Another example of innovation by way of the Arduino open-source microcontroller is the TweetFuel Band, franken-baby of StinkDigital who have cleverly taken apart the Nike+ FuelBand known for measuring athletic performance. By attaching the Arduino board and motor kit to read #TweetFuel tagged tweets on the band, the team can monitor the 'health' of their Twitter account. Meaning the greater activity on their Twitter feed, the more the fuel band spins. This is another step in the right direction for a more physically and digitally connected world. A future where plants tweet you when they need...
Described as a ‘do-it-yourself culture on steroids,’ the Maker Movement is all about everyday people utilizing open source technologies to create their own innovative projects. Facilitated by the Arduino microcontroller, makers have been able to come up with projects such as plants that tweet you when they need to be watered and homemade 3D printers. These open source technologies have made it easier for people to integrate the physical and digital world, and in turn democratizing the making process.
The development of open source software is allowing user generated content to push the boundaries in the worlds of art and science. Collaboration and progress were Kyle McDonald's main goals when developing FaceOSC, a face tracking software with considerable potential. In this NEXT Berlin 2012 talk, McDonalds, a media artist and coder, reasons that we must nurture a community of hackers. In doing so, we allow ourselves to “imagine the future of technologies rather than accept what is given to us.”
Though the above film trailer is somewhat creepy it does represent an interesting innovation at this year's Sundance Festival. The film noir in question, "whiteonwhite:algorithnoir" was created entirely using algorithims. It's centered on the main character of a geophysicist working in the Orwellian-like New Method Oil Well Cementing Company, though how this is presented is different on each viewing. The production team, Rufus, shot unique scenes (some 3,000), voice-overs (around 80) and music clips (150 pieces) which were tagged and then spliced together for a unique film that is different...
Space programs so far have been the domain of governments and the military-industrial complex - rarely ever have individuals ventured into outer space. But after years of research Korean artist and independent satellite engineer Hojun Song has found that it is indeed possible to launch and operate a personal satellite at a fairly reasonable price. For the past six years he has been exploring ways to integrate the concept of a personal satellite project into cultural contexts and into his artistic practice. As his first satellite will take off from Kazakhstan this August, he went to Lift to share...
What are the desirable qualities in a communication network? Affordability, ubiquity, reliability, privacy, convenience. In the developing world, mobile networks are delivering telephony and broadband where it has never gone before but often at the expense of the above qualities. Village Telco, an Open Source, DIY, telco-in-a-box puts the power of telephone and broadband infrastructure in local hands and offers a complementary alternative network to conventional telecommunications services.
Mark Suppes built a nuclear fusion reactor with no formal science background. Over the course of three years Mark's Polywell fusion reactor project has transformed into a community project with hundreds of contributors. Mark's open source project has built the world's first amateur Polywell, a small but important step on the long journey to clean energy.
An interesting post on the user's experience of the evolution of the internet, with the increase of the packaged web and the encroaching internet of things. These 'products as services' should be openly designed.
Puppet Parade - Live footage from Design I/O on Vimeo.
In a statementthat has been a long time coming, Microsoft has openly expressed it's gratitude for those who have been hacking the Kinect, and even used the term hack in a positive sense. The OpenKinect community reacts.