Your mom may have threatened that she had eyes in the back of her head, but if Wafaa Bilal has kids, he'll be telling the truth.
The assistant NYU photography professor is about to have a camera implanted into the back of his head. The thumbnail sized camera will be thread through his skin in a similar manner to a piercing.
"The project is being commissioned by a new museum in Qatar. But the work, which would broadcast a live stream of images from the camera to museum visitors, is sparking a debate on campus over the competing values of creative expression and student privacy. [He] intends to undergo surgery in coming weeks to install the camera, according to several people familiar with the project.
For one year, Mr. Bilal's camera will take still pictures at one-minute intervals, then feed the photos to monitors at the museum."
A brief look at my local movie showtimes indicates there are currently nine films available in 3D format in my neighborhood. Nine. This craze, for some reason, has no indication of stopping.
So, it's interesting to see some inventiveness beyond $13.00 ticket prices and disposable glasses. "i3DG is a playful analog extension to an iPhone or an iPodTouch, converting its 2D display into a layered 3D view. Using the old technique of placing a half-silvered mirror at a 45-degree angle in front of an image, in a new context, the project extends upon 3D displays and iPhones. As a peripheral gadget, i3DG can support a wide range of different applications, from 3D videos and animations to accelerometer-based games."
I'm still young, so I haven't yet had trouble seeing things on or manipulating my iPhone. Thought, that doesn't mean I wouldn't like a giant 58" version of it as my dining table.
"Table Connect for iPhone is a superb project which makes an exact copy of the iPhone onto a huge 4 feet 10 inch table. All of the same mulitouch movements (swipe, pinch, etc.) apply. We have seen some epic DIY furniture before, but nothing comes close to this fully functioning 58″ capacitive multi-touch surface."
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Let's face it, friends. Unless your a true body art enthusiast, tattoos are just...well, dated.
Until now, at least. Turns out, scientists at the University of Illinois have figured out a way to install super tiny LEDs in human skin. "The university team has allowed LEDs to be placed under the skin while allowing for stretching and twisting by as much as 75 percent. As the whole substrate is encased in thin silicon rubber, the ‘LED tattoo’ is also waterproof."
And it ain't just for looking sharp, either. "The uses are numerous. As well as becoming the latest in tattoo evolution, sub dermal illumination could also aid in the monitoring of wounds, spectroscopy, colour-coding robots and photodynamic drug therapy."
I just can't help myself - I'm simply a sucker for any attempt to incorporate natural textures into technology. Warming up the digital experience is the best of both worlds, in my book, and reinterpreting what contemporary tools can be, well, it's just plain fun.
So, of course, I'm loving this natural teak enclosure for a portable hard drive. The handmade look of decorative wood with cables and LEDs bleeping out can't be beat.
Apple's iTunes allows you to purchase audiobooks formatted specifically for your iPod, allowing you to enjoy some literature on the go. But simply importing an audiobook from CDs or an mp3 leaves you with hundreds of poorly labeled, two-minute tracks that make it very difficult to pick up where you last listened.
But, with a little knowhow, you can create your own audiobooks from CDs (ones you may already own, or have borrowed from the library or a friend) or mp3 files and take advantage of bookmarking, avoidance on shuffle mode, and clear chapter organization, and the special "Book" category in your library.
I. Importing from CDs (If
A gentlemen surely loves his technology. But more importantly, gentlemen are passionate about being productive, and finding ways to better their lives and those of others through access to knowledge and resources.
And, in 2010, those bits of knowledge and resources are often stored digitally, and accessed via that beloved technology. And so, with that in mind, ManMade friend The Art of Manliness has created a masterlist of fifteen great iPhone apps.
The round-up features classic manly how-to stuff, like Tie-a-Tie Deluxe
Reference options, like cocktail recipes or Weber's On the Grill app
Or character building practices, like the
The iRetrofone is a functioning iPhone dock with a working handset receiver. It's quite fun, and I think I'd actually use it, though it costs twice as much as an 8GB iPhone 3G itself at $195.
Does anyone know if picking up the reciever answers the phone, or do you still have to do the finger slide?
SoftMachines Inc describes itself with the the tagline - "original German cuddle engineering," which is about as apt as it gets. The Deutsch seamsters create pillow versions of classic analog technology, like the Roland TR-808 drum machine, Sequential Circuits Pro-One synthesizer, the Big Muff distortion pedal, and everyone's favorite Tetris format, the original Nintendo Game Boy.
ManMade reader Stephen sent in this heads-up on an awesome sound festival that happened last week: BarBot 2010, a cocktail party served by RoboBartenders. Imagine the soundtrack - a little 8-bit bossa nova? Some Switched-On Esquivel! or Moog-y Martin Denny?
"BarBot is a celebration of cocktail culture and man-machine interface. Get a drink from an actual robot. Chat up a snarky electronic bartender. Listen to some graceful tunes being played by robotic music makers. And, after downing your sixth martini, you can finally admit that it’s the geeks who shall inherit the earth."
It seems like the original cocktail making robot fest is Roboexotica in Germany, where the robots above and below - Hobot and Bar2D2- were featured.
Attention iPhone and iPod Touch users: You can now browse ManMade on the go.
Well, you always could, but now it's easier to access from your iPhone desktop. Just go to ManMadeDIY.com in Safari and press the "+" at the bottom, and select "Add To Home Screen" Wait a moment for the nifty new icon thingy to pop up, and you're good to go.
Ryan and his wife were ready to stop being paper bound in the kitchen, and needed away to let go of recipe cards, printing recipes from the internet, and keeping cookbooks away from sauce splatters. And, being 2010, they turned to accessible digital technology. Their goals - slash - requirements?
- must be discrete and look like a digital picture frame when not being used.
- must be touchscreen.
- must have internet access.
- must be easy to use and not crash often (she's used to windows vista)
- must have barcode scanner for managing her kitchen database.
- the wires and techo stuff must be hidden and out of sight.
- should be able to view what's on the lounge TV in the kitchen
How, you say? It starts like most good projects - with cardboard and duct tape. "I wanted to try something that required the minimum amount of disassembly of expensive components (i.e. no warranty voiding!), as well as being cheap and relatively easy to assemble...I already had the lenses and phone, so the project cost me less than US$10."
But then WHY, you'll say. A couple of reasons stand out. One, the effect is pretty cool. It allows for the depth of field of 35mm lenses, as well as some crazy colors and lens distortion, and sometimes some Holga-like vingettes.
Also, I think the likelihood of being able to do this on the cheap is