CalmSpace sleep capsule for office power naps – by GizMag

The rejuvenating power of naps has been known about for some time, with various studies showing that even a short nap can increase alertness. While a nap of around two hours is of most benefit as it encompasses all stages of sleep, a power nap of up to 30 minutes is certainly better than nothing. It’s not long enough for you to enter deep sleep (and consequently risk feeling worse than before), but it’s long enough to take the edge off your need to actually go to bed. Whether such evidence would ever be enough to persuade a company to provide designated areas for workers to sleep is unclear, but CalmSpace exists for that very purpose.

Acoustic Barcodes: Passive, Durable and Inexpensive Notched Identification Tags (UIST 2012)

Chris Harrison, a PhD candidate in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, has created Acoustic Barcodes, an inexpensive and effective way to attach a binary ID to almost any surface. Using a simple contact mic, the system reads the audible waveform given off when an object — like a fingernail, card, or phone — runs across the notches that make up the unique barcodes. As demonstrated in the video below, Acoustic Barcodes can be built into store window displays to provide product information or can be used to initiate file syncing with your smartphone by dragging the device across a coded surface. Acoustic Barcodes can be applied to a number of materials, ranging from wood and metal to glass and stone, although we prefer to not slide our phones against any rigid surface if at all possible. While the barcodes may not be completely useful for most people, it can potentially be used alongside other tactile technologies like Braille to assist those who are vision impaired.

Newer Posts