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Augmented Reality Glasses

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Blog, Data Visualization, Emerging Science and Technology, Media and Markets | Comments Off on Augmented Reality Glasses



Daily Mail: “Translucent TV: Lumus’ PD-18-2 is a set of spectacles that can beam high-quality images directly into your eyes but allows the user to see through the images too.”


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A Year in Snapshots: Photos around the World for each day of the year

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Blog, Data Visualization, Geolocation and Psychogeography | Comments Off on A Year in Snapshots: Photos around the World for each day of the year

Mobile travel guide provider Triposo provides free travel guides, augmented by location based data. ? With the abundance of data from a variety of open datasets, ? Triposo has created a remarkable short video showing photos taken around the world, on each day of the year. ? On a world map, ? the relative density of the photo data is shown.

Notice the brighter dots at specific points in time in several regions, many probably related to holidays. For example, around the beginning of October in China or May 1, in Europe. The October surge could also have something to do, though, with the “default” date of many digital cameras out of the box being preset for October 1.

See the clip on Youtube


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Scale wants to post weight chart to Facebook

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Blog, Data Visualization, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on Scale wants to post weight chart to Facebook

My new scale at home — a sleekly gorgeous black slab of glass — asked me if I wanted to share my weight chart to my Facebook or Twitter friends. Apart from that being a terrifying idea, it also raises some interesting questions about the implications of widely sharing this kind of data online, how wireless devices like this one will aggregate and store data, and whether it would actually help a person knock off some lbs. if their scale threatened to tell everyone about a backslide. And if I would ever dare to share … :)

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Bulletproof Human Skin

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in Blog, Data Visualization | Comments Off on Bulletproof Human Skin

A Dutch artist and research team created a piece of “bulletproof” skin from spider silk and human skin cells and discovered that the new substance can withstand bullets, but only slow-moving ones. ? While not providing enough protection to classify as a material for use in bulletproof armor or vests, the new material is extremely strong and lightweight.

Jalila Essaidi, the Dutch artist who, along with the Forensic Genomics Consortium in the Netherlands, created the skin, said that she embarked on the project to show “Which forms of safety are socially important?'”

The spider silk came from genetically modified goats and worms grown at Utah State University. The new “super-skin” material can be seen at the National Natural History Museum Naturalis until Jan. 8, 2012.

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ISPs required to track all activity for a year

Posted by on Jul 30, 2011 in Blog, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on ISPs required to track all activity for a year

While ostensibly this bill passed in order to allow law enforcement improved ability to track child pornography activity online, it is extremely broad in scope. Essentially, internet service providers (ISPs) will now be required to keep extensive records on each customer and everything they do online, and maintain those records in a revolving annual cycle. Privacy activists are concerned that the resulting huge database could be used by entities for surveillance and other purposes, without the consent or knowledge of the ISP customer.

House Panel Approves Broadened ISP Monitoring Bill: The bill requires ISPs to log their customers’ activities for one year including “customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses” for use in cases requiring police review.[CNET News]

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Embedded Camera-Eye

Posted by on Jul 10, 2011 in Bioreactive Media, Blog, Emerging Science and Technology, Geolocation and Psychogeography | Comments Off on Embedded Camera-Eye

After losing an eye in a car accident, Tanya Vlach is trying to raise money to have a webcam fashioned like an eye installed in the non-functional eye socket. The prosthetic camera-eye is designed to be waterproof, capable of wireless HD video transmission at 720p, and will include zoom and still-capture features, activated by blinking. On Vlach’s wishlist for the eye — expected to cost at least $15,000 to design and embed — is facial recognition, geotagging, and infrared viewing.

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Cal-Adapt: Understanding California’s Climate Change Predictions

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in Blog, Data Visualization, Datamining | Comments Off on Cal-Adapt: Understanding California’s Climate Change Predictions



UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility — with support from the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) agency — has developed a climate adaptation planning tool it is calling “Cal-Adapt” []? The tool models climate change scenarios in a mapping format, including projections through 2099 for factors such as wildfire risk, sea-level rise and flood risk,? temperature fluctuation, and even snow pack. ? It is particularly interesting to explore the many microclimates that California offers.

The entire, very extensive dataset is available for download, and should keep anyone busy for a long time.

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