CES highlights from a tangible interface guy

I’m excited to see more interactive tables that support tracking of multiple tangible objects enter the mainstream. One of the highlights is the Lenovo Horizon 27, an all-in-one computer designed to lay flat on a table.

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It comes with several objects that can be tracked on it’s surface. It looks like this tracking is capacitive, and uses a special electrode pattern on each object to identify orientation and position. 

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It looks like the electrodes are made out of conductive fabric

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Also there was this LCD which uses an IR camera behind the LCD panel to track fingers, objects embedded with LEDs and glyphs. It runs about $20k per screen.

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Did I mention there were robots?

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Laura showing off our capacitive musical controller demo at @TEDYouth

Hurricane Sandy… bike caravan carrying supplies to Far Rockaway.

Street art in Lisbon, including a few amazing buildings by Los Gemelos. 

I'm SO EXCITED to share this robotic harp we built for Bjork's Biophilia tour!

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Patten Studio wins MUSE Gold for Create a Chemical Reaction!

Business Week Q+A with me in the run-up to TED next week

New York Times article about our building

great urban cycling/product design video

Here are some experiments I did with Kinect. By selecting three separate points in space you can define a plane to use as an interaction surface. Kinect is much more flexible than other camera-based approaches for doing this in terms of lighting, camera alignment, etc.