NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) describes itself as “a center for the recently possible.” Put another way, it’s where artsy people go to build some cool stuff with tech. So we went to the program’s spring exhibition, to see what madness they dreamed up.
It seems logical that if you're designing a flying robot, you might borrow a few ideas from Mother Nature's airborne repertoire. But researchers at NYU instead too their inspiration from under the sea for this unusual robotic craft that flies through the air the same way a jellyfish moves through the ocean.
NYU recently sent out a seemingly innocuous e-mail to all of its students asking them to opt for paperless forms. People in college get those kinds of e-mails all the time! But when one student decided to ask his mom if he should enable the paperless forms, he accidentally triggered a method that allowed him (and…
Since 2003, three students at New York University have jumped to their deaths from the atrium-facing staircases insides the university's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library.
Nobody's sure why the glass vial of Clostridium perfringens spores was buried in a cornerstone of Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1897, but its discovery could help scientists understand how much this common microbe has evolved in the era of antibiotics.
The post-apocalypse recession is bound to be a doozy. If you don't have the stomach for looting (why aren't you in heaven, pussy?), or don't have a gold stockpile, you'll probably have to barter for basic survival needs.
You're probably on camera right now. Wave hello. If you were wearing this line of Cold Flare jewelry from a pair of ITP students, you'd be invisible—or at least, anonymous(er).
Kickstarter's great! People with neat ideas can show off their concept, win over online backers, and move their brain gems into the real world. Or, they can plagiarize someone else's cool idea and earn money (and an award). Uhhh.
Any half-competent bartender can pour a decent layered shot. Unfortunately, there's a lot of not-so-competent bartenders out there. Enter Pousse Cafe, a voice-controlled shot dispenser from three ITP students that perfectly layers every shot, every time. [ITP]
Don't want to punch in a long password every time you unlock your phone, but wanna make sure nobody can get inside if you lose it at a...coffee shop? Michael Knuepel's digital signet rings unlock iPhones like a key. [ITP]
This weekend marks the celebration of the Vimeo Festival + Awards, which brings together experts and achievers in online video. And, some pretty spectacular visual artists, merging DIY tech ingenuity with brilliant sculpture. And we've got the highlights below.
What's up with robotic fish appearing on Sundays? Last week it was the named-by-me Mecha Fish. This week? An autonomous "leader fish" that successfully led shoal mates across a small pool:
Unlike traditional mood ring voodoo, Poker Face measures bodily conditions like pulse and galvanic response to assess your mood, revealing it on the iPhone's display—and a wristband vibrates when you're starting to feel like a prick.
If you've never been to one of the twice-a-year shows held at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, you're missing the weirdest, coolest, most insanely inspired geek projects around. We'll be highlighting the best stuff, but you can check it out yourself:
Here's something beautiful: a mechanical garden that responds to your step. It makes me feel like I'm in Wonderland.
If you've ever wanted to see the places you frequent most rendered as a heat map, Steven Lehrburger's Where Do You Go project for NYU's ITP Winter Show is worth a pixelated look.