NFL’s Magic Yellow Line

February 9 2016

The NFL's magic yellow line is a wonder of computer science

I'm not much of a football fan, but I absolutely geek out on the nuts technology behind the yellow line.

Posted by Ezra Klein on Saturday, February 6, 2016

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Una Corda

February 7 2016

Totally brilliant!!!

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Peter Vogel – The Sound of Shadows (2011)

February 2 2016

Amongst other things, Peter Vogel shows a neat interactive installation he refers to as “A materialised music score”.

A documentary by Jean Martin and Conall Gleeson about Peter Vogel and his work in his atelier in Freiburg i.B., South-West Germany.

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KORG minilogue

January 28 2016

I love the tiny display, and the fact that it’s so small in comparison to the rest of the synth. Nice toggle switches too, some things are just better in hardware in a way :-)

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January 28 2016

ARQ is a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller with a built-in accelerometer. Even more, ARQ is freedom. With its wireless Bluetooth Ring Controller, you can escape the booth, move the music, and get in front of the crowd.

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Origami robots

December 29 2015

A peek back into June and tiny robots.

“MIT researchers presented a printable origami robot that folds itself up from a flat sheet of plastic when heated and measures about a centimeter from front to back.

Weighing only a third of a gram, the robot can swim, climb an incline, traverse rough terrain, and carry a load twice its weight. Other than the self-folding plastic sheet, the robot’s only component is a permanent magnet affixed to its back. Its motions are controlled by external magnetic fields.”

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December 19 2015

“NOISE is the most expressive music app to ever hit the glass surface of an iPhone. Building on both the 3D Touch technology of the iPhone 6s and ROLI’s expertise in touch-sensitive music interfaces, NOISE transforms the surface of your iPhone into a powerful multidimensional instrument.”

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Reality Editor from MIT Fluid Interfaces Group

December 15 2015

“The Reality Editor is a new kind of tool for empowering you to connect and manipulate the functionality of physical objects. Just point the camera of your smartphone at an object and its invisible capabilities will become visible for you to edit. … Use the Reality Editor to define simple actions, change the functionality of objects around you, remix how things work and interact. Make something that is virtual into something that is physical and the physical more virtual.”

Read more about the research results from the MIT Media Lab Fluid Interfaces Group at

If you wish to play with it there is also an open source platform and support for turning Arduino Yun and Pi into a hybrid objects.

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Tech Tats

December 13 2015

Nothing really new, but variety sparks ideas and this format feels quite close to those sticker tattoos as a kid!

“Sticking to the skin just like temporary tattoos do, Tech Tats are made of electronic components and are able to monitor your vital statistics — your heart rate, your blood pressure, your body temperature and more. They have a similar function to wearables like FitBit, but they’re easier to wear — being attached to your skin, they’re far less cumbersome.

Chaotic Moon’s tattoos use electroconducive paint to pick up the vital signs from the body. “We use a conductive material to connect the micro controller with a variety of sensors held within a flexible temporary tattoo format,” Ben Lamm, CEO of Chaotic Moon explained to WIRED.”

Chaotic moon

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Castrol Virtual Racers

December 6 2015

“Witness precision stunt driver Ben Collins (formerly The Stig) and Formula Drift pro Matt Powers, in a world-first driving challenge, using groundbreaking virtual reality technology to race head-to-head, live, in a virtual world.”

[via Engadget]

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Volvo Trucks – Look Who’s Driving

December 5 2015

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Cartroller: Driving Football

November 21 2015

From Nissan Sverige:

The hybrid car was created by hacking a PS4 controller, opening it up, and adding a microcontroller inside to simulate the button presses, read the car signals and finally connect the signals to a PS4 with a mini PC. There was, we believe, lots of soldering involved.

According to Mikko Pietilä, creative director at TBWA\Helsinki, the idea was borne out of thinking about the unforeseen consequences of the ‘driverless’ car. What might people do in their vehicles when they no longer have to actively drive them? “Project Controller explores what part cars will play in people’s lives in the future and what is beyond the act of simply driving,” he says. “How will people spend their time in cars when they don’t need to keep their eyes on the road? Wouldn’t it be cool if your driving experience could be transformed into something entertaining?”

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Meet The Collidoscope Synthesizer

November 19 2015

A neat synthesizer prototype for collaboration and exploring sound!

“Meet The Collidoscope, a prototype double granular synthesizer by researchers Fiore Martin & Ben Bengler. More instruments and gear on

This hybrid keyboard is a combination between a sampler and a supercollider synth engine, designed to be played by two performers at the same time.”


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Mobile Phone Hologram

November 15 2015

who wants google cardboard if you can do a hologram on your phone ?!

via: Interesting Engineering: hologram on phone

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Yamaha MotoBot

November 2 2015

“This is an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha’s motorcycle and robotics technology. R&D is currently underway with the goal of developing the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds requires a variety of control systems that must function with a high degree of accuracy. We want to apply the fundamental technology and know-how gained in the process of this challenge to the creation of advanced rider safety and rider-support systems and put them to use in our current businesses, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business.”

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