Monday, December 31, 2007

Mac - A hidden stack!

When Money attacks... a Mac.

"This shows you how to add a hidden stack that is built-in the OS. It is done in the Terminal."

Happy new year!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Steve Ballmer with HTC SHIFT UMPC

When Money Attacks... portable computers.

Steve Ballmer with HTC SHIFT UMPC

HTC Shift at Computex

HTC X9500 Shift. Time to admire it's design one more time..


Friday, December 28, 2007

Poor Man's Steadycam Example Usage - Two Cams

Oh my gosh! This is amazing!!!

"Example footage of using the poorman's steadycam - walk through at a radio station. Top cam is Poor Man's Steadycam. Bottom is an observer using a tripod which isn't nearly as good and clacks when the legs hit each other."

When Money Attacks... cinematographers.


"Example footage of using the poorman's steadycam. Following a young girl through a variety of environments."


"Example footage of using the poorman's steadycam. Following a squash player during practice."


"Example footage of using the poorman's steadycam. Following a soccer player during practice."


"Example footage of using the poorman's steadycam. Running down a hallway with the camera just a few inches above the ground."

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Foldable Displays (tracked with the Wiimote)

Wow! This is super freaky!!!

This one combines motion, video, and touch technologies.

"Using infrared tracking and projection, we can simulate displays on flexible and foldable surfaces. This allows us to fit a large interactive display into our pockets.
The tracking is accomplished using the Wii Remote and IR LEDs
Johnny Lee - Carnegie Mellon University"

When Money Attacks... Surface video!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote

When Money Attacks... Nintendo's Wiimote

This is freaky fantastic! This is the future of all videogames!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We already thought Johnny was amazing, but he just did something so incredible, that he just redefined the videogame industry!!!

"Using the infrared camera in the Wii remote and a head mounted sensor bar (two IR LEDs), you can accurately track the location of your head and render view dependent images on the screen. This effectively transforms your display into a portal to a virtual environment. The display properly reacts to head and body movement as if it were a real window creating a realistic illusion of depth and space. By Johnny Chung Lee, Carnegie Mellon University."

The videogame industry just changed dramatically on 12.21.07 (with over 890,000 views on this video already)…

VR videogames with Wiimote:

In addition to that video, check out Johnny Chung’s other projects (in order to how they impact the videogame industry)…

Finger tracking with Wiimote:

Multi-touch white board with Wiimote:

Foldable displays with Wiimote:

Poor man steady cam (more for the independent film industry):

He also did research in kinetic typography, lots more steady-cam work, a giant slingshot, a haptic pen, moveable displays, and automatic projector calibration (the last two projects listed here paved the way for his more recent projects). Check all his videos out here:


HTC Touch Dual (20 Key) unboxing

When Money attacks... touch phones.

This is the out-of-box experience of the HTC Touch Dual.

... And here it is in Spanish:

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

iPhone - Starbucks WiFi

When Money attacks... Starbucks and the iPhone.

"Oh look! Starbucks has just launched their wifi store in San Francisco!"

Monday, December 24, 2007

iPhysics 0.9 for the iPhone

When Money attacks... the iPhone!

"Warning, this app is super addicting! It's an interactive game that uses shapes and virtual gravity to manipulate other objects on the screen. That's a broad description, I know. That's because develo ... pers create all kinds of things from simple puzzles & mazes to "steering the fish" & golf! You gotta see the video to understand."

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Moveable Projected Displays using Projector Based Tracking

"By using high-speed structured light patterns emitted by a project and embedded light sensors, we can discover the location and track objects in real-time. Project by Johnny Chung Lee - 2004"

When Money Attacks... Projector tracking!


"A demonstration video of a technique used to automatically discover the locations of surfaces in the projection area using embedded light sensors. Project by Johnny Chung Lee - Carnegie Mellon University, 2003."

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Moorestown based MID prototype. Intel IDF 2007

When Money Attacks... long portable computers.

Moorestown based MID prototype. Intel IDF 2007

Unleashing the Internet Experience. Intel IDF video

They really make the Internet more exciting than it is! LOL


Friday, December 21, 2007

Dell's Multi-touch Convertible Tablet PC

Dell's Multi-touch Convertible Tablet PC

"What they didn't mention is that this model holds a starting price of $2,500."

When Money Attacks... Multi-touch laptops.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote

"Using infrared (IR) light pens and the Wii Remote, it is possible to create very low-cost multi-point interactive whiteboards and multi-point tablet displays. Johnny Chung Lee, Carnegie Mellon University."

When money attacks... multi-touch pens!


