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December 1, 2012

Folding Hybrid PlaneCar - Terrafugia

Got a folding bike? Then you might be interested in this folding planeCar or carPlane:

Google Ngram Viewer

N-gram is defined as "contiguous sequence of n items from a given sequence of text or speech... can be phonemes, syllables, letters, words or base pairs" in Wikipedia.

GoogleBooks n-gram application will display "the annual popularity of any published word or phrase over the last several centuries." (nytimes)


I searched 4 composers: Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Tchaikovsky. Below the graph, you will see links of search results broken down to different eras.

Mousing over the data points, there seemed to be a spike for these composers in 1946:

Case-sensitive names display different results (which kind of makes sense because the data is from books, not other media):



You can use "+" to combine case-sensitive terms (in this case I combined "dna+DNA, cancer+Cancer, gene+Gene."




December 8, 2012

Landfill Harmonic

Fantastic video of people re-appropriating trash to make recycled instruments in Paraguay. This video says it all:

The recycled orchestra is an orchestra that performs with instruments made out of trash... People realize that we shouldn't throw away trash carelessly... Well, we shouldn't throw away people either.

December 13, 2012

The Future of Interaction Design by Microsoft

I just found this url recently in an email that was posted just a year ago. I find it funny, that even after a year, this video seems pretty futuristic. Nice typographical interfaces too, information design, user flow, augmented reality, audio interface, etc.:

December 15, 2012

Great post by Arik Hesseldahl on Andy Rooney's bookshelf


I’m certain Rooney never read that email, and though I can’t prove it, I’m betting his producer did. Because two months later, Rooney closed the April 22, 2007 edition of 60 Minutes with a segment that included a few of his favorite books (Link goes to the video, which is not embeddable). They were: three dictionaries; a heavily used edition of Modern English Usage by Henry Watson Fowler. Walter Lippman’s A Preface To Morals; four leather-bound volumes by Charles Darwin; and the fifth edition of The Modern Researcher by Jacques Barzum and Henry Graff, also heavily used.

Here is Andy Rooney's segment on books (can't open the video, but maybe that is because of my browser):


I, too, have been fascinated with what is on people's shelves. I was so interested that I tried to translate this fascination into a physical object, a shelf connected to an RFID reader:

This initial prototype did function the basics (with the help of ITPers: Kazuhiro Nozaki, Josh Cheng, Max Weng, James Sears). However, there were some issues to be resolved like finding an RFID reader that had anti-collision properties (and was small enough and affordable). This investigation led to my thesis project, Hypershelf.

December 16, 2012

Pcomp Platforms

So there is a discussion on the ITP list regarding pcomp platforms (i.e. pcomp aka physical computing). Here are the platforms, which are pretty cool:

• Arduino (http://www.arduino.cc; also there are wearable versions)
• Raspberry Pi (http://www.raspberrypi.org; If you know Python, this might be a fun toy to hack around with)
• Leap Motion (https://leapmotion.com)
• Kinect (hacking Kinect with a mac: http://gizmodo.com/5687874/microsoft-kinect-hacked-to-run-on-mac-os-x)
• LittleBits (http://littlebits.cc, This is the pcomp version of Legos)
• Twine (http://supermechanical.com/twine/)

Some videos below:


Leap Motion:

Raspberry Pi:


Kinect (puppet hack):

Little Bits (2 videos):

2012 ITP Winter Show, Day 1

ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) at NYU has a show twice a year. It always amazes me how creative and ambitious students are... They complete digital and physical prototypes using sensors, screen/optic/camera -- technology within a span of a semester, often working in groups, and some work individually. Nevertheless, they finish their projects on time. I was only able to attend one of the days, and could not cover all the projects. I highly recommend going. Below is the address and some of the projects I was able to engage with.

721 Broadway, 4th Floor
Tisch Building (Take the N/R to 8th street)
Sunday, December 16th, 2-6pm
Monday, December 17th, 4-8pm

List of projects:


These aren't in any particular order...

