Gesture controled 3D display

December 30th, 2004 | Filed under: Products, Technology, Virtual Reality | 2 Comments »


Researchers from the University of Toronto have put together a system that allows for direct gestural interaction with virtual objects contained in a volumetric display.

via TRN mag

The Uberorgan

December 30th, 2004 | Filed under: Architecture | 1 Comment »


Uberorgan” is a massive musical machine that encompasses the six rooms. The one piece of sculpture is the show. The complexity in the organization of each functional part as it relates to the whole is staggering. Like being on a large sailboat mixed with a player piano mixed with a hot air balloon. This “musical” instrument manages to be mechanically overt, where its exposed form follows function, while at the same time representational. Its organic form is molded after the interior organs of the human body. A thin net held together by hundreds of plastic clamps keep the floating forms in place. The stitching together of the white nylon fabric, inflated by massive air pumps above the high ceilings, recalls rigging on sails of a ship. The stitching is the only aspect of the installation that Hawkinson did not do himself. What a slacker. This white material, used as a skin for the giant wind instrument, could easily have made the “Uberorgan” feel like a piece of cold machinery. But ultimately it does not. The warm hues of the extension chords and the web-like binding materials imbue a vascular quality on the synthetic tissue. — Moshun Jacker

Transparent Transistors

December 29th, 2004 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech | No Comments »

Transparent Transistors

Transparent electronics is an emerging technology which aims to produce invisible electronic circuits. Now, researchers from Oregon report they made a major advance in transparent electronics. Their zinc-tin-oxide ‘thin-film’ materials are amorphous, physically robust, chemically stable and cheap to produce at just above room temperature. These new materials and transistors offer many new possibilities for consumer electronics, transportation, business and the military. Even if these transparent transistors don’t show up inside your next computer, they might soon appear in flat panel screens, flexible electronics devices you’ll carry with you, and even in your car windshields. But it should take some time.


Elevators get smart

December 29th, 2004 | Filed under: Building Tech | No Comments »

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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation developed a technology that combines RFID tags and cameras for controlling elevators. With their technology, elevators don’t make people wait for them. Instead, they wait for people.
By combining RFID and image processing, they claim that their system could tell if a person wanted to use an elevator or was just waking near an elevator (without any intention to use an elevator.)

via RDIF News

Self-Cleaning Glass

December 29th, 2004 | Filed under: Building Tech | No Comments »


Self-cleaning glass has been described as an impossible dream. Yet, following an intensive research and development program by Pilkington – inventors of the universally used float glass process, and the world’s leading glass manufacturer – new Pilkington Activ â„¢ does just that.
Its unique dual-action uses the forces of nature to help keep the glass free from organic dirt, giving you not only the practical benefit of less cleaning, but also clearer, better-looking windows.

via treehugger

Unfolding Prototypes

December 29th, 2004 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech | No Comments »

Lamina Design
Lamina 1.0 uses computer methods to build precise physical structures in the real world. Your 3D model is approximated by a number of 2D parts that are numerically cut and attached to fabricate the final structure. Laser cutting, abrasive waterjet cutting and plasma cutting services are widely available and make creating parts inexpensive and fast.

via laminadesign

Re-Cycling the Big Box

December 29th, 2004 | Filed under: Urbanism | No Comments »


As superstores such as Kmart and Home Depot abandon buildings across the nation in order to move into bigger spaces, what will become of the envelopes they leave behind? That’s the question Julia Christensen, an artist with a background in electronics, first began investigating in January 2004.

via Interior Design

Modeling Chaos

December 29th, 2004 | Filed under: Mathematics | 1 Comment »


Dr Hinke Osinga and Professor Bernd Krauskopf, of Bristol University’s engineering mathematics department, used 25,511 crochet stitches to represent the Lorenz equations.
The equations describe the nature of chaotic systems – such as the weather or a turbulent river.

via BBC news


December 29th, 2004 | Filed under: Computing, Programming | No Comments »


The installation Biophelia will enable participants to interact with and generate organic forms based upon the distortion of the users shadow. Coined in 1984 by sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson, biophilia refers to the need of living things to connect with others – even those of different species. Biophilia attempts to absorb and synthesize users and their contexts, producing unpredictable patterns of propagation and hybridity.

via near near future


December 28th, 2004 | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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