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Baker Tweets

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2009-04-10 16:40, Edited: 2009-04-10 19:40

This just in from @skoch via twitter,

What I think will possibly the best invention of 2009 so far, Baker Tweet is "a way for busy bakers to tell the world that something hot and fresh has just come out of the oven. It's as simple as turning the dial and hitting the button. All of the baker's followers get a Twitter alert to tell them that it's bun-time. Or bread time. Or whatever. "

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Lee Brimelow Flash AR Tutorial

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2009-04-07 16:52, Edited: 2009-04-07 19:52

This just in via twitter from @skoch...

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/lb_ar.jpg

Lee Brimelow just posted a Flash AR Tutorial showing you how to create a simple AR scene over at the the flash blog similar to the GE version in my post from a few weeks ago.

Lee also mentions the AR FlarToolkit demo by Mikko Haapoja here.

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AR Ads

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2009-03-09 16:07, Edited: 2009-03-09 19:07

I have noticed a few things popping up in popular culture lately in the Augmented Reality department, and while I happily applaud them, I can only wonder why it took people 3 or more years to do them. Lord knows I have pitched these ideas to no end, and with little result, in the past few years.

Now I am not going to go off on my monthly AR rant like I have done since the 80's about this, so let's get to the visuals...

First AR gets a little airtime with GE Smart Grid a few weeks ago.. (this may be faux AR with some Flash/PV3D), but it's the same result)



Then we have the German Mini paper !!! advertisement, which in my opinion is the best thing by far as it's the real deal.



All in all, it's good times ahead for AR, and this is all just a pindrop in what is possible.

There is also a recent jump in AR Mobile gaming these days which are starting to look like fun that I'll delve into soon, like these Kweekies things (featuring a DX-100 laden Eple remix...)



I can see in the not to distant future, a time where we will have channels and channels of AR data to view, games to play, and throw-ups to look at while we are sitting at our desk and driving down the street. Everything form you r friends tagging the air, to the local Starbucks beaming 50 feet in the air, and that too is just the beginning of possibilities.
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Siftables, an old idea in a new package.

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2009-03-04 15:32, Edited: 2009-03-04 18:32



Got this clip last week from the TED feeds of David Merrill from the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab, (though I would have guessed the Tangible Media group) playing with Siftables, and I'll start off by saying I love these little guys. But there are other similar systems with similar form factors, that where precursors to these... and though Siftables are fairly more technically advanced, I think these predecessors are worth a mention...

Firstly there is DataTiles project at the Sony Computer Science Lab by Jun Rekimoto (below) which are described as A Modular Platform for Mixed Physical and Graphical Interactions, that is similar in principle to siftables, though they are much more one to one with regards to the use of each unit. You can read more about these in one of my old posts here.


http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/tiles2-2.jpghttp://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/tiles2-3.jpghttp://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/tiles2-4.jpghttp://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/tiles2-1.jpg




Then there is another Sony CSL project called Block Jam (images and video below), which is really really similar to these Siftables, in that you can assign various variables as to what each does and controls. Described as Block Jam is A Tangible User Interface that controls a dynamic polyrhythmic sequencer using 26 physical artifacts, these block can essentially be given a set of variables, which they will then cycle through in various non-linear was when they are connected together.

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/block_jam.gif

and a vidoe of BlockJam in action





Inevitably, i think Siftables will be an excellent education tool for teaching general mathematics, and linguisitcs (would love to see kanji pairing and korean on these), and if they are in anyway open source, I'm sure they will be modified for all kinds of things from music (which it looks like they are already playing with) to dna sequencing (well maybe not dna sequencing...)

What I do hope for is that they open it up like the monome project, integrate with things like OSC, and offer different sizes, for different needs.
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Vintage Mini-Recorders

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2007-07-15 23:25, Edited: 2007-07-16 02:25

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/dokorder.jpg

A lovely collection of vintage 1/4" mini-recorders.

PS: if anyone has one of these, give me a buzz as i have a stack of tapes i need to get digital of me as a tot from 69'.
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Street Use ... My New fav blog

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2006-08-25 15:47, Edited: 2006-08-25 18:47

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/IEDcellphone.jpg

This site features the ways in which people modify and re-create technology. Herein a collection of personal modifications, folk innovations, street customization, ad hoc alterations, wear-patterns, home-made versions and indigenous ingenuity.

