This week we have fuel for your daydreams (i.e., super cool tech that’s still in beta): flying bikes, printed burritos, screaming photo booths, banana UIs, and cameras controlled by your eyes.
1. Screamotron 3000: This is a photo booth made out of a converted boom box and a microphone, rigged to only take a photo when a scream from the subject reaches a certain decibel level. The creator, Billy Hunt, hopes he can “offer a window through the inherently artificial process of portraiture into real human emotion.”
2. Flying Bike: This is a concept bike, from a group of Czech engineers, who dream of the day when riders can hover and fly over traffic. To achieve this, they’ve attached six-prop electric motors to a regular bike. Once you’ve cleared traffic and need to land, you can safely return to using it as you would any normal bike. The future sounds so awesome…flying bikes, hovering skateboards, and air yeezy’s?! That’s just cray.
3. Burritob0t: This is an iPhone or iPad controlled printer that’s able to print 3D burritos. A burrito is printed by squirting layers upon layers of burrito goodness: beans, cheese, salsa and sour cream, until the job is complete. There are also future plans for a mobile printed-burrito truck. Don’t believe it? Check out the flickr photos here.
4. Iris camera: The Iris is a unique camera concept that understands what you’re looking at through biometric technology. This technology allows the camera to identify people by their unique iris signature and then allows it to track your eyes to capture exactly what you see. Blinking and squinting one’s eyes control the camera’s zoom and if you you hold your gaze and blink twice the camera will take a snapshot. In addition, if a user’s iris is properly identified, the camera will load that user’s preferred camera settings. It’s small, almost hands-free and amazeballs.
5. UIs Out of Anything: MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into touch pads and combines them with the internet. How it works: alligator clip any two objects (could be anything from fruit to an illustration) to the MaKey MaKey board (computers think the MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard or mouse) to create a connection/user interface. It’s able to work with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input. That’s just ba-na-nas.
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