maandag 30 september 2013

Sharp toont prototype energiezuinig beeldscherm.

Sharp heeft in Japan het eerste scherm op basis van mems-technologie laten zien. Het scherm zou zuiniger zijn dan traditionele lcd-schermen.

Foto:  AFP

Het getoonde scherm heeft een grootte van 7 inch en een resolutie van 1280x800 pixels. Het scherm is echter nog een prototype: zo zou er een rode, groene of blauwe waas zichtbaar zijn als er van het scherm weggekeken wordt.

Het scherm werd samen met Qualcomm ontwikkeld en de techniek zou op den duur lcd-schermen kunnen gaan vervangen. Mems staat voor micro electro mechanical systems en het idee is dat er voor elke pixel een 'sluiter' zit.

De sluiter kan heel snel open en dicht en kan op die manier de gewenste kleur licht doorlaten. De backlight geeft namelijk geen wit licht af, maar wisselt heel snel tussen de kleuren rood, groen en blauw.
Bij lcd-schermen bestaat elke pixel uit subpixels, met de kleuren rood, groen en blauw. De filters die de subpixels hun kleur geven, blokkeren echter veel licht.
Daar heeft de mems-technologie geen last van en de backlight hoeft dan ook minder hard te schijnen. Dat scheelt de nodige energie, aldus Sharp.

De samenwerking tussen Sharp en Qualcomm ging in december 2012 van start. Sharp ontving in totaal een investering van ruim 90 miljoen van Qualcomm, die de mems-techniek wilde combineren met Sharp's igzo-techniek.

Video mapping Software.

FaƧadeSignage is a novel Digital Signage solution: the easiest projection mapping software on the market.
Use a PC and one (or more) projectors to “dress” any physical object or architectural structure with digital media.

More information here

zondag 29 september 2013

Battersea Power Station Burns Down in Video-Mapped Inferno.

Last night Bear Grylls was the star of a fiery video-mapping show at Battersea Power Station so realistic a member of the public called the emergency services.
Luckily the fire brigade quickly realised Battersea wasn't actually burning down, but there was still an element of danger for adventuring TV star Grylls, who abseiled down the 15-storey landmark in a stunt to promote his latest show, Escape from Hell. Descending through a fiery inferno of ultra-realistic video-mapped projections and large-scale pyrotechnics, Grylls was watched by 500 people attending the show's premiere at an event on the lawn.

For everyone else, Escape from Hell premieres on the Discovery Channel on October 7th at 9pm only. You can also watch the video 

Adventurer and television presenter Bear Grylls arrives at Battersea Power Station in London by rappelling down the building for the premiere of his new television series on Discovery Channel, Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell.

zaterdag 28 september 2013

Foot Locker lets shoppers design their own New Balance.

In the Times Square Foot Locker store, Shoppers can let their fingers do the walking, all the way to brand new, custom-designed shoes — for their feet, not their fingers.
Atheletic shoe brand New Balance recently teamed with shoe and apparel chain Foot Locker to launch the New Balance customization kiosk in the chain's Times Square location. The kiosk allows shoppers to interact via touchscreen digital signage to design their very own pair of the classic New Balance 574 sneakers.
According to Foot Locker, shoppers can select the colors for various segments of the shoe upper, pick from various materials, and even opt for custom writing on the shoe's heel — "all adding up to a total of 48,000,000,000,000,000 combinations (that's 48 quadrillion or 48,000 billion for those keeping track)."

The interactive screens are situated above merchandising displays featuring various color combinations of the 574, giving shoppers the opportunity to touch, feel and see the real-life product while they design their custom kicks. Not forgetting the importance of social media, the kiosk also enables shoppers to share their designs on Facebook or Twitter directly from the screen.
Watch a time-lapse video of the digital signage kiosk going up, and going into action, below:

Yaham Rounds the Corners of LED Displays


Yaham Optoelectronics of Shenzhen City, China recently installed its second-generation seamless corner LED display at Tianjin YouYi Gallery, a shopping mall, in Tianjin. The display, which covers more than 400 square meters (4,305 square feet), gives a 3-D appearance because of the side panels, which are fixed at 135-degree angles. The company’s patented corner models allow the display to hide the seams.

