Augmented Product DisplaysNatan Linder, Yoav Reches and Ilya Tsekov have reimagined the product displays you see in stores for tech savvy, connected shoppers. Their \n\ninteractive product display counter gives shoppers product information and Web access so that they can read reviews and do additional research on \n\nthe products they're interested in purchasing. The Augmented Product Counter can also connect shoppers to sales people via video conferencing. LuminAR technology, which \n\nconsists of a Pico-projector, camera and wireless computer, powers the Augmented Product Counter.\n\n\nCooking in the Digital AgeLeave it to MIT students to reinvent cooking. Marcelo Coelho, the technological gastronome behind the Fluid Interfaces Group's Cornucopia \n\nproject, notes on Cornucopia's Website that the \n\ntools we use to cook today aren't much different from those our ancestors used hundreds of years ago. Coelho wanted to bring cooking into the \n\ndigital age, so he developed different cooking systems. The Virtuoso Mixer (pictured) is composed of a three-tiered rotating carousel that \n\nencourages cooks to experiment with different tastes and food combinations. It is equipped with thermoelectric heating and cooling elements and \n\nan insulated glass cover to quickly bake and modify the temperatures of the produced foods.\n\n\nInktuitivePranav Mistry's goal with his "Inktuitive" project is \n\nultimately to make it easier for designers to visually represent their ideas. Inspired by designers' traditional tools (pen and paper) and by more \n\nmodern technology (CAD software), Mistry developed a design system that consists of a piece of paper, an infrared LED computer monitor, an \n\nultrasonic pen and an ultrasonic receiver. Designers can sketch ideas on paper using the ultrasonic pen, but they're not bound to the paper to \n\nrepresent their ideas. They can "sketch" above the paper, and the system captures their strokes and represents them in 3D on the computer screen. \n\n\n\n\nMemTableSeth Hunter designed an interactive table where workers can comfortably sit and take and store notes. The MemTable consists of two projectors, two cameras, two mirrors, and \n\nsoftware that supports brainstorming, decision-making, event planning and story boarding, as well as five different types of inputs (text, image \n\ncapture, sketching, laptop capture and audio).\n\n\nMouselessPeople who want to de-clutter the tops of their desks will welcome Pranav Mistry's Mouseless, an invisible computer mouse powered by an Infrared (IR) laser beam and an IR camera, both of which are embedded in \n\na computer. Mouseless works by creating a plane of IR laser just above the surface a computer sits on. A user cups her hand, as if she were \n\nholding a physical computer mouse, and the laser lights up her hand. The IR camera detects the cups of IR light that the user's hand creates and \n\ninterprets changes in the position of those lights as cursor movements and mouse clicks.\n\n\nQuickiesIf your desk is littered with Post-it notes reminding you of meetings, phone calls you need to make, and groceries you need to pick up, you'll \n\nlove the way Pranav Mistry updated the ubiquitous sticky note for the digital age. Mistry's Quickies are "smart," active sticky notes that remind us of appointments and help us better manage our lives by integrating with \n\nour computers and smartphones. A digital pen captures information on a sticky note while software stores the handwritten note as images and \n\nconverts the handwriting into text using handwriting recognition algorithms. A commonsense knowledge engine and artificial intelligence process \n\nthe text.\n\n\nComputers Made of PaperMarcelo Coelho, the inventor of the Virtuoso Food Mixer, also makes computers out of paper. He and his collaborators Lyndl Hall and Joanna Berzowska developed a series of techniques for building sensors, actuators and \n\ncircuit boards that look, feel and have the physical properties of paper. They embed electro-active inks, conductive threads and smart materials \n\ndirectly into paper during the papermaking process. This innovation could make computers even more pervasive\u2014and at a much lower cost. \n\n\n\n\nKick Bad Habits with ReflectOnsSajid Sadi has imagined a computer that can help people lose weight. Except it doesn't look like a traditional computer. It's a fork equipped with \n\na sensor. According to Sadi's Website, the souped-up fork attempts to \n\nstop people from overeating by encouraging them to eat slowly. Eating slowly allows an individual's blood sugar to rise to the point at which it \n\nindicates satiety to the eater. When people eat fast, they tend to overeat because they miss these natural cues. The fork works by measuring the \n\ntime between bites and providing "subtle haptic feedback" when someone eats too quickly.\n\n\nJotWatchWhen you need to take a quick note, you have a couple of options, none of which are ideal: You can write it on your hand (gross), punch it into \n\nyour smartphone (cumbersome), or record it on a piece of paper (unreliable: paper always gets lost). Sajid Sadi and Doug Fritz have come up with \n\nwhat they think is a better way to take quick notes: the JotWatch. It \n\nlooks like a wristwatch equipped with a stylus. Using the stylus, you can take quick notes on the "watch's" face. Buttons on the side of the JotWatch \n\nallow you to toggle between all of your notes. \n\n\nTaPuMaTaPuMa stands for tangible public maps. These are digital, touch-screen maps on which you can place everyday objects (e.g. plane tickets, cash, \n\ncredit cards, cell phones, chewing gum) and get access to relevant, just-in-time location information. If you were using a TaPuMa at an airport, for \n\nexample, and you placed your boarding pass on the map, the map would show you how to get to your gate. If you put your credit card on the map, \n\nit could tell you the location of an ATM or money exchange.