Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

burn them at the stake

February 24, 2009

Augmented reality has been a buzz phrase for a while now. Not only does it sound cool, it is cool. The problem is that most of the main examples of the technology and its applications are limited to videoclips on vimeo and the like, which whilst cool, don’t necessarily generate the *wow* factor which this kind of technology should. And the other examples that you can actually play with (that I’ve seen at any rate) have felt clunky at best. So whilst reading about this kind of stuff is great, it’s not something you’re going to get the whole office down to your desk to look at.

This, on the other hand, is. GE have built a site using AR to showcase (and dramatise) their ‘smart grid technology’… and my oh my it’s fun.

Imagine the possibilities. It’s not perfect, but you kind of get the impression you’re quite literally playing with the future.

Arthur C. Clarke once wrote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. And this kind of stuff, my friends, might just get someone burnt at the stake.

Go play.

Top 3 Election Coverage Moments

November 7, 2008

As the first dog gets chosen and the dust settles after the events of Tuesday, it’s time to take stock. Of the epoch defining choice that America made, of the global ramifications that an American shift to the left will herald, and of course, the best moments of the epic TV coverage that charted the historic night.

From the sublime to the ridiculous, everything was on offer. There was the innovative current.tv, twitter and digg mashup for the tech crowd, the minority report-style interface action on virtually every network for, erm, also the tech crowd and the usual eclectic mix of pundits to ensure we, the viewer, were better informed than possibly the candidates themselves (certainly Sarah Palin at least).

So for what it’s worth, here are my top three pieces of election coverage that – aside from the small matter of the outcome – made the event so memorable and entertaining.

3 – “Mr. Rascal do you feel yourself to be British?”

Dizzee Rascal provides some penetrating insight into the election. Jeremy Paxman reveals to us all the proper and correct way to address an urban music artist.

2 – Starsomething Holograms

Holograms are awesome. Fact. And they’re even better when you can’t agree whether they’re more Star Wars or Star Trek.

…and at number 1

Vidal vs. Dimbelby

This is simply hilarious. IMHO Vidal’s madness rightfully earns this battle of wits the number one spot. Watch and learn (although from who is entirely your choice).

I ♥ elections

Fabbing ftw

November 2, 2008

So when I finally develop that amazing web 2.0 superapp and sell it for megabucks, I won’t be stopping by the Ferrari garage first (although I’ll call in at some point). I’ll be calling the lovely chaps at Z Solutions and placing my order for a Z Printer 450, and popping a cheque for £25,000 + VAT in the next post.

People have been talking about personal fabrication for a while now and whilst it’s still hardly that affordable, this piece of kit gives us a glimpse of something very exciting (if you’re a designer, architect or geek at least) and it’s only a matter of time before these little beauties are sitting in offices and homes around the land.

Take a look at this video and try telling me you don’t want one.

Have a look here for more super awesome stuff along the same theme.

Edit: take a look here for a list of what 3D printers can do here and now….