Civic authorities can’t be everywhere at once and often rely on citizens to inform them of the improvements that need making. The NYPD already launched its own crowdsourcing crime reports app, and now the Bürgerforum Vorarlberg mobile app is enabling citizens to flag community issues that need addressing by sending photos and text direct to the council. READ MORE…
Smart Portrait 3D
Interactive installation by Seok-Jun Ha employs familiar display / Kinect set-up, but is noticable for it’s employment of contemporary large curved televisions - video embedded below:
Material : 3 65” Samsung Curved UHD , Kinect Depth Camera , Custom Program with openFrameWorks, PC
Size : 4m x2m x 3m (WHD)
Year : 2014
Samsung Electronics Curved UHD Art Collaboration Project
Audio visual performance project by João Beira involves a performer wearing an EEG brainwave reader who is meditating - the results distort the Kinect-captured presentation - video embedded below:
BIOMEDIATION is a sensor based audiovisual performance that digitizes the practice of meditation.
Through the use of a EEG headset, the cognitive and emotional experience of the performer is translated dynamically to sound and video compositions. It connects the body to brain activity, merging the physical world with the psychic dimension. Collaboration between João Beira and Yago de Quay.
162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist
Stunning post by Thomas Frey on wfs.org about new jobs and skills in the near and far future. Who else wants to be a Robotic Earthworm Driver, a Bio-Meat Factory Engineer or a Driverless “Ride Experience” Designers. Fun to read.
Predicting future jobs is an exercise that involves looking at future industries and speculating on ways in which they will be different than the workforce today. Business management, engineering, accounting, marketing, and sales are all necessary skills for the future, but the work involved will also be different.
At the same time there will be many less-obvious positions that will need to be created. This is about those less-obvious positions.
The following is not an exhaustive list, nor do these job titles all have good explanations. Rather, this column is intended to be a thought-generator, an idea-sparker, to help you draw your own conclusions.
Also worth a look/read:
- FastCo: 100 Cities Will Soon Have Their First-Ever Chief Resilience Officers
- Inspired Minds Careers 2030:Inspired Minds is CST’s newest initiative to help guide Canada’s education and professional pathways into the future. In our exploration of how our current education and careers landscape may evolve, we aim to provide a vision of a ‘Canada of the Future’— one in which CST is at the forefront of innovation in the global career marketplace. We aim to inspire enthusiasm and preparation in Canada’s future learners and their parents through a new perspective. As part of the Inspired Minds initiative, we give Canadians a sneak peek into the promising future of Canada’s professional horizon through Careers 2030. CST partnered with futurists to imagine a job fair of the future by examining social, technological, economic, and environmental changes occurring today. Leaders in their respective fields also contributed their thoughts on the current state of their industries, how they might change, and what students can do to prepare for those changes. // Rather conservative, not so much scifi.
Jaunt just scored $6.8 million in funding for its camera that can make movies for the virtual reality Oculus Rift headset. Using the Oculus Rift dev kit—which the company purchased off of Craigslist! — Jaunt has created the algorithms necessary to give viewers the feeling of being inside a movie. Read more>
Paper is awesome. So is digital. We shouldn’t have to choose between them in a zero-sum game, right? That’s why the popular sketching app Paper now lets you output your digital drawings into physical books. Now a brand called Mod is offering the same product in reverse: handsome physical notebooks that “sync” to a digital app and web service. All hail the flip-flop!
Unnumbered sparks fly through the sky, created by cellphone signals
The end result: Viewers of the art were also a part of its creation, swiping and tapping on their screen to change the piece overhead. (You at home can get a taste of what the experience was like using this interactive WebGL model of the sculpture.)
Full Story: TED
MIT engineers design hybrid living/nonliving materials
MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.
These “living materials” combine the advantages of live cells — which respond to their environment, produce complex biological molecules, and span multiple length scales — with the benefits of nonliving materials, which add functions such as conducting electricity or emitting light.
This approach could one day be used to design more complex devices such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors, says Timothy Lu, an MIT assistant professor of electrical engineering andbiological engineering. Lu is the senior author of a paper describing this innovation in the March 23 issue of Nature Materials.
Full Story: Kurzweil
MIT Demos Autonomous Soft Robot Fish
The robotic fish was built by Andrew Marchese, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and lead author on the new paper, where he’s joined by Rus and postdoc Cagdas D. Onal.
Each side of the fish’s tail is bored through with a long, tightly undulating channel. Carbon dioxide released from a canister in the fish’s abdomen causes the channel to inflate, bending the tail in the opposite direction. Each half of the fish tail has just two control parameters: the diameter of the nozzle that releases gas into the channel and the amount of time it’s left open.
In experiments, Marchese found that the angle at which the fish changes direction — which can be as extreme as 100 degrees — is almost entirely determined by the duration of inflation, while its speed is almost entirely determined by the nozzle diameter. That “decoupling” of the two parameters, he says, is something that biologists had observed in real fish.
“To be honest, that’s not something I designed for,” Marchese says. “I designed for it to look like a fish, but we got the same inherent parameter decoupling that real fish have.”
Turbulence: Watercolor + Magic
First in a series of geometric watercolour paintings using an industrial robot arm, put together by Dr. Woohoo - video embedded below:
This is the first experiment by Dr. Woohoo in a series that explores the relationship between a robot + a artist with the objective of enhancing what is creatively possible by combining the strengths of each, while using watercolors as the natural media.
Music: Kid Koala[Link]
GOOGLE GLASS APP READS HUMAN EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS
open a private beta for a Google Glass app that detects users’ emotions in real time. Venture-capital firm Handbag led the financing, which closed in December but was announced Thursday, bringing the total amount raised to $8 million.
Plasmonics research could have vast implications on many fields from miniaturizing future gadgets to invisibility
University of Cincinnati researchers are discovering how to manipulate light to one day better view the world’s tiniest objects through a super-lens, as well as how to hide an object in plain sight. Masoud Kaveh-Baghbadorani, a doctoral student in the University of Cincinnati’s physics program, will present this research on March 4, at the American Physical Society Meeting in Denver.
The research focuses on exciting collective oscillations of metal electrons called plasmons, and on directing light through nanometer-thin metal films, about a thousand times thinner than a human hair. The result could empower integrated circuits or facilitate a super-lens with seven times the strength of a standard microscope, opening further research into fields such as studying microorganisms and viruses.
Other applications involve bouncing light around an object by cloaking it with a metamaterial film. Instead of the object reflecting light and thus causing it to be seen, the light manipulation can make it invisible.