Apr 08, 2013

'Interactive Fish Tank' turns water into a capacitive touchscreen (video)

posted by Larra Morris

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"Interactive Fish Tank" is an installation that explores new, wet boundaries in touch-based interfaces. Developed in 2011 by Manuela Donoso and Crys Moore, Masters candidates at NYU's Interactive Telecommunication Program, the piece effectively turns a bed of water into a capacitive touchscreen, creating a virtual aquarium full of pixelated goldfish.

With "Fish Tank," users can "feed" a swarm of fish by simply tapping their fingers against the surface of the water. This creates a bluish circle around which the fish — represented with orange dots — then congregate. The simulated fish will also follow a user's finger as it sweeps across the water, as demonstrated in the video below.
via The Verge

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Apr 08, 2013

Chris Hadfield demonstrates how tears work in space (video)

posted by Larra Morris

 

International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield isn’t done with informing us about everything we ever wondered about when it comes to living in space. The man’s basically made it his responsibility to answer all kinds of questions about how mundane activities function in an effectively weightless environment, like how to brush your teeth in space. This time aroundhe’s taken it upon himself to explain how tears work in space.
via Geekosystem

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Apr 07, 2013

Augmented reality sandbox with real-time water flow simulation (video)

posted by Larra Morris

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The resulting augmented reality (AR) sandbox allows users to create topography models by shaping real sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water. The system teaches geographic, geologic, and hydrologic concepts such as how to read a topography map, the meaning of contour lines, watersheds, catchment areas, levees, etc.
via Neatorama

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Apr 06, 2013

Moving Rorschach inkblot masks based on Watchmen comics & film

posted by Larra Morris

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Rorschach Masks is a company that offers a series of 5 different moving inkblot costume masks. The inkblots animate from the heat of your breath and are themed after an identical disguise that fictional character and antihero Rorschach(Walter Kovacs) wore in the Watchmen comics and 2009 film.
via Laughing Squid

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Apr 05, 2013

How far is it to Mars?

posted by Laura Domela

If the Earth were 100 pixels wide....

Distance to Mars, a very cool visualization.

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Apr 05, 2013

Scientists turn dreams into eerie short films with an MRI scan (video)

posted by Larra Morris

 

A group of scientists from Kyoto has managed to successfully analyze and "record" the basic elements of what people see when they dream. The idea of recording dreams has been a mainstay in science fiction, but also a frequent goal for researchers. AsSmithsonian Magazine writes, this group designed its study based on the premise that brains react to "seeing" objects with repeatable patterns that can be measured with MRI. If a machine can recognize the patterns well enough, it can reverse-engineer them, giving us a window into what's going on inside people's heads while they dream.
via The Verge

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Apr 05, 2013

Harvard lets human minds control rats, private rodent armies remain distant (video)

posted by Larra Morris

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Sure, we've seen rats control other rats, but that won't give us a legion of mind-controlled creatures to unleash upon an innocent public, will it? Harvard Medical School may unwittingly assist with solving our (rather misguided) plight, as it just experimented with a system that lets a human mind trigger actions in a rat's motor cortex. The test had sensor-equipped humans watch a screen that flashed in sync with their EEG brain patterns for visual stimulation; as soon their attention shifted to controlling the rat, they triggered an ultrasonic pulse that twitched the rodent's tail.
via Engadget

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Apr 05, 2013

You can sit in this pond without getting wet

posted by Larra Morris

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This picture was taken in a park in Vöcklabruck, Austria that you might want to go to right now. You can actually sit in the middle of the pond, thanks to a sunken spot where you can hang out without getting soaked.
via Gizmodo

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Apr 04, 2013

3-D Tetris chalk drawing stop-motion (video)

posted by Larra Morris

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This is a 3-D chalk art stop-motion from Chris Carlson (of 3-D Snake game fame) of Tetris being played.
via Geekologie

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Apr 04, 2013

Hagfish slime: The clothing of the future?

posted by Larra Morris

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Scientists believe hagfish slime or similar proteins could be turned into tights or breathable athletic wear, or even bullet-proof vests.

For years, scientists have been looking for alternatives to synthetic fibres like nylon and lycra, or spandex, which are made from oil - a non-renewable resource.

Hagfish slime has the potential to provide a natural and renewable alternative.

But first, the experts need to work out how to increase the slime production.
via BBC News

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