science
Touchy-Feely Speakers Hint at the Future of Haptic Interfaces

Touchscreens are flat and hard by necessity, thanks to their dense layers of glass, conductive metal, and capacitors. But as haptic interfaces start to appear in commercial gadgets, touchscreen devices are poised to become even more… touchy. Enter Eunhee Jo, a British Korean designer who’s spending the next year as a designer in residence at London’s Design Museum, and who specializes in haptic interfaces.
You might remember Jo from a project she unveiled last year, called the Tangible Textural Interface, which embedded touchscreen functionality directly on the soft fabric of a speaker system. This year, as part of a residency program at the Design Museum, she’s refining that concept into a workable product. Unveiled on the museum’s website this week, Surface Matters is a new prototype that looks like a set of two circular, desktop speakers. In fact, only one is a speaker, the other is a tactile control system that lets the user modulate volume, track, and audio style by pressing into a soft fabric surface, behind which, a motion sensor captures the gestures performed on the surface. Read More >>

design
The Quest to Touch Virtual Objects

Media, from television and radio to the internet, only takes advantage of two of our senses: sight and sound. Traditionally speaking, our sense of touch has rarely been utilised in analogue or digital communication. Read More >>

design
Motion Control Is Awesome for Surgeons (Or Anyone with Bloody Hands)

High fidelity motion control is awesome, but for most of us it's not quite essential. For surgeons and murders(?) though, a motion-controlled interface like this one could be super useful. Read More >>

design
Pinch to Zoom Is Literal On This Elastic Touchscreen Display

We spend a lot of our time running our greasy little fingers over all kinds of touchscreens, but they just sit there unmoving as untouchable blocks of colours dart around beneath the surface. The Obake display isn't quite so lifeless, and it's just begging to be poked and prodded. Read More >>

rumours
Rumour: "Facebook Phone" Interface Shows Greyer Android and Social Features

It would appear that Facebook is about to announce a very comprehensive new Android skin at tonight's event, with leaked images showing what appears to be a simplified Android OS with the social network's status sharing bar whacked atop Google's usual applications menu. Read More >>

ebooks
Forget Mouse and Keyboard, Elektrobiblioteka Controls a Computer With a Book

There's a lot of talk that technology is going to kill the book, eBooks specifically. It's true that physical books are still pretty low-tech, but that doesn't mean they have to stay that way. Maybe there could be a future where books are actually computer peripherals. If so, the prototype Elektrobiblioteka is a teaser. Read More >>

gadgets
The Next Breakthrough in Computer Control: Plant-Fondling

In this era of Kinect, Wii, and Leap, everyone wants to capitalise on motion control. Disney still likes physical peripherals, like houseplants for example. Read More >>

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