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Corporate Sabotage – weapons for the corporate armoury is a design project by MA student Kok Chian Leong of the Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art, London. Weapons for the corporate armoury investigates the possibility of designing a weapon that inflicts trauma on your co-worker in a non-lethal manner, thereby allowing you to get ahead in business. The project examines the private politics behind the corporate world, an environment where competitiveness turns into deceit. It focuses on the covert act of sabotaging office communications and equipment to reduce their efficiency in daily operations.
Four designs have been made: The Woodpecker, the Firefly, the Cateye and the Remote. The Woodpecker tool produces irregular stamping action in the printer, while the Firefly intercepts the scanning job through the use of intermittent bright flashing lights in the scanner. The Remote unit controls the Woodpecker and the Firefly, while the Cateye tool functions as the eye of the saboteur, as it is a spy camera that provides a visual overview of the victim’s actions and intentions when strategically placed within the area of operations.
|The Cateye and the Firefly.|
Augmented Reality Kitchen is a project concerned with context-aware computing, conducted at the MIT Media Lab by Jackie Lee, Leonardo Bonanni and Ted Selker. The project focuses on exploring how augmented reality and ambient interfaces can improve the usability of physical environments (e.g. the kitchen) as places of multiple activities.
The Augmented Reality Kitchen consists of several technologies, integrated to help people cook more safely, easily, and efficiently. These technologies include the Virtual Recipe, FridgeCam, and Augmented Cabinetry.
Projectors display the Virtual Recipe on cabinets and work surfaces. Users can interact with projected “virtual buttons” via a vision recognition algorithm, and choose amongst different contents. Augmented Cabinetry is connected to the Virtual Recipe system and is an active inventory system that reduces the time required to locate items in kitchen cabinets. LEDs embedded in translucent cabinet handles illuminate on cue from the Virtual Recipe system to show the user where to find needed objects.
FridgeCam is an augmented reality interface that projects spatial information about the contents of the refrigerator onto its door. Each time the door is opened, a wide-angle CCD camera mounted on the inside of the refrigerator door captures an image of the contents. This way, kitchen users can avoid opening the refrigerator door too often, and for too long.
Check out more kitchen technologies in this article.
|A wide-angle CCD camera mounted to the inside of the refrigerator door captures an image of the contents. This image is then projected onto the door of the refrigerator.||LEDs embedded in translucent cabinet handles illuminate on cue from the Virtual Recipe system to show the user where to find needed items.|
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