One of the more unique products unveiled at CES is a piece of smart cutlery that will alert you when you are eating too fast. Marketed as a weight loss tool, the HAPIfork tracks your eating habits and can measure how long it takes you to eat, how many “fork servings” you take (how many times you put the fork in your mouth), and how much time you wait between fork servings while eating a meal. Using the HAPIfork app and online dashboard, users can can track their progress and gain further insight into their personal eating schedules.
Hot off the floor at the Consumer Electronics Show comes the new Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. Resembling a giant tablet, the computer’s 27” screen can lie flat or be set up like a desktop. Its most impressive feature, however, is the screen’s multi-touch functionality that can support up to four users simultaneously. The first interpersonal computer, the Horizon signals a transition from personal to shared computing where everything from viewing photos and videos to using apps and playing games can be a communal activity.
What would happen if we handled our searches in the real world the same way we do online?
The Nurun Lab is working on an ethnographic study about people’s relationship to money. At the Lab, we believe that the best insights come from human reactions, so as a side project we put together a prototype of a bill payment gadget to gather user feedback. The Bill Manager was built in response to a perceived void in the marketplace. Currently, there is no device that marries the practicality of automatic payments with the reassurance and sense of control that comes with making manual payments.
What do you think? Would you ever use such a device? And if so, where?
What would World of Warcraft look like if it were real? Probably a lot like Ingress. Created by Google’s Niantic Labs, the Android app is an alternate reality game that takes place in the real world. Players interact with the game through their mobile devices and earn virtual energy as they complete missions. Much like World of Warcraft, everyone is playing the same game, and can choose whether to be on one of the two teams: “The Enlightened” or “The Resistance.” Which side will you choose?