Gravity and Resistance

February 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Programming, Technology | No Comments »

The Gravity and Resistance project, featuring Gravicells 2.0 is a remarkable interactive installation by Seko Mikami and Sota Ichikawa. A visual fluctuation of a grid space is projected onto the occupant’s surroundings, heightening one’s perception of gravity and spacial resistance.

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Universal machines : Computational Architecture

February 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Computing, Fabrication Tech, Mathematics | No Comments »

Pratt Institute is holding an all day symposium on Thursday, 02/17/2005, exploring the future of computing and architecture. If you are in the New York area and have the slightest interest in the future of architecture technologies (built and unbuilt), you should get your ass on the G-train and attend! The speakers include some of the most cutting edge thinkers in the fields of architecture and mathematics covering topics ranging from algorithmic fabrication, biomimicry to genomic, genetic and quantam issues in architecture. (Image from Dazzle Topologies / RE.ptile, Evan Douglis)

Description : Exploring the relationship between architecture and computing with a focus on universality.

Universality implies the ability of computers to emulate divergent and multivalent processes that are not possible given the fixed parameters of classical machines. The symposium will attempt to open up futures in computing and architecture that have been stalled by the singular proliferation of narrow formalist tropes. Computing offers architecture an unprecedented opportunity to invent new forms and practices.

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Mechanical Nostradamus : Tapping the 'Consciousness Field'

February 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mathematics, News, Technology | No Comments »

Dr. Roger Nelson of the Global Consciousness Project at Princeton claims his black box can tap into the stream of the precognitive global consciousness. The project is based on an unexplained phenomenon of people being able to sway the outcome of random number generators simply by concentrating on them. The Global Consciousness Project collects data from network of ‘eggs’ which streams what should be (but isn’t) a sequence of random numbers over the internet.

Watch the ‘eggs’ in near real-time.

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Beyond Augmented Reality

February 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Technology, Virtual Reality | 1 Comment »

AR (augmented reality) interfaces have come a long way. Virtual placement of 3-dimensional models have become extremely accurate and we starting to see consumer devices with immersive augmented reality like D’Fusion. HITlab NewZealand and US (Human Interfaces Technology) have a series of projects demonstrating some of the latest developments such as tangible virtual objects, GPS, outdoor AR, multiple dataset browsing, gestures and shared AR, all bringing us closer to the day when we’ll walk around playing Grand Theft Auto in the streets, wearing giant goggles or perhaps an AR PDA will do the job.

Watch the videos of some the HITlab projects.

Check out D’Fusion Technology via Gear Live

Markerless AR tracking video.
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Mechanical Scorpion

February 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mechanical Tech, Technology | No Comments »

The Scorpion is another great example of technology finding answers through biomimicry. It is a significant achievement as a mechanical robot with great maneuverability and also runs on an reactive behavior to maneuver local terrain and traverse without any human interaction. The Scorpion upon completion would be able to navigate itself autonomously for days at a time. Watch the video.

via nature | we make money not art | gearlive

Visualizing Chess Thinking

February 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Mapping, Programming, Technology | No Comments »

Thinking Machine 4 beautifully displays some of the thinking behind chess. All potential moves of the computer’s move tree are displayed as it computes its next move.

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Moore's Law Continues

February 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Nanotech, News, Technology | No Comments »

This isn’t really breaking news in the sense that Moore’s Law has chugged along consistently since Gordon Moore predicted microprocessors would double in speed every 2 years, but sooner or later we’ll face the physical limitations of the current material’s ability to be packed onto a chip. Intel and Qinetiq have developed an indium antimonide transistor, providing faster performance with 1/10 the energy consumption. Implementation of this new transistor along with developments in nanotechnology will continue to ensure your PC will be obsolete months after your purchase.

via New Scientist

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Foldable Plywood

February 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Fabrication Tech, Materials | No Comments »

Foldex is a combination of 3-10mm thick plywood and a linen-like material sandwiched in between. The result is much like scored cardboard. This fabrication technique integrates a cnc cutting mechanism so all cuts are accurate, repeatable and customizable, offering the potential to build an entire line of custom foldable furniture. Depending on the thickness of the plywood, the folds can produce curved surfaces out of single sheets, as they have demonstrated in a furniture piece they made for a competition in 2001. Using this basic method of flexible material embedded in rigid sheets, the possibilities seem endless. We may soon see more furniture and perhaps larger structures built using this method.

via Transmaterial | 100% Design

Google Maps + More

February 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping | 2 Comments »

There’s been a lot of hoopla surrounding the beta launch of Google Maps, but don’t discount some other web based maps, like Map24 which offers an extremely fluid Java based interface and, a highly accurate detailed road + satellite map of Switzerland, both of which have certain advantages over Google Maps. There’s no doubt Google will step up to the plate, but for the moment they should be looking at both of these innovative web maps for an even more fluid and informative user experience.

I think Google’s implementation of satellite imagery could be expected since the current image retrieval system is pretty much set up to access satellite image databases.

The Los Alamos Bug : Mixing Chemicals to Create Life

February 9th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Biotech, Technology | 2 Comments »

Norman Packard and his team at ProtoLife are among several research groups racing to create the first artificial life form. Although the ProtoLife group’s proposal to create life out of chemicals through technologies like PACE (Programmable Artificial Cell Evolution) is at least 10 years away, the questions raised stir our fundamental understanding of life. Is a self-replicating ‘cell’ made of synthetic materials alive? A widely accepted definition of life requires the ability to reproduce and undergo natural selection. Packard’s synthetic ‘Los Alamos Bug’ would do just that.

via New Scientist