May 27, 2013

Anti-Tetris project is a study in hand tracking (video)

posted by Larra Morris

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The game of Anti-Tetris is played by standing in front of a monitor and watch falling Tetris pieces overlaid on a video image of your body. Each hand is used to make pieces disappear so that they don’t stack up to the top of the screen. We don’t see this as the next big indie game. What we do see are some very interesting techniques for hand tracking.

An FPGA drives the game, using a camera as input. To track your hands the Cornell students figured out that YUV images show a specific range of skin tones which can be coded as a filter to direct cursor placement. But they needed a bit of a hack to get at those values. They patched into the camera circuit before the YUV is converted to RGB for the NTSC output.
via Hack a Day

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May 27, 2013

The world's tallest climbing wall: The Excalibur

posted by Laura Domela

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The Excalibur, situated within the Bjoeks Climb Center in Groningen, The Netherlands, is the world’s tallest climbing wall.

The wall is 121 feet and faces the rugged landscape of nature. A special feature of the wall is a sleek curve 36 feet from the base that creates an artificial overhang akin to climbing a real peak.
via Design Taxi

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May 27, 2013

New project: DIY 3D laser scanner using Arduino

posted by Laura Domela

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Maker Alessandro Grossi sent us this great DIY build for a 3D scanner built using a laser, a DSLR, and an Arduino controller. Allesandro is a Mechanical Engineer, holding a Ph.D. in product design. His day job involves helping designers and manufacturing firms develop and optimize products by means of FEM analisys and Computational fluid dynamics. This is just what he does for fun.
via Make

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May 27, 2013

Australian researchers get closer to scalable quantum computing

posted by Laura Domela

Researchers in Australia are making progress in their quest to construct a scalable quantum computer, having developed a method for extracting information from an electron racing around a phosphorus atom in silicon, the MIT Technology Review reported Wednesday. The achievement suggests that commercial use — and, therefore, wider implementation of a probabilistic computing model much faster than current systems — could be just a wee bit closer.
via GigaOM

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May 27, 2013

Emergency shelter prototype assembles like an Ikea cupboard

posted by Larra Morris

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Australian architecture firm BVN Donovan Hill made an appearance at Melbourne’s recent Emergency Shelter Exhibition in order to demonstrate its new emergency shelter concept. Developed with the aim of providing comfortable surroundings for its occupants, the temporary structure resembles a 3D puzzle and is said to assemble much like an Ikea cupboard.
via Gizmag

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May 27, 2013

Klein bottles

posted by Larra Morris

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A single surface model made by Alan Bennett in Bedford, United Kingdom. It consists of three Klein bottles set inside each other to produce, when cut, three pairs of single-twist Mobius strips. A Klein bottle has no edges, no outside or inside and cannot be properly constructed in three dimensions.
via Neatorama

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May 27, 2013

Let your walls light up the room with LED wallpaper

posted by Larra Morris

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Made by Mestyle and shown off at this year's New York Design Week, these high-tech wallpapers have low-tech origins; they're all handmade. The rolls come in 22 unique designs, each with its own scientific or historic inspiration.
via Gizmodo

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May 26, 2013

73-year old Japanese man creates stunning art in Excel

posted by Laura Domela

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A 73-year-old Japanese man, Tatsuo Horiuchi, has ditched the conventional use of Excel - spreadsheets - to deliver some absolutely stunning art using Microsoft's productivity tool. Why use Excel to create art like this? Horiuchi said that "other specialized graphic software is expensive, and Excel came pre-installed in PCs", while he also mentioned he found the software easy to use and more capable than physical paint.
via Neowin.net

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May 24, 2013

World's largest Lego sculpture: 5.3 million-brick X-Wing Starfighter

posted by Laura Domela

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Brad Wieners of Bloomberg BusinessWeek went to see the world's largest Lego sculpture: a 5.3 million-brick, “life-size” X-Wing Starfighter.
via Boing Boing

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May 24, 2013

Breathtaking time-lapse video of the 2013 Danang International Fireworks Competition

posted by Larra Morris

Photographer Rob Whitworth has created this breathtaking time-lapse video of the 2013 Danang International Fireworks Competition. Teams from the USA, Russia, Japan, Italy, and Da Nang competed in the beautiful fireworks competition, and the USA team from Melrose Pyrotechnics won the grand prize.
via Laughing Squid

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