AC Symphony is a instrument, design and performed by Danne Woo, that allows the musician to play AC powered appliances. The control center is an AC sequencer that plays all the appliances in sequence. You can change the speed, pause, reset, harmonize and control the amount of voltage going to each appliance. Essentially its a power strip on steroids.
Remember the time before MP3s when we actually had actual objects that we could touch and feel and throw onto a turn table, tape deck or cd player. IDEO recently decided to make an attempt at blending the then and now of listening and experiencing music. Out of this desire, they built the above machine. Basically, what you’re looking at is a box filled with specially-angled Arduino Pro Mini boards constantly searching for RFID tags on top, and a set of cards each with two RFID tags, with each tag representing one song. When you drop one on the turntable, it begins playing within a second, thanks to the Arduinos underneath, you can leave multiple cards on the table to create playlists. Sadly IDEO is not selling the device but it shows that there are many other possibilities to listening and experiencing the musical world around us. Check out the video after the jump to see this sucker in action. Read more >
The Copenhagen Wheel project is a concept project by the MIT Senseable City Lab. The basic idea behind it is to replace the back wheel of your bike with the Copenhagen Wheel that will generate power when you pedal and uses the power you generate when you don’t feel like pedaling. On top of that it also connects to the Internet, can sense and share road conditions, and even serves as the bike’s lock. See the video after the jump. Read more >
German design group Sonice Development GmbH built a large scale “inkjet printer” which they call facadeprinter. Its basically a simple robot that uses paintballs for ink to produce large-scale art pieces using walls and facades for a canvas. See a video of this beast at work after the jump. Read more >
“CastOven is a future microwave oven, which plays a You Tube movie clip to fit into your cooking time. Watching movies, playing video games, and browsing web pages are fun, but all of them require certain amount of time of us to spare. For example, one would hesitate to purchase a new roll playing game, because it would take him some tens of hours to clear the game. We think differently. One should not make his activities adjusted to a length of contents, but the contents should make adjustment to it. Our effort around the concept of “Ubiquitous Society” was over. We have been taking a novel step along the idea of “how those products and services have users spent their time?” The next business market is placed at the core, where a time as a flow of user’s activities.” Read More >
Filmmaker Cristóbal Vila produced this short animation, Nature By Numbers. It shows examples of how mathematical relationships such as the Fibonacci sequence, golden ratio, and the Delaunay triangulation can be found in our natural surroundings.
With the 2010 U.S. Census underway, what follows is an interesting bit of history regarding a technological development that emerged as a result of the need to design a solution to speed up the tabulation process. But first a little background according to the introduction in the U.S. Census Office Manual for Field Operations: Read More >
GGRP Sound, an audio engineering company out of Vancouver sent out a 45rpm record packaged in a corrugated cardboard sleeve that also works as a record player. All you need to do is follow the easy set up steps and use a pencil to manually spin the 45. These were sent out as a promotional piece to creative directors across North America to demonstrate GGRP’s sound engineering capabilities.