Bionic eyeball gets a color upgrade
Second Sight — the developer of the first bionic eye to receive FDA approval in the US — is currently working on a firmware upgrade that gives users of the Argus II bionic eye better resolution, focus, and image zooming. The software update even provides
Three Laws of Augmented Reality Design
1. Augmentation must emerge from the real world and/or relate to it 2. Augmentation must not distract from reality, but make you more aware of it 3. Augmented interaction must deliver a superior experience to alternatives, or better yet – there’s no alter
Apple Maps to replace Google Maps
It is now widely know that Apple plans to replace Google maps on iPhones, iPads and iPods with the rollout of iOS6 at its WWDC in June. It is reported that Apple’s maps, which was developed, in-house, will feature 3-D maps.
An interdisciplinary variety show called “Cyborg Cabaret” will bring together humans and robots in a way that audiences haven’t seen before.
Marvel launches augmented reality comics
Marvel AR is a free app that has been developed in partnership with Aurasma. The software allows readers to scan their print comics with the camera of their smartphone or tablet to unlock extras. These will include parts of the writer’s script, editors’
Google Glasses and Hacking the New Aesthetic
“At its core, the New Aesthetic begs the individual to view the real world through a digital lens – pixelated water flowing out of fire hydrants or government budgets presented as pixelated QR codes. Walter Benjamin once wrote of Art in the Age of Mechani
New Aesthetic on Wikipedia
The New Aesthetic is a term used to refer to the increasing appearance of the visual language of digital technology and the Internet in the physical world, and the blending of virtual and physical.
The New Aeshetic Needs to Get Weirder
“…to my eyes, the New Aesthetic could use a dose of good, old-fashioned twentieth century immodesty. Not naïve fascism or impulsive radicalism, but bigger eyes, larger hopes, weirder goals.”
An Essay on the New Aesthetic by Bruce Sterling
The New Aesthetic is image-processing for British media designers. That’s more or less what it is, and although it belongs to a small group of creatives right now, we have every reason to take it, and its prospects, seriously.
The New Aesthetic (on Tumblr)
“The New Aesthetic is not a movement, it is not a thing which can be done. It is a series of artefacts of the heterogeneous network, which recognises differences, the gaps in our overlapping but distant realities.”
*Okay, it’s a university lab prototype, but I love this gizmo simply for the cheery fact that it works by cannibalizing power from TV broadcasts. *Press release follows: *********************************************************************************************** FROM: Michelle Ma University of Washington email@example.com (NOTE: researcher contact information a […]
*It’s interesting to contemplate a device which just registers stuff in three dimensions, without bothering to do anything virtual or augmentational about “reality.” What’s that technical ability good for, once you drop the metaphysical computer-science implications? Nobody knows, really. http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/25/5445258/this-is-googles-project-tang […]
*An Android unit with registration. http://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/ (…) “What is it? “Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements […]
*Not bad for a wooden tabletop. http://www.creativeapplications.net/processing/contact-by-felix-faire-turns-any-hard-surface-into-an-interface/ CONTACT: Augmented Acoustics from Felix Faire on Vimeo. from Felix Faire 2 months ago “CONTACT is a tangible audio interface to manipulate and visualize sounds generated from interaction with a simple wooden surface. […]
*That’s an interesting set of questions if you consider AI to be feasible. Which I don’t. *Of course, if people can pretend that climate change doesn’t exist, they might just as easily pretend that AI *does* exist. An animist version of Augmented Reality might become the ideal ally of a fundamentalist religion. Imagine how eagerly […]
An artificial-intelligence system has learned to spot the telltale language people use when lying in court or in fawning online book reviews-LAWYERS and judges use skill and instinct to sense who might be lying in court. Soon they may be able to rely on a computer, too.An AI system trained on false statements is highly accurate at spotting deceptive language […]
Cognitive computers — machines capable of learning, rather that simply following programming — may one day be able to mimic human brains. But first, they're being used to invent chocolate burritos and Swiss-Thai asparagus quiche. IBM, a leader in the field of cognitive computing who has been working with DARPA since 2008 on a project to create a compute […]
One way to address our farming challenges is through various high-tech practices collectively known as precision agriculture. Precision farmers use technology such as self-steering tractors and aerial drones to find ways of more efficiently using water, fertilizer, and other resources. Farmbot is an open source precision agriculture machine, meaning anyone c […]
So video games are addictive—this we know.It comes down to dopamine, one of the brain’s basic signaling molecules. Emotionally, we feel dopamine as pleasure, engagement, excitement, creativity, and a desire to investigate and make meaning out of the world. It’s released whenever we take risks, or encounter novelty. From an evolutionary standpoint, it reinfor […]