[Cyborg] SIGGRAPH Sense hacking

Eric Boyd mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 7 15:47:17 UTC 2009

Wow, this stuff is awesome!  I'd love to try out the "cat" and "prey" 
finalists.  Too bad the conference is all the way in New Orleans.

I think it'd be awesome if we built a rig which would be capable of 
those kinds of transformations too.

I also checked out their "Student Research Competition" SRC finalists:


One is titled: "Haptic Ring: Touching Virtual Creatures in Mixed-Reality 
Environments", which sounds pretty darn cool.

On the "computational camera" page:

There is paper about "Dark Flash Photography": "This camera-and-flash 
system offers dazzle-free photography by hiding the flash in the 
non-visible spectrum. A pair of images is captured, one using a 
multi-spectral flash, the other using the dim ambient illumination. Then 
the photos are combined to generate a high-quality output image."

I wonder if this could be "hacked" into a consumer-type digital camera? 
  I'm thinking I have an old digital camera, and if we replaced the 
flash with some superbright IR LEDs, we might be able to get really 
interesting "dark" photos... even without changing the firmware of the 


ch_luk at berkeley.edu wrote:
> Hello!
>   I just learned that the SIGGRAPH conference (on computer graphics and
> interaction) is happening right now, and the focus this year is on
> sensory interfacing with projects similar to the North Paw:
> http://www.siggraph.org/s2009/contests_competitions/research_challenge/
> The finalists are listed here:
> http://www.siggraph.org/s2009/performances_special_events/research_challenge_results/index.php
>   Other cool projects shown that don't really augment our senses, but blur
> the distinction between human and machine in interfaces included these:
> * A tactile hologram from the University of Tokyo
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-P1zZAcPuw&feature=player_embedded
> * AmbiKraf - wearable technology based on thermochromic paint - from
> Keio-NUS CUTE Center, Singapore
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKCnCnpKMTo
>   (omg! Love their website name -> http://www.cutecenter.org/)
> Smiles,
>   Chung-Hay
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