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. ...

Leonel Moura | Swarm Paintings The painting robots are artificial ‘organisms’ able to create their own art forms. They are equipped with environmental awareness and a small brain that runs algorithms based on simple rules. The resulting paintings are not predetermined, emerging rather from the combined effects of randomness and stigmergy, that is, indirect communication trough the environment. Although... Continue Reading →

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