Tokyo institute of Technology project aims to teach how to cook the perfect steak with projection onto real frying pan and virtual utensils - via DigInfo (video embedded below):
This cooking simulator, being developed by a research group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, features a force feedback fry pan and spatula to accurately recreate the sense of cooking.
This simulator calculates the heat transfer from the pan to the meat or vegetables that are being cooked, and displays the visible changes caused by heating. The fry pan interface allows for three dimensional input, and as well as moving the fry pan to aid the cooking process, the simulator can feed back the weight of ingredients combined with the tactile feeling of the ingredients cooking.
“When you move the frying pan, the actual movement is input, and you can feel the ingredients through the pan. Also, the upper part of the system is a screen. When you look into the pan, you can see what’s in it through a half-mirror. So this simulator lets you experience looking into the frying pan while you hold it.”
Steve Mann, a professor and technologist who has worn computing devices of some kind for the last 34 years, recently found himself in a pretty dangerous spot at a McDonald’s in Paris. Apparently freaked out that Mann had a camera, a group of three men (shown above) physically assaulted him. “He angrily grabbed my eyeglass, and tried to pull it off my head,” Mann explained in a blog post. “The eyeglass is permanently attached and does not come off my skull without special tools.” Due to the attack, the camera was damaged and started taking and storing photos of what he was viewing, giving him an opportunity to show photos of who was behind the attack. Since the post went up yesterday, Reddit has banded around Mann and TechCrunch called for a boycott of McDonald’s. Seriously. Mann suggests that McDonald’s might be the one that has to change: “As this technology becomes mainstream, McDonald’s might need to get used to it.” io9 called this a “cybernetic hate crime.” Is it?
Google co-founder wearing futuristic augmented reality glasses: Ironically, Sergey Brin was wearing the glasses at a charity event for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Considering the nature of the glasses, we can see why he’d support the cause.
People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time.
According to several Google employees familiar with the project who asked not to be named, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year. These people said they are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones,” or $250 to $600.
The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would be Android-based, and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches from someone’s eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a number of sensors including motion and GPS.
When IBM defeated chess, they needed a supercomputer. According to this promotional clip for Google Goggles, all Google needs to topple Sudoku is a cell phone. Train rides are about to get a heckuva lot more boring, guys. source
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