Microcontroller Madness…..

Art, Electronics, Technology
Not sure if this madness will be the next big thing for the Demo Scene, but it sure is nice to see some the younger generation using their talents to come up with these circuits. In the old days -- yeah I'm gonna date myself now -- I used to do Demo programming on the C-64 and the Amiga 1000 later on, we had dedicated processors and although we did some heavy duty low-level programming, it wasn't too bad.The stuff that Linus Akesson and his buddies have come up with are actually brilliant in that they are very analog in nature. Don't get me wrong, it is a micro doing all that, but the thought process behind the algorithm is very analog.....here is a excerpt of what it all entails:One…
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Styrobot….Something creative my mind never came up with

Art, robotics
Yeah, now I know what I am gonna do with the packing foam that comes with the purchase of our next 50 Dell Servers. Michael Salter's creations can be viewed at San Jose Museum of Art, Robots:Evolution of a Cultural Icon, up thru 10/08. Totally cool and creative. Definitely one for the "I wish I'd thought of that" category :-). You can also watch Michael build the behemoth from the ground up below. giant styrobot from michael salter on Vimeo.
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Expo Galore……

Art, Flickr, Photography
Browsing through Flickr sets I came across ninecormorants sets from Montreal Expo 1967 and New York Expo 1964. Believe it or not these photos were found on the street in Cambridge, MA. They were originally glued onto scrapbook sheets. They are all originals and as far as he can tell were taken by Lillian Seymour. Very vintage and a great visual story.
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Picture book on the web

Art, Photography
Well earlier today I "found" ffffound.com and I have to say, it's imagery heaven. FFFFOUND! is a web service that not only allows the users to post and share their favorite images found on the web, but also dynamically recommends each user's tastes and interests for an inspirational image-bookmarking experience!!FFFFOUND! has an almost analog feel that tends to suck you in, so be careful, FFFFOUND! will pretty much take over your browsing life with mind-altering art and design images.
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Free Power…..

Art, Research
Okay so it's not totally free. Follow this link to Richard Boxes website where he documents how he powered up 1301 florescent lamps without plugging them in. You see he used the electromagnetic field generated by the powerlines overhead to get the lamps to glow.
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Image Slicing and Stretching….

Art, Research, Siggraph07
Found this while having a beer in Stuttgart, Germany. Video of the excellent paper presented by Shai Avidan from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) and Ariel Shamirfrom The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC)/Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL).From their excellent Paper titled Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing:Seam carving is a method for content-aware resizing that changes the size of an image according to its content. This paper shows applications to aspect-ratio change, image retargeting, and object removal.More info on the technique can be found in this PDF file.
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Do you dare trust a machine…..

Art, Electronics, PD, Physical Computing
The people over at 5VoltCore have put together a PD installation that really tests your courage and trust in machines. The installation sets up a feedback loop between computer, robot and the user. The user is right in assuming that the machine can fail, the machine can fail because the user assumes.Let me explain, it all starts with a PD patch that controls a knife held by a robot that will try to hit the space in between the users fingers. Once the user places his/her hand under the robot, the program takes over and the knife movements slowly speed up. At this point the user will either trust the machine or they will get nervous and start sweating. The sweating will then trigger a series of short circuits inside…
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