Lifenaut Notes: Human integration into the brain of a computer has, and continues to be a hotbed for innovation. This is a great example of how current technologies can be programmed to integrate information into the world around us. Imagine picking up a book at the bookstore and seeing reviews from five of your closest friends pop up next to it. Check out the article below and make sure to watch the video below.
Still looking for an excuse to buy a pico projector? We might just have the perfect thing. LuminAR, a project of MIT student Natan Linder, is something like a sentient desk lamp of the sort that will make any dedicated Pixar fan’s heart skip a beat. It can follow a user’s actions, using a camera to detect gestures and beam information down to augment whichever reality they’re currently experiencing. Interestingly, the whole thing is built into a bulb socket, meaning it could be thrown into any lamp you like — if you can do without the whole automatic motion aspect. It’s based on what looks to be a Microsoft Lifecam Show webcam and what is certainly a Microvision Show WX projector, which is both focus and care free. There’s a demo video after the break but, sadly, little hope that this thing will be replacing your current desktop lamp any time soon.