Salamandra robotica II – Robo-Lurchi aus der Schweiz


YouTube: Salamandra Robotica II Robot Walking and Swimming (via technabob)

Ein Robo-Lurchi aus der Schweiz, dessen Bewegungsapparat über ein neuronales Netz in seinem „Rückenmark“ gesteuert wird. Entwickelt wurde der Salamandra robotica II im Biorobotics Laboratory der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule Lausanne. Mir persönlich lieber, als das durchgeknallte Maultier neulich…

Compared to its predecessor Salamandra robotica, the new robot swims more than twice as fast, is equiped with foldable limbs, and embarks more powerful microcontrollers that allow distributed computation of our models of spinal cord neural networks as well as the simulation of muscle properties. It is one of the few robots, if not the only one, that can swim, crawl, and walk. Its modular design allow us to rapidly change its morphology (e.g. make it longer, add or remove legs, etc.). Also its modularity means that each module has its own microcontroller, battery, and motors, and therefore we can split the robot in different parts and it would still work. This can have interesting implications in terms of robustness against damage. For instance, the robot could loose parts of its body and still be able to walk … The primary purpose of this robot is to serve as a scientific tool to test hypotheses about the neural circuits underlying locomotion in the spinal cord of vertebrate animals. For this, we work with neurobiologists … and make models of the central pattern generators that are known to control locomotion in vertebrate animals. These sophisticated circuits can produce complex locomotor patterns while receiving only simple command signals from upper parts of the brain.

Horror Baby-Birnen aus China

„Lachanophobie“ ist die Angst vor Gemüse – ich glaube, wir brauchen auch einen Fachbegriff  für Obst. Infos und Fotos, wie die Baby-Birnen am Baum wachsen, gibts hier: Creepy Baby Pears Will Keep You Healthy, Murder You in Your Sleep

Photographed at a supermarket in Beijing, China, these creepy pears became the main topic of conversation for thousands in Japan this past weekend, with many aghast at both the shape of the fruit itself and fact that someone would go to the trouble of creating such things, not to mention how, nay, why anyone would want to take a bite out of something that resembles a human foetus. Retailing in Chinese as “happy/joyful doll pears”, the fruit is believed to be shaped during its initial stages of growth using special molds. From then, the fruit continues to expand with the same proportions until it reaches maturation as a fully-grown baby… pear… monster thing.

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Gender-Hacking: Zelda Starring Zelda

YouTube: Zelda Starring Zelda (via Kotaku)

Inspiriert von Donkey Kong in der Pauline Edition hat Kenna W. der NES-Version von Zelda ein Gender-Modding verpasst, so dass ihre Tochter jetzt Zelda spielen und Link retten kann. Ausführliche Infos dazu im Blog von Kenna, den Patch gibt’s bei  Google drive zum Download. Der Vollständigkeit halber hier noch mal der Hinweis auf ein älteres Gender-Bender- Zelda .

Legend of Zelda for the NES with some home-made Zelda sprites instead of Link. These are highlights from a quick play-through on god mode (all cheats on) to make sure all of the sprites landed in the right spot. This video has the entire ending and some minor game-play spoilers. If you just want to watch Zelda shoot Gannon and rescue Link, jump to 2:02 Read about the project and download the patch at

Russendisko Galore: DJ Scientist – „Solid Soviet Steel Radio“ & Mr. And-7 – „Sovietablizm“

Hier zwei Mixe mit Sounds und Rare-Grooves aus der ehemaligen Sowjetunion, die am Wochenende bei mir rauf und runter liefen: „Solid Soviet Steel Radio“ von DJ Scientist (Facebook) aus Berlin, zusammengestellt für die Sold Steel Radio Show.

On Solid Steel, we like to go deep and as part of our celebrations in Hour 2, we welcome DJ Scientist with Solid Soviet Steel Radio (SSSR), a special guest mix that solely features music from the former Soviet Union. The dedicated record collector, DJ and Equinox record label owner from Berlin managed to unearth and put together an extensive and fascinating selection of tracks from countries like the Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldavia, Russia and more, resulting in a unique musical adventure. The mix starts with a deep and slow psych part, coming up with more funk-laden Soviet grooves and killer instrumental breaks. Many of these groups managed to create their own kind of sound, mixing western styles like Jazz, Funk and Rock with traditional music from their own countries.