StreetUse is a new blog by Kevin Kelly of Wired / Mondo2000 / Whole Earth Review fame, that basically tracks new and unusual "inventions"... well just read the lines above and you'll get the idea. In a way, it does feel like a bit of a return to things you would see on Whole Earth Review.

By far, it is one of the most interesting places to see how technology works "in a pinch", and easily fulfils the idea of Necessity is the Mother of Invention (well necessity and Frank Zappa of course).
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buffalo squid

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2006-07-21 18:30, Edited: 2006-07-21 21:30

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/buffalo_squid.jpg

Buffalo Japan introduces the USB Squid. And in 4 colours non the less...

Can't wait to get one of these! Looks super handy.
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MIT's $100 laptop (or is it a Speak & Spell)

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2006-05-25 00:36, Edited: 2006-05-25 03:36

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/olpc.jpg

First photos of MIT's $100 laptop for the developing world.. It really does look like a Speak & Spell, circa 1984. What gives?

via boingboing
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More 3D Desktops

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2006-03-31 19:49, Edited: 2006-03-31 22:49

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/3d_orbis_9.jpg


A bit ugly, compared to the Panasonic Interactive Table, but it's good to see there are people thinking in the right direction. This is more a kin to the Second Life world then a clean interface with simple logic, and a lean OS like linux. Actaully it reminds me of the acid head trip jaron Lanier "Cyberspace" graphics of the early 90's. Or even an old Mondo 2000 cover.

Now if only they did this in vector (and we could import it into a Vectrex), then we would have the holy grail...

From their site:

This is no game. Tactile 3D is the next generation 3D desktop that aids in organizing your files and directories by allowing you to customize their position in a 3D space. All common file operations are supported. Welcome to cyberspace.


Yes, they did indeed say cyberspace.

at futurefeeder here

direct link here
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Amphibious Snake-bot ACM-R5

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2006-03-14 00:49, Edited: 2006-03-14 03:49

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/watersnake.jpg

Saw this on techeblog a few days back and had to find out what's the story...Tokyo Institute of Technology Professor Shigeo Hirose is the sensei behind this one. This thing moves very organically. Eat your heart out Mark Tilden... (Yeah I know I know, it's not the same a BEAM, but still pretty cool).

via techeblog here

check out earlier bots' pictures here and the movie gallery here
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Enigma-E

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2006-03-12 05:00, Edited: 2006-03-12 08:00

http://retrothing.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/enigma.jpg

"The Enigma-E kit is an electronic simulation of a classic M3/M4 Enigma cypher machine. It comes complete with a 65 page instruction manual that details its construction and use. It even features an optional Morse-code output, just in case you want to communicate with a nearby submarine flotilla."

The way GW Bush and his cronies have been talking lately, I am begining to think I need one of these to watch the state of the union address.

Should be a fun center piece to impress the ladies at those late night coctail parties anyway.

link to retro thing here

and the official site here
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Origami Redux

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2006-03-06 19:44, Edited: 2006-03-06 22:44

http://www.engadget.com/media/2006/03/origamiwinhecmock-(small).jpg http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/origami.png

Granted this looks alot better then the one in my last post, but still clunky and the deal still remains the same... Just like they are saying over at engadget "Origami isn't an iPod killer, portable Xbox, OQO killer or PSP killer. So, what exactly is it?"

When will they learn...

link at origamiportal here
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Microsoft Origami ( is just a small food tray! )

 Category: misc technology
Posted: 2006-03-02 02:49, Edited: 2006-03-02 05:49

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/origami.jpg

What the hell? Why does microsoft think they can take over a media device such as the ipod's of the world, with this undersized airplane food tray. tell me this isn't what MTV were gambling on when the decided to do (spl)URGE with with microsoft.

how many 24 year old girls (which is the demo of MTV) would be caught dead with a windows media device period, only to be banned from their world if caught, let alone with this beast....

With the clear world dominance of the nokia 770 (wink wink) you think they would have been taking notes, and at least the 770 looks a little hipper / sleeker... or even the
Sony U70 .

I do like the fact the newest version of the origami is black, as if they are the new sherif in town, wearing a black hat, only to end up riding a 20 foot tall (trojan) horse (in ref to it's ginormous size).

Engadget link
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