Boys and girls, prepare to pick up your jaws from the floor because this is unlike anything you've ever seen before: inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. It can also interact with the physical world around it, such as, 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. This is truly state-of the-art stuff from the Tangible Media Group.
When we first heard that Motorola were developing a new project that allows ‘users to swap out parts within a modular hardware ecosystem’ our immediate thought was: ‘we’ve heard this before.’ And the idea that sprung to mind of was, of course, Dave Haakens' infamous Phonebloks concept, the viral phenomenon that the entire world and your dad knows about by now. Phonebloks was criticized by a fair amount of naysayers, because of its extremely ambitious (if slightly unrealistic) cross-developer vision. Nevertheless, Motorola have now joined forces with Haakens for a more realistic, albeit less ambitious version of the concept called Project Ara.
Merging sound, vision and environment, ‘Sadly by your Side’ is an album, a book and a smartphone app. But it’s also an idea. And that rather ingenious idea is that an album is open to your personal interpretation. Not only that, it’s also sensitive to the environment you happen to be in. If you open the app and point your phone at Sadly by Your Side’s physical pages, you’ll hear the tracks in their original form. But if you point it anywhere else, you’ll hear unique remixes of those same songs, with the tracks remixed in-real time as you change your environment.
You turn your back for one second, and some technology you’ve paid less attention to flies off into the space age. Case in point is projection-mapping, which is featured in this short film that explores the synthesis of real and digital space through mapping onto moving surfaces. Documenting a remarkable live performance captured entirely on camera, 'Box' is pure, unadulterated eye candy.
Some of us remember a time when the incessant whining over the lack of Future Shock would not cease. ‘Where’s my jetpack?’ ‘Where are all the flying cars’ and ‘Why can’t I beam myself to Tokyo’ would be some of the questions posed by an increasingly impatient horde of nerds and technology enthusiasts. But within recent years these yearning cries have abated considerably as very clever people have gotten on the ball and provided the mind-blowing moments in innovation. The latest of these is the MYO armband, which lifts us into the 2054 setting of Minority Report with downright incredible gesture recognition technology.
We all like our phones. Some of us even like them a little too much. But, as anyone who’s experienced a malfunctioning smartphone can attest to, they come equipped with a significant problem: phones just don’t last that long. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Phonebloks, a simple but brilliant new concept, proposes an alternative: a phone that loses the malfunctioning component and replaces it with a new one.
Our on-point partners from the Point Blank Music School are at it again. This time they’ve given you an in-depth guide to biting Skream’s style through a video tutorial that deconstructs the classic ‘Midnight Request Line’ and effectively tells you how to recreate the track with the aid of the Ableton Push.
Yet more proof that we do actually live in remarkable times. Google have apparently found a way to connect everyone to the internet. And when we say say everyone we mean EVERYONE. As in the entire planet. Assuming the project succeeds, this effectively means that the remaining 5-6 billion people who are not wired in like the rest of us will get access to the internet by way of Google’s high-altitude balloons, which will eventually form a planet-covering network. Yes, the ambition and scope of Google’s latest project is dizzying to say the least.
Remember that guy who played Massive Attack’s Teardrop on fruit & veg? Well, this is the actual invention that he used to wow us with! A couple of MIT students dreamt up this brilliantly goofy invention that lets you turn your banana into a keyboard, and makes your cat take pictures of itself when it’s having a drink. Sound weird? It is. But it’s also the very quintessence of awesome.
Listen to the music being played in Dalston, London, Williamsburg, New York, or Nørrebro, Copenhagen; these days music discovery apps are a dime a dozen, but the Clerkd app makes a remarkable promise that just might nudge the app landscape in a bold new direction if the student-founded enterprise from Helsinki play their cards right and manage get enough people invested in sharing on their network.
140 is the title of an upcoming rhythm-based, minimalist platform game developed by a group of four Danish artists and developers all working in their spare time. The game takes its title from the beat rate of the soundtrack that is central to the gameplay. Last month the soundtrack won an award for excellence in audio at the 15th annual International Games Festival 2013
Marvel at the painstaking work of paper cut enthusiasts who spent what seems like a significant part of their lives just to impress your eyeballs. Show these people some goddamn respect and watch this video immediately!
