12 posts tagged technology
“I want 2 drink yr blood lol!”
A new collection of cartoons by Tom Gauld takes on e-readers, infographics, and more…
Many design firms buy the new Adobe Creative Suite whenever it comes out. After all, the software is a mainstay for anyone who creates on computers. But today, Adobe has announced that there will be no Creative Suite 7. That’s because the Creative Suite is giving way to the Creative Cloud—a subscription-based model in which you pay for access to Adobe’s software monthly. And as it appears, their famous individual products that traditionally make up Creative Suite, like Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign won’t be available for individual purchase, either.
Only four days left to enter our INNOVATION BY DESIGN contest. Winners will be featured in the October design issue!
“We want to give innovators and businesses a record of the year’s most intriguing design ideas—and a catalogue of designers to hire. And we want to celebrate those designers whose influence rarely goes appreciated on a large, mainstream platform.”
If you have friends who are designers, spread the word! Here’s how to enter.
- It lives in your iPhone and tracks your activity in the background, so there’s no separate device to learn how to use or remember to carry (you already have your phone on you at all times).
- There’s no setup: You install it, turn it on, and that’s it.
- And there’s no management, syncing, or any other “interactive” bullshit to forget to do or get bored of and stop doing altogether. You don’t even have to launch it—Moves will simply ding a little summary of your physical activity into your Notifications Center every day, where you’ll end up seeing it regardless of what you’re doing with your phone.
FJORD CHARTS THE MAJOR INNOVATIONS OF THE PAST, AND PREDICTS A FUTURE OF TOTALLY INTUITIVE “MICRO GESTURES AND EXPRESSIONS” THAT WILL CONTROL OUR DEVICES.
To see the future, first we must understand the past. Humans have been interfacing with machines for thousands of years. We seem to be intrinsically built to desire this communion with the made world. This blending of the mechanical and biological has often been described as a “natural” evolutionary process by such great thinkers as Marshall McLuhan in the ’50s and more recently Kevin Kelly in his seminal bookWhat Technology Wants. So by looking at the long timeline of computer design we can see waves of change and future ripples.
Kickstarting: A Super-Simple MacBook Dock, From Richard Sapper’s Sons
FOR SOME OF US, DOCKING OUR LAPTOPS IS A NECESSARY EVIL. ONE TEAM OF KICKSTARTERS HOPES TO MAKE THAT EVIL A BIT MORE PRETTY.
Feeling fat? Want to know why? Now there’s an app for that.
Automated ‘Time Machine’ Reconstructs Ancient Languages
Ancient languages hold a treasure trove of information about the culture, politics and commerce of millennia past. Yet, reconstructing them to reveal clues into human history can require decades of painstaking work. Now, scientists at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, have created an automated “time machine,” of sorts, that will greatly accelerate and improve the process of reconstructing hundreds of ancestral languages.
In a compelling example of how “big data” and machine learning are beginning to make a significant impact on all facets of knowledge, researchers from UC Berkeley and the Univ. of British Columbia have created a computer program that can rapidly reconstruct “proto-languages” – the linguistic ancestors from which all modern languages have evolved. These earliest-known languages include Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Afroasiatic and, in this case, Proto-Austronesian, which gave rise to languages spoken in Southeast Asia, parts of continental Asia, Australasia and the Pacific.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/02/automated-%E2%80%98time-machine%E2%80%99-reconstructs-ancient-languages
Carbon Sponge Soaks Up Coal Emissions
Emissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight.
In a study published today in Angewandte Chemie, Monash Univ. and CSIRO scientists for the first time discovered a photosensitive metal organic framework (MOF) – a class of materials known for their exceptional capacity to store gases. This has created a powerful and cost-effective new tool to capture and store, or potentially recycle, carbon dioxide.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/02/carbon-sponge-soaks-coal-emissions
Peter Jackson’s high frame rate Hobbit and the second coming of 3D have probably been the most publicized attempts to revive the stagnating movie industry. But elsewhere, the future of cinema seems to be converging on something more closely resembling a video game as artists, hackers, and filmmakers process the language of film through the lens of code.
This would probably be handy the next time a hurricane hits New York City (or anywhere): a hand-cranked cell-phone charger.
Aire: a strap-on mask that uses your breath to charge your iPhone