Cyclus™ – Smartwatch Concept

Wearable devices are the future at least we have been seeing more and more explorations of how these devices should look and behave. The project Cyclus by holy ™ is a great exploration of the cool things you can do with them. As we love concept projects here at Abduzeedo we had to feature them. Check it out and let us know what you think about wearable devices.

Cyclus | a clock rolled around your wrist, a personal assistant helping you track your fitness and an interpreter to your smartphone. Nothing more.

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iWatch Stunning Concept

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The rumours of Apple’s iWatch are never ending. Smart watches are yet to go mainstream yet, they’re still very mainly for tech enthusiasts. Samsung and a number of other companies have come up with smart watches but none of them are that useful yet.

Many are hoping for Apple to bring out their own watch which may be much better than what is on the market right now. The rumour that Apple is producing one has been going round for over a year now, and many were certain to see it become available this year.

However Thomas Bogner took matters into his own hands and came up with his very own iWatch concept. He loved the design of the Nike Fuelband but thought that it could implement a lot more in functionality. He loved the idea of wrapping an interface around his wrist – that’s when his concept was born.

It may not be the most practical product design, Thomas does state he’s not a product designer in any way, but it is sure as hell sexy looking.

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Stereo T DJ Kit

If you’re a DJ, you must have heard about Hoerboard, a brand that delivers high quality custom DJ furniture. You might be interested in the Hoerboard Stereo.T kit, the first of its kind that comes to your rescue if you don’t have much space for your equipment and need something practical that can join you wherever you go without being a burden.

How is this possible ? Well, the Stereo.T is actually a construction kit that can easily be assembled and the opposite within a matter of minutes. If you’re on your way to a gig where your precious music and talents are required, taking all of your own equipment is easier than ever before and you don’t have to worry about being late or something like that, as your hoerboard is simple to set up, being ready in no time for hosting your gear, such as DJ controllers, turntables or CD player setups. If needed, some additional support for your laptop or other CD controllers can be added to the package.

The Stereo.T hoerboard is also home for the annoying power and audio wires, hiding them inside it. Being practical is not the only asset of this good looking DJ stand. The Stereo.T is made from high quality materials that promise to last for a long time. It features a sleek laminated surface that is stain-resistant and comes in black or white.

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Watch: The Future Of DJing, Beatboxing, And Instrumentation

OUR FAVORITE LEAP MOTION BEATBOXER IS BACK, AND THIS TIME, HE’S PLUGGED HIMSELF INTO DIGITAL MUSIC AT A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

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The piano has had a good run, as has the guitar. Both classical instruments have continuously reinvented themselves to drive the sounds of pop culture forward into our digital present. But as I watch this Lawnmower Man-esque clip of beatboxer Humanelectro, I feel like the days of our old instruments are numbered.

The last time we saw Humanelectro (otherwise known as Riyo Fujimoto), he was augmenting his performance through a series of custom Leap Motion gestures, adding reverb and other effects to his vocal track in real time. Now, he’s teamed up production studio Σ, which has added a pair of MIDI gloves (each finger can play a note as it bends), a heartbeat sensor (which turns one’s pulse into a drum kick), and a series of real-time projected animations (controlled by the Leap Motion) to the mix.

Alone, each of these components might be called gimmicks. But squint your eyes a bit to see the bigger picture. Conventional instruments are really just the user interface for music. And in this regard, Humanelectro is plugging himself into music at a more intimate level. Whereas any wind or string instrument will always be grounded in the needs of acoustic physics, we’ve reached a place in gestures and self-quantification that cancompletely question the rules of musical creation–not just a new UI for music but even what constitutes musicianship itself.

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Humanelectro calls himself “a musician and a scientist.” Watch the clip above with that in mind. Don’t look at the cables and chips as our literal future. See them as a series of hypotheses around the musical world to come.

Visit the project site.

These Self-Assembling Blocks Will Make Real-Life Transformers Possible

IMAGINE 3-D PRINTING, WITHOUT A 3-D PRINTER. MIT’S ROBOTIC M-BLOCKS COULD CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF DESIGN FOREVER. HERE’S HOW.

