Girton Labs Ltd, Girton Cambridge UK
Managing Director Lyndsay Williams
Oct 2009 Microsoft licenses Sensecam, invented by Lyndsay Williams report here
July 2009 ixp-notes time sensitive paper click here
This computer fits within 1.6 mm thin card including battery:
Ixp Notes in the News here
Girton Labs at HCI2009 Cambridge here
Girton Labs SenseBulb in BBC News here
3D CAD designs here
ixp-note paperclip model
* multitouch lcd screens - 3 Dimensional control surfaces for laptop computers, music synthesisers, studio mixers, games, flight simulators, partially sighted users
* intelligent sensing lightbulbs for home security and care of dementia e.g. Alzheimer's
* wireless sensor systems using text messages alerts via GSM
* mobile phone with sensors, e.g. accelerometer controlled rotating screens, e.g. portrait/landscape mode - Lyndsay Williams was the inventor of this technology as used by Apple iPhone .
* Consulting Expert for Apple Inc
Girton Labs Ltd was founded by Lyndsay Williams in 2007. Wiliiams has degree in BioMedical Electronics Hons (1980 University of Salford, UK) and is a Computer Scientist in the field of Human–computer interaction (HCI ) specialising in new hardware sensing platforms for digital audio, mobile phones and paper computers. Williams has designing new hardware platforms for digital audio for the PC, sensors for mobile phones and currently a new type of sensing computer embedded in printed paper, first prototype is ixp-note.
Williams was a Hardware Engineer at Psion, then a Senior Research Fellow at BT Labs, Martlesham (1997-98) where she invented SmartQuill, a mobile phone with sensors for motion control and human sensing. Williams then worked 1998-2007 as a Researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge , where she invented SenseCam, a sensing camera for helping people with Alzheimer's .
Girton Labs Projects - details
SenseBooks are a new type of interactive printed book using sensors to determine activity of the reader. These sensors are similar to those used on the Apple iPhone. E.g. light, motion, sound, and touch. Also a SenseBook will be able to automatically indicate to your computer via wireless what page it is on and bring up a web page. This could be a cookery book , children’s educational book or novel. A cookery book could bring up the recipe of the day on a web page. A Sensebook will also know the book has been picked up and reader is looking at a page. This can bring up sounds and images for childrens’ educational books. Very low cost magnetic motion sensors allow movement to be detected and musical “rock and roll” features added to books. These novel motion sensors are a replacement for accelerometers and much lower cost. We plan to use printed electronics on paper for part of the SenseBook and the sensing system should add no more than about 20% to cost of printed book.
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Media news on Girton Labs
Article in The Guardian SenseBooks will use iPhone-style sensors that Microsoft could have owned a decade ago 10th Dec 2008 here
Business Weekly 17th Dec 2008
March 2009 Article in Science on SenseCam
9 Oct 2008 SenseCam BBC TV James May Big Ideas video here:
Sensecam Sept 2008, Listen to Susan Blackmore, Gordon Bell, Martin Conway, Emma Berry , Peter Gabriel, and Lyndsay Williams talking about Memory Capture on BBC4 Today program here sensecampetergabrial.mp3 4.5 minutes MP3. Click on right mouse button to save MP3 file and listen.
The full documentary is here as MP3 file. right click on mouse to save and listen to.
BBC News 22nd Sept 2008 Can forgetful people now relax?
Jan 20th 2009 Microsoft Patent awarded to Lyndsay Williams et al - Method and apparatus for transmitting power and data using the human body here