LED corner display
LED corner display

In typical displays that must go around a corner, there is a gap between the two neighboring modules. Yaham’s technology eliminates this by adding lines of pixels to form angles of 90 to 180 degrees. In the Tianjin project, Yaham added two lines of pixels, giving the seamless appearance.
The transition modules are arc-shaped, making the connection smooth and diffusing reflection.
This project consists of Yaham’s P16 full-color LED display and Nichia’s 346 highlighting chip.
Yaham’s first generation no-frame display was installed in Beijing in July and featured a 90-degree angle. The 288.15-square-meter (3,101-square-foot) display, located in Chun-ping Square, has a 15mm seam.

LED corner display



Palmer Luckey is on a mission to change the world of video games for ever. He has developed the

Virtual Reality-Oculus VR headset to help players dive even deeper into the gaming experience. viscomblog tested the HD prototypes at the GDC Europe game developer conference in Cologne – and is impressed.
viscomblog vor ortThe racing car takes the bends at a steady pace. The speed is not that fast. Yet it’s fast enough for me, as a passenger with an anonymous helmeted driver sitting next to me, to intuitively lean into the bends. Yet I’m not even moving – instead I’m sitting on a bench somewhere at the Cologne Exhibition Centre. The black device in front of my head looks a bit like diver’s goggles. It takes me deep into the fictitious world, creating an exceptionally realistic virtual environment around me.
The projections in the headset follow my body no matter how I move. If I look to the left I can see the profile of the driver in his racing suit sitting beside me – real enough to touch. Looking to the right I can see how the track-side ads and grass zoom past the window. The only thing I can’t see is my legs. Somehow they’ve vanished. Instead I’m looking down at the black floor of the car.
Now that I’ve got used to it I’m ready for the next level. In the “Hawken” simulation game I sit in a battle robot and shoot my way through hostile worlds. The astonishing thing is that everything I see looks real. Even if the image is not completely photorealistic, this is more than made up for by the spatial depth which the device creates – to such an extent that I start reacting by reflex to the visual stimuli.
The effect which the Oculus VR generates with its 110 degree field of vision is astounding. Everyone in the gaming sector agrees that it represents a major new departure for the industry. Luckey Palmer’s great achievement in developing the device lies not only in the outstanding full HD representation of virtual reality in a data headset, but also in the fact that it has been designed with the mass market in mind. The development kit for an Oculus Rift is available for just 300 dollars.
The Oculus VR will most likely be ready for series production in the next few months when it could become a game changer – and not only for the gaming industry. Thanks to its low cost, simple handling and astonishing effect, the headset – once it arrives on the shelves – is almost certain to be exploited by the visual communication sector, too. The Oculus can deliver good, if not superior, results in all the areas in which augmented reality is currently being experimented or worked on. Not necessarily in situations in which the visual communication is taken in by passers-by, but certainly in more intensive presentations – such as those given by architects, interior decorators or stand fitters.

vrijdag 27 september 2013

Fanta Fruit Frenzy.

Fanta Fruit Frenzy! Creative Out-Of-Home Awards 2013

donderdag 26 september 2013

Spectacular lightshow.

Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. 

Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.

Tate and Bloomberg launch new creative space with 75 digital screens.

