Photographer Robin de Puy teamed up with Spa, and spent 6 months developing the technique to take photographs through a drop of water. It’s quite something to be honest, though it’s wildly impractical. In order to get it working, they had to use a Teflon coated glass plate, an electrical current, and mirrors. It’s all neat and everything, but it’s not for the real world unfortunately.
That’s what they hoped the new Xbox would be. The One.
Well, not really, it was just based off of the love of The Matrix, and ideas that it would be a unique, immersive world. The rest of the video goes over some of the history of how the video game console came to fruition. The idea that the Kinect was going to re-birth the gaming system was pretty ambitious of them considering that Nintendo started that trend previously.
Any Hootie and the Blowfish, that was a pretty neat video, wasn’t it? I really liked the part when Balmer crashed the party and insisted that the new console be a White Tower of Power.*
*Ok, I made that part up.
Here’s one of the more famous libraries, it’s pretty much in use everywhere on the internet right now.
When you go to the rendered page, you can move around and play with the city. You can zoom in and see each individual building, and what they’re mostly made up of. Spoiler, most of them are all anonymous function, many levels deep.
This longer, lower city block is react.js
Things are much more spread out in this city, not as dense, but still it does quite a lot of stuff. React.js powers my photo/vacation site – steve.deadlycomputer.com. Take a look at the fully interactive version, it’s quite fun.
You know that I love 360° video and photo. I think it’s the next big thing in the world of photography. Up until now the only way to get really high quality content was to attach multiple cameras together in rigs and stitch the resulting footage after the fact. That’s all changing now. Sphere is a new lens that takes a full 360° by 180° image in a single frame.
This looks like it could be a game changer. However, it looks like it will cost just as much money as a multi-camera rig. Unfortunately most modern affordable DSLRs do not shoot 4K video (the photos themselves are over 4K resolution), and 360° is best viewed in the highest resolution possible, usually 4K is a minimum requirement. However, since it’s a lens, as camera technology improves over time, this lens will still be useful.
No pricing is announced, you have to make inquiries. You can rent it out though. Something I might be interested in doing one day.
There really isn’t any more reason to need to ever do this. Ever. For realz. Stop.
Wendell Kapustiak built a modern Pipe Organ. Modern in the sense that naturally, it’s computer controlled. The air is supplied by a modified server cooling fan. The keys are played by an Arduino. And the songs are chosen by a web interfaced run on a Rasberry Pi.
It is pretty neat, I will give him that. I do like that he used wood for the pipes. The PVC pipes that lead to the valves though look horrible, that’s just like my opinion though. Overall, the entire thing is better than something I could build. I like it.
If that’s not enough Organ Pipes for you, you can head over to the National Monument in Arizona – no relation.
The latest game in my favorite PC game franchise has been released. Rollercoaster Tycoon World. You can buy it now on Steam, it’s only $34. That’s not bad, it harks back to the older times when games were cheap. Hopefully it’s not meant to show it’s quality, as many of the reviews on Steam give it harshly negative aspects.
I’m optimistic. I might buy it next week after Thanksgiving. Hopefully there will be a respected review published of the full game, not the Early Access previews that most of the Steam ones are.
The New York Times is doing one of those 365 photo projects. Except it’s video, and it’s 360° video. And it’s pretty cool.
I am a believer in 360°, I think it will be the future. However, we need to get the bitrate compression better for the videos. Everything looks like crap.
You can check out the videos they’ve posted so far over at The Daily 360. The videos aren’t long, most seem to be under 1 minute. So you can dedicate that time to watching them and playing around. The video is curtsy of Samsung, and their Gear 360 camera. It’s quite nice to see this being given main stream appeal. Hopefully, like I said, it will bring costs down, and quality up.
Technically this is a computer numerical controlled machine, though it’s not the same thing that most people think of when they hear CNC Machine. It looks pretty easy to build. There’s not much to it. Anyone remotely interested in computers has a plethora of old unused optical drives that they can re-purpose. I’m not so sure how powerful the motors are in these drives though, they probably wouldn’t be able to handle actually cutting something. That’s unfortunate.