Malta architect William Bondin has come up with a prototype sculpture that could turn public art into malleable, moving “organisms” that respond to their environment as they change shape and position. The scaffolding-like structures would use solar energy to power light and moisture sensors that would help guide the structures as they changed position — a concept that is both delightful and unnerving. Continue reading
Intel hopes to leverage its low-power processors to increase its presence in the DIY/hobbyist world.
At the Maker Faire in Rome this week, the company announced it was partnering with Arduino to create the Intel Galileo, an Arduino-compatible development board. Intel hopes to attract the hobbyist community to its technology, and gain a foothold in educational institutes while providing competition for ARM-based systems in the maker market. Continue reading
The introduction of new materials, new manufacturing methods (like 3D printing), and advanced computational models have changed the way designers and engineers go about their work. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Drexel University hope to develop new computational tools that combine computing, materials, and manufacturing advancements to better account for the complexity of new products that are manufactured in non-traditional ways using advanced materials.
Here’s a nice example of the DIY spirit at work. A former Portland, OR, restaurant owner was looking for a way to better monitor food storage temperatures (which had to be regularly checked and written in a notebook). There didn’t seem to be a good automated system available, so he built his own, using open-source hardware to develop a unit that can monitor temperature, humidity and barometric pressure of a given location, then transmit the data via the Internet and a Wi-Fi network.
Augmented reality (AR) is starting to become a thing. In place of the oft-quoted promise of AR, tech companies are actually starting to manufacture products capable of virtual interaction. The most basic kind of AR experience can be had by viewing a computer overlay of the real world through the window of your smart phone. This is the experience offered by the Google game (still in closed beta) Ingress.
Walking around and holding your phone in front of you is hardly the most ideal AR experience. Project Glass, also from Google, is a more ambitious use of AR, but it isn’t quite ready to go yet. For now, if you want to use AR for your business, Canon’s MREAL system seems to be the best bet on the market. Continue reading