Years – Bartholomäus Traubeck A record player that plays slices of wood. Year ring data is translated into music, 2011. Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm. rollingstone William Seward Burroughs is not a talkative man. Once at a dinner he gazed down into a pair of stereo microphones trained to pick up his every munch and said, "I don't like talk and I don't like talkers. Like Ma Barker. You remember Ma Barker?
DIY Pulley for the loungeroom stairs – Go Science Girls How we made our first DIY loungeroom pulley – and learning about physics and simple machines through play. We’ve been wanting to make a pulley for a while now. I’m not quite sure when exactly the fascination started, but it’s been going for a few months at least. Every time my daughter Jewel asked if we could make one, I couldn’t help but think “Yes, we should to get onto that. We’ll need to look up what to do, and make a trip to the hardware store to gather some supplies, including one of those fancy pulley wheel thingies.
Urban Furniture Smart Ideas for Smarter Cities Did you ever need a ramp for your luggage (or bike), or a shelter from a sudden downpour, or a place to sit down and tie your shoe? IBM believes that city life can be awfully inconvenient–and that cities should be designed with the needs of ordinary citizens in mind. Many brands talk about making their communications output useful, but they’re usually talking about apps or other digital or social programs. IBM has taken the idea of utility and applied it to the traditional outdoor ad.
Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert demos the Spot at Disrupt The audience at Disrupt got a surprise visit from Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot. While the company’s YouTube channel is quite popular, it’s even more impressive to see one of Boston Robotics’ robots in action. Boston Dynamics founder and CEO Marc Raibert got interviewed by TechCrunch’s Brian Heater. The two of them spent some time commenting on a video of the company’s various robots over the years, from the BigDog to the anthropomorphic Petman. The Spot in particular is optimized for home delivery. It looks like a dog, and it can climb stairs, open doors and more.
A New Acoustic Instrument That Creates Sounds like a Digital Synthesizer The Yabahar is a new acoustic instrument designed by Istanbul-based musician Görkem Şen that emits music right out of a retro sci-fi movie, a remarkable feat considering there isn’t a bit of electricity involved. The Yabahar can be played in a variety of different ways using mallets or with a bow, relying on a combination of two drum-like membranes, long springs, and a tall fretted neck to create music. Like any instrument, it’s capable of producing sounds that run the gamut from “beautiful music” to “noise.” Give it a listen! (via The Creators Project) Update: Here’s a video (in Turkish) of Şen giving a TEDx talk earlier this year where he plays a similar bow and spring-type instrument.
Backstory #1 by Donal Dineen This mix is comprised of tunes I've been digging out for a night I'm starting in Dubin's Sugar Club called Backstory. It's an attempt to join all the dots between all the music's of the world that more... This mix is comprised of tunes I've been digging out for a night I'm starting in Dubin's Sugar Club called Backstory. Types of Simple Machine Wheel and axle Wheel and axle are those simple machines which consist of two co-axial cylinders of different diameters and are mounted on an axle. Usually the effort is applied to the big cylinder and the load is overcome by the small cylinder. These machines help us by multiplying force. String roller, madani, spanner, etc are some examples of it. In wheel and axle, we have:
Snog Pure Frozen Yogurt, London Like this? Snog Pure Frozen Yogurt was founded in London, 2008 by Rob Baines and Pablo Uribe. They offer high quality frozen yogurt in well designed spaces with site specific light installations created by London based design studio, Cinimod Studio who were responsible for all of the permanent UK store’s designs, including all architectural and lighting design. With 7 locations now open, and a further dozen currently being rolled out across South America, Europe and the Middle East, Cinimod Studio relishes the challenge to keep pushing the store design as far as possible. Sisyphus – The Kinetic Art Table by Bruce Shapiro Risks and challenges My experience building and installing large permanent Sisyphus istallations in museums around the world has taught me much about deadlines, budgets, working with others and above all, Murphy's law. The main risks are in underestimating costs and time to deliver a large number of high-quality pieces. The major factor here is quantity, which is hard to predict. We are trying to produce everything, except the electronics, in America. Our pricing reflects this, as we feel this is the best way to ensure our work is of the highest quality and on schedule.