Archive for May 28, 2010

DROID Layars

May 28, 2010


May 28, 2010



Neural Network

May 28, 2010

Presented by LogicGodTV, this is a demonstration of a neural network imitator script. Impulses change which synapses become stronger and weaker, effectively making the system “learn”. Complex loops can be created and snuffed out, creating an interesting simulation. GoogleTechTalks has a full hour of discussion about neural networks and how to produce useful learning machines and artificial intelligence. The Next Generation of Neural Networks.

Leap Forward in Robotics

May 28, 2010

NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut 2, or R2, was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a cooperative agreement to develop a robotic assistant that can work alongside humans, whether they are astronauts in space or workers at GM manufacturing plants on Earth.

The 300-pound R2 consists of a head and a torso with two arms and two hands. R2 will launch on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission planned for September. Once aboard the station, engineers will monitor how the robot operates in weightlessness. R2 will be confined to operations in the station’s Destiny laboratory. However, future enhancements and modifications may allow it to move more freely around the station’s interior or outside the complex.



May 28, 2010

Logorama from Marc Altshuler – Human Music on Vimeo.

This is a short film that was directed by the French animation collective H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. It opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award under the category of animated short.

In this film there are two pieces of licensed music, in the beginning and in the end. All the other music and sound design are original. The opening track (Dean Martin “Good Morning Life”) and closing track (The Ink Spots “I don’t want to send the world on fire”) songs are licensed pre-existing tracks. All original music and sound design is by, human (
In light of recent events involving major oil corporations, who will not be mentioned, I thought this short film deserved a wide viewing. It’s depiction of corporate brand-identity’s blatant over saturation on society is brilliantly illustrated in this Tarantino-esque graphic short. Enjoy!

Microsoft Skinput

May 28, 2010

Chris Harrison, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University and a former Microsoft research intern, has been collaborating with Microsoft to produce a working prototype of Skinput.

Google TV

May 28, 2010

Google TV combines current TV programming with the freedom and power of the Internet. With Google Chrome built in, one can access all of their favorite websites and easily move between television and the web. This opens up the TV from a few hundred channels to millions of channels of entertainment across TV and the web. Television is also no longer confined to showing just video, with the entire Internet in your living room, your TV becomes more than a TV

Winscape Window

May 28, 2010

With Two 46-inch Panasonic TC-P46G10, Apple Mac Pro workstation, and OS X software called Winscape you to can have augmented windows in your livingroom. You can simulate the effect being at a known location anywhere in the world, (or where you can get footage), as long as the viewer is wearing a tracking device such as the Wii remote. Only one person at time can view the effect correctly, so it

CERN Atlas Popup Book

May 28, 2010

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles

The Internet of Things

May 28, 2010

The Internet of Things is a network of Internet-enabled objects, together with web services that interact with these objects. Underlying the Internet of Things are technologies such as RFID (radio frequency identification), sensors, and smartphones.

More objects are becoming embedded with sensors and gaining the ability to communicate. The resulting information networks promise to create new business models, improve business processes, and reduce costs and risks.

The Internet fridge is probably the most oft-quoted example of what the Internet of Things will enable. Imagine a refrigerator that monitors the food inside it and notifies you when you’re low on milk. It also perhaps monitors all of the best food websites, gathering recipes for your dinners and adding the ingredients automatically to your shopping list. This fridge knows what kinds of foods you like to eat, based on the ratings you have given to your dinners. Indeed the fridge helps you take care of your health, because it knows which foods are good for you.

One of the leading big companies in Internet of Things is IBM, which offers a range of RFID and sensor technology solutions. IBM has been busy working with various manufacturers and goods suppliers in recent months, to introduce those solutions to the world.

Here’s a White Paper PDF on The Internet of Things.

ReadWriteWeb’s Enterprise news release from June 7th, 2010 announces IBM plan to build a system of systems…

By 2015, it’s estimated there will be one trillion connected devices. People with pacemakers will be monitored by wireless systems. In the near future, automobiles will run on 64-bit, multi-core processors, running millions of lines of code.

It’s a future that IBM believes will be increasingly dominated by a “system of systems,” where software scales on devices that interconnect to create a convergence of mechanical, electronic, and digital technologies.

It’s another example of how data is changing all aspects of how products are developed. It’s also a grand view of our future that almost seems like science fiction.

Augmented Layars

May 28, 2010

When I saw a Verizon ad using Layar

AM Radio

May 28, 2010

I’ve made a few trips to AM Radio/IDIA Labs’ sims, and I’ve always found the builds to be surprising and delightful. AM Radio has the ability to create existential, spiritual and relatable sims. His detailed builds and amazing textures illustrate the ideas of falling in between spaces, alternate universes, parallel existences, portals and holes in the fabric of time and space. All the sims emulate rural-urban areas that have profound effects on modern culture, such as Dorothy’s Kansas wheatfields, or The Playa at Black Desert. AM Radio’s work conceptualizes the essence of augmented reality within a virtual world, and plants a seed of creativity on all who experience his series of sims. Mostly every one that explores AM Radio falls in love instantly, it’s simple yet profound landscapes strikes a cord with people from all backgrounds, and being able to slip into cracks of time and space give ones cords a disturbed edge.

The first AM Radio installation that I ever visited in world was