Update: We're adding a new "How To" category. Check out all the categories on the right.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


When Money attacks... your iPhone bill?

"Use e-billing - Save trees and lives. MMmmmkaaay?"


Then they made this a little easier:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Create a professional Animation Studio for super cheap

When money attacks... your animation studio.

"Weekend Extra peers into the brilliant mind of Javan Ivey, an inspired animator, and someone who uses his keen intellect to save thousands of dollars that folks blow on an animation studio."

The animation at the end is worth waiting for.


Saturday, December 15, 2007

Build a Miniature Set for $10 - With Stop Motion Animation

When money attacks... stop-motion animation.

"Sick of the REAL world and all of it's REAL problems? Well, with a few sheets of cardboard and some cool tricks, you can build your very own miniature town!"

The animation at the end is pretty funny.

Favorite quote:
"Super Time Lapse! Whoo!!!"


Friday, December 14, 2007

How to Make a Stop Motion Puppet for $10!

"Inspired by Nightmare Before Christmas, we show you how to make a stop motion puppet for under $10."

When money attacks... stop motion.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Make a Book with a Secret Compartment

"Learn how to make a book that can hide things!"

When money attacks... books.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Jay Leno Speaks Out On behalf of BMW's Hydrogen Initiative

"Jay Leno and other celebrities are supporting BMW's alternative fuel vehicle, the BMW Hydrogen 7, a hydrogen-powered internal combustion car combines both luxury and environmental protection."

When money attacks... fuel efficiency.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

School Wars - Game

When money attacks.... school gangs.

Real-time strategy game of school gang.

Click left to catch or move. Click right to cancel.

Tips: Get their corners to stop them from spawing more gang members. Kill all their members to stop them completely. You may have to divide up your forces for separate missions.


Sunday, December 09, 2007

'Noah's flood' kick-started European farming

When money attacks... farming.

"The flood thought to be behind the Noahs Ark myth kick-started European agriculture, as per new research by the Universities of Exeter, UK and Wollongong, Australia. Reported in the journal Quaternary Science Reviews, the research paper assesses the impact of the collapse of the North American (Laurentide) Ice Sheet, 8000 years ago. The results indicate a catastrophic rise in global sea level led to the flooding of the Black Sea and drove dramatic social change across Europe. The research team argues that, in the face of rising sea levels driven by contemporary climate change, we can learn important lessons from the past."

Check out the rest of the article here:

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Microsoft Surface : The Magic Power & Possibilities (Remix)

When money attacks... Japanese Surface fans! LOL

■ What is Microsoft Surface?
Microsoft Surface represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with digital content. With Surface, we can actually grab data with our hands, and move information between objects with natural gestures and touch. Surface features a 30-inch tabletop display whose unique abilities allow for several people to work independently or simultaneously . All without using a mouse or a keyboard.

■ Ayumilove's Diary:
New things I learnt on Sony Vegas 7.0
which are transition timing (can be controlled using mouse or option from menu) and black screen using title animation. Set capture resolution to cater smaller area to achieve smoothness in video.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

History of Microsoft Surface

■ Year:2001
Stevie Bathiche of Microsoft and Andy Wilson of Microsoft Research began brainstorming concepts for an interactive table. Their vision was to mix physical and virtual worlds to provide a rich, interactive experience.

■ Year:2003
Early 2003, the New Consumer Products Group, led by David Kurlander, presented the idea to Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman, and within the month the first protoype was born, based on an IKEA table with a hole cut through its top and a sheet of architect vellum as a diffuser. The evolution of Microsoft Surface had begun. As more applications were built, the team saw the value of the surface computer beyond simply gaming and began to favor those applications that took advantage of the unique ability of Surface to recognize physical objects placed on the table.

■ Year:2004
The team grew and became the Surface Computing group. Surface prototypes, functionality and applications were continuously refined. The team built more than 85 early prototypes for use by software developers, hardware developers and user researchers.

■ Year:2005
By late 2004, the Microsoft Surface software development platform was established and attention turned to its form. A number of different experimental prototypes were built including the "tub" model that was encased in a rounded plastic shell, a desk-height model with a square top and cloth-covered sides, and even a bar-height model. After extensive testing and user research, the current look and feel of Surface was finalized in 2005.

■ Year:2007
Today, Microsoft Surface is a 30-inch diagonal display table that's easy for individuals or small groups to use collaboratively. With a sleek, translucent surface, people engage with Surface using natural hand gestures, touch and physical objects placed on the surface.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Microsoft Surface - Tom Gibbons

When Money attacks... photos, video, and menus.

