Archive for December, 2009

The Greatest Domino Effect Ever


Great Greek Tragedy represented by dominos

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Then in now – Conecting the past with the present


A brilliant technique where the past merges with the present bring to reality the time Gap. This visualization of time is a powerful way to realise the essence of time and the how architecture is a stage for the decades that pass one after the other.

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Corpus – Human Body Museum – Netherlands





CORPUS is an innovative museum with inovative and inventive architecture. It  is a journey through the human body during which the visitor can see,  and hear feel how the human body works and what roles healthy life, healthy food,  and plenty of exercise plays. CORPUS offers a variety of information and provides education and entertainment with this journey as well as a vast number of permanent and variable exhibitions.


CORPUS has been realised in a 35-meter high transparent building with the contours of the human body projecting from it. The eye-catching building is situated along the A44 highway between Amsterdam and The Hague.






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Great Short Animation – Muzorama by Muzorama Team


This short film is a very creative piece. The french creative scene show that is still very alive and it has a lot to offer to the world if the world is willing to cross the language barrier imposed by the uni-language that is english. 



Great 3D animation film directed by Elsa Brehin by Raphael Calamote, Mauro Carraro, Maxime Cazaux, Emilien Davaud Laurent Monneron and Axel Tillement. Produced in 6 weeks, this video is based on the universe of the French illustrator Jean-Philippe Masson aka Muzo.



Muzorama from Muzorama Team on Vimeo.

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Bionic Contact Lens




The fallowing article is from the www.readwriteweb.com website.

Your Cyborg Eye Will Talk to You

Just as many of us are getting used to augmented reality applications for cellphones and digital cameras, Babak Amir Parviz and his University of Washington students are taking it one step further. The group is working on a human machine interface where LEDs are embedded into contact lenses in order to display information to the wearer. You heard right, in a few years your cyborg eye will talk to you. In an article with the IEEE Spectrum, Parviz relays the challenges of custom-building semi-transparent circuitry into a polymer lens roughly 1.2 millimeters in diameter.
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Says Parviz, “We’re starting with a simple product, a contact lens with a single light source, and we aim to work up to more sophisticated lenses that can superimpose computer-generated high-resolution color graphics on a user’s real field of vision.”
ieee_arcontactlens_aug09.jpgFor now, Parviz mentions that single pixel visual cues for gamers and the hearing impaired are already quite possible with the lens prototypes. The group has also experimented with non-invasive biomonitoring including checking glucose levels for diabetics.
Some of the obvious challenges of building an augmented reality contact lens include:
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The Need for Custom Parts:Regular circuitry and LEDs are incompatible with regular contact lenses. Every piece of this project must be fabricated from scratch.
2. Physical Constraints: The group must attempt to fit transistors, radio chips, antennas, diffusion resistors, LEDs and photodetectors onto a minuscule polymer disc. Additionally, the team is required to control lens position and light intensity relative to the pupil. And finally, because the lens is so close to the corneal surface, the group must project images away from the cornea using either micro-lenses or lasers.
3. User Safety: In addition to protecting the eye against chemicals, heat and toxins, the lens components must be semi-transparent in order for the wearer to view their surroundings.
“We already see a future in which the humble contact lens becomes a real platform, like the iPhone is today, with lots of developers contributing their ideas and inventions. As far as we’re concerned, the possibilities extend as far as the eye can see.” And you thought the iPhone SDK was a tough nut to crack.
For Parviz’s complete seven-page article, check out the IEEE Spectrum’s Biomedical page.






source >>> http://www.readwriteweb.com/

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Scenes of Heated Conflict from the COP15 Climate Change Protests





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Protestors in the front rank pinned in with nowhere to go
Photo: Matthew McDermott
The noises that have come out of Copenhagen have not been harmonious. The word from inside the walls of the conference centre has been of rancorous deadlock, not a breakthrough, reached by world leaders trying to thrash out a deal to tackle climate change. On the streets, meanwhile, matters were more discordant still. Violent clashes between demonstrators and the Danish Politti have marked an otherwise bloodless event, with activists throwing missiles at police and their uniformed counterparts making brutal use of force.
December 14: Face-off between protestors and policeProtest_in_Copenhagen_COP15_climate_change_summit_14_December_face-off
Photo: Matthew Oldfield Photography
It kicked off on December 12 when almost 1,000 people were arrested after sporadic outbreaks of violence in the midst of a largely peaceful demonstration attended by as many as 100,000 people. Activists set off fireworks and hurled bricks, smashing windows, while police were accused of heavy-handed tactics – “kettling” marchers moving through the city into confined areas to contain them, and holding detainees in freezing conditions without medical attention, water or toilets.
December 12: ‘Black block’ of anarchists and other activists take to the streets
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Photo: ratexla
Writing in The Guardian, Emily Apple described her experience: “We tried to leave the kettle through an open apartment block. However, this led only to another road full of handcuffed people sat in lines. As soon as the police saw us watching this scene, we were also grabbed, thrown to the floor and arrested… Spirits in the steel holding cages were high and resistance was in the air. Some broke down the doorsof their cages and the large warehouse echoed to caterwauling and chants…”
December 16: Police wielding truncheons repeatedly beating protestors
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Photo: Matthew McDermott
And tension as demonstrators are surrounded by another group of police
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Photo: Matthew McDermott
On December 16 there were more clashes and over 260 arrests as thousands of campaigners marched on the Bella Centre hosting the UN climate talks – a venue into which environmental groups like Friends of the Earth were barred entry. Police confronted protestors who wanted to stage a ‘people’s assembly’ inside the summit in a bid to ‘Reclaim Power’ but were beaten back by police, with demonstrators and others critical of tactics employed like the use of pepper spray and dogs.
One protestor voiced his view that “there are a lot of people here and we want actions not words”. It seems to fall pretty close to the mark. When words do not seem to be working – so evident in the mired negotiations between wealthy and poor nations over emissions cuts at Copenhagen – people are more likely to take matters into their own hands.

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cat + robot = pitbull – bull


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