Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Wild Wild West (East)

I am amazed and appalled when I see such obvious attempts at ripping off trademarks and trade dress.  This fools no one, but it is still unacceptable.

Someone went to a lot of trouble to make the artwork, packaging etc. - they took the existing product and said to the factory, change any R to a Z.  Instzuctions foz use: Position youz Wizeless miczophone neaz pezfozmer.

Sounds like a sneeze coming, or maybe a little nap. Intellectual property disputes, counterfeiting, and back door gray market selling are on the rise, and some US companies are quite concerned.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty - Strange Attractor

Perhaps one of the most unusual and thought-provoking product lines that I have seen in years. Aaron has developed dozens of putty variations with interesting photonic, magnetic, viscous and thermally responsive properties. It is almost a new class of matter.

Be sure to check it out here.

The field of magnetorheology is an important one. Aaron has made a nanomagnetorheological viscous semifluid or thixotropic fluid, for us to play with.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Power Gig Controller from 745 Studios

Here's an interesting guitar/controller combo from 745 Studios in Boston.  Not only will it control a game, such as Guitar Hero, but it also has the ability to be properly tuned and played like a real guitar, and may help develop playing skills for new users.

The manufacturer comments:

"Instead of the standard Guitar Hero and Rock Band "highways," the music is represented in a vertical DNA-strand string of streaming colored orbs. Placement of orbs and color prompts give players a heads-up to upcoming notes."

The game is called Power Gig and linked here.

The merging of games, toys, instruments, and consumer electronics with "serious" equipment in medical devices, for instance, has been going on at a furious pace these past few years, as manufacturers and military systems designers realize the vast enabling powers of intuitive gaming console interfaces, and how they work with the human mind, and body. One such game console became the basis for a new ultrasound imaging system.