A pioneering new project called Bloomberg Connects has been launched to enable members of the public to show their own interpretation of the art at Tate Modern. Seventy-five screens in total, over half cascading in a spine on the walls throughout the building, will display visitors’ ideas and comments

Bloomberg Connects at Tate Modern

A digital drawing bar will allow people to respond visually to their visit and see large-scale versions of their art works projected on the wall.
Tate’s collection will be used to create a conversation between Tate and its visitors by using the Bloomberg-supported digital space as a canvas for creativity.
Through Bloomberg Connects, visitors will become participants and co-creators, exchanging ideas, images and experiences.
In Global Studios, a further element of this Bloomberg-supported project, international artists will, at regular intervals, invite visitors on virtual studio tours and respond to questions via online video.
Meschac Gaba, whose work Museum of Contemporary African Artopened at Tate Modern in June 2013, launches this programme. Gaba’s tour takes visitors around the streets of his home town of Benin, which he considers his working space and inspiration.
The various elements of the Bloomberg Connects programme have been designed by the Jason Bruges Studio.

dinsdag 24 september 2013

Transparent 3D Display Technology.

Samsung lead the way in commercializing transparent LCD display products for a wide variety of retail display applications such as product showcases, commercial freezer doors and platform doors of subway stations.  More recently, HiSense International Co., Ltd (China) has taken the concept (one dimension) further by demonstrating a prototype glasses-based transparent 3D display.
The transparent, 1080p, 50-inch LCD makes it possible to have physical objects behind the display be completely visible while, simultaneously, having a picture or video floating in front of the display screen.


A video illustrating the transparent 3D display in operation can be found below.  The video illustrates the transparent 3D display configured for use by a real estate company.  In this application, a physical model of a town is placed behind the display screen, while the video on the display indicated properties for sale in the town.
A principle difference between the transparent 3D LCD TV and a conventional 3D LCD TV relates to the backlight.  In a conventional 3D LCD TV (and also in a normal 2D LCD TV) the backlight and LCD panel are fixed together.  In HiSense’s transparent 3D LCD, the backlight is distanced perhaps a foot from the LCD panel.  The physical objects are positioned between the display panel and the backlight.
A very significant point is that the new HiSense transparent 3D display requires that users put on passive polarized glasses to see the 3D image.  Clearly, this requirement puts constraints on possible applications for the display.
HiSense stated that the transparent 3D is not really intended for consumers.  Rather, the prototype is intended to test the interest level of corporate buyers for applications on office walls or as an advertising display.  Other potential applications include use in museums and other attractions where it could be used to create displays that combine real objects – such as artifacts – with 3D images.
Although called a prototype, the demonstration unit looks as if it could quickly be made into a product.  In fact, HiSense commented that the company is anticipating availability in 2013 for a price of about $3,000.
It is interesting to note that the HiSense prototype is not the first effort at development of a transparent 3D display.  A somewhat different approach was under development by researchers at the University of Bristol (Bristol, United Kingdom).  This project was called MUSTARD, a clever acronym for Multi User See Through Augmented Reality Display.
A copy of a recent article published by the Bristol group can be found here.  A video explaining the configuration and principles of operation of the MUSTARD display can be found below.
The researchers describe MUSTARD as a “dynamic random hole see-through display, capable of delivering viewer dependent information for objects behind a glass cabinet.”  The system consists of two liquid crystal display panels between which physical objects can be placed.  The rear LC panel serves as a dynamic mask while the front panel provides the data.  The system can include head tracking.
In as much as the MUSTARD approach is autostereoscopic, the main constraint of the HiSense approach is mitigated.  On the other hand, although MUSTARD is LCD based, it is a more complex and likely more expensive configuration.
The bottom line for transparent 3D displays is that both these candidate approaches have a drawback that would limit their potential for commercialization.  This is a category of 3D display technology whose time may not yet have arrived.

maandag 23 september 2013

Festival of Lights in Berlin.


