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Infinite Bubblewrap
posted October 14 2010 18:33.02

Chris Aloisio and Ryan Casey, students at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute made this custom glove-based game as a project.
The object is to have a glove based controller that gives you the sensation of popping bubble wrap using sensors and motors on the fingers, without the need for actual bubble wrap.
This game first wor...

[Link: ryanscasey.com]
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Gestural Controlling of Browser Application
posted September 20 2010 23:34.09

Computer Science and Engineering Laboratory (CSE) in University of Oulu, Finland made a photo album application that is controlled by drawing gestures on the air with a mobile phone. The gestures are recognized from acceleration sensor data. Corresponding commands are sent to the application.
The software offers a system for accelerometer-based gesture control. The training and recognition are based on hidden Markov models (HMM); both isolated and continuous recognition modes are supported. The system offers a Java-based API, plus a platform-independent, socket-based interface.
The open source software is developed as part of the UbiLife project and a version for Nokia N95 phones can be downloaded here.

[Link: cse.oulu]
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Tags: cell phone hacks   accelerometer   research   

iPhone Controlled LED Suit
posted September 1 2010 23:34.32

Marc (uiproductions) wanted something extraordinary to wear in DC 2010 festival, after heavy thinking the result was a full-body suit of LEDs that can be controled to any color or pattern desired.
Taking a white suit and sewing up to 200 RGB leds on it and having an iPhone to control via wifi the various patterns and colors did the job.
Marc also added an accelerometer and a microphone to the suit to have even more ways to control the leds.
The result is at least eye catching and sure will make his presence noticable. :)
Complete info and more videos can be found here.

[Link: uiproductions]
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posted August 31 2010 18:24.51

Alexandre Dubus after building a fantastic tricopter, decided to keep the original chassis and add some Nintendo Wii console gyroscopes. Combined with an Arduino ProMini and a 6DOF IMU made from Nintendo Wii MotionPlus and Nunchuk.
The result is a perfect, stable flight as you can see in the video from the onboard camera that has almost no vibrations even if it is just cable staped without any vibration dampeners.
The whole documentation complete with schematics and more pics can be found here for the tricopter and here for the TriWiiCopter.

[Link: radio-commande]
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A mixed reality game using projection mapping
posted August 30 2010 17:29.58

FRAMEWORKS - A mixed reality game using projection mapping from Sures Kumar TS on Vimeo.

About a month ago we presented a Virtual Ping Pong game made by students of National Institute of Design, India.
Now the idea got further, a virtual character plays with the real space, walls and depth and can even throw a rope to climb things, all controlled by the VRglove.
The idea of mixed reality gets apart from educational boundaries and adopts a fun side also.

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Ball on Plate
posted August 5 2010 21:42.00

blogger45 using an Arduino,a couple of servos and a webcam made a balancing plate for a ping pong ball.
With basic control loop with discrete PID and no anti-windup he managed to have 15% overshoot and a 2% steady state error, the settling time is 2 secs on a framerate of 30fpr from camera.
You can watch more videos here.

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Ping Pong Game with Physical Boundaries
posted July 19 2010 18:30.24

Students at National Institute of Design, India, demonstrate a VR glove they made by playing a "Ping Pong Game with Physical boundaries on an architectural wall" for the course "Embedded Systems and Interaction Design" This is the second version of the prototype glove (a video of it you can see here) and i really don't know what is the most impressive part, the glove or the wall projection with the real wall acting as the game frame.
A serious project with a gaming attitude. :)

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Development and control of Mobile Inverted Pendulum
posted July 19 2010 17:44.36

Five students from Electro-Mechanical System Design (EMSD) department of Aalborg University, Denmark made as their 8th semester project an implementation of the inverted pendulum theory.
This resulted in a vehicle capable of achieving a max speed of 8 km/h and operate up to 3h with its twin 12V batteries not to mention the fun factor provided.
The control is easy to learn even for a kid as you can see in the video but this does not deprive the needed accuracy as the measured tilt angle precision is <0,2deg.
A team effort with marvelous results and lot of fun, enjoy!

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nBot - Short Robot-Battle Example
posted July 12 2010 19:44.41

shynet after presenting us the nBot for first time now comes back with a small battle between two bots. The red and the blue team fight till "death" and at the end of the video you'll learn who wins.
A school project getting better and better.

[Link: byshynet]
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