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ArchiKluge : Evolutionary Architectural Diagrams

September 30th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Architecture, Design, Programming | No Comments »

ArchiKluge by Pablo Miranda Carranza (army of clerks), implements a Steady State Genetic Algorithm with Tournament Selection for an exploration into the “automatic design” of architectural diagrams. The program breeds, combines and mutates the genetic code of the 4x4x4 cell lattice in search for the most optimized form, in this case, a fitness function of “cells with other cells as far as possible from themselves (but still reachable). ”

via IlliGAL


Evolvica

September 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Programming | No Comments »

Evolvica is an experimental open source Java framework for developing evolutionary algorithms based on the Eclipse platform. Users can create algorithms visually with user defined operators and sprint through generations of evolution to ultimate perfection.


3D LED Matrix

September 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Lighting, Products, Programming | 4 Comments »

James Clar’s latest generation 3D Display Cube is a hand-made LED display matrix of 1000 white LEDs. The matrix incorporates software developed by Josh Nimoy to display Photoshop and Aftereffects files as well as 3D animations and a 3D Pong game. [video] [shop]

via MoCo Loco


Making Visible the Invisible

September 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Programming, Social | 1 Comment »

“Making Visible the Invisible� is an installation consisting of 6 large LCD screens located on a glass wall horizontally behind the librarians’ main information desk in the Mixing Chamber of the Seattle Central Library. . .The screens feature real-time calculated animation visualizations generated by custom designed statistical and algorithmic software using data received each hour. This data consists of a list of checked-out items organized in chronological order.

via wmmna


Semi-Permanent 05

September 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Design | No Comments »

Thank you Semi-Permanent! The two day showcase (I missed the first day) of “super-species” designers completed successfully with Joshua Davis‘ hilarious “becoming tool” presentation, complete with photographs of Tool’s (the band) gas-station-quality toilet / trophy room. Chuck Anderson gave his brutally amateurish, but pure and honest power talk on freelance 101. Visionaire presented their incredible fashion publication from their humble beginnings to the ultra-luxurious. And Elizabeth Diller from Diller Scofidio+ Renfro packed her presentation with projects most of us only dream we have.


Ghost Diagrams

September 10th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Design, Mathematics, Programming | No Comments »

Ghost Diagrams, by Paul Harrison, is an automated tiling program that assembles sets of tiles to create unpredictable patterns.

via dataisnature


Power-Generating Backpack

September 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mechanical Tech, Sustainability | 1 Comment »

Lawrence Rome‘s ingenious suspended-load backpack harnesses the users’s 2-3 inch (5-7 cm) vertical movement while walking to produce up to 7.4 watts of power. An added bonus comes from the suspended mechanism of the cargo, cushioning the impact of heavy loads on the body. The solution boasts an incredible efficiencey in performance, all packaged in the added weight equivalent to a candy bar. [press release]

via Treehugger | wmmna


Modulobe: Virtual Creature Simulator

September 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Mechanical Tech, Programming | No Comments »

Modulobe is a fun and free tool for creating locomotive creatures. The simple interface consists of the two basic modules: shafts and links. Construct a skeleton of shafts and links, graph out the motion of your links, hit run, and watch your creation go.

via wmmna

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Mid-Air Human-Computer Interface

September 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Mapping, Products, Technology | No Comments »

Alvaro Cassinelli, Stephane Perrin & Masatoshi Ishikawa’s Smart Laser Scanner uses off-the-shelf technology to create a high resolution human interfaces that tracks one’s bare fingers as it moves through space in 3-dimensions. The systems tracking technique is sophisticated, yet simple and elegant, permitting future possibilities of embedding this entire system into a variety of portable electronics. Imagine writing or gesturing in mid-air as your cell phone or laptop beams a laser directly to multiple fingers and even multiple users as it interprets motions into letters and words. [demo videos]

via Engadget | The Raw Feed


Nano-material Harder than Diamonds

September 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Design, Fabrication Tech, Future, Materials | No Comments »

A new material known as aggregated carbon nanorods (ACNR) has been created by packing buckyballs under 200 times the normal atmospheric pressure and heating it to 2226°C. ACNR is 0.3% denser than ordinary diamond and more resistant to pressure than any other known material.

via nanotechweb | NS