PneUI: Pneumatic Soft Interfaces PneUI: Pneumatically Driven Soft Composite Material for Shape-Changing User Interfaces from Tangible Media Group "We present PneUI, an enabling technology to build shape-changing interfaces through pneumatically-actuated soft composite materials. The composite materials integrate the capabilities of both input sensing and active shape output. This is enabled by the composites’ multi-layer structures with different mechanical... Continue Reading →

Tiny $70 CNC machine This will be available soon in kit form. Note that it is very small, and will be fairly unstable. Nonetheless, pretty cool. "Piccolo is a pocket-sized stand-alone CNC platform. For under $70, you will be able to assemble your personal Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, and playing with basic CNC output. Be it plotting a... Continue Reading →

Rendering Synthetic Objects Into Photographs

Authors: Kevin Karsch, Varsha Hedau, David Forsyth, Derek Hoiem Abstract: We propose a method to realistically insert synthetic objects into existing photographs without requiring access to the scene or any additional scene measurements. With a single image and a small amount of annotation, our method creates a physical model of the scene that is suitable... Continue Reading →

AI vs AI – two chatbots talking to each other

The system depicted was created by combining three components: a chatbot, a text-to-speech synthesizer, and an avatar renderer. Chatbots are machines designed to emulate the conversational abilities of humans, conversing with a human user and generally attempting to convince the user into thinking that the machine is human. In such a scenario, if a sufficiently... Continue Reading →

What Is At Stake In Animate Design?

Usman Haque has, on several occasions, made the observation that there is an important difference between interactivity and responsiveness (see for example). A responsive system is a fundamentally linear set of relations, a kind of reaction where the same thing happens every time a given action is performed. ...

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