Video-Essay: Texting und Internet im Film

Vimeo: A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film (via Sixtus)

Ein paar Überlegungen zur Darstellung von SMS und Internet im Film.

Is there a better way of showing a text message in a film? How about the internet? Even though we’re well into the digital age, film is still ineffective at depicting the world we live in. Maybe the solution lies not in content, but in form.

First-person Hyperlapse Videos

YouTube: First-person Hyperlapse Videos (via prosthetic knowledge)

Bei Microsoft arbeiten ein paar Leute an einer Software, die aus verwackelten Videos geschmeidige Hyperlapse-Videos generiert. Dem Demo nach, scheint die Methode schon ziemlich gut zu funktionieren. Ich dachte ja, der Hyperlapse-Trend sei ausgestanden, aber wenn tatsächlich wie geplant die entsprechende App kommt, wird mein Reader bestimmt mit der nächsten Welle raumzeitgeraffter Filmchen geflutet…

We present a method for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling, into hyper-lapse videos, i.e., time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera. At high speed-up rates, simple frame sub-sampling coupled with existing video stabilization methods does not work, because the erratic camera shake present in first-person videos is amplified by the speed-up. Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video (shown in red) that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input. Next, we compute geometric proxies for each input frame. These allow us to render the frames from the novel viewpoints on the optimized path. Finally, we generate the novel smoothed, time-lapse video by rendering, stitching, and blending appropriately selected source frames for each output frame. We present a number of results for challenging videos that cannot be processed using traditional techniques.

Tauchroboter filmt, wie er von Weißem Hai angeknabbert wird

Vimeo: REMUS SharkCam: The hunter and the hunted (via Seitvertreib)

Wozu den SHARKNADO 2 – The Super Death Cut, wenn ich das hier haben kann: Ein großer Weißer sucht sich als Snack für zwischendurch eine REMUS SharkCam aus. Schmeckt ihm zwar nicht so richtig, sorgt aber für ein eindrucksvolle Aufnahmen (ab Minute 1:29).

In 2013, a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution took a specially equipped REMUS „SharkCam“ underwater vehicle to Guadalupe Island in Mexico to film great white sharks in the wild. They captured more than they bargained for.

Ein Kaltaqusie-Roboter, der leugnet ein Roboter zu sein

Bei der TIME hat ein Roboter angerufen und wollte eine Krankenversicherung verkaufen. Hier zwei Ausschnitte von Telefonaten, in denen der Kaltakquise-Bot hartnäckig leugnet, ein Roboter zu sein.

The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer. She wanted to offer a deal on health insurance, but something was fishy. When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection. Over the course of the next hour, several TIME reporters called her back, working to uncover the mystery of her bona fides. Her name, she said, was Samantha West, and she was definitely a robot, given the pitch perfect repetition of her answers. Her goal was to ask a series of questions about health coverage—”Are you on Medicare?” etc.—and then transfer the potential customer to a real person, who could close the sale … Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She’s A Robot (via Waxy)

Mit einem formwandelnden Display interagieren

inFORM – Interacting With a Dynamic Shape Display (via prosthetic knowledge)

Am MIT Media Labs hat ein Team um Professor Hiroshi Ishiien eine formwandelnde, interaktive Benutzeroberfläche entwickelt. Würde ich mir sofort als Teppich ins Wohnzimmer legen.

inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms:

Ein Smartphone in ein digitales Mikroskop verwandeln


Instructables-User Yoshinok zeigt, wie sich jedes beliebige Smartphone mit einfachen Mitteln in ein brauchbares Mikroskop verwandeln lässt – vorausgesetzt, die Smartphone-Kamera taugt einigermaßen. Weder viel Geld noch großes handwerkliches Geschick sind dafür notwendig. Das Video unten gibt einen kurzen Überblick über das Projekt und zeigt die Bastelei im Schnelldurchlauf.

This instructable will show you how to build a stand for about $10 that will transform your smartphone into a powerful digital microscope. This DIY conversion stand is more than capable of functioning in an actual laboratory setting. With magnification levels as high as 175x, plant cells and their nuclei are easily observed! In addition to allowing the observation of cells, this setup also produces stunning macro photography.

YouTube: Turn Your Smartphone Into a Digital Microscope!

WildCat – Neuer Katzen-Bot von Boston Dynamics

YouTube: Introducing WildCat (via Automaton)

WildCat, der neue Katzen-Bot von Boston Dynamics ist mit knapp 26 km/h Höchstgeschwindigkeit zwar nicht ganz so flott unterwegs wie Freund Cheetah, bewegt sich dafür aber kabellos in freier Wildbahn.

WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA’s M3 program. For more information about WIldCat visit our website at

Bonus: Von Atlas gibt’s ein kleines Update:

YouTube: Atlas Update