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Luminous Ring

Luminous Ring

Luminous Ring

Luminous Ring

Luminous Ring

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Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

I’m kind of new to this social networking services, so I’m not sure if there’s a service like this already. What I’m thinking is to upload a new blog post or a photo/image to multiple services AT A TIME FROM THE DESKTOP. Drag and drop the file from the desktop to this application, choose what to do to it, like upload, edit or delete (cancel). You can add the options to multiple services and upload it at a time. I’m skipping all the possible small glitches to adjust, but I hope you get the image of it.

Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

Upload New Posts/Photos At A Time

That way, you can visually understand which file/post goes to which services.

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Microwave + MP3 = ?

Microwave + MP3

If a microwave has MP3 tunes of certain length, say 1 min, 3 min, 5 min, etc., you know WHEN the waiting will be over without looking at the tiny time panel. (The tunes have to be your familiar ones, of course.) And you can have fun cooking!

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Camera that digitally erases people

Camera that digitally erases people

Is this kind of camera already available? A camera that automatically erases only “people” from a scene.
Technically it must be possible.

Camera automatically erases people from a scene

photo with no people shot 

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Typographic Clock

The clock face is an LCD, so it can change the design pretty flexibly.

typographic clock

typographic clock

typographic clock

typographic clock

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MIT Engineer Develops Software That Converts Sketches into Interactive Mechanical Systems

This is truly amazing.
 “We’re truly living in the Age of Miracles!” they’re saying. And we are!

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MIT Engineer Develops Software That Converts Sketches into Interactive Mechanical Systems


Digital, but analog bookmark

digital, but analog bookmark for a web browser

digital, but analog bookmark for a web browser

To me, THIS is a bookmark. And I quite often write down something on a page like this for various purposes.

Wouldn’t it happen on the desktop, too?

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Smoke Detecting Maternity Badge

maternity badge

maternity badge to detect smoke

 
In Japan, there is a “maternity mark” used for asking for courtesy towards pregnant women in public places. It’s widely used in badges, cell-phone straps, posters, signs, etc., but unfortunately there are still some people who are ignorant about it. I’ve even seen a few men who started smoking even when there was a pregnant woman around. I know it’s sometimes hard to know a woman you see is pregnant or not, but smoking should be refrained in public places.

This badge detects smoke and glows blue with a sign “Don’t smoke!”. The faces on the badge change, too. It’s also good for the expectant mother because she can quickly notice the smoke and get out of there.

We could use the idea not only for smoke but for heat, coldness and some other harsh environments for expectant moms. But hopefully the people around the woman should know better without this.


Ultra thin display

sheet searching words
Accustomed to Google search so much, I sometimes look for “a search button” even when I read a real newspaper looking for a specific word. So it would be nice if there is a device like this to quickly find and highlight the word you specify. It would be even better if it can tell you the meaning of a word you don’t know. It’s so light and thin that you wouldn’t mind carrying it around at all. Oh, if there is a keyboard that can attach the screen to it, it’d be really good if it works as a computer.

translucent display
Pubic billboards and spaces are so much filled with information that it takes you time to find what you really want. With this transparent sheet, only you can see the info you want on various places like walls, floors, ceilings, notice boards, etc. In a large building with many people coming for the first time, such as hospitals, this sheet could be handed to a visitor (especially a senior) as a guide. This way, what you see and how you see it can be customized.


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My Dream Mac (Macbook Touch? Mac Nano?)

Please check out the latest post “My Dream Mac #2 (Macbook Touch Concept)“.

My Dream Mac #2 (Macbook Touch Concept)

(I updated my dream mac in a later post. See this one, too.)

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Now that iPhone and iPod touch are out, “touch panel” is proved to be great by the world. I hope a mobile mac like this will come out. Technically it must be possible for Apple to produce this kind of PDA-cum-laptop. I’ve always wanted to carry a very thin light Mac (not an iPod/iPhone) running OS-X with Wi-Fi and bluetooth. I can give up a DVD drive and USB connection as long as it has bluetooth.

It has a thin lid you can flip open downwards, which can work as a keyboard. It can slide behind the screen when it’s not used.

12 inch might be too large for a touch screen because we use it much more closely to our eyes than a usual screen.

Please make something like this, Apple!

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