According to Ableton, Push is a new tangible instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch without having computer geek skills and sticking to software and mouse as instrument.
We live in a world of new technologies and amazing materials. How come no one ever told us about Thinking Putty? It’s been on the market since 2010, when Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld (yes that’s the real name) developed it.
Kinetica Art Fair is about new media, electronics, sound, light and time-based art with a focus on kinetic and robotic art. The fair is a tribute to the exploring of new technologies and ingenious art. The fair was held three weeks ago in the heart of London.
Projection mapping is certainly nothing new, but artist and engineer Barry Threw’s immensely comprehensive project leaves you dazed to the point of confused when you consider the time, care and unflinching work ethic that went into actualizing this breathtaking, immersive spectacle. Using 44 projectors with a combined brightness of 840,000 lumens, the projections covered a surface 600ft wide x 351ft high. How do you like THEM apples?
About a year ago Toby Schachman made a small and brilliant online drawing interface called recursivedrawing.com – today I found this site, and lost any hope of getting my work done for the day. In order to even the playing field, I am now sharing it with you guys. Come on, don't let me be the only slacker here!
The future of sketching is coming. WobbleWorks designed a groundbreaking hand held 3D printing device. A pen that can draw in the air! The 3Doodler literally puts the power of 3D printing in the hands of the creator with no need of any technical knowledge, software or computers.
Tonight is the night that Beck Hansen reinterprets and performs David Bowie’s classic ‘Sound and Vision’ in collaboration with 170 musicians. Taking place on a specially constructed circular stage and working within a multi-directional sound environment, the performance will explore the possibilities of perspective and sound movement surrounding the audience. This rather spectacular concept will be recorded using 360º equipment and shown online February 10th.
Red Bull just opened an impressive new studio right here in Copenhagen. Designed and built with the aim of giving local talent a forum for recording and producing music, the latest initiative from the Red Bull camp looks characteristically on-point and painstakingly realized.
Run to the beat of your feet! A magic application that synchronizes your music with your running pace is now reality. No kidding!
Shooting an iPhone video with your friends just got a lot more interesting. Say hello to Vyclone - a social video creation, collaboration, and sharing app for iOS.
The nifty/quirky handheld music device you never knew you that you desperately needed. Dam-Drum is a handheld drum machine and sequencer with four unique sounds selected by Dâm Funk, the undisputed king of iridescently smooth electro-funk. This is a collaboration with Stones Throw and Bleep Labs, who designed and built the drum in Austin, Texas and it does look a treat.
Quantum Stealth! The name sounds like a 007 weapon made by Q. This device is a piece of cloth reminding us of the magical invisibility cloak Harry Potter uses to visually disappear when he hides behind it. It's a garment that renders whatever it covers invisible. In this context Q’s name is Cramer and owner of the Canadian company called Hyperstealth. He claims to have developed this magical camouflage material that works “by bending light waves around the target.”
This weeks's Throne of Blood post is a thoughtful lament on the state of contemporary technology penned by Throne of Blood's Art Director, Andrew Potter, AKA one half of TOB producer team, Populette.
Have you ever been standing in pouring rain – without getting wet? The 'Rain Room' is a hi-tech indoor rainstorm that falls heavily everywhere except on the individual walking through it.
Imaging being able to watch 3 dimensional sounds. This abstract thought is now attempted. With ‘Cylinder’, a series of sculptures, Andy Huntington and Drew Allan are instantiating sounds via sound data analysis and 3D printing.
Prior to the release of his new album, 'Lux', ambient music’s main originator presents a new ‘generative’ App that lets you create music. Music that’s not completely within your control. Confused? Click on the pic and let Eno explain.
Coming to a London street near you! AIAIAI and acclaimed Japanese sound artist, Yuri Suzuki, have realized an ambitious design- and sound art project involving an eye-catching 'Sound Taxi' that records the surrounding noise of London and turns it into music. The Taxi is driving around London now and livestreaming from the entire trip!