Ambient Interfaces Pekka Valtonen Direct Brain-Machine-interface • One of the Holy Grails of technology. • STRENGTHS: total ease of use, endless possibilities, usable by nearly everyone. • WEAKNESSES: technology still unavailable. • OPPORTUNITIES: increased positive results • THREATS: Possibly requires invasive procedures. • Also, Crye Industries is one of the companies developing BMI. (BMI continues) A MONKEY with wires into its brain is operating a robotic hand by thought. Freaky shit provided by Schwartz lab, University of Pittsburgh. Brainloop • http://www.aksioma.org/brainloop/ • A simplified, downtoned version of ”monkeyof-doom”- system to use BMI as interface. • Reads neural patterns such as ”I am moving my left hand” and uses them to move objects on interface. Brainloop (continues) • STRENGTHS: external tinfoilhat-like sensors, does not require stuff inside skull. • WEAKNESSES: requires some learning and concentration, practical solutions yet limited. • OPPORTUNITIES: if sensors smallened, usable for computer interaction on home use. • THREATS: technology still on development. Wearable retinal interface Wearable Heads Up Display (HUD), web broser, microphone. The images above are about ten times the size of current models. Wearable retinal interface • STRENGTHS: soon to be adaptable to fit eyewear such as eyeglasses, shades and monocles. May even bring monocles back! • Weaknesses: primitive compared to augmented contact lenses. • Opportunities: with headset, allows total reckless drive-while-chat! • Threats: relatively expensive tech. AUGMENTED REALITY LENS http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/augmented-reality-in-acontact-lens/0 Augmented Reality contact lens • A normal-sized contact lens which works as a personal HUD (Heads-up-display) • STRENGTHS: awesome technology, in concept an idea that people have learned on sci-fi for over 40 years. • WEAKNESSES: Cost- and health- related issues. • OPPORTUNITIES&THREATS: couple up with BMI and military money, hello terminator! Pain Vest • User feedback interface for video games. • Provides the user the fun sensational feedback of ”that guy just shot you in the back with a shotgun” • Already in use. • http://www.firebox.com/product/2075/3rdSpace-FPS-Vest Pain Vest (continues) • STRENGTHS: provides fun addition to gamers with too much money, can be used for military simulations. • WEAKNESSES: isnt really that groundbreaking or usable. • OPPORTUNITIES: lots of money lying around on video games.. • THREATS: very limited use, expensive unit cost. Microsoft Surface • http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/def ault.aspx • Multitouch touchscreen interface. FUN. Microsoft Surface (continues) • STRENGTHS: existing tech, easy to use. • WEAKNESSES: expensive • OPPORTUNITIES: as an embedded interface useful and fast to use • THREATS: just one multitouch system among many.