Een soort Glow, zoals we kennen in Eindhoven, maar dan in de overtreffende trap. In oktober vindt in  ‘Festival of Lights’ 

In October, Berlin will become a sparkling stage for the 9th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS when we illuminate Berlin’s landmarks, buildings, streets and squares with fantastic light art.
We already can promise you many exciting news and highlights: for example, new program content such as “Festival of Lights for Kids” with thrilling projects for the youngest of our festival visitors. Further, a contest for junior designers – and for those who want to become one. Or how about “music @ festival of lights”? There is nothing more emotional as the symbiosis of light and music. Spectacular highlights for your eyes, ears and of course your HEART.
New international light artists will be on board as well as longterm friends, artists and creative teams of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.
As always, you can enjoy the festival with varied LightSeeing tours offered by our partners, who show you the highlights of the festival by bus, by boat, per Segway, on foot and in many other ways.
On 12 October, the OpenCity will take place again. We invite you together with our partners to guided tours where you can have a look behind the scenes at extraordinary times.
We will set an example again this year! Berlin’s “light towers” will shine and the city will become a fascinating stage!

zaterdag 21 september 2013

Award-Winning SeeFront 3D Hits the Casino Floors of Las Vegas.

3D Glasses-free Displays - Symbols from ancient Egypt jumping off the screen, a desert landscape stretching into infinity in glasses-free true 3D: Leading slot machine manufacturer GTECH chose SeeFront to supply the 3D display technology for their new True 3D™ product line. The first title of this line, Sphinx 3D™, will be launched at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas from September 24-26, 2013.

GTECH_Sphinx 3D

The Egypt-themed game utilizes the unique benefits of the patented glasses-free SeeFront 3D™ technology: The display shows pyramids, hieroglyphs and scarabs in bright, brilliant colors and with accurate 3D depth representation. The integrated eye-tracking allows players to change the viewing angle and look around virtual objects by moving their head.
“We are looking forward to seeing SeeFront’s 3D technology hit the casino floors of Las Vegas. A slot machine is one of the numerous applications where 3D glasses would not be acceptable. However, SeeFront 3D displays do not only enhance the entertainment experience but also bring a valuable benefit to professional fields like medical technology and engineering”, said SeeFront’s Founder & CEO Christoph Grossmann.
For SeeFront 2013 marks the strategic leap from a technology provider and licensor role to becoming a 3D display manufacturer. In May, German Innovation Award 2013 winner SeeFront showcased its first display hardware product, a 23’’ OEM 3D display, and the prototype of an upcoming 13.3’’ 3D monitor at SID Display Week in Vancouver.
Serial production of the custom-designed OEM 3D display for GTECH by an experienced assembler will commence in late 2013. In the near future SeeFront plans to expand its international business to new markets and to bring its own 3D monitor product to the market

donderdag 19 september 2013

Ultra-thin LED display with pixel fetching technology.

Here's one recent project for Japan from YAHAM with exciting features:
Background: the display will be used for an perfume store in Tokyo Japan. Pixel pitch 8mm outdoor SMD LED. Here's what makes it so unique:

1. Ultra-thin cabinet.
     Upon customer's request, the cabinet must be designed within 60mm depth, including LED modules. This is really high-demanding for an outdoor display concerning the protection level, as the usual depth is 170 mm. Even the normal indoor display cannot reach this level, with 95mm the thinnest. But engineers found a smart way, which is to use ultra-thin power supply and mount them on top and bottom of the cabinets, as shown below. The power supply is as thin as 36mm. And the mounting structure will maximally reduce the depth, so the final cabinet will be like this:

2. Pixel fetching technology. As you can see, the cabinet is designed with square sections, so there will be steel frames which take the position of actual pixels. This is also a design by customer's request. So what if the frames interrupt the image quality and distort the display content? This is also a major issue our R&D team concerns, so by optimizing the software, engineers successfully fetching out the pixels blocked by the steel frames, so the final image will be real and natural, and even add a fresh new effect compared with normal displays. Picture on the left is with pixel fetching technology, which looks natural. While the picture on right isn't. You can see the clear difference between the two.

