Short state update: Android, real world interfaces and electricity from insects

Posted on April 11, 2011


If you read Engadged, you might have seen this already. A quick post.

Energy from organic material (insects)

Using bacteria and some other nifty stuff, organic material is converted into something else that can be used to generate electricity. Enough to power a clock that captures and transports its own food. I guess it falls in the same type of category as mobile phones living on sugar.

I guess at a certain point it does not matter anymore what the source of “food” is (insects, grass, sugar, fruits), as long as it can be converted.

Connecting hardware to Android

IOIO Android "Arduino" board

We had to wait about 3 years, but now there is a simple solution to attach sensors and devices to an Android phone.

Go here to Sparkfun. See the project  blog post by Ytai. Read also an earlier article of mine going into details on attaching hardware to Android.

iPad as Oscilloscope

iPad as oscilloscope

If you do electronics, here is some nifty thing to have. See Engadget for more info

Mapping of 3D spaces using Kinect and a quadrocopter

See more here about the project

“Camera that learns” – Image processing one step further

See this article on Engadget and watch the video.

Using a simple webcam and a self-learning program that translates the data you can automatically start face-tracking, defining objects as interfacing-elements and roughly define where they might be in 3D space. It is called “predator”

Work by “Inspirit” with similar possibilities

Based on SURF, Inspirit (Russia) developed his own library allowing to track points on any image and via those points recognize pre-cached images.

It hit me that there are a lot of similarities.

See this older post where you see the tracking-debug info.

What combines them all

What combines all these items is that they are relatively low budget. If you really want, and have about 1000 to 2000 euro to spare, you can buy and build it yourself.