New concept turns pizza boxes, bananas into computers

The University of Tokyo’s invoked computing concept turns everyday objects into electronic devices.

Ishikawa Oku Labratory)

Though you might be obsessing over the next MacBook Air or the latest and greatest Android smartphone, your future laptop or mobile device might already be lying around your house.

Researchers at the Ishikawa Oku Laboratory at the University of Tokyo have come up with a concept called “invoked computing” that turns everyday objects into computer interfaces and communication devices using a ubiquitous augmented-reality system.

The concept is based on the idea that technology should learn our behavior and respond to us, instead of the other way around. As such, with invoked computing, one would just need to mimic a certain task and the computer should recognize the gesture and turn any object into a usable electronic device.

In the video below, lead researcher Alexis Zerroug explains how invoked computing can be used to turn a pizza box into a laptop. Video and audio is projected onto the lid of the box, and the user can cont… [Read more]

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