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Talk about futuristic phone.  This time we’re dealing with a device that seems take directly from Minority Report, as it uses a holographic display. The Zero concept phone was designed by Josselin Zaïgouche and it’s a pretty regular device, till you join its two equal sides in a single square.

This one is literally a different take on the design of a mobile phone. The Zero Concept Phone isn’t shaped like a zero, but it’s a square box with two equal sides that connect to each other. When these two sides are together, the hollow part in the middle becomes the transparent holographic display for the phone. You can make calls or do other tasks on the screen hologram of the Zero phone. When the two sides are open, the phone works as a normal telephone and there is no screen. The Zero concept phone looks to be something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi movie.

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The pace with which technology is progressing in modern era, we can’t even visualize the form and functioning of the gadgets in the days to come. Now we don’t have any other option than to bank on the vision or insight of the designers, giving the glimpse of futuristic technology and gadgets.

Are you one of those futuristic beings who thinks touch screens are passe?  Then let me present you with a concept designed by French designer Josselin Zaïgouche, made for Apple, who are hoping to launch it by 2020. It’s aptly called Black Hole, and it incorporates holographic and levity techniques to control its functions, applications and usage.

To add more variety to the usage of  the Black Hole, it is designed in such a way that once it’s connected to the charging base, it can be used as a desktop device – opening up a plethora of possibilities, especially in confined spaces. It’s like a crystal ball, without the big fat crystal, and it’ll just fit in the palm of your hand.

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If you like being distracted by projections and badass animations while you play pool, the Obscura CueLight is for you. It uses sensors and an overhead projector to create images that follow the balls as they bang around the table.

The system itself will set you back $80,000, no pool table included. At the Esquire Ultimate Bachelor Pad, where it’s currently set up, it’s projecting on a $125,000 pool table. Bottom line: you can’t afford it.

In addition to this setup, where the balls reveal an image hidden underneath, you can also set it up to have flames track behind the balls, or water that ripples as the balls pass over it. It’s a pretty awesome trick, one that works surprisingly smoothly.

Transform any pool table into a digitally-enhanced video experience. High-definition imagery responds in real-time to every shot. User-selectable themes yield infinite possibilities. As seen in the Paradise Tower Penthouse, Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoTM, Las Vegas and the Esquire SoHo apartment.

They’re working on new software that will make it more useful than flashy, too. Imagine playing pool and having the lines where you should shoot projected down on the table, with a computer doing all the math necessary to show you just where to aim and how hard to hit. Pretty sweet.

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Nothing brings a living room together quite like a coffee table, but as the modern designs look into multi-functionality of furniture.Sony has been coming up with excellent new inventions since is birth in 1950’s and this time it has been put forth in a modern innovative idea of fusing Technology with furniture by making the Sony Fusion Coffee Table.

The Sony Fusion is a desktop infused with a coffee table to serve both function of being a sleek, multipurpose table and a high performance desktop. Crafted in matte black aluminum with a sleek chrome lining and supported by arched chrome legs, the Sony Fusion just takes a push of the button to convert the table into a work station with sleek touch sensitive keyboard and adjustable screen. The table top effortlessly splits in half and soundlessly slides apart to reveal the LED outlined keyboard, screen and DVD drive on the side of the table. Priced at $3000, the Sony Fusion will be available in three different colors – blue, white and red — when it goes into production.

But another coffee table that would not burden your pockets that much are the LED Video Coffee Tables and now that you have your coffee tables how about some Arcade Coffee Mugs

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When you want to let loose and just party with total entertainment, or you love having frequent hangovers, flaunt your choice and decor by bringing up the LED furniture to your house. LED tables are now so accurately designed for the technical analyzers.

Interestingly, this table can be used for enhancing the bar by portraying events, drinks offered, menu cards, or anything a table service can offer. But LED goes beyond a conventional table by providing connections for any video devices, slide show presentations, and entertainment facilities like playing games on it.

With a 32” screen, it has a 1/4? glass top, which prevents any scratches and increases durability of the screen. Amazingly, its exclusive features include net book PC’s that are built in the bottom with the preloaded visuals and also flashes glow lights. These video tables also allow you to change the color of the top according to your mood which will definitely leave you in a dazzling mood!

LED video tables with customized designs are now available with a starting price of $1499 which includes net book inbuilt in the bottom, preloaded visuals, glow lights, along with custom programmed video slideshows. They are designed so not only for restaurants and bars but are also useful for various business meetings and presentations.

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Ever wanted to be able to manipulate images on a computer the way Tom Cruise did in Minority Report? A new Media Lab invention, sixthsense, lets you do just that as it allows users to manipulate digital information with hand gestures.

By wearing just a hat with a tiny projector and a camera, a sixthsense user can make any flat surface a connection to the world to check email, map out a location, or draw with fingers.

Designed by Pranav K. Mistry G, a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces Group of the Lab, sixthsense has the ability to track colors, hand movements, and gestures. It connects with its owner’s digital devices.

Many natural hand gestures are possible with sixthsense. Snapping your fingers as if you were taking a photo on an actual camera or tapping your wrist with a circular gesture maps to the physical actions of taking a picture and checking the time.

“You can take a photo of a random book, and check its prices on Amazon. You can compare prices between goods in the supermarket” and check which ones are green products, said Mistry.

“There is a lot of information on the Internet, but humans do not have access to it at all times. Sixthsense gives you the ability to receive information about anything and anyone you encounter, anywhere, and at all times,” added Mistry.

Discussing the motivations behind his work, Mistry said “the digital world has brought many devices to human life, yet it has diluted human interactions. People have started using social networks as their major path for socializing. You would see people sitting individually in cafes, each busy with his laptop or phone. My task is to use digital work to integrate digital work into human’s lives.”

The idea for the sixthsense project came to Mistry about six months ago. “It came as a crazy idea of thinking of the term head mountain projector! I just started thinking of actually making real head mountain projectors that would truly connect to people’s physical world!”

Mistry initially implemented his inspiration as a projector helmet where the camera tracked what the wearer did with his or her hand. Further modifications resulted in a cap with a smaller projector, and, finally, into a small device containing a projector and a camera.

Mistry initially called the device “WUW” as in “wear ur world.” But when it was introduced, sixthsense was judged to be a better title.

Mistry also incorporated his Indian background into his invention. Bringing your hands together in the Indian gesture of welcome, “Namaste”, causes the main menu to open up.

Mistry foresees several improvements to ‘sixthsense’, one of which is incorporating the use of computer-vision based techniques that do not require the user to wear color markers. “I have a lot of applications in mind to make sixthsense more practical for use.”

“I believe that we should use systems to learn about users rather than have users learn about systems.”

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2007 Best Inventions of the Year (Times Magazine)

2008 Best Inventions of the Year (Times Magazine)

2009 Best Inventions of the Year (Times Magazine)

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