MSN History Visualization v2.0 parses IM data into a 3-dimensional interactive word-usage analysis.
HondaSweetMission is one of Yugo Nakamura‘s latest web designs for Tokyo FM. The interactive site collects voice diaries (in Japanese) from around the globe in an interface that combines social podcasting, blogging, and commenting /trackbacks in a uniquely integrated package.
Researchers at Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University (NTU) demostrated a jacket that conducts touch heat, pressure, and vibrations on a live chicken. The system synchronizes tactile movements using a live video feed to transmit ‘cybertouches’. [article (pdf)]
The world of online gaming is creeping into reality as elaborate games like The Beast exploit the various digital networks to envelope reality with a coat of mystery, suspense, fun, fear, and even exercise. [article] (more on pervasive games at Cloudmakers)
6 students from the Royal College of Art have designed a landscape of concept furniture derived from the statue-like forms of people sitting, standing or leaning against walls engaged in playing the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The furniture is designed for use specifically when playing the PSP. . . Initial inspiration came from observing group play at a barbecue: when still light in the early evening, a group of players put their coats over their heads to create shade and see the PSP’s screen better. Despite not being able to see each other at all, they continued to happily taunt, insult and otherwise interact with each other as is the norm throughout the course of a game. [PSP/RCA]
Coca-Cola is mapping local “chill” levels all around the globe generate Worldchill data “every bit as important as the latest barometric pressure, or the current Nikkei average.” Huh? I guess.
Alex Waibel‘s “translations goggles” displays virtual subtitles.
Stan Jou‘s translator captures electrical signals from facial muscles translating silent mouthing of one language to speech or writing in another.