3. Excellent Nichia SMD LED.
The LED being used is Nichia outdoor SMD LED NSSM032T. As strategic partner and the biggest purchaser of Nichia LED in China, YAHAM guarantees exceptional visual effect and solid reliability. That's the reason why LOUIS VUITTON, ARMANI and HSBC etc select YAHAM as their digital signage solution provider. Nichia, the premium LED brand from Japan, leads the LED technology around the globe and 5 years warranty from YAHAM will ease your mind about potential quality concerns. Just one job reference: the 16mm display for Holiday Plaza(Shenzhen) was installed in 2006, and still deliver excellent video ads and attract huge traffics every day.

Christie Ships Updated MicroTiles with Thinner Bezel.


Four years after launching MicroTiles, Christie has introduced a thinner-bezel version in the form of the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen.

Featuring the same optical performance and construction as the S300, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is slightly larger and features 0.7-millimeter seams (compared to 1.3-millimeter seams for the S300). The S310 operating temperature range is 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).

Christie Interactivity Kit provides the creative flexibility to incorporate multipoint touch interactivity into large-format digital displays and allows multiple users to interact simultaneously with content on Christie MicroTiles or any large-format video wall.

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD and plasma displays, Christie MicroTiles display pure, saturated, accurate colors, making them ideal for public spaces. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create an eye-catching digital canvas.
The Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is now shipping and full specs are here.

dinsdag 17 september 2013


Internetzuil combineert deskundig advies, snelle service en breed assortiment

Hoevelaken, 16 september 2013 - Libris en Blz. plaatsen als eerste boekhandelketens in Nederland een internetzuil in hun winkels. Daarmee profiteren klanten van de expertise en het advies van de lokale boekhandel en tegelijkertijd van de snelle, gratis service en het brede assortiment van de webwinkel. Clicks in Bricks levert de internetzuilen en speciale software. Libris Blz. B.V. start met een pilot in vijf vestigingen en zal tijdens de pilotperiode de zuil ook in andere boekhandels plaatsen.


Met het plaatsen van de internetzuilen vergroten de boekhandels het assortiment van gemiddeld tienduizend boeken naar honderdduizend boeken. De bezoekers van de boekhandel hebben hierdoor meer keuze in het assortiment en kunnen direct betalen met de pinpas. En is de bestelling geplaatst, dan wordt het boek een dag later thuisbezorgd.

“Een internetzuil plaatsen met een eigen webshop lijkt eenvoudig. Maar een internetzuil in een fysieke winkel vereist andere functionaliteiten, zoals het afrekenen met de pinpas in plaats van online met bijvoorbeeld iDEAL. Daarnaast zijn er specifieke apps en software nodig om de webshop voor de fysieke winkel mogelijk te maken. Voor de uitvoering hebben we daarom voor Clicks in Bricks als ervaren partner gekozen. Zij hebben de volledige internetzuil ontwikkeld, inclusief de webshop

maandag 16 september 2013

Virtual Dressingroom

Interactive virtual try on experience in Switzerland.


Big changes for the display industry.

IDC just released a sales forecast for the Tablet, PC and Smartphone market  saying that the total market will grow this year to $ 622.4 billion, representing a 10.6% growth over last year.  This growth will slow down to 3.1% by 2017.
It also stated that by its numbers $423.1 billion will come from sub $350 Tablets and Smartphones. This means that there will be more units shipped for a declining average sales price.  The consequence will be more changes for the already beaten-down CE industry.  It also means many more smaller displays, a trend we have seen for quite some time now.  IDC shows more details in its chart below.

IDC connected-device-growth-chart

The trend is clear, Smartphones and Tablets will be ruling the computing landscape by 2017.  This is the first time a market research firm like IDC does not predict a rebound of the classic personal computer.  Its  forecast is very bullish on mobile computing devices, a trend I have been discussing for quite some time now.
It also means that the average display size per device is decreasing as more Smartphones and Tablets have smaller displays than the desktop and laptops they replace.  This is a trend that may not be very advantageous for the display industry as a whole.  As many manufacturers already use newer Fabs to produce mobile devices, the trend to higher resolution will push more manufacturers to do so.
Big changes are on the horizon for the display industry.
More tablets than personal computers (PCs) will be shipped in the last quarter of this year, according to forecasts from research firm IDC. By 2015, tablets will overtake full-year PCs shipments by a smidge, and by 2017, they will outsell their clunkier counterparts by five to four.

