39 posts tagged Technology
39 posts tagged Technology
London-based photographer Luca di Filippo created an awesome photo series, entitled Daily Contaminations, which depicts insects made of components from discarded electronics skulking about our homes and investigating our lives.
“We never thought about what’s going on in our houses when we are out. They exist, they born from all the trashed electronic gadgets we used for years and years. Little “electronic creatures”, very smart, harmless but curious, very curious. They roam around looking for informations about our habits. Nobody knows why. Someone thinks they sell data to the highest bidder. And any kind of pesticide can’t stop them.”
[via Girls are Geeks]
Artist Florian Baron recently contacted us about not one, but two awesome creations, both called the Kaleidoclock. First there was an interactive video installation at the 2012 Ashigara Art Festival in Japan. It used video delay to create mesmerizing kaleidoscopic patterns of the viewers as they stood in front of the device. Click here to watch a short video of the Kaleidoclock in action.
Now there is a Kaleidoclock app for both iPhone and iPad that uses the same principle, only now the user’s phone or tablet is Kaleidoclock, which means you can transform whatever you see into a kaleidoscopic image that can then be downloaded and shared:
“KALEIDOCLOCK uses a circular screen that is divided into segments, similar to the face of a clock. The segments are showing footage of a camera facing the viewer. However, only one of them is in real time, and each successive segment has a time delay to the previous one. This setup lets the viewers playfully create infinite styles of visuals through combining - in one image - their present and their recent past.”
Visit the Kaleidoclock website to learn more.
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Why fly when you can wheel yourself around on a little blue buggy? Andrew Gray, a University of Florida electrical- and computer-engineering student, designed this incredibly awesome Bird Buggy for his parrot named Pepper, who cleverly steers it with a joystick held in his beak. This creation of this ingenious device came about because Pepper hates to be left alone and makes a great fuss whenever it happens.
“Our parrot, when he’s left alone, screams. It’s ear-piercing even if you’re several rooms away.” To alleviate the squawking, Gray built a small cart Pepper can drive easily with his beak. It’s a distraction to give the grey plumed bird something to occupy his time. Sure enough, Pepper took to cruising around on four wheels, driving the small, boxy blue buggy by way of a beak-steered joystick control. Suddenly the bird is a whole lot quieter.
What’s more, the Bird Buggy uses cameras and a homing device mounted in its docking station, to park and recharge itself if Pepper decides to abandon his ride.
This video is one of the most beautiful and literally awesome things we’ve seen in a long while. Entitled Incendia and directed by Danny Cooke, this short, slow motion film gives the viewer an amazing look at both the perilous art of fire-breathing and the physics of fire itself. It feels like a dream in which we glimpse fire-breather Elliott Montello performing the dangerous rites of a secret nocturnal ceremony.
“With its organic nature, fire is a beautiful element to capture in slow motion. I performed this test as an experiment with the overcranking mode on the Sony FS700 camera (240fps/480fps) in order to directly compare the results to ‘Incendium’ where the slow motion was interpolated using Twixtor and shot on Canon 7D (60fps): vimeo.com/21919856”
These cute little sculpture versions of children’s drawings are the work of a company called Crayon Creatures. Pictured here are a Giraffied Llama and a Hamster on a Speed Boat, both of which are completely awesome.
The service is available to purchase online. After uploading a scanned image of your child’s drawing you’ll receive a 3D sandstone sculpture depicting the artwork by mail.
“Children drawings are weird and beautiful. Kids produce an immense amount of drawings that populate fridges, living rooms and workspaces of parents, family & friends. Those drawings are amazing, We love them. We will bring to life the kid’s artwork by modeling a digital sculpture and turning it into a real object using 3D Printing technology.”
[via Laughing Squid]
Toast and smiles are both awesome, so we love the Smile Cooking Toaster, designed by Xu Yan Xiang. From the elegant, transparent design to the cheerful faces and, of course, the delicious toast you get to eat, just knowing that someone designed this gadget makes us happier.
[via Yanko Design]
Is the world melting? Are these stills from an upcoming science fiction movie? Afraid not. It’s Google Earth experiencing an image-mapping glitch, thus creating some entertaining visual hiccups.