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Skrillex‘ Bangarang im Old School Computer Remix

YouTube: Skrillex – Bangarang – Old School Computer Remix

Kommt für meinen Geschmack nicht ganz an die Retro-Tech-Versionen von House of the Rising Sun, The B-52’s oder Bohemian Rhapsody ran. Liegt aber vielleicht einfach daran, dass mich der Dubstep von Skrillex kalt lässt, wenn er nicht gerade von alter Hardware gecovert wird: DECTalk (Vocals), HP Scanjet 3C  (Lead), Yamaha CX-5 Computer (Guitar), Floppy & CDROM (Kead Bass Solo), Modified Toy Laser Guns, Robot Bass, Snare und Cymbal.

For all the haters out there the audio in this video is 100% in sync with the original song. If you don’t believe me then test it out for yourself. Vocals were performed with the DECTalk Express. The same speech synthesizer used by Stephen Hawking back in the eighties. The main vocals are the Betty and Rita presets overlapped. Kit and Dan vocal presets were also used. Back in 2009 I used an 8 inch floppy drive in my Bohemian Rhapsody video but this time I wanted to update it with Sammy1am’s Arduino version. I find 3.5 inch floppy drives only sound good when playing short duraton notes with a fast tempo.

Handgeschnitztes Glitch-Möbel von Ferrucio Laviani

Sieht nach Photoshop aus, ist aber ein handgeschnitzter Glitch von Möbeldesigner Ferrucio Laviani. Was sich darin wo und wie aufbewahren lässt, weiß ich zwar nicht so genau, würde ich mir aber trotzdem sofort in die Bude stellen – Glitch as Glitch can!

Echoes of faraway places and Oriental elements are glimpsed in the „disorienting“ design of this storage unit, which seems to have been „deformed“ by a strong jolt or by swaying movements. Although it appears to depart from the aesthetics of the past, in fact it draws upon ancient knowledge in the use of carving and fine wood workmanship. The appeal of this extraordinary piece of furniture lies in its ability to overturn and question classical stylistic principles such as purity, cleanness and symmetry, while evoking a comforting feeling of deja-vù and a sort of primitiveness, matched by unquestionable craftsmanship…

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Ein Kleid aus dem 3D-Drucker für Dita Von Teese

Designer Michael Schmidt und Architekt Francis Bitonti haben zusammen für Dita Von Teese ein Kleid entworfen und bei Shapeways – die mit dem Super Mario Bros. Möbius Strip – drucken lassen. Der Clou an dem Dings: Es ist kein starres Korsett, sondern besteht aus 17 Teilen, die sich ineinander verwinden lassen. Mehr Fotos und ein interessantes Making of Video gibt’s im Blog von Shapeways.

The gown was assembled from 17 pieces, dyed black, lacquered and adorned with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals to create a sensual flowing form. Thousands of unique components were 3D printed in a flowing mesh designed exactly to fit Dita’s body.  This represents the possibility to 3D print complex, customized fabric like garments designed exactly to meet a specific person or need.  As we see the material properties of 3D printing mature to produce more fine, flexible materials we will see more and more forays into fashion such as this.  At first it is at the boundaries of haute couture and art but as we have seen with Nike using 3D printing in footwear, we will see more and more 3D printing creep into the world of clothing and fashion until it becomes ubiquitous…

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E-Gitarren aus alten Skateboards

Ich kann weder vernünftig Skateboard fahren, noch Gitarre spielen. Trotzdem hätte ich gerne so eine schicke E-Gitarre, die der Argentinier Ezequiel Galasso aus geschredderten Rollbrettern upcycelt. Sei es nur, um mich an ihrem Anblick zu erfreuen und gelegentlich die Nachbarn zu quälen – wobei so eine Skate Guitar im Prinzip ganz ordentlich klingt, wie dieses Video zeigt

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