The Quiet Revolution

January 30th, 2006 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Products, Sustainability | 1 Comment »



The Quiet Revolution
, a vibration-free silent wind turbine developed by XCO2, slated for its first installation this March (2006), could produce 10,000 kWh per year at an average wind speed of 5.8 m/s.

via Treehugger


Nevel : Moving Labyrinth

January 29th, 2006 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Programming, Social | 1 Comment »

NEVEL is a moving labyrinth (11 X 11 m) consisting of 9 programmable walls able to rotate 360°. Architecture comes alive, walls become doors, spaces open and close, visitors are locked up and set free again.

via wmmna


The Adaptation of my Generation

January 25th, 2006 | Filed under: Past, Photography | 2 Comments »

The Adaptation of my Generation, by Jonathan Keller is a daily portrait project started in 1998. Check out his links page to many other ‘passage of time’ and obsessive photo projects.

via information aesthetics


OGLE : 3D Screen Capture

January 24th, 2006 | Filed under: Programming, Virtual Reality | 1 Comment »

OGLE (The OpenGLExtractor) is a software package that allows for the capture and re-use of 3D geometry data from 3D graphics applications running on Microsoft Windows. It works by observing the data flowing between 3D applications and the system’s OpenGL library, and recording that data in a standard 3D file format. In other words, a ‘screen grab’ or ‘view source’ operation for 3D data. Grab city-scapes from Google Earth, characters from Warcraft, Second Life, etc.

via Eyebeam reBlog


Geometry, an innate ability

January 24th, 2006 | Filed under: Biology, Science, Social | 2 Comments »

An indigenous group called the Mundurukú, who live in isolated villages in several Brazilian states in the Amazon jungles, have no words in their language for square, rectangle, triangle or any other geometric shape except circles. . .Yet, researchers have discovered, they appear to understand many principles of geometry as well as American children do, and in some cases almost as well as American adults. An article describing the findings appears in the Jan. 20 issue of Science. [NY Times article]

Thanks, Neil.


Learning Retinal Implant System

January 18th, 2006 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Health, Video | 1 Comment »

Intelligent Medical Implants AG (IMI), has successfully implanted two patients with its camera to retina transmiter with a unique ‘learning’ capability.

via Medgadget


Morphing Mississippi

January 18th, 2006 | Filed under: Mapping, Past | 1 Comment »

Each plate from Harold N. Fisk’s 1944 geological survey of the Mississippi is stunning on its own. Strung together, it becomes a beautiful creature twitching along the terrain.

via Pruned


Live Local Bird's Eye View

January 15th, 2006 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Photography, Technology | 1 Comment »

When Windows Live Local says bird’s eye, they really mean bird’s eye. Check out the incredible high-resolution bird’s eye views on Live Local for yourself.


Sketchup Google Earth

January 15th, 2006 | Filed under: Architecture, Technology, Virtual Reality | 2 Comments »

With SketchUp’s new Google Earth plug-in., you can how have the ultimate virtual site model in an instant. Export your own 3D model directly to a KMZ file and your done.

via Informationlab


Measuring the Angle of News

January 14th, 2006 | Filed under: AI, Internet, Mapping, News, Programming | 1 Comment »

Neal Goldman’s Inform Technologies LLC converts news into math as each article is calculated in a multi-dimensional universe of topics to match the relevance to a news reader’s interests. Adding to its unique offering allowing users to dig deeper into stories, the news aggregator now offers audio, video, and RSS.

via businessweek