Finalists of NUMA competition revealed!


Could your skin act as an interface for technology? Why should we teach our children programming? And could innovative digital technologies be used to motivate positive change in urban environments?

The Neo Ubimedia MindTrek Awards, NUMA, will answer these questions and much more on 4th of November. The 8th annual ubimedia competition has been running already from July and by the end of September had gathered a great amount of innovative and fresh future visions for ubiquitous media.

“Each year the competition entries have come closer to consumer products, improving the daily life or solving today’s problems as e.g. energy consumption or health care. This year’s competition attracted 34 entrants and the jury had a hard time to find the best projects”, says Artur Lugmayr, the inventor of the competition and general competition chair.

The jury has finally chosen the three finalists and will reveal the winner of NUMA2014 in November. Here you can read more about the finalists:


Beauty Technology

“This work introduces the term Beauty Technology as an emergent field in Wearable Computing. Wearable Computing had changed the way individuals interact with computers, intertwining natural capabilities of the human body with processing apparatus. Beauty Technology transforms our body in an interactive platform by hiding technology into beauty products that dont give the wearer a cyborg look. Several applications of beauty technologies used in everyday products and shown in exhibitions expose the feasibility of this technology. Conductive Makeup, Beauty Tech Nails, FX e-makeup and Hairware exemplify Beauty Technology prototypes.”

Katia Vega and Hugo Fuks, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

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Cubes Coding

“Programming is a cognitive process which requires skills like keyboard and mouse usage. Our solution makes programming accessible to young children (from 3 years old) with an innovative tangible technology. Every kid in this world should learn Programming basics from early age because it teaches how to think. Students surrounded by computer and robotics technology and will possibly do in future a work that haven’t been invented yet.

By using physical objects like cubes we transfer the programming into the real world and we reduce the age threshold for participation, we reduce the cognitive load because is not needed to learn how to use a computer and finally we make a demanding procedure like programming a constructive tangible game.”

– Theodosios Sapounidis, Anastasios Tsimplinas and Danai Skournetou,
Cubes Coding Team



“TetraBIN explores how innovative digital technologies can be used to motivate positive change in urban environments. In particular it tackles the problem of littering by associating the act of rubbish disposal with a fun and rewarding activity. The act of putting rubbish into a bin is turned into a game, where a piece of rubbish is mapped to an interaction within a game
world displayed on a computer controlled screen surrounding the bin.

Depositing of rubbish into a bin, which is normally seen as an insignificant act requiring minimum thought is given importance as the participant must drop their rubbish into the bin at the right moment to advance further in the game. This experience of an augmented reality in which actions in the real world affect the virtual world lead the participant to consider environmental issues facing the city, specifically the collection and management of waste.”

– Steven Bai, Sam Johnson and Martin Tomitsch, University of Sydney

The jury would also like to express their recognition for three distinct projects:

  • “Sensing Environment through Mobile” by the COSMIC-Center of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is a brilliant tech demo of ultrasonic vision for humans.
  • “StripeMaps” by EDM-Center at Hasselt University shows an new approach to map navigation for smart watches.
  • “docmeUp” is a joint project by ETH Zürich and AIMS Ghana, that introduces ubimedia in a very topical healthcare monitoring use case.

Co-Chair of NUMA, Björn Stockleben says the jury of The Neo Ubimedia MindTrek Awards has rarely faced such diverse entries as this time:

“Yet if I was to name just two dominating themes, I would emphasize accessibility and aesthetics. Of the nominees and the honourable mentions, Beauty Technology, TetraBIN and StripeMaps do show finest product design, while docmeUp, Sensing Environment through Mobile and CubesCoding open ubiquitous media to new target groups.”

The international NUMA jury invites finalists to show their inventions in practise and will reveal the winner later during the awards. If you want to see something totally new and get to know these projects better, NUMA2014 finalists will introduce you some cutting edge tech innovations.

The Neo Ubimedia MindTrek Awards will be held in MindTrek on Tuesday 4th of November at 15:15.