Saturday, April 28, 2007
The TeRK project has received a three year grant from Intel to conduct research into community robotics. The project, entitled Neighborhood Nets is an interdisciplinary research project that combines design, art, qualitative research, informal learning, and engineering to discover and describe how communities do, or might, make use of emerging networked technologies (such as the Qwerk) through interviews, participant observation, workshops, and participatory design. Thank you Intel!"
This robotic flower blossoms, wilts, tracks objects moving in front of it, and can catch a ball. Check out the recipe to build your own.
Repeat after me:
Save the Planet
Stop taxing income
Start taxing carbon
http://taxshift.org/ "Tax what I take, not what I make"
So after running for 2 weeks we have a very healthy culture. The night after we set this up and got it running we had a cold snap and we had a little ice form in the tubes.There is lots of great work going on with photo bio reactors. Check out these links:
Coal Power Plant Reactor
Saturday, April 21, 2007
GE Sharing – Use Google Earth™ together
With GE Sharing, you are able to use Google Earth together with friends and business partners on different computers no matter where they are. Your connected partner can see all things you do in Google Earth in real time. So talk to your partner on the phone and plan vacation trips, explore the planet or do "online-sightseeing" together.
During your GE Sharing session you are able to switch roles, so that your partner controls your Google Earth window and you can see every place he opens in his or her Google Earth window.
You can find more detailed information on how it works in our FAQ
Sunday, April 15, 2007
lots of clues here...
"This is how to control Google Earth from Python:
googleEarth = win32com.client.Dispatch('GoogleEarth.ApplicationGE')
while not googleEarth.IsInitialized():
print 'waiting for Google Earth to initialize'
googleEarth.SetCameraParams( 41.487942634608913, -81.686570904088171, 0.0, 1, 150.00011938469936, 70.000000000947935, -127.30257903894255, 100)
While capturing screengrabs for our tutorial on creating panoramas from Google Earth we got thinking that you could use the Earth itself as a panoramic image viewer.
All of our panoramas on the blog cover a 360x180 degree field of view - ie a sphere. By adding a new Google Earth overlay you can load a panoramic image and wrap it around the globe, thus allowing you to use the Earth as a viewer.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Google’s free version of SketchUp was initially created for the ease of creating models to be placed in their Google Earth application. Incidentally, this is the same format we will be using to export into the IMVU Previewer.
Conduit for Google Earth Pro enables users of geographic information to move seamlessly beyond the desktop and into large scale virtual environments.
Conduit for Google Earth Pro may be configured to provide:
|Stereoscopic viewing for true depth perception and more insightful data analysis|
|Real-time changes in viewing perspective as the user moves within the virtual environment|
|Intuitive navigation and interaction using advanced virtual reality input devices|
|1:1 scale viewing on immersive visualization systems including multi-projector flat or curved screens, walk-in immersive rooms, or reconfigurable multi-wall displays|
|Enhanced resolution output using cluster-based, multiprojector, tiled displays|
3Dconnexion says the new SDK includes instructions and examples of application source code, as well as code samples in C+, Visual Basic and Java. In addition, 3Dconnexion offers several support resources exclusively for developers, including a developer’s forum (www.3Dconnexion.com/forum) and dedicated e-mail support.
Check out this really cool video showing a guy launching a small unmanned remote control aerial vehicle with a digital camera used to capture images and then show the images in Google Earth.
The company Pict'Earth, has released these videos on their web site.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
How to use Visio for rapid prototyping - now with scrolling pages and sketchy interface widgets.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
The gaming sphere, and a track system for hanging gaming stations en masse.
photo by Josh Pierce
It's easy to miss the last device in the workshop, but that would be a mistake. It's a track system for hanging those 73-inch screens in bulk. The overhead track could be hung in some big room, dangling rows and rows of projectors and projection screens making up each gaming station.
"We could just come in and take over a warehouse," explains Fortier.
If the prototype gives them the answers they're hoping for, their model installation would have four spheres, 12 of the 180-degree theaters, 300 gaming stations with hanging 73-inch screens, and a full restaurant.
And they imagine hundreds of these, all across the country, with the first one planned for Baltimore, Md., sometime in 2005.
Take a minute to think about that-300 73-inch rectangles floating in rows in a dim warehouse, all lit with the light of games. They are all linked together, and then linked to others around the country, and all around the gaming world.
It's a huge idea, and it feels like the future.