Gorgeous work by Sabato Visconti
Proof-of-concept interface design project from MIT Tangible Media Group demonstrates a system combining the use of a smartphone with a desktop computer - video embedded below:
THAW is a novel interaction system that allows a collocated large display and small handheld devices to seamlessly work together. The smartphone acts both as a physical interface and as an additional graphics layer for near-surface interaction on a computer screen. Our system enables accurate position tracking of a smartphone placed on or over any screen by displaying a 2D color pattern that is captured using the smartphone’s back-facing camera. The proposed technique can be implemented on existing devices without the need for additional hardware.
Fashion remix project from gokinjo-monozukuri captures existing fashion with 3D photogrammetry, processed into polygons with modelling software, and put together onto digitally printed fabric - video embedded below:
The process of “Computed Copy” is as follows. First, scan the garment and get the 3D images of it. Second, make flat patterns with printed images by using a software which can do this automatically, and finally put the parts by sewing them.
Although there is a traditional way of designing flat patterns which considers the movement of the body and characteristics of the material, computers design it in a totally different way, because they recognize the 3D shape as a polygon which is a collective form of flat faces.
Our purpose for this “Computed Copy” is not only to make some distortion which humans cannot produce, but also to make garments which are not just “copy” and have the alternative creativity. By removing humans’ arbitrariness as much as possible from the process of copying designs, and by letting computers do it, we can create a new kind of designing system.
In the future, we think that it will be possible to copy a garment only with the image files on the internet without scanning actual things, thanks to the rapid development of 3D technology (scanning, modeling, and printing) and a flood of images on the internet. We expect that this work will be the fastest automated way of copying the designs as the final destination of fast fashion.
Disney thinks it could turn drones into flying TV screens and puppet masters
Disney has never lagged in animatronics or high technology for its shows and theme parks — they’re more or less tiny, high-tech surveillance dystopias with classic rides, exorbitantly expensive food, and all your favorite TV and movie characters from childhood. But a handful of patent applications pointed out by MarketWatch are particularly interesting: the company is coming up with ways to use drones as TV screens and animatronic puppet masters. Each of the patents outlines uses for synchronized swarms of tiny quadcopters or multicopters, which could either supplement or replace its existing light shows, fireworks displays, and parade balloons.
I’m always impressed by the research and dev that Disney accomplishes; there’s simply something unsettling to me about swarm technology being used for commercial entertainment. I’d prefer that drone swarms be utilized in art, science or education before becoming mass marketing tools. Sigh, only in a perfect world.
Siri, Accessory to Murder via Independent
So Siri assists a murderer:
US police say a Florida man accused of killing his roommate asked Apple’s digital assistant Siri for advice on hiding the body the day the man went missing. According to evidence reproduced from the trial by local news stations, Siri responded “What kind of place are you looking for?” before offering four options: “Swamps, reservoirs, metal foundries, dumps”.
But the iPhone data (including flashlight records!) gets him prosecuted:
Police say that Bravo was using the phone’s flashlight function to hide the body in the woods, and say that location data gathered from the smartphone doesn’t fit with Bravo’s account of his movements that evening.
Isn’t this violating Asimov’s first law of robotics?
"A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."
While suggesting places to hide a body isn’t a physical assault, the family of the man buried in a shallow grave surely feels slighted by Siri. Should accomplice status or indirect harm be covered by the first law? Is it even possible for programers to foresee these types of situations and code an appropriate response? Who is coding ethics for AI?
Carlos A. Rivera created ArtRank in 2012, an algorithmic artist ranking system that has become incredibly influential for collectors. Within ten days of launching it amassed over 900 subscribers including ten billionaires whom all rely on the algorithm’s quarterly recommendations. The $3,500 a quarter subscription buys you an early viewing of the rankings. From the ArtRank FAQ:
The algorithm was developed for an emerging art fund in 2012. The algorithm facilitated a 4200% return on investment over a 16-month period.
The algorithm is comprised of six exogenous components: Presence, Auction results, market Saturation, market Support, Representation and Social mapping (PASSRS). Each component is qualitatively weighted in service of defining a vector or ‘artist trajectory’. We compare past trajectories to help forecast early emerging artists’ future value.
This guardian article provides a lot more insight into collecting art with ArtRank.
In terms of return on investment this is a fantastic idea, but it does seem a cold way to approach art. Shouldn’t a collector purchase artwork that resonates with them, valuing it for more than its projected price tag?