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Nomadic Radio provides an audio-only wearable interface to unify remote information services such as email, voice mail, hourly news broadcasts, and personal calendar events. These messages are automatically downloaded to a wearable device throughout the day and users can browse them using speech recognition and tactile input. To provide an unobtrusive(More)
"The World as your Palette" is our ongoing effort to design and develop tools to allow artists to create visual art projects with elements (specifically, the color, texture, and moving patterns) extracted directly from their personal objects and their immediate environment. Our tool called "I/O Brush" looks like a regular physical paintbrush, but contains a(More)
Sawhney By " everywhere messaging " we refer to the ability to send and receive electronic communication at any time and through a variety of means, including wired and wireless computer networks, voice telephones, and pagers. Our goal is to design messaging systems in which the receiver is always " on " and available, and messages are correctly chosen for(More)
An interdisciplinary group of MIT undergraduates has engaged in the design and construction of a small autonomous aerial robot based on a helicopter platform to achieve the objectives of a search-and-rescue scenario posed by the International Aerial Robotics Competition. The helicopter is capable of fully autonomous flight operations and is equipped with an(More)
We present a system in which a cell phone decides whether to ring by accepting votes from the others in a conversation with the called party. When a call comes in, the phone first determines who is in the conversation by using a decentralized network of autonomous body-worn sensor nodes. It then vibrates all participants' wireless finger rings. Although the(More)
I/O Brush is our ongoing effort to empower people to create new expressions and meanings by painting with attributes of everyday objects and movements in their physical world. Using examples from our case studies with kindergarteners and artists, we discuss I/O Brush's most distinguishing features, its dynamic ink and history functions, and how they enable(More)
We present WeatherTank, a tangible interface that looks like a vivarium or a diorama, and uses everyday weather metaphors to present information from a variety of domains, e.g., " a storm is brewing " for increasingly stormy weather, indicating upcoming hectic activities in the stock exchange market. WeatherTank represents such well-known weather metaphors(More)
We present DRIVE, an interaction method that allows a user to manipulate virtual content by reaching behind a mobile display device such as a cellphone, tablet PC, etc. Unlike prior work that uses front volume as well as front, side, and back surfaces, DRIVE utilizes the back volume of the device. Together with face tracking, out system creates the illusion(More)