The new P5 from Essential Reality, a developer and manufacturer of computer peripherals, is a glove-like product for full motion 3D graphics control. Due in the second quarter of 2002, The P5 is designed for multiple uses including gaming, scientific visualization, animation, Computer Aided Design (CAD), virtual reality, industrial design, and Web browsing. Fully USB compliant, the P5 will support a variety of platforms, including including Windows 95/98 and 2000, XBox, Nintendo, Playstation game consoles, as well as Mac OS X.
The company is targeting the product at 3D experiences in interactive gaming, business, education, and personal computer assistance for the disabled. Of course, there is an obvious one-handed interactive category that has not been addressed, but it makes you grow hair on your palms anyway, which would interfere with the product's functionality...
The Real Mr. Poopie Head
Well, with one three-month-old baby, and another one due in February, diaper contents are a very big topic of conversation around Core77. And just up the street from our office on Broadway, the New Museum of Contemporary Art is preparing to fire up conceptual artist Wim Delvoye's Cloaca, a huge laboratory setup that takes food in one end (a couple meals a day, actually), mixes it with acids and enzymes--mimicking the human stomach--and two days later excretes what artnet.com writer Els Fiers calls "something close to genuine, human shit."
Now, I've talked to more than one New York-based art dude who is absolutely disgusted with the idea (or the actualization of the ideaÉI'm not sure now), but I'd have to say that this is definitely the end of the line for conceptual art. If you thought cutting pigs in half was the nadir, or perhaps sewing an American flag out of human skin, well, I think you've been trumped here.
To pour salt in the wounds--or on, rather--Cloaca's meals will be prepared by no less than New York restaurant kitchens Markt, Jerry's , Borolo, Savoy, and others yet to be named. But this is a prime gig: downtown museum crowd, critics, and art lovers of all flavors holding their noses while surveying the contraption with you-know-what-eating grins on their faces. Perhaps they should be considered the last phase on the installation conveyor.
Being a DJ just isn't what it used to be. Sure, I've dreamed about flipping through vinyl platters and picking a great set of tunes that keeps the party jamming, with beautiful models cheering me on like I see in TV commercials for soda. But apparently DJs are more like computer programmers these days, just cooler. Mastering the feature list for Pioneer's CDJ1000 DJ CD Player would be quite an accomplishment, as it is about a mile long and chock full of ways to take a simple CD and turn it into a single handed media performance.
This unit, the latest in Pioneer's set of digital turntables, goes beyond imitating a conventional turntable, and provides tools for futuristic DJs to take CDs to another level. The most prominent feature, of course, is the huge jog dial in the center of the unit that allows you to slow, stop, start and reverse the music at any time based on pressure sensitive settings you select. The built-in memory allows the user to sample and mix in a million ways, and the display shows a mind-boggling supply of information about the track.
All together the features make the unit more versatile than any turntable can hope to be, and truly may lead to the demise of the purist DJ tradition - vinyl on turntables. The price tag of just over one thousand dollars will keep this in the hands of the monied-professional, for now. But, as units like this come down in price and get into the hands of the public, one can only imagine what the kids raised on it will develop.
Voices in my head
Something notable at the recently closed Comdex show was the BlueSpoon, a new wireless cellphone headset. Developed by Nextlink, a Danish engineering and design firm, the unit uses Bluetooth technology to transmit incoming and outgoing sounds to any Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.
The catch with this is that both the speaker and microhone are inside the unit, which is placed in the user's ear. Vibrations from speech are transmitted directly through the jawbone and picked up by the microphone. The result is no visible microphone, and no wired connection to a phone. As the company puts it "you can hear and speak with your ears". Combine this with voice dialing, and you've done away with the phone altogether. If you've ever had a cell phone ring at an inopportune time, you'll appreciate this discreet unit.
Hands-free cell phones have always made me look twice to make sure the person talking to no one is not dangerous. A unit like this will make it even harder to distinguish between techno-geeks and lunatics. Now with the BlueSpoon you'll have to rely on the visibility of the blue pod in your ear and the antenna to assure people that the voices in your head really ARE coming from outer space.
Kamen Reveals It...
Dean Kamen, the award winning inventor from Manchester, NH, showed off his mystery-shrouded, 'leak'-introduced, revolutionary personal transportation device in NYC this month.
Originally referred to as "It" by leaky PR saboteurs and code named "Ginger" by the inventor, the Segway HT ( Human Transporter ) functions like an extension of you and your feet. Apparently, "like a dance partner able to anticipate your every move," the transporter uses tilt sensors to monitor the rider's center of gravity more than 100 times every second. Motors and computer processors then mimic the human's equilibrium, after tracking the rider's position through the slightest movement of any body part.
The result, apparently, is a completely self-balancing, fairly speedy, stand-on vehicle that seemingly moves in the direction desired simply by the user's thinking it so.
GE Plastics, who manufactured a host of engineering thermoplastics for the machine, Michelin North America, and Amazon.com all plan to try out Segway HPs in their respective campuses and warehouses to help employees get around those vast areas.
Here at Core HQ in downtown Manhattan, where we're already faced with people wanting to kick street vendors off the sidewalks and bicycles speeding away from all other alternative transportation, see this new human transporter as just another elitist target to further alienate the crowds looking for our door buzzer.
Now, where'd that article on Teleportation go?