Tom Gibbons shows off the Microsoft Surface.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Cool Computer Program

When money attacks... interactive drawings.

"This program is from MIT and it's called "Assist Sketch Understanding System and Operation". You can't buy it or download it.
This is a program that uses physics to allow you to draw objects and have them interact with each other. It's hard to explain. You need to see it to understand."

Tracking fingers with the Wii Remote

When Money Attacks... Finger Tracking.

"Using an IR led array and some reflective tape, you can track fingers in thin air using the Wii Remote by Johnny Lee, Carnegie Mellon University"

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Will It Blend? - Chuck Norris

When money attacks... Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris VS a blender. Who will win?

Will It Blend? - iPod

When Money attacks... ipods and blenders.

A Closer Look At The iPhone

When money attacks... phones.

Take a closer look at the iPhone.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Pumpkin Carving...The Microsoft Surface Way

When money attacks... pumpkins.

"Check out pumpkin carving contest pics from the Microsoft Surface team."

Monday, October 29, 2007

Cockroach Controlled Mobile Robot

"By Garnet Hertz (2005) "Cockroach Controlled Mobile Robot" is an experimental mechanism that uses a living Madagascan hissing cockroach atop a modified trackball to control a three-wheeled robot. If the cockroach moves left, the robot moves left. Infrared sensors also provide navigation feedback to the cockroach, striving to create a pseudo-intelligent system with the cockroach as the CPU."

When money attacks... cockroaches!!!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Lego Couch

When Money Attacks... Furniture.


"Lego style has apparently been appropriated by the sofa-making industry, whose product called Bekky lets you construct your favorite configuration out of its interlocking pieces, rubberized for your comfort and ready for your speedy modifications.

The commodious components work just like Lego, and drain your wallet in a similar fashion, to the tune of $466 for the four-piece set. Now you can live a nearly-complete Lego life."


Friday, March 30, 2007

Fruits VS Bugs: Episode 1

When money attacks... Fruits and Bugs.

Fruits VS Bugs: Episode 1

"The Influence Bug and Trooper Bugs head out to Bobby Nelson's house to influence him to steal. It's up to the secret agent fruits, the Agents of the Spirit, to stop them!

We used Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Premiere, and Movie Maker.

Of course, this wouldn't be a TheAnimationEmpire video without a double-dose of nonsense and nostalgia. Look for references to Loony Tunes, Indiana Jones, Charlie's Angels, Spiderman, Star Wars Episode 2, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, The Simpsons, Yoshi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jurassic Park, Kung Pow, The Matrix, Super Mario Brothers (Bros.) and, of course, a lot of secret agent themes. Our preview for Episode 2 even references Batman, Toy Story, and several more Star Wars themes.

Our work has been compared to Shrek, Disney, and Pixar films (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Cars, etc.). We can tell the difference because we don't have their 80 million dollar budget. =^)"

Here is the new 3D animation that was recently featured on the home page of


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Extra Fruity - 3D Animation

When Money Attacks... 3D animation.

Here is Extra Fruity, a 3D Animation.

Extra Fruity means extra lame as lameness is a perfect description of this video. Look for references to Loony Tunes, The Fugitive, Hot Shots part Deux, Charlie's Angels, Spiderman, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Commando, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Check out their music video, Bucket Full of Cheese:

Here's their Short Short that is nostalgic and insulting, Punky Brewster VS Pippi Longstocking:

Do phones annoy you? Get... Mad At Phone:

And their 27-second short, Taking Care of Business:

Do you like Andy Samberg from Saturday Night Live? We blog about him several times a week:

Hey, want to watch more TheAnimationEmpire videos? Then head on over to The Animation Empire:

Google adds decorative themes to home page

When Money Attacks... Google.

Google adds decorative themes to home page

Option will plant search box in settings that change with time, weather


"Sprucing up its famously plain Web site, Google Inc. is offering a new option that plants its Internet search box in panoramic settings that change with the time of day and the outside weather.
The colorful graphics to be unveiled Tuesday represent the latest bit of pizzaz to be served up on Google’s home page as the Mountain View-based company caters to the digerati who want to customize everything from their cell phones to their computers."


Monday, March 26, 2007

Puppy Plays Virtual Soccer

When Money Attacks... Puppies.

Check out this video of a puppy playing Virtual Soccer on a Reatrix shadow-based touch system.

"Dog going crazy for the interactive soccer ball on the Reactrix interactive floor display."


Jeff Han starts a company - Perspective Pixel

When Money Attacks... Educational Research.

So much for education; the researcher who has been showing off his research with touch technology has started his own company to manufacture "the most advanced multi-touch system in the world."

