions along with a Bluetooth capable bracelet that the user should wear. On twisting the ring around, the strong magnet will make some signals that will be absorbed by the bracelet banded on the hand of the user. The bracelet will transmit the signals to the phone via Bluetooth. Users can position the magnet ring about 45 degree increments meaning that it will sport eight menu options, which should be remembered by the user for comfortable usage of the dazzling ring. Nokia researchers have certainly pointed toward the risk of carrying a powerful magnet ring on finger.Needless to mention, it may attract metallic objects and spoil credit cards, hard drives or other electronics devices.The bracelet along with the finger ring looks quite unwieldy. Researchers say that there are working on to integrate the electronics inside the bracelet to some cute bangle, watch or another piece of jewelery for nice look.
The task of twisting the ring can be done by both the hands. However, doing it with the other hand will be the best option. Turning it with the same hand will be fairly difficult. The inventors of the technology however mentioned that they have plans to turn up a revamped ring with two thin magnet balls on the two ends to help the task of twisting with the same hand

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Infinite Book

The “Infinite Book” by designer Ewald Neuhofer is a new form of media that transforms paper into digital media. A missing link between the digital and analog worlds, the Infinite Book lets you scroll through a digital book or media by flipping pages, like a normal book, so you could read the digital book with analog navigation.

The design is a translation from the clip to a living hinge between the two parts of the infinite book. The clipped information is always something very interesting for the user, that’s why the clip is used as a draft. The basic idea of the design: combining the clip and the “infinite folding”.

The color rings is wireless-est way in cellphone communication

Inspired by the gestural language depicting the use of the phone, the color rings by BCK design team, including Javier Bertani, Ezequiel Castro and Vera Kade, are an accessory for your mobile phones that apart from making your chatter more natural and comfortable also turns your flamboyant fashion accessory in to a functional device. The rings were designed to be worn in the thumb and pinkie fingers, and work as a microphone and headset, respectively. These, interconnected wirelessly with the phone, allow responding calls only by separating the fingers and speaking, using distance sensors between rings to activate the call.

Beautiful Bluetooth Headset

Ilshat Garipov has put together this Bluetooth headset that looks more like an earring or an ornament. Ilshat took inspiration for this device from a water droplet. This Bluetooth device has one button for turning it on and off.

Pill MP3 Player

I’ve seen some crazy pill shaped concepts as well as actual pill shaped products, but this may be the strangest. An MP3 player/pill (Designer: Sangnam Park) that is actually going into production later this year.   Dubbed the “Vitamin”, this tiny tune toter supports both MP3 and WMA files, features a seven preset equalizer and has USB 2.0 connect-ability.
This pill has no side effects like numbness in the limbs, stroke or even death. It measures 2.7 inches long and is about an inch in diameter. It pulls apart to unveil the controls, allowing you to twist forward and back to skip tracks.

Net Stick – hi-tech walking stick

South Korea-based industrial designer Taewan Kim has made sure that when old, you’ll not have to leave your hi-tech gadgets at home because you just can’t carry them. Kim has designed a hi-tech walking stick that apart from providing the silver aged with the much needed support gives them a touch of technology.
The Net Stick has been designed with a portable, energy-efficient computer and a small LCD display that provides different types of information and with its GPS system it also ensures that the old never forget their way back home. With its simple, intuitive design, Net-Stick helps the user to approach people around them with confidence.

Lightimus – Solar -powered night lighting system

Making wonderful use of the only star of the solar system, chic Mustafa Emre Olur has designed the Lightimus – a solar – nocturnal light system. The LED well-lit comes in the form of a progressive . One side of this hourglass the panels and the other translucent side carries the LED insubstantial .
During morning the wispy is kept in the sun to gather the energy and turning the positive down during evening deliberately turns on 12 LED bulbs. A full day charging can light the lights for up to 8 hours. If anytime you feel that 12 LEDs are just too unexciting for your dreamy rush-lit sundown, you can simply turn it plus down again to turn off the bulbs.

Universal Remote to control human emotions

Modern innovations in science and technology have increased the importance of gadgets for human beings more than ever before. Addressing our emotional attachment with gadgets, designer Zeynep Altmisogluhas come up with a remote control dubbed “Universal Remote Control” that not just controls gadgets but also keeps us aware of the health condition of our body. Featuring a transparent LCD display, the remote is capable of recognizing the user as a living machine and modifies its transparent display according to demands and emotions of the users.
The Universal Remote also includes a blood pressure measuring apparatus, which modifies the environment of the user by evaluating their emotions and transmitting the data to the remote. When closed, the remote becomes transparent to reappear after it’s opened again, courtesy the glass LCD technology. You may push the sensitive part to open and scroll in different directions to control the remote, while the gravitational sensitivity enables the rotation of the remote control to hold it in any position. The remote control is capable of adjusting its interface, when connected to a PC, to meet the needs of different users. Moreover, you can remove the blood pressure measuring apparatus from the remote, turn it back for emotion mode and compress from both sides for wearing it on your ear, as an earring, to evaluate and forward your emotions.

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