This was inevitable. Tablets already outsell laptops in the US and China; that is set to go global this year. Tablets also drive more web traffic than mobile phones, of which there are many, many more. The reason tablets are so popular is that they finally give consumers the choice of not owning a full-featured computer.

Worldwide marketshare of tablets compared to combined marketshare of desktops and laptops. Figures for 2013 to 2017 are forecasts.IDC

zaterdag 14 september 2013

Eyevis to debut 1.5mm and 2mm pixel pitch LED modules at IBC 2013


Eyevis is to show new LED modules for indoor applications with a pixel pitch of 1.5mm and 2mm on their booth at IBC 2013 (13-17 September) in Amsterdam.

The new LED modules from Eyevis are for indoor applications with a pixel pitch of 1.5mm and 2mm
The LEDs have a brightness of up to 2000 cd/m² (1,5 mm), a refresh rate of 2,500 Hz and 16 Bit colour depth to display content even in bright ambient light conditions.
The modules have a viewing angle of up to 180° so the image quality remains stable even from varying viewing angles.
The product design of the LED modules enables the installation of seamless video walls. With the high pixel density of 444.444px/m² (1.5 mm) and 250.000px/m² (2 mm) it is possible to display full HD signals in native resolution even on smaller videowall surfaces.
The LED modules can also be used for mobile videowalls for events as upright or hanging installation is possible.

vrijdag 13 september 2013

Candle pixels La Scala Illuminata.

This picture is of La Scala Illuminata in Caltagirone, Italy. The staircase was built in 1608 and is 142 steps (and thus 142 pixels) high. My guess is that it’s about 70 pixels wide. The pixels, as you can see from the photo on the right, are really candles. The display is shown yearly for two days in July and two days in August — a maximum frame rate of 4 frames per year !

You can find more information here

and  visit 

resolution: 70 (H) x 142 (V)
pixel density: 13 pixels / sq. meter
frame rate: 4 frames / year

donderdag 12 september 2013

Interactive’s Social Health Suite.

We are very proud of the interactive walls, floors and displays we’ve developed for hospitals and clinics throughout the country. Recently, Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows team was so inspired by our work at Alex’s Place, a children’s oncology unit at the University of Miami, that they produced this heartwarming video about the clinic and the power of our Character Mirror powered by Kinect for Windows. Watch the video above and check out the Kinect for Windows blog to read more about it.

In the Studio, we often find ourselves talking about the transformative power of gesture and touch technology in our work and daily lives, which people are beginning to call Natural User Interface. In October, our very own Scott Snibbe was invited to speak on a panel at the Seattle Interactive Conference that addressed these same themes and asked the question: where is this technology going? There are some very interesting answers and the Kinect for Windows team writes up a great summary on their site. You can read more about the event here.

woensdag 11 september 2013

Bubble Wall.

Aqua Illuminaria' ™ is a spectacular 24' wide by 8' high panoramic water feature located in Da Vinci's Restaurant at the new Siena Hotel, Spa & Casino, Reno, Nevada, USA. This unique installation - a kinetic work of art - combines water, air and multi-coloured light in a synchronised, choreographed display of ethereal beauty!

Water feature design, fabrication & installation: Midwest Tropical Inc.

Lighting system design, installation & show programming: Light Partners LLC.

Client: Siena Hotel, Spa & Casino / Maryse Nicole Designs /

Videography: Daryl Vaughan - Creative Director, Light Partners

The Future of Shopping

The Future of Shopping.
8 years from now ??

dinsdag 10 september 2013

Christie Flat Panel FHD461-X.