Sonified Data (Text is analyzed and assigned notes, which is played by the app that Hannah Davis created -- music is pretty soothing, sounds like Radiohead)

American Rubs [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/american-rubs/]
This project analyzes the ethnic-neighborhood data taken from the U.S. Census Bureau, which is then used to create flavors of dry rubs for meats. I really got a kick out of this, and even tasted a couple of these spices... I particularly liked NYC, which is spicy, and Manhattan. Brooklyn kind of had a patchouli essence, which reminded me of uber hipsters.

Puppet and Performing Objects
Apparently, this was an entire class that explored interactive puppetry. Some puppets were high tech, like robotic, and some were low tech, like shadow puppetry. All in all, very cool.

Voodoo Bear [voodoo-bear.tumblr.com]
This project was really funny. You enter your Twitter information and interact with the voodoo bear by pinching or poking it. The bear reacts with audio output and a tweet.

Bashtray [http://bashtray.tumblr.com/]
It is an ashtray, but you put out your cigarette on the candidate you don't like.

So You Say [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/so-you-say/]
This is a low-tech visualization that displays feedback for projects in the ITP show mapped geographically and demographically (age is represented in color of string).

The Buddhist arcade game [http://creativespirited.com/2012/11/25/the-buddhist/]
I came by twice, but both times there were a ton of people playing this game (sigh). Hopefully, it makes it to an arcade so I can test my meditative abilities (been practicing lately with Deepak's 21-day meditation challenge).

The Collective DJ [https://vimeo.com/52872820]
Ok, I am going to try to explain this, but it may be better to see it in person or watch the above video url. Your friend places her hand on one of those hand-cutouts. You place your hand on one of those hand-cutouts. Then you and your friend touch each other, and it plays a beat. If you touch your friends hand again, the beat switches off. Basically, humans are conductive switches. I can totally see this in a children's museum or a club/party. Very fun.

Random Story Generator
I came by a couple of times, and once again this spot was crowded so I couldn't get information about it. It intrigued me because it looked like a ouija board. Here are a couple of photos, which look like they play with a narrative story line. If you find out, please contact me with the details. I will give you credit.

Fly Guardian [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/fly-guardian/]
This is funny. Every time your fly is down, this device sends you a message-warning to your mobile device.

Water Cooler TV [http://watrcoolr.tv/]
You can embed messages within a moment of the television show, so when others watch the same show, those messages will be displayed.

Octojam [http://vimeo.com/53473973]
This is an instrument in the form of an octopus. As you pull the limbs of the octopus, a sound or beat is played.

Lego Builder [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/lego-builder/]
Using gestures, you can construct buildings out of legos -- augmented reality.

Hamlet Simulator [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/hamlet-simulator/]
This is a pretty cool project. You select from several filter-ranges, which abridge a version of Hamlet according to the filters the user selects.

FreezeFrames [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/freezefram-es/]
This app captures your reaction after you watch a youtube video. I caught the tail end of the video where some kids knock down a shelf... I look surprised.

Bouncy Irises [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/bouncyirises/]
Bouncy Irises is sort of an innovative digital version of plinko. When the digital particles triggers a physical gear below (by pressing a button), the gears open up.



Cat Car [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/cat-car/]
This project makes me want to own a cat and this harness. You put this harness on a cat, and this harness has a wireless sensor talking to the the steering wheel, and lasers. Depending on where you want to drive your cat, it points lasers, so that your cat follows the lasers. The video is so funny because Sam Brenner tested this device on a couple of cats. He is going to document this online, and I will post his url here when he does. If he sold this on Kickstarter, I would consider getting this for my sister and her cat.

Laser Cat [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/laser-cat/]
A robotic arduino car that follows laser beams, similar to that of a cat.

ITP Pcomp Mid-term FINAL from Max Ma on Vimeo.

December 22, 2012

More on Regenerative Medicine...

This is phenomenal. There is a lab in London, where researchers are repair body parts. Please note that the photos are a little graphic in this link by CNN.

Child stent that will expand as the child grows. Credit: (Seamus Murphy/VII); CNN, 14th slide

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