Before you buy a bunch of discounted LED lights for next year’s Christmas tree, you might want to consider putting that money towards a projector instead—one that’ll guarantee that your living room holiday decor will far outshine your neighbor’s.
Most cities evolved based on centuries of complex economic and cultural forces. But what would it look like if that process were reversed? That's the concept behind Generating Utopia, a program that turns a user's location-based data into a sprawling, Rio de Janeiro-style cityscape.
We all know that computing power roughly doubles every 18 months—but at that rate, how long will it take for computers to be as powerful as the human brain?
The world consumes more than 2 million metric tons of Salmon annually—both farmed and wild. That's a lot of lox. And to get that much fish to market in a timely manner, one can't gut them by hand. That's why there's the Gutmaster8000.
We've known AMD's Fusion GPU/CPU hybrid has been incoming, but now we know exactly what to expect from the tiny chips—clean(er) video, low energy, and the size of a fingernail.
The Light Drive time lapse—set to Tron Legacy's soundtrack—mesmerizes me to no end. Especially knowing its ingenious mechanics. Like the universe-is-collapsing Inception-inspired Universe time lapse, play this one in HD, full screen, and with blasting headphones on.
A digital media artist by the name of Henderson wants to help you reconsider your environment. To this end, he's created Radius Music, an art project that scans its surroundings and uses what it finds to create an audiovisual map.
The Achilles' Heel of the latest and greatest Nehalem-based Mac Pros seemed to be their trouble handling audio processing—even playing a song in iTunes reportedly caused overheating and sacked performance. Mac Pro Audio Update 1.0 offers sweet relief.
It's just a concept piece for now, but the three metalheads behind the project seem like they're intent on selling some or all of it, some day. It uses an Arduino controller to process the input from the wigs accelerometers, then outputs it to a custom game written in the Processing language.
Dan Shiffman isn't like most professors. Instead of Scantron sheets and bluebooks, Shiffman prefers to give his final exams on a 120-foot video wall that's the equivalent of six 16:9 displays linked end-to-end.
Processing is an open source programming language designed for visual artists, "created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool." Originally developed at the MIT Media Lab, it's a free alternative to fancy, expensive,…
Designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg have come up with a mathematical way to design jewelry. Via their Nervous System site, you steer open source "Processing" algorithms to produce a pattern you like. This is then machined by water-jet, etched and even gold-plated for you into real jewelry.…
A sixty year-old concert bootleg, made on a broken and twisted old magnetic wire earned a bunch of audio engineers and a mathematician a Grammy last night for their skills in recovering destroyed music. The audio recording on the wire was so distorted, and the wire broken so many times, that the team had to invent…
By analyzing all 5x10^20 (500 billion billion) possible checkers moves, computers can now beat or tie a human at checkers every single game. How'd they analyze so much data? By starting in 1989 and going until they were done. Let's see them do this with Go. [Machinist]