Maneuvering a remote controlled helicopter using a standard controller can be pretty challenging for a novice. I’m not sure how a new thought-control method developed at the University of Minnesota will compare. Researchers there have come up with a way to control a small quadicopter using electroencephalography (EEG) to record brain signals and transfer them to the copter. Continue reading
The manner in which we interact with our electronics has evolved over the years. It began with borrowing the keyboard from typewriters, then we got the mouse, next came touch screen technology. The next generation of interactivity looks to be gesture control, and HP is jumping on board courtesy of Leap Motion.
Engineering on the Edge covered Leap Motion’s gesture control, named Leap, a while ago, and it appears the system is now ready for the big leagues. Leap has moved beyond the Kinect, from which it drew its inspiration, and will soon be bringing its brand of fine motion control to a laptop or workstation near you. Continue reading
Most of the mobile technology being developed today can fit in a pocket, or at the very least in a briefcase, but that doesn’t make remembering to take it with you any easier. I know either my wife or myself has to make a trip back into the house to fetch a forgotten cell phone or iPod at least once a week.
Flexible technology won’t make remembering to bring your tech with you any easier, as I know plenty of people who forget to put on their watch, let alone a flexible phone. Wearable technology, though, might be a different story. How many times do you forget to put on a shirt before leaving the house? Continue reading
The humble mouse has been a staple of computer use for decades. It’s intuitive, cheap to produce, and laser technology has made it easier and more accurate to use. For mobile devices where it would be impractical to use a mouse, touch screens have risen to fill the interactive role. While both of those technologies are practical, people are always thinking of new ways to interact with computers.
The Mycestro is a fully funded Kickstarter project that looks to change that interaction. Designed by Nick Mastandrea, the Mycestro is a wireless, three button mouse that attaches to your index finger. Instead of rolling around a mouse, the new device tracks hand movements to move the pointer on the screen. Continue reading