 Christie, a provider of near seamless video wall flat-panels has introduced the Christie FHD461-X. Designed for space-limited installations including signage in museums, universities, corporate spaces, broadcast sets and retail environments, as well as monitoring applications such as security and surveillance, the display boasts an ultra-narrow (5.4 millimeter) bezel and 3-inch depth.
The Christie FHD461-X provides the brightness and picture clarity needed for any indoor environment.

The Christie FHD461-X features 10-bit color for richer, more vivid images, high (4000:1) contrast ratio for deeper blacks, and a shallow depth. With its LED backlighting and high-pixel density for sharper, more vibrant images from any distance, the Christie FHD461-X provides the brightness and picture clarity needed for any indoor environment. Energy-efficient and ENERGY STAR qualified, the Christie FHD461-X features low power consumption at 105W for maximum sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint, the company said.
The Christie FHD461-X provides the brightness and picture clarity needed for any indoor environment.

“Every digital display installation is unique, and with the Christie FHD461-X, our customers now have a 46-inch ultra-narrow bezel flat panel solution with a thin profile to fit those tighter spaces where required,” Richard Heslett, senior product manager for Christie, said. “The Christie FHD461-X offers rich, superior color reproduction and high contrast ratio for an image that really jumps out at the viewer.”

The world’s largest Transparent panel 84".

NEW amazing 84″ Transparent panel, World’s largest Transparent Display, will now launch next month (October 2013)

New opportunity to WOW customers and applications worldwide. 

zaterdag 7 september 2013

Eye Tribe Eye Tracker Dev Kit, $99

The Eye Tribe Eye Tracker developer kit is available for pre-order for $99.00. The kit comes with an SDK with C++, C#, and Java, full source code included.

The Eye Tribe Eye Tracker is an outgrowth of the work of a group of researchers at the IT University of Copenhagen. At the time, it was known as the open-source ITU Gaze Tracker.

Although the Eye Tribe Tracker was originally developed to meet the needs of people with disabilities who could not access computers, it was found to have potential for a number of other uses that were not really possible before the spread of mobile technologies such as touch-screen tablets and smart phones.

To get a better understanding of eye-gaze/tracking technology, take a look at the following videos and follow the related links.

Below is a demonstration of the gaze UI on an Android smartphone: ,br>

Here is another look at this technology running on a Windows 8 Tablet:

The Eye Tribe (website)
Eye Tribe starts taking pre-orders for $99 Windows eye tracker
Senseye will let you control your mobile phone with your eyes
Open-source Eye-tracking: The ITU Gaze Tracker 2.0 Beta Via Martin Tull, NUI-Group Member
ITU GazeGroup
Gaze Tracker Development
GazeGroup Forum
Martin Tall

donderdag 5 september 2013


GravitySpace is a new approach to tracking people and objects indoors. Unlike traditional solutions based on cameras, GravitySpace reconstructs scene data from a pressure-sensing floor. While the floor is limited to sensing objects in direct contact with the ground, GravitySpace reconstructs contents above the ground by first identifying objects based on their texture and then applying inverse kinematics. 

Figure 1: GravitySpace recognizes people and objects. We use a mirror-metaphor to show how GravitySpace identifies users and tracks their location and poses, solely based on the pressure imprints they leave on the floor.

Figure 4: The GravitySpace prototype senses pressure at 1mm resolution and projects across an active area of 8 m² in a single seamless piece--a 10x larger version of multitoe.

More info here.

woensdag 4 september 2013

RailTV in the Netherlands.

ProRail lanceert RailTV op 32 schermen. Later dit jaar volgen nog 50 schermen op diverse treinstations.
RailTV is de nieuwste digitale out of home propositie van Ngage media. Om het wachtmoment voor de reiziger te veraangenamen zijn in opdracht van de NS en ProRail op de perrons van de drukste NS stations 42 inch LED schermen geplaatst. Op de schermen is een aantrekkelijke programmering te zien die bestaat uit een afwisseling van culturele, informatieve en commerciƫle items. Ngage Media is verantwoordelijk voor zowel de media exploitatie alsook de content. Voor de contentproductie werkt Ngage Media nauw samen met Metropolisfilm.


kijk voor meer info hier

dinsdag 3 september 2013

Latest LED Ticker Installation from Risedisplay.

