We’ve seen these demos before, but Johnny Lee’s TED talk still wows:
Not only does it seem that interfaces are undergoing some radical redesigning right now, but also methods to take existing “cheap” products and leverage them into something which would normally cost a lot more, seems to be catching on.
Just yesterday I saw a talk by Shwetak Patel from Georgia Tech which leverages things like existing power lines, plumbing, or HVAC systems to detect activities occurring in a house. What was nice about the work, in my mind, was the fact that it leveraged current infrastructure and thus wasn’t nearly as difficult to install. Soon, we might all have tricked out Bill Gates houses (okay maybe not so big and not so fancy and our homes probably won’t have security guards, BTW.)
On a tangential note, Lee’s push to make more researchers use video a mode of distribution is interesting. Somehow, however, I don’t think me giving a lecture on quantum computing would be downloaded over a million times if I posted it on YouTube!