Read all about it:

Good luck competing with the big boys!

Million Dollar Laptop

When Money Attacks... Laptops.

Here is a million dollar laptop!!!


"March 23, 2007 UK-based bespoke luxury goods creator Luvaglio has created the first million dollar laptop. That’s what the first of their luxury laptops will sell for. Full details of the laptop have not been released at this point, but it is known that it incorporates a 17" widescreen LED lit screen with a specially designed anti-reflective glare coating for clear and brighter image, 128GB of Solid State Disk space and a slot loading Blue-Ray drive. There is an integrated screen cleaning device and a very rare coloured diamond piece of jewellery that doubles up as the power button when placed into the laptop and also acts as security identification."

Can I trade in my old laptop?

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Microsoft i'm - Support Charities by sending Instant Messages

Support Charities by sending Instant Messages -

Every time you start a conversation using i’m, Microsoft shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with some of the world's most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. Choose the one that best addresses the issues you feel most passionate about. As you can see, these are groups you know and groups you know can get things done. Because this isn't only about good intentions, it's also about great results.

Here is the list of causes:


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

HP Uses Touch Interface

When Money Attacks... HP


Hewlett-Packard reached for the consumer market Monday with two new PCs that allow customers to control Microsoft's Windows Vista OS with a touchscreen interface instead of a mouse.

…The TouchSmart desktop PC takes the touchscreen experience even further by running HP's SmartCenter software as the primary interface for Windows Vista. With large icons, integrated TV tuner and shortcuts to other media, the PC is built to be the hub of a range of family activities, said Garret Gargan, North American product marketing manager for PCs.

Users can write virtual sticky-notes for other family members, then touch-and-drag the notes onto an on-screen calendar or bulletin board. Likewise, photographers can crop or rotate pictures by stroking them on-screen. The large monitor completely obscures the computer and optional printer built behind it. Like the notebook, the desktop uses AMD's Turion 64 X2 processor.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


When Money Attacks... Bars.

Here is a bar that lets you interact with it. The touches also interact with each other.


From YouTube:

This is the surface of an interactive, 10 meter long bar. Every glass, cup, cellphone, car key, businesscard or even fingers will be recognized.

LiveMove makes development for Nintendo Wii Easy

When Money Attacks... Nintendo Wii


From the YouTube page:


Instead of complicated programming, developers need only take a few minutes to train the Wii Remote by examples. LiveMove lets developers ... all » focus directly on creative work without the burden of onerous coding requirements, helping them quickly unleash the potential of WiiTM. The only limitation is the game creator's imagination ...

Multi-Touch from Apple

When Money Attacks... Apple

Check out Steve Jobs' keynote speech from MacWorld this year:

He said:

9:47am - "The problem is really in the bottom 40% -- keyboards that are there whether you need them or not. They have control buttons that are fixed in plastic. Every app wants a different button. You can't add new buttons. How do you solve this problem? We solved this problem -- we solved it in computers 20 years ago. A bitmap screen that can display anything we want -- with a pointing device."

"So how are we going to take this to a mobile device? Get rid of all the buttons, and just make a giant screen. So how are we going to communicate? We're going to use a stylus -- no. Who wants a stylus?? Yuck!"

9:48am - "So let's not use a stylus, we're going to use the best pointing device in the world -- our fingers. We have invented a new technology called multi-tuch. It works like magic, you don't need a stylus, far more accurate than any interface ever shipped, it ignores touches, mutli-finger gestures, and BOY have we patented it!

9:49am - "We have been very lucky to have brought a few revolutionary user interfaces to the market -- the mouse, the click wheel, and now Multi-Touch. Each has made possible a revolutionary product, the Mac, the iPod, and now the iPhone. We're going to build on top of that with software. Software on mobile phones is like baby-software. Today we're going to show you a software breakthrough. Software that's 5-years ahead of what's on any other phone."

10:12am - "I can have multiple SMS conversations. Here's the conversation I've been carrying on [shows QWERTY keyboard on screen]. I've got this little keyboard that prevents error, it's really fast to type on, faster than the little plastic keyboards on all those smartphones. 'Sounds great, see you there." Some predictive text it seems, he'd probably rock this thing faster with thumbs.

10:14am - I can just take my fingers and I can move them together and further apart, and make the photo bigger or smaller." HUGE applause – touch gesturing apparently really hit a chord with these people.

Jeff Han - Touch Input

When Money Attacks... Touch Input

From the page:

Jeff Han is a research scientist for New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Here, he demonstrates—for the first time publicly—his intuitive, "interface-free," touch-driven computer screen, which can be manipulated intuitively with the fingertips, and responds to varying levels of pressure. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 09:32)

Touch Tablet

When Money Attacks... Tablets

Notice how they are using the mouse to point and click on the interface.


