Last week in London, Philips held an event to preview new potential products ‘that demonstrate its sense and simplicity brand positioning’. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the event, but below are a few products that I find interesting. Many of these follow approaches that I have seen from interaction designers and students in the past.
Here is a press article, product gallery and gadget centre article.
Drag & Draw turns the whole house into a canvas for a child to draw on. Very little technical info, but by the looks of it, the bucket contains a laser projector and tracks the ‘magic wand’ (a pen with a light on), projecting the augmented drawing back on to the walls. Includes an eraser and basic animation frame features.
Storyteller aims to bring story time to life. Whilst the parent reads the story, the child shines a torch on the wall that contains moving images relating to that part of the story.
Chameleon is a floor lamp that uses a colour sensor to change its colour to whatever object you hold up to it. Like a larger version of RGBy.
Wake-up Light is an alarm clock with a light that glows brighter nearer the time of wake-up, making you wake up naturally like a sunrise. I could do with one of these in the winter. Related -> light sleeper; bedding that lights up in the same way from loop.ph
The amBX system aims to give PC gamers a more immersive experience. This usb devices allows games to control rgb lights, air fans and a vibrating wrist rest. Video (WMV)/ Interactive Demo
“A simple stroke of the uWand allows users to intuitively point at a device and to scroll, select, play and move elements. The uWand is a simple instrument to control all content at home; from music to films and from TV channels to family photographs. Philips hopes that the uWand will stimulate product designers to rethink user interfaces to make them more simple and designed around the consumer”. This seems very much like a Nintendo Wiimote.
Trans Light – handheld sun-like light that shines energizing blue light into the face as soon as opened, helping to compensate for the lack of natural light – anytime, anywhere
Ambient Experience Catheterization Lab (Ambi Cat Lab) – designed to improve the workflow of physicians and reduce anxiety of heart patients undergoing catheterization.
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