Today we have powers that we could not even imagine few years ago. We can communicate with people on the other side of the world, we have access to a huge amount of information in seconds, we can visit places without moving. Until now these powers have always depended on the support of tech devices, but with the Neural Lace this could soon change.
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.
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.
Natural landscape lit up by artificial light. It’s Neon Luminance, a project by San Francisco-based photographers Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard, that transforms the waterfalls of Northern California into a glowing scenery using a colorful range of glow sticks, lasers, road flares, headlamps.
Search giant Google is developing a new interaction sensor that can track movements with great accuracy using radar technology. It’s only the size of a small computer chip and can be inserted into everyday objects and things we use daily.
Watch the video for a guaranteed moment of amazement. If the Google’s Soli technology final implementation will be as precise as the demonstration, we may soon all be making magical gestures to interact with our digital devices. And the best thing: it will feel entirely natural.
If you want to take a journey through your body and experience the sound of your blood flow, there’s an app for that! De Motu is an interactive music app that enables the users to follow their blood as it circulates through the organs, letting them experience the human anatomy through music and influence the sound with their own body.
BeoSound Moment, by Danish company Bang & Olufsen, is a sound system that uses artificial intelligence to predict the music the user is in the mood for. The device works thanks to a recent innovation, called PatternPlay, that enables the system to learn listening behavior and musical preferences from every interaction with the user.
Wearable devices have become increasingly popular and important in design, with a particular attention to the skin. According to the researchers behind iSkin project, the epidermis is indeed the next frontier.
iSkin is a flexible, stretchable and visually customizable on-body touch sensor for mobile computing. Simply place the patch on any part of the body and you have your own touch interface. With a few simple taps you can answer calls, play music or answer an email.
Although social media helps us connect with more people in a highly efficient way, the act is still far from real human interaction. We share posts, upload photos or post status updates, looking frantically at our screens for likes, shares or comments. A group of students at the MIT Media Lab, named Fluid Interfaces Group, is working on an electronic textile that might help us interact with people based on our social media profiles.