Monthly Archives: February 2013
Touch-Free Gestural Interfacing Becomes Real With This Fingermouse
The Mycestro. Photo: Courtesy of Innovative Development
It’s more than just an alternative to the optical mouse, though. Mycestro is a user interface tool that enables gesture control without the arm-fatigue issues of Minority Report-style motion tracking. It changes how you interact with your desktop and, by offering new ways to control them, could even change how those desktops are designed in the first place.
Built to slip on an index finger and track the wearer’s movements, the Mycestro allows the wearer to move the cursor without reaching for a mouse, and joins a growing cohort of wearable devices, says creator Nick Mastandrea.
“It’s a well-rounded device,” he says. “It’s actually a little bit on the simplistic side. But the application, how we’re using it and how you can interface to it, is all transitioning towards the new, evolved, high-tech person.”
A user wearing Mycestro touches her thumb to it to engage the cursor, taps her finger to click, and slides her thumb along the device to scroll. Mycestro uses a gyroscope to track positioning in 3-D space, translating that to the 2-D screen via the integrated app, and registers other functions, like tap-to-click, via a built-in accelerometer. Data from the accelerometer also helps correct the gyroscope, improving precision control, and the whole system is coordinated by Bluetooth low energy.
It’s so precise, in fact, that with the sensitivity turned up, it can register over-caffeinated coffee jitters. But Mastandrea adds that software updates will be able to track involuntary user movements over time and compensate to filter them out, a technology which could eventually be modified to help users with neurological diseases like Parkinson’s operate a computer more easily.
“We might be able to help those people find a way to control their PCs,” says Mastandrea.
“It’s advanced, over a regular mouse, because you can add a lot of features into this,” says Mastandrea. “That’s what we’re pushing towards — to get Mycestro out there, get it into the hands of people, get them using it, and then start backing it up with these updated releases of gesture-based control, and assigning those to specific commands for your PC or tablet or laptop, whatever you’d like to do.”
Those updates could allow customizable gesture-based commands, depending on the application the underlying technology is designed for. Indeed, that’s the purpose of the company; to expand Mycestro’s technology into further applications and additional devices.
“The company is focused on the utilization of a specific technology with multiple vertices, multiple applications,” says Innovative Developments CEO David Greenspan. “With advancements and enhancements to what we’re doing, we feel comfortable that we have the opportunity to take this technology into other marketplaces.”
That is, they see applications for products in the medical, military, manufacturing, and even gaming industries. Mycestro itself is a user interface tool, and it could be the basis for redesigning
Mycestro reached its goal of $100,000 on Thursday, but remains open to backers until March 29.
“We are going to be part of that flood of wearable electronics that are coming to the consumer market,” says Greenspan.
via Associated Press
Legal experts say door is open now that women allowed in combat
WASHINGTON, D.C. -Tennnnnn-hut ladies!
The next time Uncle Sam comes calling, he’s probably going to want you, too.
The Obama administration recently decided to lift the ban on women in combat.
Legal experts and military historians say that decision has opened the door for a change in the law that currently compels only men between age 18 and 25 to register for a military draft.
Never before have women been drafted into military service. Neither the White House nor Congress are in a hurry to make them register for a future call-up.
A draft would be enormously unpopular and adding women to the mix just isn’t a priority for a battle-weary country nearing the end of more than a decade of war.
Yet, legally, there may be no other choice.
In case you didn’t hear, 5 immigrant Iraqi “insurgent trackers” / aka military contractors, were arrested for ‘horrific’ Colorado Springs rape back in August 2012! Thanks to SPECIAL Immigration Visas are available for those “Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government”
“I have been a police officer for a lot of years,” Colorado Springs Lt. Howard Black said. “When I look at the injuries, this is one of the more severe sexual assault cases I have been a part of and investigated.”
Sarmad Fadhi Mohammed and Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon were arrested for the actual sexual assault August 2012. Mustafa Sataar Al Feraji, Ali Mohammed Hasan Al Juboori and Yasir Jabbar Jasim were arrested as accessories to sexual assault.
Jasim Mohammed Hassin Ramadon
The nation’s major internet service providers on Monday said they are beginning to roll out an initiative to disrupt internet access for online copyright scofflaws.
The so-called “Copyright Alert System” is backed by the President Barack Obama administration and was pushed heavily by record labels and Hollywood studios.
The plan, more than four years in the making, includes participation by AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon. Others could soon join.
After four offenses, the historic plan calls for these residential internet providers to initiate so-called “mitigation measures” (.pdf) that might include reducing internet speeds and redirecting a subscriber’s service to an “educational” landing page about infringement.
The plan does not prevent content owners from suing internet subscribers. The Copyright Act allows damages of up to $150,000 per infringement.
The Center for Copyright Information, the new group running the program, maintains it is not designed to terminate online accounts for repeat offenders. However, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act demands that internet service providers kick off repeat copyright scofflaws.
The program monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing services via internet snoop MarkMonitor of San Francisco. The surveillance was to have been deployed sooner. But the various delays included Hurricane Sandy and ISP reluctance to join.
Peer-to-peer monitoring is easily detectable. That’s because IP addresses of internet customers usually reveal themselves during the transfer of files. Cyberlockers, e-mail attachments, shared Dropbox folders and other ways to infringe are not included in the crackdown.
To be sure, the deal is not as draconian as it could have been.
The agreement, heavily lobbied for by the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America, does not require internet service providers to filter copyrighted material transiting their networks. U.S. internet service providers and the content industry have openly embraced that kind filtering. The Federal Communications Commission, in crafting its net neutrality rules, has all but invited the ISPs to practice it.
On a scofflaw’s first offense, internet subscribers will receive an e-mail “alert” from their ISP saying the account may have been misused for online content theft. On the second offense, the alert might contain an “educational message” about the legalities of online file sharing.
On the third and fourth infractions, the subscriber will likely receive a pop-up notice “asking the subscriber to acknowledge receipt of the alert.”
The ReadySet is a renewable energy system that charges from solar panels and can power lights, radios, cell phones, tablets, and even Wi-Fi hot spots. The ReadySet’s intelligent battery can charge up to 10 iPhones, or power an iPad for over 12 hours of continuous video-play and can recharge from the included solar panel in just a few hours. Designed originally for Africa, the ReadySet is rugged and easy to use and now available here to power a tailgate, camping trip or for use in case of an emergency. You can even go on a carbon-diet and try to power all of your electronics from renewable energy at home.
Beyond solar, the ReadySet’s smart electronics and firmware allow you to charge from virtually any source such as solar panels, bicycle generators, micro-wind turbines, and more. The ReadySet’s sleek yet simple design allows you to use this energy and power all kinds of devices from its two open standard 12-volt Car Lighter Adapter ports and two 5-volt USB ports.
Each ReadySet Solar Kit includes:
- The ReadySet battery (54 WHr aka 10 iPhone charges)
- 15 Watt Solar Panel with rugged aluminum frame (it’s fully weatherproof & waterproof)
- 23 Watt Power Adapter for grid charging
- 3 Watt LED Light with socket, cable and switch
- USB Universal Battery Charger that allows you charge any 3.7-volt Lithium battery (for phones, cameras, etc)
- Instruction Manual