3D Images like those in Google Earth are generated through a process called texture mapping. Texture mapping is a technology developed by Ed Catmull in the 1970’s. In 3D modeling, a texture map is a flat image that gets applied to the surface of a 3D model, like a label on a can or a bottle of soda. Textures typically represent a flat expanse with very little depth of field, meant to mimic surface properties of an object. Textures are more like a scan than a photograph. The surface represented in a texture coincides with the surface of the picture plane, unlike a photograph that represents a space beyond the picture plane. This difference might be summed up another way: we see through a photograph, we look at a texture. This is an important distinction in 3D modeling, because textures are stretched across the surface of a 3D model, in essence becoming the skin for the model.
Google Earth’s textures however, are not shallow or flat. They are photographs that we look through into a space represented beyond-a space our brain interprets as having three dimensions and depth. We see space in the aerial photographs because of light and shadows and because of our prior knowledge of experienced space. When these photographs get distorted and stretched across the 3D topography of the earth, we are both looking at the distorted picture plane, and through the same picture plane at the space depicted in the texture. In other words, we are looking at two spaces simultaneously. Most of the time this doubling of spaces in Google Earth goes unnoticed, but sometimes the two spaces are so different, that things look strange, vertiginous, or plain wrong. But they’re not wrong. They reveal Google’s system used to map the earth -The Universal Texture.
How many times have you thrown something at your waste basket only to miss completely or have your bit of trash rebound off the rim? What if your waste basket was smart and could meet your trash halfway? What if it could see and catch your garbage?
That would be, in a word, awesome.
In this video someone tosses a blue ball halfway between their book shelf and their waste basket. By the time the ball gets there the waste basket will have moved into position to catch the ball perfectly.
“Apparently it’ll do the same for just about anything you throw. We’re unable to read the captions but it looks like this may have been made as part of a commercial which is shown in the first few seconds of the video after the break. From there we see the development of a locomotive mechanism which will fit into the bottom of the bin. It start as a single swivel wheel, but gets more complicated quite quickly. Once the low-profile three-wheeler is milled and assembled it’s time to start writing the code to translate input from a Kinect 3D camera and extrapolate the position for catching the trash. The final result seems to do this perfectly.”
[via Hack a Day]
A Canadian company called Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp claims to have developed a ‘Quantum Stealth’ invisibility cloak for use by US and Canadian military and counter terrorism personnel. They go on to state that the cloak works so well and is so top secret that they can’t release actual images of it in use, and instead created the Photoshop mockups you see here.
“Guy Cramer, CEO of Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp, says he does not care that some observers remain sceptical as to his company’s claims since ‘the people that need to know that it works have seen it’.
‘Two separate command groups within the U.S. Military and two separate Canadian Military groups as well as Federal Emergency Response Team (Counter Terrorism) have seen the actual material so they could verify that I was not just manipulating video or photo results,’ Mr Cramer said.
‘These groups now know that it works and does so without cameras, batteries, lights or mirrors…It is lightweight and quite inexpensive. Both the U.S. and Canadian military have confirmed that it also works against military IR scopes and Thermal Optics.’”
Military use is pretty predictable, but what about all of us Harry Potter fans? Will we get a crack at it too? That would be, yes, completely awesome.
California-based videogame developer turned professional inventor Simon Hallam has created one of the coolest coffee tables we’ve ever seen (and successfully funded its production thanks to Kickstarter). If you lack the outdoor space for an actual zen garden, Hallam’s Zen Table looks like an awesome alternative. The table’s glass-covered surface is filled with silicone beads. A sculpting head creates shapes, patterns or images using the beads based on templates or instructions delivered in real-time.
“The Zen Table has two sizes – a coffee table measuring 56″ x 39″ x 19.5″ and a smaller desktop version measuring 13″ x 9.5″ x 2 1/2″. Both are made of bamboo and equipped with an SD card slot and a USB cable. The SD card slot is for the bundled SD card which will have several programs that instruct the table’s electronics to create patterns, but you can also send commands from a computer to the table via USB.
In addition, the coffee table version can also be equipped with a 3G modem that will allow it to receive new designs, as well as allow the user to control the table from an Android or iOS app that Hallam is currently developing. That means you can have the Zen Table write messages to people at the table or have it draw naughty images when your parents have a visitor. The possibilities are frightening.”