…It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that an engineer in possession of an antique computer must be in want of hacking it. Last year I reverse engineered the Easter Egg photographs from a Mac SE that I found on the side of the road and that machine has been sitting idle since then, so I took inspiration from NYCR founder Dave Clausen’s six year old 24th anniversary Mac project and turned my old SE into a “30th anniversary Macintosh” with a new ARM motherboard running Linux. Unlike Dave, I was able to interface with the original 9″ CRT thanks to the programmable hardware in the Beaglebone Black.
…You can enjoy the dithered 1-bit cat videos […] and relive the era with monochrome visuals for xeyes and other classic applications. If you want to build your own and see the specifics of the design, there are more details on my website, trmm.net/Mac-SE_video.
I recently built the NeoPixel Painter and want to say that tutorial was great. I had no issues putting mine together. I made one modification, I used a 1 x 3/4″ x 42″ piece of wood which I routed out a groove for the NeoPixel strip to fit in flush to remove side light from the LEDs.
We had a blast with it over the weekend at my daughter’s birthday party, see sample below. In addition to the birthday wish banner we used it for a magical animal that appeared in the air to answer questions for a scavenger hunt. We anticipate more animals and objects to appear in the air in time!
Thank you for a great tutorial!
Having fun painting the night sky!
NeoPixel Painter: Next-generation light painting with NeoPixels and Arduino: Light painting is an artistic medium combining light, motion and long-exposure photography. For as long as a camera’s shutter is open, a single point of light in motion will create a continuous streak in the final photograph. Digital technology takes light painting to the next level…dozens of point lights, with color and brightness individually under computer control, weave a swath of awesome across the completed frame. Adafruit’s NeoPixel strips, combined with the Arduino microcontroller and a supporting cast of parts, make highly refined digital light painting achievable! (read more)
Meticulously crafted, Susie Rosmarin’s paintings defy the limitations of two-dimensionality and pulsate with charged matrices of color and light. While mathematics play a central role in Rosmarin’s work, she is also influenced by Op Art, hard-edge abstraction, and the observation of pattern, repetition and geometry in nature and everyday life – gingham and fabric design, modular architecture details and even the front grille of a 1960’s Cadillac. – Danese Corey
In the mid-90s, Rosmarin became fascinated with mathematical patterns — how things arrive at certain sums. Because of the nature of her process, Rosmarin has to wait until the end to see how the work has come together into a unified whole, a final sum. She doesn’t know exactly how it’s going to look until she pulls the last piece of tape off. When talking about why she enjoys painting, Rosmarin says very matter-of-factly: “Making something happen on a piece of canvas is really satisfying.”" – David Feil
Bitcoin Statcraft (BTCSC) is a dynamic minecraft environment generated using realtime bitcoin market information.
All of these bitcoin block stacks are accurate piles based on (at the time the video was made) current information regarding the bitcoin market.
Towards the end of the video you’ll see me programmatically build the stack of gold, based on the current price of gold in USD and the current bitcoin market cap, also in USD. A script does the calculation and figures out how large that gold pile would be, in real life (m^3), and builds the blocks to match.
This is a first version of the thing, with more planned moving forward. Thanks for taking the time to check it out.
Pronto is an interactive art installation comprised of 21 handmade infinity mirrors. When Pronto detects you nearby, it initiates a game. You must reach the lit column before it “fills up”, or else… game over.
The installation is based on production system of large geometric inflated objects. Since the physical behavior of fluids tend to make all inflates spherical, thin parallel ropes are tied on opposite sides of the volume, keeping them parallel to one another. Filigree interiors of this technically invented system are never exposed to public.
When the volume deflates, the ropes get loose and lay on the ground enabling compression of the installation. When the object inflates, the ropes tense to a perfect line again, strained enough to carry the weight of a human being. Bodies entrapped in 3D grid, flying in unnatural positions throughout superficial white space, resemble Dadaist collages. Impossibility of perception of scale and direction results in simultaneous feeling of immenseness and absence of space.
The project is still in development. The test was made in rural surrounding of Vienna, end of December 2013.
Check out this under water turn table by artist Evan Holm, via hackaday.
