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Virtual World Muggings + Real World Arrest

August 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Internet, Social, Virtual Reality | No Comments »

A man has been arrested in Japan on suspicion carrying out a virtual mugging spree by using software “bots” to beat up and rob characters in the online computer game Lineage II. The stolen virtual possessions were then exchanged for real cash. . . There are also reports that some online scammers are using “sweatshopsâ€? in countries such as China and Indonesia in which people monitor teams of bots in order to generate money whilst avoiding bot traps. [NS article]


Performance Relighting and Reflectance Transformation

August 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Lighting, Photography, Technology, Video | No Comments »

Performance Relighting and Reflectance Transformation with Time-Multiplexed Illumination is new a technique that allows lighting and reflectance of the captured subject to be dramatically modified in post-production to reconstruct different lighting environments or stylize the subjects lighting and reflectance. The method uses a high-speed video camera and a spherical array of LED light sources to create 152 lighting directions captured every 24th of a second. [video] [paper]


Tanaka Profile-Shaping Auto Door

August 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Future, Mechanical Tech, Products | 1 Comment »

The Tanaka auto door takes automatic sliding doors one step further with the ability create to openings according to the profile of the approaching figure. [video]

via Gizmodo


Multi-Touch Sensing

August 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Products, Technology | No Comments »

Jeff Han‘s rear projection multi-touch sensing display and JazzMutant’s Lemur both offer hope for all of us who can’t wait to get rid of the archaic mouse and finally click on more than one thing at a time. [Jeff Han’s prototype video] [Lemur video]

via pixelsumo


Remote-Controlled Humans

August 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Health, Products, Science | No Comments »

NTT Communication Science Lab is showcasing a human-controlling device at SIGGRAPH 2005, appropriately titled Shaking the World: Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation as a Novel Sensation Interface. Simply put, this is “a device that controls a person’s movement by remote control.” [article] [video]

National Geographic article on remote controlled rats (2002)

via slashdot


The Internet will be the CB radio of the '90s. or NOT

August 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Internet | 3 Comments »

From ” the Internet will be the CB radio of the ’90s ” to Bittorrent to Web OS. Kevin Kelly uncovers the awakening of the Internet revolution, the snoozers that napped right through it, and the future of The Machine. [Wired 13.08: We Are the Web]


One-atom-thick materials and the 'new industrial revolution'

August 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Future, Materials, Science, Technology | No Comments »

Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a new class of materials which have previously only existed in science fiction films and books. A team of British and Russian scientists led by Professor Geim have discovered a whole family of previously unknown materials, which are one atom thick and exhibit properties which scientists had never thought possible. Published on 18 July, 2005 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [abstract]

via physorg


Playing Poker Against AI

July 25th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Future, Internet, Programming | 3 Comments »

How could playing poker online ever become fair? The enforcement of no-teams and no-bots are hard to regulate. As AI becomes more sophisticated, we may eventually face the killer bot, capable of defeating champion poker players. Online poker sites have two choices: fight the bots or embrace them. And why wouldn’t they embrace them? Poker bots still pay the rake for each pot, so the online casino continue to flourish. Who knows? Online poker may turn into a virtual battlefield for AI.

via MSNBC


Pyron Solar Electric Generator

July 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Materials, Products, Sustainability, Technology, Urbanism | 3 Comments »

Pyron Solar Inc.‘s (San Diego, CA) new Pyron Solar Electric Generator, runs at less than $3 per Watt with 1/4 to 1/20 the size of other systems. Pyron’s system works by concentrating direct sunlight 400X into its photovoltaic cells. Projections by Pyron estimate possible costs for large power plants at $1.24 per Watt and enough efficiency to power the entire US with a 50 square mile plot of land in the desert southwest.

A similar idea, at a larger scale, is being researched by Materialab (at RPI) as a curtain wall system with embedded Fresnel lenses that track and concentrate sunlight into PV cells. [article]

via PowerPulse


Prophecy Magazine : the Lab

July 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Future | No Comments »

Prophecy Magazine is an internationally distributed bi-annual magazine of architecture, art, fashion, music + culture. Each issue of Prophecy features theoretical architectural ideas/renderings in “the Lab” section. This section usually features 3-5 projects. They are currently accepting submissions to be included in Fall ’05 issue (August 15th Deadline). [Prophecy Magazine : the Lab]

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