The M-Blocks, created by John Romanishin at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, are self-assembling robots that move themselves around like magnetic Mexican jumping beans. They might not look like much right now, but don’t be fooled: These colorful robot-building blocks could be a technological breakthrough that makes real-life Transformers possible.

Usually, robots that can reconfigure themselves do so by sliding across one another without changing their orientation. In other words, if you had two robot cubes and marked each side with cardinal directions (north, south, east, west, up, down), those cubes could reconfigure themselves in many ways in relationship to one another, but the north sides would always point north, south sides south, and so on. This method has the benefit of allowing roboticists to always be able to model where a part of a re-assembling robot is in relation to the other parts, but it limits the ways in which robots can reconfigure themselves, and also requires a lot of complicated internal motors to get the movement right.

What makes the M-Block so unique is that it doesn’t slide; it bounces. Inside every M-Block is a flywheel that spins at 20,000 rotations per minute. The momentum of this flywheel is enough to allow the M-Block to hop around, looking for other M-Blocks to attach itself to. On each side of the cube are two cylindrical magnets, mounted like rolling pins; when two M-Blocks come near each other, the magnets naturally rotate so that north magnetic poles align with south magnetic poles, or the other way around. What that means is that an M-Block can simply bounce around until it finds another M-Block, then automatically glom onto it.

This might not seem particularly useful in abstract, but it’s actually incredibly exciting. Because M-Blocks can not only autonomously propel themselves but attach to one another in an infinite number of configurations using relatively cheap mechanisms, there is a lot you can do with this technology. Imagine, for example, dumping a container full of M-Blocks on an empty lot, then sending a signal for them to self-assemble into a house. Or imagine telling your couch, which is made of M-Blocks, to divide itself into three chairs instead, or transform into a bunk bed to accommodate some surprise house guests.

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In fact, this is just the sort of thing that Romanishin and his team at MIT intend. They are currently hard at work building an army of 100 M-Blocks, programming them with algorithms that will help them re-assemble into increasingly complicated configurations. “We want hundreds of cubes, scattered randomly across the floor, to be able to identify each other, coalesce, and autonomously transform into a chair, or a ladder, or a desk, on demand,” Romanishin says.

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Even at the current size and scale, M-Blocks have potential to be used to temporarily repair structures or provide shelter in emergencies, or raise and reconfigure scaffolding in construction. But the ultimate goal here is miniaturization: Shrinking M-Blocks down until millions of nano M-blocks can be poured out of a can and assemble themselves with nearly infinite granularity into anything you wish. Imagine 3-D printing, without the need for a 3-D printer. These bouncing magnetic robot blocks could be the technological breakthrough that gets us there.

You can read more about M-Blocks and their incredible potential here.

NY 41×41, Infinite Zoom Illusion Video of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue

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In the short video “NY 41×41″ by Paul Trillo, the camera appears to zoom seamlessly down 41 blocks of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Trillo created the infinite zoom effect by first taking 41 photos along Fifth Avenue with a Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. The photos were then digitally stitched and blended into one seamless video (see the making-of video for more). Trillo created the video for Nokia.

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Valve Announces SteamOS, A New Linux-Based Operating System For Playing Video Games In the Living Room

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Today Valve announced SteamOS, a new Linux-based operating system designed for playing video games in your living room. The operating system — which is the first step toward the company’s highly-anticipated “Steam Box” video game console — will allow users to stream games from their existing Windows or Mac computer to a console running SteamOS connected to their television. SteamOS also includes Valve’s recently announced family sharing feature, and will allow families to limit which users can see which titles. Valve is also working to bring music, movies, and TV streaming apps for “many of the media services you know and love” to SteamOS, but has not released details on which specific apps will be coming to the operating system.

According to the announcement, SteamOS will be available to users soon as a free download and to manufacturers as a freely licensable operating system.

image via Valve