Once in a while we get a really awesome tip about a technical art installation — there sometimes isn’t much info behind it, but the idea and concept behind it alone sparks our curiosity. That is most definitely the case for this submerged record player.
Artist [Evan Holm] has created this awesome installation which features a black pool of water — with a built-in record player. He’s somehow waterproofed the player itself, and integrated the controls and needle into a tree, which is part of the installation.
He has a very long and artsy description about the meaning of it, how it represents loss and mystery, and the collective subconscious of the human race… We just see it as a really cool hack. There’s also a full documentary about how he sets up the installation at various shows.
“Ronia the Robber’s Daughter,” based on a story by the beloved Swedish Author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking anyone?), will be the first series produced by Studio Ghibli, from nerd approved
The show, which will debut in Japan this fall, will be directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro who says:
Ronia the Robber’s Daughter is a story not just about a girl who grows into adulthood, but it is also a story about the love and growth between a parent and a child, and a story about the bonds between friends. My goal is to create a work that everyone, from children to adults, will be able to enjoy.
The original story by Lindgren, titled Ronja Rövardotter, was published back in 1981 and tells the tale of Ronia who is the daughter of the chief of a band of robbers. She’s destined to someday inherit her father’s position.
On the day of her birth, the robber’s castle home was split in two by a lightning bolt. In the years between then and the beginning of the story, the other half of the castle has been taken over by a rival clan. Ronia meets and befriends the only son of the rival band’s chief, goes on many fantasy adventures with him, and eventually heals the rift between the two groups.
And if you’re thinking the name Astrid Lindgren sounds familiar, you might better know her as the author of the Pippi Longstocking series.
The international jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. The picture shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East. The picture also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category, and was shot for National Geographic.
The Match-Maker cosmically connects people this Valentine’s Day. Guided by their zodiac sign, visitors arrange themselves at twelve points around the heart-shaped sculpture. Peering through colorful, interwoven periscopes provides glimpses of each viewer’s four most ideal astrological mates, offering potential novel connections between lonely souls or settled lovers. The form of the sculpture is elusive, complex, symmetrical, and changes as viewers experience it from different vantage points throughout Times Square. From many points of view it forms a perfect and iconic heart, from other perspectives it is tangled and perplexing.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Adafruit! Today we are highlighting our favorite heart-shaped electronics projects. We have lots of excellent projects to let your loved one know that you care. Be sure to check out our gift guide as well!
One of the most impressive spectacles visitors can find at the Sochi games this month doesn’t have anything to do with sports at all. It’s their own face, over 20 feet tall, rendered on a giant morphing wall at the entrance to Olympic Park.
The Mt. Rushmore-style monument is “the first thing you see when you go in,” says Asif Khan, the British designer who conceived of the pavilion for Megafon, one of the games’ sponsors. Spectators start by getting their likeness captured at one of seven photo booths throughout the park. A five-camera array generates a 3D image of the face, which is then processed for the facade, where it’s rendered with 11,000 pistons, each acting as its own LED-tipped pixel. (After getting their picture taken, visitors get a QR code to scan that lets them know when to expect to see their mug go big.)
Breaking news from the Studio of the very talented Francis Bitonti, best known for the laser sintered 3D printed dress he created for Dita Von Teese. Francis Bitoni Studio will offer a limited edition run of exclusively cloud manufactured home goods:
The world’s first commercially available product line produced in entirety by cloud manufacturing. With the effort to dematerialize and decentralize manufacturing, we have reinvented the factory to build a new production and distribution infrastructure from the ground up. This limited edition run of home goods will be locally produced on demand by a hand-selected network of 3D printers located around the world. Moving from selling direct products, with this capsule collection we will be exclusively selling limited release data through each hub.
Defining the visual and formal language of our generation, Francis Bitonti Studio will be releasing their first ever collection of luxury goods Fall 2014. With a strong focus on 3d printed fine jewelry and multi-material accessories, continuing into ready-to-wear in 2015, Francis Bitonti’s first collection, driven by computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies, will be available exclusively in limited edition, with each piece made to order and serialized. The collection will be available internationally with pre-orders beginning early Fall 2014. To request membership to receive exclusive access to the shop, previews, and new product releases, please fill out the membership request.
A representative of Francis Bitonti Studio will notify you upon Shop Membership acceptance.