Publications

Patents

Patent title:
Force-sensing net

Patent grant date: Jan 4, 2013
Patent issuer and number: us US 9233287 B2
Patent description:
In exemplary implementations of this invention, a basketball net or flat net measures the translational kinetic energy of a ball that passes through an aperture in the net or impacts the net. The net includes one or more electrically conductive cords, which have a resistance that varies depending on the degree to which the cord is stretched. From sensor measurements, a processor determines: (a) instantaneous rate of change of resistance, and (b) duration of a time period that begins when resistance exceeds a baseline (with hysteresis). In the case of a basketball net, a processor may calculate the translational kinetic energy of the ball as equal to a sum of two terms. The first term is inversely proportional to the square of the duration; the second is proportional to the square of the integral of the instantaneous rate of change of resistance over the time period.
Authors: Santiago Alfaro, Michael Bove, Jared Markowitz, Dan Novy
Patent title:
Methods and apparatus for accessing peripheral content

Patent date filed: Mar 28, 2012
Publication number: US20120249424 A1
Patent description:
In exemplary implementations of this invention, a main content feed is displayed on a main screen. A user may select one or more auxiliary feeds of content to display simultaneously on a second screen. The second screen is located on a handheld device. The user makes the selection by changing the orientation of the handheld device relative to the main screen. For example, the user may select which auxiliary feed to display by pointing the device at different areas that are around the periphery of the main screen. The handheld device includes one or more sensors for gathering data, and one or more processors for (a) processing the sensor data to calculate the orientation of the handheld device relative to the main screen and (b) based at least in part on that orientation, selecting which of the auxiliary feeds to display.
Authors: Santiago Alfaro, Michael Bove, Vincent Lee

Surround Vision

Surround vision: a handheld screen for accessing peripheral content around the TV (2010)
S Alfaro
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Surround Vision: A Hand-Held Screen for Accessing Peripheral Content around a Main Screen (2011)
S Alfaro, V Bove
Interactive Storytelling, 342-345

White Paper: Surround Vision and narrative content (2011)
S Alfaro
unpublished

Sensor Rich Environments and Experiences

On the usage of live sensor data on fantasy basketball (2012)
S Alfaro
unpublished

The Narratarium

Narratarium: An Immersive Storytelling Environment
Kasia Hayden, Dan Novy, Catherine Havasi, Michael Bove, Santiago Alfaro, Rob Speer
HCI International 2013 - Posters’ Extended Abstracts

Media

Surround Vision

Wired.com
2010

The Newyork times Bits blog
2010

cnet
2010

PopularScience
2010

FastCompany
2010

engadget
2010

gizmag
2010

CIO
2010

tested.com
2010

Slam Force Net

NBA
2010

Wired UK
2010

BostInno
2010

Smart Planet
2010