3/26/10

Inspire Innovation: India and Singapore

A special thanks to all of our alumni and friends for joining us in India and Singapore to celebrate the Inspire Innovation campaign.

Your participation made these events a great success. Learn more and relive the good times using the following links.
Stay tuned for more on future Inspire Innovation events.

3/25/10

Save the Date: Carnegie Mellon in Washington D.C.

We’ve been traveling the globe and just wrapped up a series of Inspire Innovation events in India and Singapore. Now it’s back to the U.S. to celebrate the next campaign event with a reception and panel discussion in Washington, D.C.

Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Hear how today’s innovations are impacting business, technology and society as we know it from Carnegie Mellon alumni and faculty, including:
  • Phil Bronner (SCS'92), General Partner, Novak Biddle Venture Partners
  • Eric Giler (TPR'77), President and CEO, WiTricity Corporation
  • Priya Narasimham, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of CyLab Mobility Research Center in

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your network of contacts in the D.C. area, as well as reconnect with alumni, parents, friends and students.

Space is limited, so please register by April 20. Visit the Inspire Innovation site for more information.

3/19/10

On Tap: Skinput


The line between science and science fiction continues to blur at Carnegie Mellon.

This time it’s with the creation of Skinput – a new system that enables you to use your own body as a touchpad.

Developed by Chris Harrison, a third-year Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, in conjunction with Microsoft’s Dan Morris and Desney Tan, the possibilities are plentiful.

A pico projector attached to an armband is used to display the screen on your arm or palm. You can then navigate the system by taping on the projected screen. Biosensors make it possible for the location of these “skin taps” to be recognized based on bone and soft tissue variations.
For Harrison, the current version of Skinput is just the beginning.

In a world of smeared screens, cracked glass and miniature buttons, enter a device the size of a small stack of coins, worn on your wrist or bicep with the same capabilities of an iPhone.

That’s just what Harrison has in mind for the future.

3/8/10

Flip for Our Students


In the age of reality television, anybody can become a star. Now, with innovations like the Flip video camcorder, anybody can be a videographer, too.

The Flip video camera is a portable device that makes shooting high quality footage easy for anybody. And, as are many of today’s great innovations, it was created by Carnegie Mellon alum Jonathan Kaplan (TPR ’90).

But there’s more to the Flip cam than just the opportunity to capture your favorite people or events on video. The university is part of the Flip for Good program. That means for each Carnegie Mellon Flip video camcorder sold, $10 will support student initiatives at the university.

Now you can show your Tartan pride and Flip for Good when you sport any of the five Carnegie Mellon camera designs. Visit www.cmu.edu/multiamedia/flip for more info.