Brain Computer Interface

Posted 10/12/2010 By fernando

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This device can detect facial expressions, brain activity and track head movement. Will post more on my new toy as soon as I have more of a play.

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Weasel coffee

Posted 10/12/2010 By fernando

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If you would like to know the disgusting way that this coffee is made, Google it. Tastes great though. It better, considering how much it cost.

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Microsoft Surface Blue Screen

Posted 09/24/2010 By fernando

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And once again, technology shows how reliable it can be. Yes, this is the Microsoft surface. Yes, this does cost between 10,000-12,000 GBP. How did we crash it you ask? Simple, same as our PCs. We did nothing.

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Bad Design: Vague Option Menus

Posted 09/23/2010 By fernando

Imagine being in a hurry (like I am most of the time) when working and getting this message. Obviously since the ‘OK’ and ‘Cancel’ are standard in these pop ups the programmer was too lazy to change it. Either that or did not consider how bad the design really is.

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Bad Design: closely placed objects

Posted 09/23/2010 By fernando

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This door release and door alarm are placed too close together. I use this door release several times a day, to the point where I no longer look at the release button before I push it. How easy it is for someone to push the wrong place! It seems that the design is meant to allow for people to find the alarm even under limited visibility. However, the inefficiency of this design surfaces when after some digging I found that there were several cases where the wrong button had been pressed!

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Using screen readers

Posted 09/21/2010 By fernando

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Very informative presentation on screen readers, used to assist users with reading and visual disabilities. Both the presenters are blind (Leonie Watson and Artur Ortega).

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Deer in Japan.

Posted 09/20/2010 By fernando

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Deer are considered sacred in Nara, Japan. Careful though..they bite more than just the food you give them…(picture taken be Petros Konomou). More photos can be found in my gallery.

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Galvanic skin response sensor.

Posted 09/20/2010 By fernando

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This device is used to measure heart rate and temperature of a participant during a study. Yes, this can also be used as a lie detector. (Taken at North Carolina University – SILS)

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In Toys R Us New York

Posted 09/20/2010 By fernando

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Yes, the ride is INSIDE the shop!

(More NY pictures can be found in my gallery)

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The Mob Discussing Business…

Posted 08/05/2010 By fernando

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