What can a sewing machine do besides sew? In Sewing Machine Orchestra, Montreal composer Martin Messier sets up his own musical factory with a handful of old Singer sewing machines from the ‘50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s.
As a new media…
Artist Thijs Rijkers has created a pair of “suicide machines,” kinetic sculptures whose sole function is to slowly destroy themselves. “Suicide Machine Saw” uses an electric motor to power three moving saw blades, which slowly cut into the machine…
Created by Lasse Munk and Søren Andreasen, D.O.R.T.H.E. is a system of re-cycled components and a max/msp patch that creates music from thoughts written in the form of words and sentences. The system is built to control a number of mechanical…
Google announces updated Google Glass hardware
It’s not exactly a 2.0 edition, more a minor update which adds the ability to connect a mono earbud and to use Google Glass with prescription frames. The earbud is not permanently attached and the bone conduction technology for sound remains as an option. This update and the earbud make Glass look more obtrusive, not less, which we might have hoped for. But the earbud will certainly help when listening to music, using Glass as a handsfree set and while using navigation in the car.
But let’s keep our fingers crossed for a bigger update with sleeker looks in time for the consumer version of the device. The ability to detach the titanium band and add prescription frames can however help with making Glass look cooler (lex Greg Priest-Dorman). It’s unclear whether or not this update brings other hardware improvements such as for example longer battery life.
The German association of prefabricated houses, BDF, has opened their third FertighausWelt Wuppertal where all vendors, who are represented by the association, are showing their houses. The long-term aim of the park is to work energetically independent. Britzpetermann was commissioned to create an installation for the entrance hall that draws attention to the topic energy.
Using custom built software, the visual input is converted into a new image painted with red, blue and black. Each of these colors directly affects elements of the music. In the end, each track is unique, with a remodelled harmony, melody and rhythm, constructed as a direct result of the environment captured by the camera. The iPhone is used as a window to the world, a world that alters the perception of the album.
Mathieu Labaye’s short-movie, Camera etc (Belgium, Liège):
Réalisation : Mathieu Labaye
Assistant(s) : Sébastien Godard
Scénario : Mathieu Labaye
Technique : Dessin animé
Monteur : Mathieu Labaye
Musique : Fabian Fiorini et Mathieu Labaye
Durée : 9 minutes
From Le Collagiste
UltraHaptics: Multi-Point Mid-Air Haptic Feedback for Touch Surfaces
We introduce UltraHaptics, a system designed to provide multi-point haptic feedback above an interactive surface. UltraHaptics employs focused ultrasound to project discrete points of haptic feedback through the display and directly on to users’ unadorned hands. We investigate the desirable properties of an acoustically transparent display and demonstrate that the system is capable of creating multiple localised points of feedback in mid-air. Through psychophysical experiments we show that feedback points with different tactile properties can be identified at smaller separations. We also show that users are able to distinguish between different vibration frequencies of non-contact points with training. Finally, we explore a number of exciting new interaction possibilities that UltraHaptics provides.
Published and presented at UIST ‘13
Authors: Tom Carter, Sue Ann Seah, Benjamin Long, Bruce Drinkwater, Sriram Subramanian
Pioneer is currently developing a see-through projection system, which projects an image from behind onto a transmissive transparent display. The brightness and transmittance levels are higher than when using a transmissive LCD panel, and Pioneer expects it to be used as a new form of digital signage in storefront windows, combining video projection with traditional window dressing.
Tessel - by Technical Machine
Disney Research, responsible for futuristic feedback systems like an earlobe speaker and a touch sensor that can work on water, is working on a new way to let people feel what’s on their screens. The group will soon release a paper describing how to turn geometric figures on a touchscreen into simulated textures that users can run their hands across. In a demo video, researchers describe using it to feel the ridges on a map or examine objects that are behind glass. If the examples are any indication, you can do anything from “touch” an apple on a tablet to feel a jellyfish float across your screen.
We present a new energy harvesting technology that generates electrical energy from a user’s interactions with paper-like materials. The energy harvesters are flexible, light, and inexpensive, and they utilize a user’s gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing and sliding to generate energy. The harvested energy is then used to actuate LEDs, e-paper displays and other devices to create interactive applications for books and other printed media.