The Plotclock has one job. The 3D-printed clock writes the time, then erases it, and then writes the time again.
It’s a simple device: One servo lifts the pen from its dock while the other two controls the arm movement. The instructions are served from an Arduino single-board microcontroller. The rest is magic.
An art installation at the Royal Academy in London is using digital projection to turn any hard surface into a harmonic instrument. Contact designed by creative artist Felix Faire ”translates recognized impulses into melodic notes using contact microphones, passive sonar and waveform analysis.”
Basically, it’s an audio interface that uses acoustic vibrations generated from a simple wooden surface to create music. And better yet, the “code will be opensource and available on github.”
Below is a video about the history of the project.
I wanna see this thing a parties everywhere!!
Hold onto your butts, kids. Remember those awesome shoes Marty McFly got to wear in Back to The Future II?! The ones we all got super bummed weren’t real. Well, according to Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, they’re coming in 2015! From Gizmodo:
Hatfield showed up at the Jordan Brand’s Flight Lab space in New Orleans yesterday. When asked about power laces, his answer was pretty unequivocal:
“Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES!”
Now, I know what your thinking: 2015?! That’s the year McFly travels to in the movie! Can it be? I dunno guys, but since we’re already counting down till the day young Marty arrives in 2015 we can certainly start the clock for these bad boys. Although, no specific date has been announced we know one the thing for sure: “Power Laces, Alright!”
We’ve all been worried about robots, zombies, cats, and other scary things becoming our overlords someday, but now we have another one to worry about and this one, I feel, may not be as benevolent as the others. Because after years of flushing their loved ones down the toilet, of allowing children to shake them in bags from the carnival, and of making stupid faces at them through their aquariums, these goldfish inside of their robot cars will soon be able to take over the world and make us pay for our iniquities against fishkind.
Don’t let the happy music in the video fool you…there will be nothing but death and destruction for humans if word of this contraption gets out to the other fish.
It’s always great when someone takes one amazing technology and uses it to create something else entirely.
However, nothing beats the thrill of crushing your opponent in a dark arcade on one of those neon-lit air hockey tables.
It’s a Chess-Playing-Lego-Robot!! And, its name is Nona! I am jelly!! I thought about suggesting the story to our fearless leader/writer Nona, but why not post it myself? I thought to myself, “Could you ever write about an AWESOME-LEGO-ROBOT that shares your namesake?” My answer was, “I’d feel too much pressure.” So, I’m giving a shout-out to the Nonas!
Here’s to you, Nona! Thanks for keeping DotD going. Thanks for tirelessly finding content for the readers. Thanks for giving me a place to share amazing internet fodder. And above all, thanks for co-creating a space (with Kylie) where strangers can gather to share ideas, make friends, and entertain each other.
Oh yeah… About the Robot:
Named after Nona Gaprindashvili, the first female chess Grandmaster.
You play as white. Nona watches the board through a webcam and processes the image in a laptop to work out your moves. She then talks with a chess engine to find out how to respond. Using her three NXT motors, Nona can grab, lift, and move pieces as she pleases.
All Hail THE NONAS!
The research group Embodied Interaction has developed conductive paper that is a cuttable multi-touch sensor. The prototype can be cut and manipulated by the user to modify and create real-world objects and surfaces that are touch-sensitive.
According to the Youtube:
We propose cutting as a novel paradigm for ad-hoc customization of printed electronic components. As a first instantiation, we contribute a printed capacitive multi-touch sensor, which can be cut by the end-user to modify its size and shape. This very direct manipulation allows the end-user to easily make real-world objects and surfaces touch-interactive, to augment physical prototypes and to enhance paper craft. We contribute a set of technical principles for the design of printable circuitry that makes the sensor more robust against cuts, damages and removed areas. This includes novel physical topologies and printed forward error correction. A technical evaluation compares different topologies and shows that the sensor remains functional when cut to a different shape.
It’s pretty neat when you start to think of all the possible ways you could put this technology to work.