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Interfaces That Curl, Wave and Even Breathe Aren’t Far Away

An iPad case that waves almost imperceptibly when you get an email. Screens that curl up when you leave a room, and unfurl like flowers when you come back. These sound like William Gibson-esque technologies from the future, but they’re actually not so far off. Read More >>

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Watch an Astronaut In Orbit Control a Robot On Earth Using Haptic Feedback 

One day, astronauts on deep space missions may explore the surface of unknown planets remotely—using a rover while they remain in orbit. That concept, though it sounds radically far-off, just got an important dry run. Read More >>

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How Two Ex-Amazon Engineers Invented a New Type of Customisable Force Interface 

It feels like a wave of pressure-sensitive tactile interfaces has been about to crest for years. But a pair of engineers believe they’ve built the hardware and software that could delivers on that promise and they’ve recently funded the first round of production in just a couple of hours. Read More >>

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12 Fascinating Projects From the Bleeding Edge of Interaction Design

Smartwatches, tablets, and phones are great, but they’re not exactly futuristic technology. To find that, you have to look to the scientists and designers who are prototyping entirely new kinds of devices. Read More >>

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Can Apple Make Gesture Input Not Suck?

An Apple patent for a motion control system has been uncovered, showing that it's looking at new ways to use our arms and hands to control computers without the usual mouse and keyboard -- despite that fact that previous attempts at this have universally sucked and been less intuitive than the humble mouse. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Echo Might Be its Most Important Product in Years

It's pretty rare that a new product truly surprises us. But today Amazon did just that, introducing Echo, a talking, listening piece of electronic furniture. It's like having the internet on your kitchen table, cracking jokes and settling bets, and it's the most innovative device Amazon's made in years. Read More >>

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MIT Made a Smartphone Control a Computer With a Simple Touch

Have you ever held your smartphone up to your laptop screen and thought about how cool it would be if the two devices could work together, physically? Well now, thanks to a team from the MIT Media Lab, they can. New software lets you use your smartphone as an extra interface for a computer, and it looks awesome. Read More >>

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How Scientists Turned an Ordinary Phone Into a Touchless Interface

When touchscreens came to the first iPhone, they felt like a marvellous new way to interact with the devices in our hands. Dirty or wet or gloved fingers reveal the limitations of the touchscreen, though, and touchless interfaces may be closer than you think; a modified ordinary phone can detect hand gestures through interference of radio waves. Read More >>

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This Case Transforms the Space Around Your iPhone Into a Trackpad

The future of gesture control could be snapped right onto your existing smartphone. That's the concept behind Fuffr, an iPhone case that turns the empty space around your phone into a Leap Motion-style gestural interface. Read More >>

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What Life Would Be Like if Skeuomorphism Ruled Our iPad Gestures

Is pinch-to-zoom just too tough to remember? What about tap to highlight? Well, fret not dear user: A solution for you, the frazzled, confused technological rube that just misses the good old days of dry erase boards and magnifying glasses, has arrived. Read More >>

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Touchy-Feely Speakers Hint at the Future of Haptic Interfaces

Touchscreens are flat and hard by necessity, thanks to their dense layers of glass, conductive metal, and capacitors. But as haptic interfaces start to appear in commercial gadgets, touchscreen devices are poised to become even more… touchy. Enter Eunhee Jo, a British Korean designer who’s spending the next year as a designer in residence at London’s Design Museum, and who specializes in haptic interfaces. Read More >>

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The Quest to Touch Virtual Objects

Media, from television and radio to the internet, only takes advantage of two of our senses: sight and sound. Traditionally speaking, our sense of touch has rarely been utilised in analogue or digital communication. Read More >>

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Motion Control Is Awesome for Surgeons (Or Anyone with Bloody Hands)

High fidelity motion control is awesome, but for most of us it's not quite essential. For surgeons and murders(?) though, a motion-controlled interface like this one could be super useful. Read More >>

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Pinch to Zoom Is Literal On This Elastic Touchscreen Display

We spend a lot of our time running our greasy little fingers over all kinds of touchscreens, but they just sit there unmoving as untouchable blocks of colours dart around beneath the surface. The Obake display isn't quite so lifeless, and it's just begging to be poked and prodded. Read More >>

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Rumour: “Facebook Phone” Interface Shows Greyer Android and Social Features

It would appear that Facebook is about to announce a very comprehensive new Android skin at tonight's event, with leaked images showing what appears to be a simplified Android OS with the social network's status sharing bar whacked atop Google's usual applications menu. Read More >>