Tuesday 7/12/2011

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Title: AADRL 2010

Category: #materialbehaviour #computationalenvironment #digitaltectonics #materialsystem


Year: 2010

Url: http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/aadrl/

Monday 7/11/2011

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augmented reality; realidad aumentada; kids;

Ropa infantil y realidad aumentada…. ¡Estaría muy bien narrar un cuento con los niños de protagonistas!

Brights & Stripes has launched the Magic Tee! 

It’s the world’s first piece of clothing for children that incorporates augmented reality technology. It was designed and developed by creative agency, Brothers and Sisters.

No-one likes getting dressed in the morning. It’s boring.
So imagine if your clothes came to life. Now with our
Magic Tee, you can make getting dressed fun.

Pull on this special shirt and you could make it come
to life around you. Simply follow the three simple
steps below and you’ll discover a magical world
of weather that you control.

You can buy one here: http://www.brightsandstripes.com 

You can find out about Brothers and Sisters here:


Title: Flyfire

Category: #interactiveenvironments #realtimeenvironments

Author: SENSEable City Laboratory&ARES Lab (MIT)

Year: 2010

Url: http://senseable.mit.edu/flyfire/

Description: The Flyfire project sets out to explore the capabilities of this display system by using a large number of self-organizing micro helicopters. Each helicopter contains small LEDs and acts as a smart pixel. Through precisely controlled movements, the helicopters perform elaborate and synchronized motions and form an elastic display surface for any desired scenario. With the self-stabilizing and precise controlling technology from the ARES Lab, the motion of the pixels is adaptable in real time. The Flyfire canvas can transform itself from one shape to another or morph a two-dimensional photographic image into an articulated shape. The pixels are physically engaged in transitioning images from one state to another, which allows the Flyfire canvas to demonstrate a spatially animated viewing experience. Flyfire serves as an initial step to explore and imagine the possibilities of this free-form display: a swarm of pixels in a space.

Via: Roman Torre @RTorre

Sunday 7/3/2011



DisplayCabinet is the output of 24 hours with Tim Burrell Saward and Dan Williams “connecting up our things to the web, our environments to our things, and our things to us” as part of thePachube Internet of Things Hackathon.

What we did.

The aim of our project was to tackle turning data into information that’s easy to digest and act upon. We set out to avoid screens that draw focus and create a prototype “calm” projected display for the data created by, for and about the people, products and services that can be found in and around the home.

How we did it.

We embedded a group of inanimate ornamental objects with RFID tags. Totems or avatars that represent either people, products or services.  We also added RFID tags to a set of house keys and a wallet. Functional things that you carry with you. This group of objects combine with a set of shelves containing a hidden projector and RFID reader to become DisplayCabinet.


How it works.

By default DisplayCabinet shows a small ring of light on the table below. When an object is placed into the ring it expands to show the information relevant to the thing they represent.


Your house keys become an overview for your home. Energy consumed, current cost of energy per day, broadband allowance used and simple weather. It also serves as the screen that displays any scheduled alerts or important information relating to other items on the shelf. The bins need to be emptied and Mr Cuddles, the household pet is out and there’s something wrong with the fridge.


The fridge is showing that the temperature isn’t quite right and that the energy consumption is lower than usual. It’s also showing that the milk is low which could easily be based on the weight of the milk container in the fridge door. The message that the sausages go off tomorrow is really a hat tip to something that Chris Heathcote offered up recently in that services like Ocado print the sell by dates of the food you order on the receipt. This information is in a database somewhere so it’s no real stretch of the imagination to link that up to your fridge to create an internet fridge that doesn’t have a gigantic touch screen on the front of it.


Placing the little tube train on the table shows you the status of the tube lines…


and placing the bus on the table displays your local bus stops and the buses that are due to arrive.


Your wallet could display data from your online bank and show your balance, income, outgoings and combine that with data from your Oyster. Total balance, journeys made, stations visited and total distance covered.



Totems for people could show the location of their last geotagged tweet, comment, photo or check-in and show feeds from their social networks, which in this case is Twitter.


It’s far from perfect but this is just the beginning. It’s sketching in hardware and I have a tiny confession to make. The information being displayed isn’t live but I really don’t think that matters because it’s very much an early prototype. A day one prototype even and the choices we made were based on actual data that could be taken from Pachube and other APIs. Given a bit more time, some additional hackery and a few asks this project would be pretty much fully functional.

I’m really happy that DisplayCabinet was received very well by the other hackers even though it’s a design hack and not a technical hack. It won a prize too. A GPRS router and a year of data courtesy ofArkessa! Not bad for your first hack day.

Saturday 7/2/2011

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Latitude asked a bunch of children what they wanted the internet to be able to do - and then illustrated the answers with this video. Some of them are a bit far fetched but you get the general idea. They want an Internet of Things.

A PDF of the study is available here.

They want immersive, tangible, interconnected experiences with “stuff” and It’ll be their internet soon. Why not start making it now?

Montaña rusa construída con motores híbridos del Toyota Prii. Sacan 60 amperios a 200 voltios durante las frenadas y los recuperan para invertirlos en las subidas.

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A project by Breakfast NY.

Join Precious (the bike) and Janeen (the rider) as they put aside their differences and attempt to raise a gob-load of money for LIVESTRONG as part of Team Fatty.

Starting at the Atlantic and ending at the Pacific, Precious (the bike) will spend 3 months riding across the country sharing his thoughts, experiences, body temperature and much more. Fitted with a brain of wires, circuits and whole lot of code, he’ll use his new silicon senses to share what it feels like to have a sweaty chain while riding up the side of the Rockies. He’ll even share his subconscious dreams from time to time, which can get a little, well, bike-freaky. Visit the site or follow him on Twitter.

yesiamprecious.com (via Spime)


This design case presents and discusses the Shower Calendar, a “persuasive” concept for reducing the con-sumption of water for showering. It starts from a dis-cussion of different types of feedback employed by earlier design cases. Based on this, we designed the Calendar concept as an ambient, persistent and indivi-dualized feedback. A field study with two families (6 individuals) revealed that the Calendar fosters goal setting, comparison, competition, and communication. In addition, quantitative data showed one family to have been more successful in translating the Calendars offer into actual behavior change, i.e., saving water. This highlights that change is not achieved by the product itself (as in automation or regulation), but by the people involved.

Proyecto de Matthias Laschke

Open publication - Free publishing

15ª edición de la RoboCup 2011

Esta competición, que se va a celebrar en Turquía dentro de unos días, es ya un clásico. Algunos de los participantes ya han empezado a subir videos de robots para mostrar cómo están de preparados sus jugadores… En este vídeo, se enfrentan la universidad de Virginia Tech y la de Pennsylvania.


The Festo Logistics Competition is an all new approach to an industrial application. A team consisting of three robots has to solve the logistic challenges of an almost unknown production system. Deployed as an Autonomous Guided transport Vehicle (AGV) the robots have to identify surroundings and variables of the production system and enable a material flow to transport the right product in the right time to the right place. On two 6 x 6 m competition areas, teams compete for the most efficient solution resulting in the highest score, without direct contact to the direct competitor. The FLC is based on the robot platform Robotino®, featuring standardized actuators and with a 40 x 40 cm size. Participants face no limitations in terms of sensors and their approaches to program the robots. This interdisciplinary challenge in the fields of Mechatronics, Computer Science, and Logistics has to be answered with a flexible yet precise autonomous solution to deal with out-of-order machines, changing delivery gates and a random machine distribution.

With:  Robotino®View 2

Friday 7/1/2011

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Artefactos by Realitat. A documentary about creating generative graphics using Arduino as an input.