According to Wikipedia, a death switch is “an automated program by which a computer regularly probes a subscriber. The subscriber is required to make a response — consisting of logging with a secret password — 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.