From the YouTube page:

Rob Bushway talks with Microsoft's Hilton Locke, who demonstrates the new multi-touch technology for tablet pcs and ultra-mobile pc


When Money Attacks... Tables.

Place objects on the Reactable and watch them interact with the table and how the table enables them to react with each other.

They also control music and sound. It's pretty cool.


From the YouTube page:

The reactable, is a multi-user electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface. Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving physical objects on a luminous table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.

This instrument is being developed by a team of digital luthiers (Sergi Jordà , Martin Kaltenbrunner, Günter Geiger and Marcos Alonso), at the Music Technology Group within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Google Earth - Multi Touch Gesture Interaction

When Money Attacks... Google Earth.

This video shows off some multi-touch interaction with Google Earth.

"tabulaMaps - The first interactive landscape based on the tabulaTouch technology, that can sense multiple points of contact through FTIR ... all » techniques, transforming hand movement and multi-touch gestures into expressive actions. It allows arrangement and inspection of digital maps through a set of intuitive gestures. ( )"


Monday, January 29, 2007

3D Remake of Warner Bros. Loony Tunes Frog

When Money Attacks... 3D frogs.

This is a 3D remake of the old Warner Brothers Loony Tunes cartoon starring their frog. It is the first two minutes of that cartoon, "One Froggy Evening." That is why you'll often see this frog on some Warner Bros. branding.

You'll also realize that the Space Balls gag near the end was a combination of this joke and of the scene from Alien (and each following sequel) where a baby alien bursts out of a guy's chest.


Saturday, January 27, 2007

Motorolla Colors - Interactive Experience

When Money Attacks... Motorolla's online marketing campaign.

Check out this online marketing campaign from Motorolla.

It is part of the Hello Moto campaign.

It is called Moto Colors. Each style of painting that you produce represents different colors and styles of phones.

Click or hold on and move left-key to draw on the page.

It offers various patterns.

1. Click or hold on and move left-key to draw.

2. The longer the period you hold on, the bigger the patterns you draw.

3. You can change color at the left panel. Patterns will be changed with color.


Friday, January 26, 2007

Microsoft has tabletop games

When Money Attacks... Surface Computers

Here Microsoft demonstrates a surface computer in their world of tomorrow.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Apple's iPhone

When Money Attacks... Phones.

From Wikipedia: (

The iPhone is a smartphone and multimedia player device announced by Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs during the keynote address at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 9, 2007. The iPhone will support push IMAP from Yahoo!, mobile telephony, text messaging, web browsing, and other wireless information services.

The iPhone, unlike most smartphones, will not include a built-in keyboard or keypad; input is accomplished via a combination of technologies, including a touchscreen with software virtual keyboard and buttons. Apple has confirmed an optimized but limited version of the OS X operating system will run on the iPhone, but further distinction between the operating system (OS X) running on Macs and iPhones has not been officially explained. Third party applications are currently limited to a "controlled environment".

The iPhone has a scheduled release date of June 2007, pending Federal Communications Commission approval, and will be available from the Apple Store and via Cingular. iPhone has a planned launch price of US$499 for the 4 GB model and $599 for the 8 GB model, based on a two year service contract. The iPhone is a quad-band GSM phone, though Jobs mentioned in his keynote that Apple has a "plan to make 3G phones" in the future. Apple has filed over 200 patents related to the technology behind the iPhone.

Apple's choice of the name has resulted in some controversy as Cisco Systems has asserted that they own the trademark to the name "iPhone". Cisco sells a line of Voice over IP telephones called "iPhone" under their Linksys brand.

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Here is a fun joke on this announcement from Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen:

And here it is as a fake commercial on Conan (note that Conan shares writers and producers with Saturday Night Live):

...And Mad TV gets a little bizarre:


Pandora - Free Online Music

When Money Attacks... Online Music.

The Music Genome Project has created Pandora. It is an online radio. But this radio is unique because you are able to customize your radio station by adding music you do like, and subtract music you don't like. Each time you adjust that radio station, it adapts and and only plays songs similar to the ones that you do like.

Eventually, your music will only be songs that you like. I'm guilty for having a Britney Spears and Alanis Morisette radio stations.


Sunday, January 21, 2007

What if Tom Hanks was in Casino Royale?

When Money Attacks... Tom Hanks

Somebody went through a lot of trouble to dig up a lot of footage of Tom and Daniel Craig.