Mit der Gitarre Emails schreiben

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YouTube: Email Guitar (via Waxy)

David Neevel kann mit seiner Gitarre Emails schreiben. Wie seine Arduino-Bastelei funktioniert erklärt er hier.

WK recently allowed me some time to tackle a problem that plagues workers everywhere whether they are working in advertising or some other job that involves a lot of email typing. I’m talking about the problem of not being able to devote enough time practicing shredding the guitar. The solution of hooking a guitar up so that you could use it like a computer keyboard had been in my head for a few years and it was a real joy to get to follow through on it.

Zuckerwattenmaschine aus einer alten Festplatte

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Wie eins eine Zuckerwattenmaschine aus einer alten Festplatte baut – sweeeeeeeeet! 

A Chinese engineer who operates a data recovery and hard drive repair center is being hailed as a genius after inventing a DIY candy floss machine made from a used hard disk. According to the instructions, all that is needed to create your own candy floss maker is a hard drive that can still power up, a round flat metal tin, six bicycle spokes, an aluminum can and a plastic basin. A series of photos demonstrating how to create this candy floss machine have made some sensation across China internet … (via NCHackaday)

The Night Steve Jobs returned to Apple, Dec 20, 1996

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Als Steve Jobs am 20. Dezember 1996 zu Apple zurückkehrte, schnappte sich Tim Holmes eine Apple QuickTake Camera und machte ein paar Fotos. Die Bilder sind so banal wie qualitativ schlecht (die Farben!) – aber gerade das gefällt mir an dem Album:

Working late on a Friday on December 20th at Apple Computer as Mac OS Evangelist, my manager came rushing past my office door saying to come with him to Town Hall, Apple’s theater for announcements, company meetings and the like. It was clearly not a company meeting… I called Mitch, my wife who also worked there at the time, and told her meet me there. We had no idea what was about to happen… I tend to take a camera everywhere, so I had my Apple QuickTake camera, which Steve Jobs killed within the year. The colors are way off due to the poor quality of digital cameras in 1996, Steve’s jacket was black in real life.

(Foto: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Tim Holmes via @JerikoOne)

Schlangen-Roboter umschlingt Dinge bei Kontakt

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YouTube: Snake Robot Perching (via Automaton)

Sich bei der Robocalypse auf einem Baum zu verstecken, ist schon länger keine Option mehr. Insofern verschlechtert sich die Gesamtsituation durch das neuste Update für den modularen Schlangen-Bot vom Biorobotics Laboratory nur marginal. In freier Wildbahn will ich ihm trotzdem lieber nicht begegnen.

Using the accelerometers inside each module of the snake robot we are able to detect when the robot hits a pole or branch after being thrown and have the robot automatically perch on contact. This work is supported by the Army Research Lab’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA).

The Talking Shoe – Ein intelligenter Schuh von Google


YouTube: Talking Shoe

Vor ein paar Wochen hat Google ein Promovideo für Glass veröffentlicht, auf das ein paar mittelmäßige Parodien folgten. Eine gelungene hat Google jetzt selbst mit dem Talking Shoe geliefert, der in Zusammenarbeit mit YesYesNo und Studio 5050 entstanden ist. Der sprechende Sneaker wurde gerade auf dem SXSW-Festival vorgestellt, wo auch The Verge ihr Demo-Video gefilmt haben. Sollte Al Bundy’s Albtraum wahr werden und wir unterhalten uns in ein paar Jahren tatsächlich mit unseren Schuhen, nehme ich selbstverständlich alles zurück und behaupte das Gegenteil.

By connecting a pair of sneakers to the web, we’re creating unique opportunities between physical objects and digitalt ad spaces. Every move the user makes generates data that’s captured using an accelerometer, gyroscope and pressure sensors. That data then gets pushed to a web app on your mobile phone and translated in real-time into funny and motivating commentary. That commentary then gets pushed to banners and social media, creating new, interesting content in the digital world from something happening live in the physical one.