Archive for August, 2006

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A new simple and versatile input device called the MouseField, which enables users to control various information appliances easily without huge amount of cost. A MouseField consists of an ID recognizer and motion sensors that can detect an object and its movement after the object is placed on it. The system can interpret the user’s action as a command to control the flow of information.

Implementation of MouseField which consists of two motion sensors (taken from standard optical mouses) and an RFID reader (Texas Instruments S2000 Micro Reader) hidden under the surface. The RFID reader and the two optical mouses are connected to a PC through a USB cable, and they can detect the ID and the motion of the object put on the device. When a user puts an object with an RFID on the MouseField, it first detects what was put on the RFID reader. When the user moves or rotates the object, motion sensors detects the direction and rotation of the object.

An example of the interface where a user can enjoy music using a MouseField and CD cases which represent the music in the CD. All the music in the CD are saved in a music server, and an RFID tag is attached to each CD case. When a user places a CD case on the MouseField, a music player is displayed on the screen, shows the contents of the CD, and starts playing the music. The user can change the sound volume by rotating the CD case, and move to the next or previous music by sliding the case to the front or to the back. When the user removes the case from the MouseField, the sound stops and a screen saver is displayed placing a CD case starts playing music sliding the CD case plays the next music rotating the CD case changes the sound volume on the screen.

This is an experimental project, but the idea is very interesting.

For more information about the MouseField project…

IDE Cable Belt

29, Aug 2006

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Are you geek enough to wear a belt that is made out of a real ribbon cable as it is used for IDE cables in nearly all PCs? If you are then the IDE Cable Belt is definitely a great idea for you… The belt is 2,5cm wide and comes in one standard length, but you can easily shorten it if you need to. The replacement if anything goes wrong with the ribbon cable is also very easy, you’ll just have to get a new IDE cable 🙂

The price of the IDE Cable Belt is about 30$

To get your hands on one of these cool IDE Belts…

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Practice your fastball, slider or changeup with a state-of-the-art baseball that tells you how fast you’re pitching! DigiBaseball has the look, size, shape, feel and weight of a regulation baseball, but inside is precision timing equipment. With each throw, the tiny LCD screen instantly displays the speed of your pitch, up to 120mph.

Caution: Do not try batting the DigiBaseball, hitting it with a bat will break it!

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The price of the Speed-sensing Digital Baseball is $24.97

If you are interested in buying a Speed-sensing Digital Baseball…


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