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Death Switches

2006-10-25 08:07 | adam

via Pasta@Vinegar

According to Wikipedia, a death switch is β€œan automated program by which a computer regularly probes a subscriber. The subscriber is required to make a response β€” consisting of logging with a secret password β€” to prove that she is still alive. When the subscriber fails to make a response for a certain amount of time, the program assumes she is dead and emails out pre-scripted messages to her pre-defined recipients.”

BRC photo by Organic Sculpture
BRC photo by Organic Sculpture

Big Round Cubatron

2006-10-19 11:04 | gabor

The Big Round Cubatron is the world's largest 3-dimensional full color dynamic light sculpture. It is an array of lights 12 meters in diameter and 3 meters high. It consists of 28 spokes, each of which is 24 lights wide by 9 lights high. Each light is independently controllable to display any color and brightness level and the entire display can be updated 50 times per second. There are 6048 total lights (28 * 24 * 9) made of 18,144 LEDs.

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The straight Danube
The straight Danube

The straight Danube

2006-10-18 13:48 | darkeye

What if you would pull Danube to a straight line? - by Michael Aschauer

see here

Super Cilia Skin
Super Cilia Skin

Super Cilia Skin

2006-10-18 11:35 | gabor

Super Cilia Skin is a multi-modal interactive interface, conceived as a computationally enhanced membrane coupling tactile-kinesthetic input with tactile and visual output. An array of individual actuators (cilia) use changes in orientation to display images or physical gestures as physical or tactile information.

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DNA computer plays tic-tac-toe
DNA computer plays tic-tac-toe

DNA computer plays tic-tac-toe

2006-10-18 08:10 | darkeye

Researchers at Columbia University and the University of New Mexico in the US created a DNA computer that plays (and wins at) tic-tac-toe. Data entry is a bit cumbersome, as some chemicals have to be dropped into tubes - but at least the result comes back visually, as chemical reactions make specific parts of the grid fluorescent, according to the results of the DNA reactions.

unm.edu
newscientisttech.com

Still shot of a finalist for MoMA
Still shot of a finalist for MoMA

Museums Try YouTube, Flickr To Find New Works for the Walls

2006-10-16 13:53 | soobrosa

A forthcoming exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art will feature work selected by unlikely curators: visitors to the YouTube video-sharing site. Read Andrew Lavallee in the Wall Street Journal.

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Counter Strike and weapon pricing
Counter Strike and weapon pricing

Counter Strike introduces market feedback on weapon pricing

2006-10-12 10:35 | darkeye

Talk about a community-based experience, users interacting on a global scale: the prices for weapons & other goodies in Counter Strike: Source are now based on global demand by players.

Thanks to b2men for the hint...

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Playing Space Invaders with brain signals
Playing Space Invaders with brain signals

Fine-grained control for space invaders with brain-computer interface (BCI)

2006-10-11 08:59 | darkeye

Researchers at the Washington University at St.Louis, USA, made teenagers control Space Invaders on the Atari 2600 by using their brainwaves. The brain-computer interface (BCI) method used was ECoG - Electro-Cortocography. This is an invasive method (has to be implanted inside the skull), and has much better results than EEG.

wustl.edu
slashdot.org

Aeon
Aeon

Aeon - a Nokia wearable / modular phone concept

2006-10-10 15:05 | darkeye

Nokia created a wearable / modular phone concept, focusing on disassembly, modularity, with Personal Area Networks (think Wibree) in mind.

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South Park Machinima
South Park Machinima

South Park Machinima

2006-10-06 08:07 | gabor

The creators of South Park are trying their hand at in-game machinima. The 8th episode of the 10th season called "Make Love, Not Warcraft" was premiered on October 4th, 2006. The show is based on World of Warcraft and nearly half of it features a WoW machinima.

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