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Google Shoes: Glass-Maker Teams Up With Adidas To Make Smack-Talking Footwear For SXSW. Remember that goofy song from your childhood, "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"?

Google Shoes: Glass-Maker Teams Up With Adidas To Make Smack-Talking Footwear For SXSW

Soon, it might be a helpful reminder of all the places on your body where you're wearing miniature computers. This weekend, at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, Google unveiled an early prototype of motion-sensing "smart shoes," with an embedded speaker on the tongue of the shoe that can yell motivation at you when you're being lazy, or encourage you when you're being active.

Google --which created the talking shoes in collaboration with Adidas, design and ad agency 72andSunny and creative thinkery YesYesNo -- made it clear to reporters in Austin that it has absolutely no plans whatsoever to actually release the shoes; rather, the next-gen footwear was developed as part of a thought experiment on how wearable technology could interact with the human body and with the Internet. Watch-ME - Smart Watch Concept by Kwan Yoo. Watch Me, Please!

Watch-ME - Smart Watch Concept by Kwan Yoo

It’s the current norm to have smart watches hook up with smartphones via Bluetooth, however they are limited by their display size. The Watch-Me has extended display up to 20mm x 140mm and with gyroscope sensor installation. The accompanying video explains how this concept works and I am sold on it. Symbolic Modelling of Dynamic Human Motions. 1.

Symbolic Modelling of Dynamic Human Motions

Introduction Numerous psychological studies have shown that humans develop various stylistic patterns of motion behaviour, or dynamic signatures, which can be in general, or in some cases uniquely, associated with an individual. In a broad sense, such motion features provide a basis for non-verbal communication (NVC), or body language, and in more specific circumstances they combine to form a Dynamic Finger Print (DFP) of an individual, such as their gait, or walking pattern. Autopilot vs. Hand Flying. It seems like in many areas people are divided into two camps, with each side strongly supporting its way of thinking while disparaging any other approach.

Autopilot vs. Hand Flying

Sometimes the pendulum of opinion swings from one side to the other, never pausing to stop in the middle. A balanced approach is usually more reasonable, applying the appropriate measures at the appropriate times. How Does Autopilot Work? At any given moment there are more than 5,000 airplanes ushering passengers across the states to one of 19,000 airports in the country.

How Does Autopilot Work?

Travelers can climb into a flying metal tube and make their way from Los Angeles to New York in five hours, watching Everybody Loves Raymond and sipping from miniaturized cups all the while. Tens of thousands of hours are spent in the sky on any given day, and assisting each flight across the clouds is the plane’s autopilot system. When air travel was first introduced, flying demanded the complete attention of the pilot. As the range of planes increased, the longer journeys led to fatigue for the captain. Autopilot systems were designed to automate some of the pilot’s tasks and make flying easier.

Method and system for directing an object using gyroscopes - Northrop Grumman Corporation. This invention relates generally to the field of mechanics and more specifically to a method and system for directing an object.

Method and system for directing an object using gyroscopes - Northrop Grumman Corporation

A variety of objects require direction control. The objects range from large vehicles such as aircraft and spacecraft to small devices such a cameras and medical probes. The objects typically need to be directed in different types of medium, for example, an aircraft moves in air, and a submarine moves in water. Directing an object, however, poses several challenges. Some direction control mechanisms such as rudders need to be attached to an outside surface of an object. While known approaches have provided improvements over prior approaches, the challenges in the field of mechanics have continued to increase with demands for more and better techniques having greater effectiveness. Santiago Calatrava’s organic structures:

TextileTectonicsAnInterviewWithLarsSpuybroek < Education/Architecture/EmotiveArchitecture/ResearchDesignMethods < TU Delft Wiki. Summary In this article is an interview with Lars Spuybroek which illustrates his engagement with the works of Gottfried Semper and Frie Otto and how they led him to his textile thinking, textile tectonics and soft constructivism, to achieve the aesthetic level, structural level and methodological level of architecture.

TextileTectonicsAnInterviewWithLarsSpuybroek < Education/Architecture/EmotiveArchitecture/ResearchDesignMethods < TU Delft Wiki

And Lars Spuybroek considers that textile techniques can not be separated from the computational techniques, structure of geometry and the process (it is constructed while it is formed). His projects, “Son-O-House”, Jalisco Library, Pompidou Metz, Jeongok Prehistory Museum, Seoul Opera House are presented in this article. Questions and answers. Radome. A radome (the word is a contraction of radar and dome) is a structural, weatherproof enclosure that protects a microwave (e.g. radar) antenna.


The radome is constructed of material that minimally attenuates the electromagnetic signal transmitted or received by the antenna. In other words, the radome is transparent to radar or radio waves. Radomes protect the antenna surfaces from weather or conceal antenna electronic equipment from public view. They also protect nearby personnel from being accidentally struck by quickly-rotating antennas. Radomes can be constructed in several shapes (spherical, geodesic, planar, etc.) depending upon the particular application using various construction materials (fibreglass, PTFE-coated fabric, etc.).