Between May 6 and May 19, MFA D+T thesis candidates present installations and performances, objects and apps, games and video, and interactive experiences that explore the dynamic role of technology in our current lives. These 74 projects represent a unique convergence of lenses, designed to question, engage, or critique technology. They invoke the playful, the informative, the empowering, the critical, and the subversive to explore emerging issues and provoke discussion.
Joan of Arc Armor Made from Cardboard and Bicycle Tubes via MAKE.
Grace Duval created this suit of armor by first hot gluing together a frame of cardboard, then priming and painting it. Atop this base she built out the exterior from upcycled bicycle tubes, stitched together with an awl and fastened with screws and capped nuts. The results are stunning and novel.
We developed an EEG brainwave-controlled Pong game using an AVR microcontroller. It uses alpha wave modulation based on the spectral power to control the paddle position. If you relax, the paddle moves up, and if you concentrate, the paddle moves down.
If the winds are forgiving enough over Lower Manhattan — up where workers can see the whole outline of the island’s tip — a steel column will be hoisted into place Monday afternoon atop the exoskeleton of 1 World Trade Center and New York will have a new tallest building.
The tower has been growing at the rate of a new floor every week. More important, downtown will have reclaimed its pole star.
Poking into the sky, the first column of the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center will bring the tower to a height of 1,271 feet, making it 21 feet higher than the Empire State Building.
Pictured above, we can now see 1 World Trade Center outside the Adafruit factory window too!
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Photographer Lee Eunyeol constructs elaborate light installations that appear as if the night sky was flipped upside down with glowing stars and planets nested inside tall grass or between deep earthen cracks. Though Lee does not have a website I can quote his artist statement I received via email:
Starry night expresses private spaces given by night and various emotions that are not able to be defined and described in the space. I’ve chosen analogue type for the expression which attempts to install electric bulbs in an objet to be expressed using back space of night by taking advantage of huge studio. There are two spaces in photographs. One is a space before electric bulbs of familiar landscape are installed and the other is a space after electric bulbs expressed by dispersing personal emotion are installed. Unified light from these two spaces generates a mysterious landscape.
Eunyeol will be showing this series of photos at the Gana Art Space in Seoul starting this week. I want to thank @jealouqity for helping get in touch with the gallery for this post, and if you liked this, also check out the work of Barry Underwood.
Instructables user mattthegamer463 didnt want to buy an expensive wireless guitar system so he modded a wireless mic setup he already had to do the job.
Wireless guitars are great, without cables to trip on the life expectancy of an energetic guitarist is greatly increased. However, they are expensive, way more expensive than wireless microphone systems. In fact, if youre like me, you might happen to come into a wireless microphone system for free. Using it for your guitar is a ultra-simple hack that almost anyone can do in less than an hour.
Patterned by Nature was commissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (naturalsciences.org) for the newly built Nature Research Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The exhibit celebrates our abstraction of nature’s infinite complexity into patterns through the scientific process, and through our perceptions. It brings to light the similarity of patterns in our universe, across all scales of space and time.
10 feet wide and 90 feet in length, this sculptural ribbon winds through the five story atrium of the museum and is made of 3600 tiles of LCD glass. It runs on roughly 75 watts, less power than a laptop computer. Animations are created by independently varying the transparency of each piece of glass.
The content cycles through twenty programs, ranging from clouds to rain drops to colonies of bacteria to flocking birds to geese to cuttlefish skin to pulsating black holes. The animations were created through a combination of algorithmic software modeling of natural phenomena and compositing of actual footage.
An eight channel soundtrack accompanies the animations on the ribbon, giving visitors clues to the identity of the pixelated movements. In addition, two screens show high resolution imagery and text revealing the content on the ribbon at any moment.
In part 1 of this episode we give a overview of how we turned an Oldsmobile Delta ’88 into a remote control car in just 4 weeks. We built our control systems using a few motors, potentiometers, a Compact RIO embedded controller, and LabVIEW. We then set up wi-fi communication so we can drive the car from an iPhone as well as from a modified Power Wheels truck.
old futuristic images, several of them from the www.retro-futurismus.de website which features paintings from the 50s and 60s by German futurist visionary Klaus Bürgle, plus other German/Austrian space art painters from that era