Sense Surface: Knob Job

Lyndsay Williams, die schon die Tilt-Screen Technology des IPhones erfunden hat und die SenseCam für Alzheimerpatienten entwickelte, kommt nun mit einer Idee, die verrückt genug ist, um genial sein zu können: Kühlschrankmagneten als Audiocontroller!

Applications that would normally use a mouse or Qwerty keyboard can be now controlled with traditional knobs. The scroll bar on the right hand side of your computer screen can be controlled with a real slider button. SenseSurface can be used with most laptops with a USB input. The sensing knobs have a custom designed movement sensor to determine position within approx 180 degrees with a 10 bit digital output, linearity typically 1%. The magnetic knobs can be removed and repositioned immediately by picking them up and moving to a different part of screen. A unique sensing x/y matrix is attached to the rear of the laptop screen to detect the control’s position. The distance of the sensor from the screen can also be detected. The rotary controls are low friction and there are no screen finger prints as with normal touch surfaces. Linear sliders and switches can also be used on the lcd surface. For audio use, a logarithmic response can be programmed. The system is multitouch and scaleable , the number of controls on the screen is limited by the size of the screen. The screen can be at any angle. The SenseSurface should cost less than $100 in production.

Aufgrund des elaboraten Hintergrundes von Williams denke ich nicht, dass es sich hier um einen Hoax handelt. Das System ist einerseits genial, andererseits extrem umständlich in der vorgeschlagenen Anwendungsweise. Immer Knöpfe herumschieben, die einem im Sichtfeld rumgeistern, klingt mehr nach Problem als genialer Haptik. Doch in Verbindung mit einem Touchscreen, auf dem man den Controller frei herumschieben kann und für Feinabstimmung verwendet, könnte das eine nette Anwendung sein.

Übrigens ist Lyndsay Williams auch eine 8Bit Heldin, denn sie hat den Sound Sampler für den C64 entwickelt! :
Sound Sampler Family

Andere Erfindungen von ihr machen ein bischen Angst:

Her research led to the ThrillChip, which is based on a Peltier cooling chip like those used to cool Pentium processors. Put the ThrillChip on your neck and it can literally send shivers down your spine.

„I thought the main commercialisation of the ThrillChip would be for the Xbox, where you‘ve already got things like vibrating steering wheels,“ she says. „A side benefit is that it’s a very good way of getting rid of a headache. Put it on your forehead and leave it switched on for about five minutes, it really cools down your head.“

The Guardian

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