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Mashup Breakdown



Mashup breakdown has created an infographic representation of samples used in the new Girl Talk album. The simple interface allows you to see what sample is used in time with the track playing. Also of note is the fact that you can add any missed samples to the wikipedia page and the mashup page will be updated. See the mashup breakdown blog for more information.

Zoomable powerpoint with Pptplex



An interesting tool from Microsoft Labs, Pptplex allows you to create zoomable presentations (à la Prezzi). Pptplex enables you to move around your presentation and zoom into slides, this means you can create non-linear presentations and increase flexibility. You can also convert your existing presentations to become zoomable.

Download pptplex from Microsoft Labs, or see it in action on YouTube.

Kinect hacks



From gravity simulations to a real time lightsaber, the Kinect hacks are showing great promise.

Kinect is Microsoft's controller-free gaming and entertainment experience for the Xbox, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller through a natural user interface using gestures, spoken commands, or presented objects and images.

Hacking the Kinect to work with a pc offers a great amount of possibilities, you can see the sort of applications people are developing on kinecthacks.net

Rich Pictures in Powerpoint with editable images



At 'See what you mean' we sometimes get asked to work with PowerPoint. I know… your heart sinks… you’ve probably stopped reading already… But actually you can make visually rich and flexible PowerPoint content - which has the added benefit of being fully editable by the user.

We build up these pictures using multiple, separate PNG images, areas of which can be transparent. This means you can insert pictures over the slide background and move them about, scale them and delete them to get your slide just right.

It’s like having a huge sticker book of visual assets for your stories.

If you’d like to know how to do this just watch this.

The 50 Best Inventions of 2010



Time Magazine has put together a list of the 50 best inventions of 2010. The list includes the iPad, sarcasm detection, The Mosquito Laser and many more. See all 50 on the Times website

Devlab research projects



From automatic projector calibration, haptic pens and using your body as an input surface. These are just some of the projects from DevLab, a research laboratory within the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Check out the full list of projects on the DevLab website.