Posts tagged technology.
3D Printed Chairs Made From Recycled E-Waste
Interesting project that combines ecology, design, and robotics. Electronic waste gets grounded into a paste which is used as the material to construct a chair by a robotic arm. From Inhabitat:
Dirk Vander Kooij is set to unveil a new line of “Endless” furniture made from recycled e-waste at “The Future in the Making”, an exhibition organised by Domus that will take place during Milan Design Week 2012 …
… The Endless robot uses ground-up plastic from old refrigerators and squeezes it in a continuous thread, layer by layer, to form pieces of furniture. This kind of low-resolution 3D printing can produce a chair in just 3 hours. The technology also enables the designer to modify a model after a piece of furniture is produced – a bonus that the traditional injection moulding process doesn’t offer. The machine can be programmed to build furniture of any shape and size.
Here is a video of the whole process in action - highly recommended
More information can be found at Inhabitat here
Welcome to the NBA via “Spatial and Visual Analytics” or Court Vision for short. Basically this dude Kirk Goldsberry mapped out every shot in the NBA from the last 5 seasons to see if he could find any trends or surprise stats through
black magicscience. Essentially, Red means more shots made, and Blue means more shots bricked. Click on over to his site if you want to see what else he found out and how Deron Williams measures up against Rajon Rondo.
“In the quest to better understand the “average” NBA shooter I have begun making composite shooting charts for each position in the league. My eventual goal is to establish a spatially informed baseline and to map every shooter in the league against an average shooter. These charts are not good for that task, but they’re interesting nonetheless.
Here are composite shooting charts for each of the 5 conventional basketball positions. I combined the shooting data for every player in positional groups. There are some bizarre trends including some fascinating asymmetries.”
Quantum computing could be extraordinarily powerful: in theory, a 300-qubit computer could perform more concurrent operations than there are atoms in the visible universe. But quantum effects can be a damnable nuisance.
A somewhat different take on the thing we reblogged earlier, but it shows two very interesting things: First, Tumblr and Pinterest are timesucks in equal measure, and second, nobody’s actually hanging around Google+ once they sign up. The latter is the subject of this super-interesting Wall Street Journal piece. (EDIT: A good point: Don’t take that Twitter number at face value, as this graphic skips two key elements of the Twitter experience — mobile and third-party apps.)
Ultimate Braille Phone by Shikun Sun
Photo: World’s lightest material can perch on top of dandelion fluff
Scientists at the UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology say they’ve developed the world’s lightest material, so airy that it can perch on top of a dandelion’s fluff. The “micro-lattice” consists of 99.99% air, researchers say. (Photo: Dan Little, HRL Laboratories LLC)
Found on Unplggd this amazing DIY Guide to built an homemade Lomography Camera .
Built with a 5M pixel camera, hand-polished aluminium frame, walnut and an Olympus OM lenses, the homemade DigiLomo Camera takes lo-fidelity images with lots of blurring, out of focus, shallow depth field and color aberrations/light leaks.
Exactly what a Lomo does, but this time, you built it!
The whole process can be seen here : http://www.unplggd.com/unplggd/make-your-own-digital-lomography-camera-160888
SUBMISSION: Gemasolar solar power plant, near Seville in Spain.