Archive for the technology Category

MANOS: The Hands of Fate, Video Game

Posted in film, geek, technology with tags , , on July 26, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I know Manos: The Hands of Fate primarily from my love of Mystery Science Theater 3000. You will usually hear the phrase “worst movie ever made” attached to the title.

Now you can enjoy some MANOS adventures in a new video game, Nintendo style.

If anyone gets/plays this…please let me know how it is!

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Hye Yeon Nam: Please Smile

Posted in automata, installations, robots, sculpture, technology with tags , , , , on June 23, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

What an interesting interactive installation…

From the website:
Please Smile is an exhibit involving five robotic skeleton arms that change their gestures depending on a viewer’s facial expressions. It consists of a microcontroller, a camera, a computer, five external power supplies, and five plastic skeleton arms, each with four motors. It incorporated elements from mechanical engineering, computer vision perception to serve artistic expression with a robot.

Audiences interact with “Please smile” in three different ways. When no human falls within the view of the camera, the five robotic skeleton arms choose the default position, which is bending their elbows and wrists near the wall. When a human steps within the view of the camera, the arms point at the human and follow his/her movements. Then when someone smiles in front of it, the five arms wave their hands. Through artwork such as “Please smile,” I would like to foster positive audience behaviors.

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ReComputing

Posted in craft, geek, jewelry, technology with tags , , , on March 25, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

ReComputing has a series of wonderful pieces made from cut circuit boards and various geeky bits.

These would make great gifts for the tech geek in your life.

See more here.

Yuri Zupancic

Posted in art, technology with tags , on April 3, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Yuri Zupancic is a multi-talented artist who created a fabulous series of microchip paintings (often using handmade brushes constructed from his own eyelashes).

Zupancic describes the project beautifully…

“Smaller and Faster” has replaced “Bigger and Better” as the leading catchphrase of commodities. Things seems to be changing swiftly as every aspect of our lives is being affected by the electronic revolution. I reflect on questions and inspirations of our time with my miniature paintings on microchips. I strive for poetic efficiency through tiny images which strike great metaphorical chords when painted on microchips -the building blocks of the digital age.

The biggest frontier I see today is where nature and technology overlap. Mankind and our extensions (i.e. computers, cities) are essentially natural occurrences, thus move and evolve in the same dynamic patterns as the rest of the world. My paintings on microchips are an attempt to broaden our perspective of modern electronics and acknowledge their position as extensions of the human mind and human nature.

I’m swooning over this mirror neuron piece:

He does regular paintings as well. The merging of classical, modern and technological themes leaves the viewer delightfully suspended between conceptual constructs and vastly different worlds…yet it all comes together.

Yuri Zupancic

Send Emails in Your Own Handwriting

Posted in geek, technology with tags , on February 23, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

This development from Pilot is a nice way to (slightly) appease my anachronistic love of written letters and printed pages.

Now you can send emails in your own handwriting.

First you register on the site and print out a blank template.

Fill in the spaces and upload the template via scanner, camera or webcam and save…

And presto! A digitized version of your own handwriting that you can even enhance if you choose.

If anyone tries this, I’d love to see examples (I do plan to try it myself as well).

Try it here
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Gadget Anatomy

Posted in anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, geek, technology with tags , , , , on January 11, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Mads Peitersen brings us something outside the realm of standard form and function. What if your own prized gadgets housed human(ish) anatomical structures?

Now place your ear close to your computer and check for a heart beat…

See more at the source and here.

Stuff I Think is Cool: A Holiday Gift Post

Posted in christmas, geek, products, technology, wish list with tags , , , , on December 8, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

The holidays are upon us…so I’m cleaning out a folder of bookmarks labeled (I’m not kidding) “STUFF.” This folder contains objects I think are fun, but can’t really justify buying for myself because they’re not exactly necessary.

Who knows? Maybe this will help someone’s gift selections…

Computer Code Briefcase, for the quirky geek in your life:

The Torture Device Coloring Book, for the morbidly inclined artist:

The Astro Mitt. Okay, this is awesome:

Trying very hard not to spend $17 on this A Christmas Story Ornament (come on…triple dog dare me not to!):

And bandages!:

Or for comic book fans:

Nintendo Keychain Set, for the retro game lover:

Robot Key Toppers. Great for differentiating between your keys.

Can You Draw the Internet?

Posted in art, technology with tags , on November 30, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

I like the whole custom craze in the “designer” vinyl toy world because I find it fascinating to see how different brains artistically interpret a single concept.

Can You Draw the Internet is one such collaborative project.

The idea:

Children today are growing up in a world of technology and communications. They have never experienced a world without the internet, with every part of their day consumed by mobile phones, websites, computer games, apps, Xbox, you name it. We took this thought and ‘thought’ it would be interesting to find out what their perception of the internet actually is, by way of scribble, drawing, or piece of art. Then, to make things even more interesting we thought it would be great to get the creative industry involved. Why? To find out who’s the more creative. The industry with all of it’s wisdom, or the kids with their vivid imaginations.

Half of the contestants are adult artists…

And half are children…

It’s quite interesting to see the range of designs in both categories. Have a look for yourself.

Telenoid R1 Humanoid Robot

Posted in japan, robots, technology with tags , , on August 7, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

This minimalist robot has been getting a ton of web coverage lately, so I’m going to keep this brief and take a different angle.

If you’d like to read about the actual robot and its telecommunication purposes, you can do that anywhere (or at my source).

My personal opinion is that this would make a KILLER horror and/or suspense thriller prop.

So I ask you…what kind of horror plot do YOU think it belongs in? Get creative in the comments!

Alchemist Keyboard

Posted in craft, geek, retrofuturism, sculpture, steampunk, technology with tags , , , , , on May 9, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

I’m currently swooning over Datamancer’s Alchemist Keyboard.

The side lighting is wired into the scroll lock LED and turns on with a press of the scroll lock key. It is a USB keyboard, but because the lighting is hooked into the scroll lock function, this keyboard is designed for a PC, not a Mac. The function keys display the elemental symbols of the various metals used in the construction of the keyboard, as well as a few others. The tilde and number keys display the symbols for the sun, moon and the planets. The symbols for Earth, Air, Fire and Water are found on the arrow keys and the number pad uses stylized Roman numerals. The Enter and Shift keys are labeled with the symbols for Alchemical processes like mixing, stirring, combining, etc.

Datamancer is simply brilliant.