Ultra Tangibles

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Ultra Tangibles

Post by tomcarter259 »

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License: BSD

"Tangible objects placed on interactive surfaces allow users to employ a physical object to manipulate digital content. However, creating the reverse effect—having digital content manipulate a tangible object placed on the surface—is a more challenging task. We present a new approach to this problem, using ultrasound-based air pressure waves to move multiple tangible objects, independently, around an interactive surface."
This is a project that I undertook in the final year of my degree and as part of my PhD, at the University of Bristol. It makes use of four XC-1A development boards, connected together, to drive arrays of ultrasound transducers. The ultrasound is focussed into a beam, creating enough force to move lightweight objects across a surface.
More information about this project, and a download link for the academic paper, can be found on the Bristol Interaction and Graphics group's project page: http://big.cs.bris.ac.uk/projects/ultratangibles


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Post by MAD »

WOW thats so freaky its cool, infact the mind boggles what you may be able to do with several versions of this...[in the Nano scale]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVxr7T7D ... r_embedded

in fact nip down the Nano Photonic's lab ASAP and grab a bunch of
http://www.nanomagazine.co.uk/index.php ... Itemid=159
Twisted beam of light silicon chips and some spare nano carbon nanotubes and/or quantum dots etc and make your array into a few large fractal Fullerene/bucky ball shaped arrangement's and see what you can do, assuming you can control the ultrasound field to that scale i hope.... ?

do current ultrasound transducers come in micron/nano sizes, i cant find any ?

also perhaps this wont destroy these graphene nanowires
http://www.graphene-info.com/electron-c ... -nanowires
at a quantum mechanical process level, so a potential way to industrially/desktop manipulate them into useful CPU/component core sorted blocks etc, or even generic product assembly like the cheap desktop 3D printers do for the semi pro/amateurs today.

this/these should be able to far exceed the current the http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/201 ... 3d-printer and its 100-micron layer thickness limit and far more besides.

a co-operative venture with them perhaps and supplementing their base tech platform and materials etc rather than an antiquated "ether/or" big US company mentality...
but keep it UK side as we NEED the small/medium scale industrial Nano manufacturing here [in the NW] were the nano photonic etc Uni's department's and local business's can grow and showcase to make the new industrial age v2.... in the same general place as the original bla bla :).

a large fractal Fullerene shaped 3D printer/assembler for creating the future today with Xcore Transputer inside/outside as the case may be ;)

who needs to make and send lots nano sat's into space to make your latest 3D electronic components when you have the BSD "MAD[some acronym] tomcarter/dividmay transputer fractal 3D printer machine on your desk, buy 20 now.

http://www.nanomagazine.co.uk/index.php ... Itemid=159
"As an example, he suggested the device could give the single-pixel camera in development at Rice – which at the beginning took eight hours to process an image – the ability to handle real-time video.

“Or you could have an array of a million pixels, and essentially have a million channels of data throughput in your system, with all this signal processing in parallel,” he said. “If each pixel only runs at kilohertz speeds, you don’t get much of an advantage compared with microelectronic systems. But if each pixel is working at the gigahertz level, it’s a different story.”"

i wonder when we might ever see hybrid a nano photonic/graphene XCORES using all this bandwidth on that light/sonic hybrid silicon prototype in the UK, or will some US company do a derivative version of it first ?

OC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fullerene if David [may] makes a bunch of fractal shaped bucky ball XCORE PCB's or even SOC core's in the nano scale you also get a lot more edges to use and so interconnected cores to use in the same space, getting back to the original Transputer 1024+ real cores could fit nicely here :)
"Be Better than everyone else, not just as good as"

lets call it/them, the "light or lite Transputer" mandelbrot set to play PR games with, and re-introduce the brand then watch as it blows away the latest intel phi board ;)
well done :)
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Post by MAD »

i also wonder how this new ultrasound transducers concept might interact with fluid's and if it shows the same potential with ultrasound-based fluidic pressure waves as several other long time processes are fluid based OC,as apposed to using air and other gas's,so using ultrasound pressure waves in that domain too.

as i ready said the mind boggles what you may be able to do...

but one thing at a time as it then gets into nano graphene-oxide nano fluidic devices OC :)
http://www.graphene-info.com/simple-met ... hene-oxide


and so the NW Manchester Uni graphene territory ,and that too is a very good thing, does your uni also have a graphene and fluidic lab program to.

and what about getting all this potential innovative stuff out the lab's and into UK industrial incubators at key points in a timely manor and later the EU and east OC on expanded prototype pilots with the UK at its core etc.

or does all/most of this stuff end up stuck on a shelf as groups move on to bigger funded things in the US (totally bypassing any UK/EU industrial incubators key involvement) before its commercialized for the average end users these days ?