Mr Doob, Berg to Fabrica, Remixing Headers and Machine Learning for Google Images

Mr.doob (@mrdoob) 28/05/2013 18:18 A little experiment I did for @XOComm exploring how many interactable particles 2d canvas could handle. Bonus: π.

Also including works by Marius Watz, Joshua Davis, Kyle Mcdonald and Casey Reas.


Berg have launched Sandbox:

Sandbox — for institutions and companies to figure out what connected products mean for them.

Remix your JPG’s online with the HEADer_REMIX.

Machine learning for unlabelled images in Google+. What will Google do with this next? Imagine searching by content of images – or for the photo with the big yellow flower. Research paper on the subject. 

Glam Media, KPCB Trends, Dropcam and Constraint Programming

Glam Media Is Huge! Bigger than Wikipedia or Apple. The only Internet properties with more US users are Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo.

Via Mary Meacher’s Internet Trends. Glam Media was partially founded by Susan Kare, creator of all the Apple Macintosh’s most iconic(?) icons.

Dropcam lets you just start streaming video. Broadcast is changing.

Using Constraint Programming to solve an xkcd comic.

Meditation via Binocular video streaming, Airware, Drone Orienteering, Sector Nine

I’d love to meditate using binocular video streaming. Imagine orienteering with such a system? Or a game of it? A team game?

Airware is raising cash:

15/05/2013 15:08Airware, A Startup That’s Helping Bring Drones To The Masses, Just Raised $10.7 Million –…

And building the software and hardware to enable to people to come up with new applications.

Pete Mackenzie sends two videos, A drone that uses sonar to sense:

and another:

Sarah Bates sends a lovely film of downhill skating:

And Irish Folk Furniture:

Ruins of Super Science, Mr. Baker, UK Falling Behind in R&D, Google and Tax in the UK

Via Honor Harger, a guide to the ruins of super science.

Beware of Mr. Baker“. Not a pleasant guy, but certainly a committed drummer. As he says many times in the film:

“I had perfect time.”

UK R&D science is falling behind, but Google paying their tax could help pay for it. How can Google defend themselves against this? It’s just morally wrong. Simple. Google are vulnerable to this. Everyone always retreats behind the shareholder duty wall on this one, but I don’t think it will wash.

New Orleans shootings, Lulzsec, All the way down to the atoms and using Architecture to resist the pressure of Capital

It’s not news, but in America, not all mass shootings are equal.

All the LulzSec team are getting locked up – but not the real criminals. What a waste all round.

“You need the people who want to work at a high level but who can go all the way down to the atoms.”—Ben Fried, March, 2012

Thanks to Mike Kruzeniski for the link.

I’ve seen Rahul Mehrota speak several times. I most recently saw him at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam – where he described his architecture as a tool to resist the pressure of capital. He used several examples but the one that stuck in my mind was the idea of greening the exteriors of corporate buildings – instead of using nets to stop rioters, use a blanket of plants – but also a system that enables eye contact between gardeners and the board. A useful check for both sides of the coin. Also see his Elephant/Human Housing project.

I’m sorry Mr. Dunne, I didn’t understand.

I graduated from the Interaction Design MA course (mmm bit-rot) at the Royal College of Art in 2003. After I left, the course was renamed to Design Interactions and taken over by Anthony Dunne of Dunne and Raby.

I didn’t like it. Just when hardware platforms and computer vision and interaction methods were getting really cheap, the course turned towards bio-futures and other visions of the near now, that I thought were just intellectual masterbation. Why don’t we just make the future?

I saw Mr. Dunne speak at What Design Can Do. It was great! I felt the need to apologise to him afterwards. He emphasised schools as places away from commercial pressure, and the idea of making tools for experimenting with ideas – and also how you signal with design that that tools aren’t the final idea.

He presented his Micro Kingdoms project, which set off some interesting ideas in my mind.

Technical Illusions, Arduino with Linux, Dura-Ace and Cosmic Carbone

Technical Illusions have made an interesting new project called Cast AR – using projected light to augment the world around you – not lock you away. 

Arduino Yún  is the first of a revolutionary family of wifi products combining Arduino with Linux. Yún means “cloud” in chinese language,  as the purpose of this board to make it simple to connect to complex web services directly from Arduino.

I want a Dura-Ace shifting system on my new bike.

Oh, and Cosmic Carbone wheels.