This chair turns your fidgets into phone charges (Tomorrow Daily 327): Tomorrow Daily
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A furniture designer creates a seat that harnesses motion and turns it into power; also, a design student makes software that helps physically disabled patients create music.
[MUSIC] Greetings citizen of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily, the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Jeff Cannata. And I'm Ashley Esqueda. Let's get right into those rapid fire headlines. The first of which involves a student who has designed something that will actually allow the disabled To create music with their eyes. Andreas Refsgaard's last project for the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, is called Eye Conductor. It uses an inexpensive eye tracking device and a simple webcam in conjunction with an interface to allow a user to choose which instrument to use, create a beat and make song It's also adjustable based on how broad or narrow the user's facial movements can be. Rest guard says quote I believe that the ability to express oneself artistically should be available to all regardless of physical disability Or challenges. The best part about this thing is it costs less than $100. So it really opens up the ability to, as you said, express yourself to anybody that can move their eyes. That's pretty incredible. I thought it was really cool that he took it to centers and had disabled people try it and he said there were real connections made with the music which is So rad. I love when people are able to do something like that for pennies on the dollar. That's the most impressive thing that off-the-shelf components can work. Yeah, yeah, it's really cool. If you are a fidgety person like myself, this chair might be the chair for you. If you want to get the most out of your fidgeting movements You might like Move. It's a prototype designed to harness the power of shifting around in your seat. Move is a chair from furniture designer Natalie Tugalls, and it has 288 piezoelectric crystals in side the frame that generate current when exposed to pressure. A USB port in the armrest lets you jack right into the chair's electricity and charge your phone as you fidget. People said she was inspired by her own personal experiences with ADHD while making this chair. There's no official Mass production scheduled for move. But if I were IKEA- [LAUGH] I would have this in every caffeine addled college students dorm room immediately. This is restless leg syndrome, the battery Yeah exactly. You can really turn that five hour energy into energy for your actual phone. Here's what I want, I want an entire airplane just with these seats in it. You're fidgety. Cuz that's what I am on an airplane. I hate sitting for hours. It's true, it's true. What do you think we should talk about on Thursday's show? Man, I don't know these are both good. That's good. I'm kind of leaning toward the music with your eyes thing, it's pretty cool and simple. I like that, okay. Yes. Let's talk about, let's talk about eye conductor. If you guys want to get in on the conversation for Thursday's show please feel free to shout at us using hashtag hey td. Yeah on Twitter we love hearing from you and we use those Comments in our discussion on Thursday so that you can be part of the conversation too. Yes, and with that being said, lets check phone [UNKNOWN]. [MUSIC] The phonetographer today is Deepak, who took this with a Moto G2. Yeah. Deepak writes in and says, these photos are taken with my Moto G2. My name is Deepak. You can choose any which one you like. This was taken when I went for a morning walk at summer. Your show is great, keep it on. We had chose the picture that he sent with the flowers and the grass, which I really really love. I love the depth of field. So colorful. I just, there's a lot of personality in this photo. Yeah. And man, what a great morning walk you have when you can see stuff like this on it. Is he able to focus stuff like that just with the Moto G2? I think so, yeah. Wow. It's really pretty. Maybe if you have it in macro mode, things like that. It really is amazing what you guys can do with phone-tography. And if you want to send in your pictures, please do, firstname.lastname@example.org. Yeah, we love getting those pictures from you. Just give us a little story about why you took that picture, tell us what device you took it on and be sure to give us permission to use it on the show. Also share the show, tomorrowdaily.com. It's easy to give the gift of Tomorrow Daily to a friend. It's the gift that keeps on giving because we do one every day. Even when you want us to stop. [LAUGH] So that is it for today's show, we will be back tomorrow with a brand new docket of weird, wonderful science fact, news, science fiction. But until then. Be good humans. See you guys next time, bye. [MUSIC]