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Sunday, August 22, 2004

From http://www.todmaffin.com/futurefile/
The Human Locator creates dynamic billboards and window displays that change based on who is watching them. Developed by Montreal-based Freeset Interactive, the Human Locator uses off-the-shelf PC computers and cameras to track people (say, at the mall), analyzing their location, speed, and movement in real-time, then can appropriately tweak a battery of LCD projections, video monitors, even stereo equipment and water fountains to best catch their eye. Human Locator even tracks the number of people passing by, keeping tabs on who notices the ads, and can deliver these stats to its clients online.
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It's surprising how much of our work day we spend immersed in an audio-only medium: the telephone. But at the MIT Media Lab, researchers have built a device that bridges that gap, adding a mesmerizing visual component to phone conversations. Don’t think picture-phones, which have repeatedly flopped with consumers: instead the Visiphone displays abstract symbols representing the sounds made by each speaker over time. (via MIT TechReview)
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From Google News:
Alcohol inhaling machine goes on display in New York
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A new machine that allows bar hoppers to inhale liquor instead of drinking made its debut in New York City Friday night. There's already an effort to get it banned.
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Public Release: 22-Aug-2004
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Eyewitness recall accuracy affected by mood - UNSW research
People in a negative mood provide more accurate eyewitness accounts than people in a positive mood state, according to new research. The surprise finding, which is to be published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, is the first to assess the effect of mood on memory and human thinking. "This supports the idea that mood states are evolutionary signals about how to deal with threatening situations," says study author, Professor Joe Forgas. "A negative mood state triggers more systematic information processing."
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