Here are just a few of the LED Tickers installed this summer from Risedisplay:
The new Finance Lab at Humber College.

Latest LED Ticker Installation Photos
Multiple tickers were installed on the set for Telemundo
Latest LED Ticker Installation Photos
The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business added an all white ticker to their entry and a full color ticker to their atrium.
Latest LED Ticker Installation Photos
Penn State updated their tri-color ticker to triangular shaped full color ticker around the top of this kiosk.
Latest LED Ticker Installation Photos

UMKC’s Bloch School of Business added this 56 foot long curved ticker to attract attention in their new facility.
Latest LED Ticker Installation Photos
The Sports Bar at the Lumiere Casino in St Louis added 2 premium style tickers to their sports bar
Latest LED Ticker Installation Photos

St Bonaventure added a Stock Ticker to their hallway above the trading room.
Latest LED Ticker Installation Photos

maandag 2 september 2013

E Ink Q2 sales dropped 46% compared to 2012.

E Ink reported their quarterly results - sales dropped 46% compared to last year, and the company's net loss was $33.6 million. E Ink expects e-reader sales in 2013 to be between 10 to 15 million (the same as in 2012).

Kindle Paperwhite at sea photo

In 2011, around 30 million e-readers were sold. Back then analysts expected the market to grow (IDTechEx's "conservative" estimate was that it will grow to 60 million units in 2015) as nobody expected the tablet market to take over reading from e-readers. I still think one of the biggest problems in the e-reader market is that e-readers didn't really change in past years. Even the old Kindles offer a great reading experience and there isn't any compelling reason to upgrade. That's actually very good for everyone (Us consumers, Amazon who makes money from books and not e-readers, and mother earth) - except E Ink themselves, of course.
Source: TechCrunch

zondag 1 september 2013

Robots 'armed' with digital signage set to storm the high seas.

Gigantic robotic arms wielding 100-inch digital signage screens are set to take to the high seas next year aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
The robot arms will move the screens to match the shipboard evening show's music and choreography while still synchronizing each screen's display to form a cohesive image as part of the line's high-tech new entertainment venues.
Cruise line Royal Caribbean International's new Quantum-Class ships are getting mammoth new entertainment venues — called Two70 for the 270-degree panoramic sea views provided by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that reach almost three decks high at the stern of the ship — in which even the venue's glass walls become part of the entertainment, displaying projections of that encircle the room, according to the RCI website.
"We are doing something that has never been done before," RCI Executive Entertainment Producer Bob Kerns said in a video posted to the RCI website about the robotics and digital signage project.
Two70's technology, theatrical lighting and sound equipment are intended to create "a completely enthralling evening for guests," which will culminate in "the most incredible reveal of all," the website said. Two70's ceiling will house six robot arms controlling 100-inch LED screens that will extend down and into the venue, featuring video and imagery that can virtually and literally jump from screen to screen.

Robotic arms with digital signage displays

According to, the Quantum of the Seas will be the first of three 167,800-ton, 4,180-passenger ships in the Quantum Class to debut, launching in November 2014.
The new ships also will continue Royal Caribbean's heavy use of digital signage throughout its vessels, with digital signage software from Denver-based Four Winds Interactive continuing to power some displays. (FWI does not appear to be involved with the robotics project, however.)
The new ship class also includes other high-tech touches — such as "Virtual Balcony" displays providing real-time views of the ocean to interior staterooms that normally would not allow an ocean view — but the swinging robotic arms take things to an entirely different level.
"In terms of the world of robotics, other than things that are going on on Mars, this is the most complex robotics project on the planet right now," Andy Flessas, president of project partner Robotic Arts, said in the RCI video.