Sergey Brin probably doesn’t ride the New York City subway that often, but when he does, he does it in style. The Google co-founder was recently spotted on the downtown 3 train, dressed in full ninja regalia and sporting his company’s Project Glass augmented reality eyewear. Brooklyn resident and AR enthusiast Noah Zerkin captured the moment late Sunday night, and apparently had a brief conversation with Brin, as well.
Jeongmoon Choi is a Berlin-based artist who specializes in creating stunning light and thread installations. Her latest solo exhibition, Dialogue Lineaire, allows viewers to literally immerse themselves in Choi’s geometric matrices, which she creates from UV light that fills an entire room. The resulting effect, as My Modern Met explains, is nothing short of sublime.
Bookmarklet can turn HTML5 videos on Youtube and Vimeo into slitscan-like images:
… Just hit the bookmarklet on any YouTube or Vimeo video page with an HTML5 player, and it will start drawing onto a canvas in the browser. You can modify the speed with the slider (the default value draws the entire video to the width of the browser). You can also download the code and modify it as you wish.
Just got my Twine in the mail. Twine is a really fun piece of technology that allows you to trigger web actions based on real world changes. Think IFTTT but for the physical world. Twines have a built in thermometer and a 6-axis sensor, you can also purchase additional sensors to plug into it such as a magnetic sensor. Imagine being able to set up a Twine to trigger a text message when the dryer was done with your clothes. The possibilites are pretty cool.
It was super simple to setup with little steps along the way that allowed you to see how the device works. I loved flipping the device over to start the update process. More electronics in the world need physical touches like that to make them more human-like. Can’t wait to make my first Twine enabled project, I’ll update the blog when I do.
After finishing the project, Smolan became such a convert that he argues that “big data will have a bigger effect on humanity than the Internet” because knowing so much more about the world via data lets us anticipate and potentially solve problems. (via Big data gets its own book: ‘The Human Face of Big Data’ | Internet & Media - CNET News)
First flexible smartphones to launch in 2013.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Samsung are getting ready to launch the first flexible smartphones to market in the first half of 2013. The company - along with many other smartphone makers - have been researching the the technology for as long as 10 years, but it’s been difficult to bring it to market due to difficulties mass producing the technology. Pictured above are prototype devices which Samsung exhibited last year, although it’s not clear exactly what form the final product will take.
The flexible displays will use OLEDs, which can be put on flexible material such as plastic or metal foil.
“The key reason for Samsung to use plastic rather than conventional glass is to produce displays that aren’t breakable. The technology could also help lower manufacturing costs and help differentiate its products from other rivals,” said Lee Seung-chul, an analyst at Shinyoung Securities.
The search giant generated $10.9 billion in ad revenue in the first six months of 2012, while newspapers and magazines in the U.S. made $10.5 billion, according to Statista.
Google makes more money from advertising than all…
Please find the graphic link at Statista here!
Nielsen’s new Connected Devices study is out:
- Social Media — 44% of 18-24 year olds and close to 50% of 25-34 year olds are visiting social networking sites on their smartphones during both commercials and programs while watching TV.
- Seeking Information — 36% of people 35-54 and 44% of people 55-64 use their tablets to dive deeper into the TV program they are currently watching.
So the older folks are relying on search to make their experience of TV richer, while the youths are relying on each other.
Big ideas like this one start conversations and new thinking that bring by great innovations. I love this concept by Priestmangoode:
The Moving Platforms concept was designed to address the infrastructure shortcomings that inhibit the optimum functioning of high-speed rail. Local trams connect to a network of nonstop high-speed trains. When a moving tram docks with a moving train, passengers can embark and disembark, transferring passengers to and from their local destinations without forcing the high-speed training to slow. The tram, in effect, acts as a moving station.
Scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have managed to recreate a pulmonary edema (a build-up of fluid in the lungs) inside a lung-on-a-chip. The team used techniques similar to those developed for microchip manufacturing to build the mechanical structure of a lung before lining it with human tissues. Air is passed through one side of the lung, while a liquid solution containing white blood cells mimics blood on the other side.
In the new version of Paper released last week, you mix colors with your fingers, like it’s paint—only somehow more beautiful. This one magical feature burned a year of development time, resurrected the work of two dead German scientists, and got Apple’s attention.
Source: Fast Company
Robert Scoble and Guy Kawasaki on the tech trends that will shape the future
What are the biggest tech trends?
- Wearable computing: Think Google Glasses or Motorola Solutions’ new HC1 headset computer that you attach to your head and operate with voice commands . This trend will become more prominent as the cost of computing falls.
- The “open world”: Android’s relative openness has encouraged “contextual apps” to emerge from the woodwork. “Apple doesn’t let them [developers] talk to the WiFi radio or bluetooth radio,” said Scoble.
- Weird databases and the rise of “big data”: “We are seeing weird databases spring up like mushrooms,” said Scoble. These include NoSQL, Firebase, and MongoDB. Big data is far more than just an enterprise mega-trend; it is paving the way for innovation in healthcare and education .
- The maturation of social networks: The leading social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are accumulating a massive store of user-generated data. What will they do with it? We’re still in the nascent stages of understanding how this data can be manipulated.