8 posts tagged Communication
8 posts tagged Communication
BuzzFeed shared these two awesome photos of a written exchange between two neighbours for the sake of the unrequited love one neighbour’s dog has for the other neighbour’s cat. This pretty much made our day.
“This dog was unable to gaze at his beloved cat due to some menacing potted plants, but true love won in the end.”
True Love = Awesome
Reblogged from buzzfeed
Meet a 21st century Travis Bickle (sort of). We couldn’t help but think of the spring-loaded holster used in Taxi Driver when we first saw the custom smartphone quick release system created by Japanese performer and designer Showta Mori.
Click here to check out the funny video series in which Showta Mori demonstrates how his awesome “Quick on the Call” ontraption works. The device attaches to your forearm allowing your smartphone to be rapidly popped out through your sleeve, enabling you to use your phone without first reaching into a bag or pocket, to say nothing of demonstrating some serious geek chic.
[via Laughing Squid]
This awesome device is a fully-functional Typewriter Arm Guard with Bluetooth and Touchpad created by Thomas Willeford of Brute Force Studios. The keyboard is mounted on an intricately tooled Steampunkish leather and brass arm guard.
What if real birds could tweet on Twitter? Voldemars Dudums, Latvian conceptual artist and creative director, decided to find out bu creating an awesomely clever bird feeder using an old keyboard and irresistible cube of delicious bacon fat.
“When the birds would fly down to snack their inadvertent key presses were fed to an api that parsed each little tap into a bonafide tweet on the @hungry_birds Twitter account (fyi, these particular feathered friends became political during the U.S. elections, so there’s that). The birds, mostly tomtits, would tweet roughly 100 times each day and could even be watched live over on Birds on Twitter.”
Using resin, recycled keyboard keys and cables, Nuremberg, Germany-based artist Babis Cloud (aka Babis Panagiotidis), created this awesome rocking horse sculpture, entitled Hedonism(y) Trojaner. The piece appears to be representative of the myriad hazards of excessive reliance on the internet, but it’s also just pretty magnificent to behold.
“Recreated of hundreds of buttons, the essences of communication, Babis’s sculpture is pointing out an unpleasant truth. The internet itself, not only its viruses deserves the term ‘Trojan’. We are looking for information via internet, we share it and pass some on, voluntary or involuntary. We define ourselves by Facebook profiles, find our jobs online, buy teddy bears or google side effects of viagra. The internet as a medium, humans stuck with their hedonism.”
Quoted text via iGNANT
The mask conveys a variety of facial expressions using LEDs that light up to form different emoticons. The default setting is a completely blank or expressionless face. But when someone shakes hands with the wearer, the mask smiles in response to the greeting.
“The project was designed to hide personal emotions by eliciting a different set of public facial expressions that could be used to generate conversation and response in public spaces.”
This mask might be just the ticket for those of us who spend so much time texting and chatting online that the urge to emote using keyboard characters arises even when interacting with someone in person.
This unsettling being is Hugvie, the huggable robotic pillow-phone. Invented by Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University, Hugvie has a heartbeat and internal vibrators meant to make it seem more human-like as you put your arm around it imagining it’s the person to whom you are speaking who is actually hundreds of miles away.
“The concept of enhancing long-distance phone conversations between loved ones isn’t new. Kissinger, the long distance kiss messenger, and the kiss transmission device invented by other Japanese researchers have also tried to make long-distance conversations more personal by making the protagonists feel closer to each other. Hugvie is basically a robotic pillow with a human shape that acts as a port for your mobile phone. It’s got its own heartbeat and internal vibrators that react faster and stronger, depending on the tone of the conversation. It sounds like an interesting device, but a lot of people find it just a little bit creepy.
Right now, the Hugvie isn’t the most advanced robot to come out of Japan, but professor Ishiguro, who has made a name for himself by creating human-like androids, believes he can take his Telenoid technology further, by turning Hugvie into a robot with an internal frame and lots more sensors and vibrators. This would make the pillow-phone much more realistic and also send the hugs long distance; when you hug the pillow, the Hugvie on the other end would move accordingly. But even in the current state, the robot pillow is believed to become a hit with families, lovers, and elderly people taking to far-away relatives.”
Visit Oddity Central to watch video of a couple people happily cuddling with Hugvie.
“As the sun regrettably sets on the art of letter writing, the inventive folks at design studio HEYHEYHEY have pieced together a clever contraption that promises to keep the art of travel postcards a thing of the present. Kind of. Melvin the Traveling Mini Machine is an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine that fits in a pair of suitcases that executes the simple task of “writing” and stamping a postcard of your choice, that is, if the absurdly elaborate sequence of steps goes off without a hitch. Whether or not these suitcases will make it through TSA remains to be seen. The piece is a sequel to a much larger device from early last year by a similar name, Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine.”
Watch this awesome little video here.