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Information Technology in Brazil: Number of video game consoles manufactured locally grows 92% in 2013

The number of games consoles manufactured in Brazil grew 92% in 2013, according to data from the Superintendence of the Manaus Free Economic Zone (Suframa). In 2012, 713 thousand units of consoles, a number that increased from 1.37 million last year were manufactured […]

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Watch David Merrill’s “Natural Interactions with Digital Content” Seminar on People, Computers, and Design at Stanford University

In this talk, David Merrill gives us an overview of his research on a number of novel platforms for accessing and manipulating digital content. These systems use expressive gesture and visual attention as inputs, explore multi-user interaction, and leverage our understanding of physical materials. I will focus on my most ambitious project and Ph.D. topic, Siftables, a tangible interaction platform that gives physical embodiment to information and digital media items. The system utilizes sensing, graphical display, embedded computation and wireless communication to free interactions with digital content from the desktop environment. Siftables points the way toward a new generation of interactive tools that bend to our needs, rather than bending us to meet their limitations.

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Watch Johnny Lee’s “Wii Remote hacks” demos at TED

Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into a digital whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer […]