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Light painting WiFi with Long-Exposure Photos

12.29.11   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs. A four-metre long measuring rod with 80 points of light reveals cross-sections through WiFi networks using a photographic technique called light-painting.

The Revolution Will Be Televised

11.17.11   |   Posted in: Events, Tech   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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It’s amazing to see mobilization amongst youth and the power of technology to connect and redefine communications structures. The Adbusters website is a great hub for communication and watching developments. I didn’t realize it until recently, but this Canadian publication was actually responsible for starting the movement.

It’s clear the system has systemic problems. In the U.S. politicians have two masters, the public who votes them in to office, and business interests who control the flow of money to get them reelected. It’s clear that the balance has been shifted to where there is little to no public accountability in government. Librals vote libral and conservatives vote conservative so there’s little fear of losing constituents (approval of congress is ridiculously low). Rather than seeing politics as conservative vs libral or prolife vs pro-choice etc., we should hold fast to the real issue. There is a class divide out there with two sides, the wealth/business on one side and the masses on the other.

Amazon Announces Kindle Fire for $199

09.28.11   |   Posted in: Tech   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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The new Kindle Fire by Amazon looks to be great and absolutely fantastic for the price. The Kindle Fire features WiFi-based web browsing, media playback, many Android apps and portable reading. The screen resolution is comparable to the iPad’s but squeezed into a slightly smaller form factor which results in a smaller but sharper image. Many users will actually enjoy the added portability of the smaller size. The approximate 16:9 (height:width) screen aspect ratio of the device is slightly less square than the iPad’s 4:3 or iPhone’s 3:2. It will be interesting to try one in person.

For the person who wants everything and seamless integration with Mac products, the iPad is a great choice. For anyone content without Apple integration, the Kindle Fire is a similar product for much less.

Head Tracking Brings Glasses Free 3D to iPad

04.12.11   |   Posted in: Tech   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Jeremie Francone and Laurence Nigay from the Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble have released a video showing a new technique for delivering interactive 3D to the iPad. The iPad’s camera watches and tracks the position of the viewer’s head to deliver the an image in proper perspective.

It’s worth noting that this experience of 3D is different than the typical 3D television experience. With 3D TV, objects visibly appear to be dimensional. The effect here keeps things flat but allows you to have the feeling of moving around an object dimensionally. This technique is a very interactive/active experience.

–Via Mac Rumors

Apple Introduces Thunderbolt Technology

02.25.11   |   Posted in: Tech   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Apple’s newest Macbook Pros use a introduce a connectivity technology which is a dramatic step forward from USB or Firewire. Named Thunderbolt (it was code named Light Peak) it allows multiple devices to be daisy chained to transfer data from external drives or even attach a computer monitor. At 10 Gbps, it’s twice as fast as USB 3.0, 12 times as fast as FireWire 800 and 20 times faster than USB 2.0. This translates to about 770 Megabytes per second. PCs are expected to adopt the technology down the line.

Adobe plentopic lenses change the game for photographers

09.29.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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Every once in a while we see something exceptionally cool and this definitely goes in that category. Adobe has developed a new type of camera lens that allows you to focus (or unfocus) various parts of your photograph in post production.
As anyone knows who’s tried to sharpen a blurry photograph in Photoshop, it’s a nearly impossible feat. But this Adobe’s new Plentopic lenses are apparently going to change all of that.
We could try and explain it, but it’s easier to just watch the video. Feel free to skip to the end to see refocusing magic in action.
via Engadget.

QLOCKTWO Knows What Time It Iz

07.20.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: Nils de Mol van Otterloo
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The history of the Chronograph has just reach Midnight at the Zenith of perfection with Biegert and Funk’s playfully named Qlocktwo. Time has heretofore been represented in a type of code, either a dial with hands representing hours minutes and seconds, or some other type of gewgaw or gymcrack.

For the first time, there is a timepiece that simply tells you what time it is:

Ok, I want one, I just can’t decide whether I want Black Ice Tea in English, Cherry Cake in Spanish, Vanilla Sugar in Dutch, Frozen Blackberry in French, Lime Juice in Arabic or Stainless Steel in Russian. But at 885 Euros it will be a while before I can make up the scratch to deck out my News Room in Internationally Time Zoned Color-coded digital Chronometric wall-art (plus, they have yet to make the Mandarin Orange Qlock in Chinese).

Fortunately, there is a Qlock for the rest of us.

Biegert and Funk, makers of the Qlocktwo, have also produced an iPhone/iPad App that does everything that the original does (ie. It tells you what time it is), plus it has some extra features that make you feel like you’re actually doing something when you’re just passing the time. At $0.99 it’s a steal.

I can imagine some industrious Hipster getting the iPhone/iPad App and making a lanyard so they can hang it from their neck a la Flava Flav. Just wait.

Jedi Masters 1024 Collective Trip The Light Fantastic

07.19.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Music, Tech   |   By: Nils de Mol van Otterloo
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Oh the kids these days. There was a time when a few guitars cranked to 11, a light show and a fog machine (plus a fair amount of illicit substances) equaled a rockin’ good time, but this is 2010 and the Summer of Love is more than four decades in the dustbin.

1024 Collective is Francois Wunschel and Pier Schneider, these wundkinds of the digital era have the Total Package: Space, Sound, Visual, Light, Body - an aesthetic that would make most DJ/VJ’s want to change their diaper and go back to their “day job” at Kinkos.

All kidding aside, this has to be regarded as further evidence that there is a quantum shift taking place in the world of music and arts. Musicians and Artists take note: if you want to hang your bad, anime-inspired art at the local coffee shop and play your acoustic guitar and sing about “Change” on open mic night, go right ahead, just don’t expect me to be there. I will be here:

What this all leads to is the inevitable conclusion that the “Triumph of the New York School” is over and this is one more example that Europe, with it’s state funded Arts and Design schools are pumping out the product in terms of  brilliant design and engineering in the world of audio visual arts.

It’s time for MIT Media Center and CalArts to quit playing “World of Warcraft” and step up their game.

Bamboo iPhone Cases from Grove

06.25.10   |   Posted in: Tech   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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Our friends at Grove that started a sensation engraving your ipods awile back are at it once more. They’ve just released these lovely new bamboo cases for the new iPhone4. As usual you can get one with one of their artist series laser engravings, or send them your own design and get a one of a kind case. All products are 100% designed and made by us in Portland, Oregon USA, utilizing sustainable materials, natural hand-rubbed finishes, and responsible packaging.

Peter Dudas ‘Hi-Bike’ Concept Does Fixed-Gear One Better

06.17.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Fashion, Tech   |   By: Nils de Mol van Otterloo
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After the modern minimalist has built his or her custom Fixed-Gear Bicycle, taking loving attention to every element from the color of the frame, the number of spokes in the wheelset, the type of handlebars and a seat that has just the right appeal, what new frontiers of minimalist bike design are available to experiment with? Italian designer Peter Dudas has come up with the “Hi-Bike” concept, a chainless, spokeless rendering of the classic road bike design, intended for modern city cyclists’ needs.

It’s not surprising that this idea should come from an Italian. After all, some of the greatest bike designers in the world (think Basso, Bianchi, Campagnollo,  Cinelli, Colnago, Kuota, Moser Cicli, the list goes on) come from Italy. The exciting thing about a bike like this is the idea that there are new frontiers to explore in the world of cycling. One can imagine that there may come a time that a small electric motor could be coupled to this design that would make the possibility for clean energy transportation a reality throughout the world. In countries such as Holland, where the Bike to Human ratio is nearly 2 to 1, designs such as this will be very popular. Sooner or later, it can be hoped that more Americans will follow the example of the Europeans and become involved in this trend.