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05.21.14 Marina Galperina

The two-day Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) graduate showcase at NYU was a madhouse, with some 100 projects on view, ranging from groundbreaking innovations to timely trinkets. Here are the highlights of recent works from the international group of artists, programmers and technologists. There were several game-based projects, but Omer Shapira’s 4D-gaming concept for Horizon blew me away (above). The […]

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05.20.14 Andy Cush

As if your average trip to Chuck E. Cheese isn’t enough of an overstimulating rush, the kid’s entertainment emporium will soon begin employing Oculus Rift at birthday parties. According to The Verge, the virtual reality mask will be used to simulate “a large tube where prize tickets whizz around your head.” A six-week pilot program will […]

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05.19.14 Sophie Weiner

Over the weekend, the New York Times published an in depth feature by Natasha Singer on facial recognition. There were quite a few shocking facts. The first documented instance of law enforcement identifying people with facial recognition without their consent was at the Tampa, Florida Super Bowl in 2001 — eight months before 9/11. A competitor […]

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05.15.14 Andy Cush

When you ride a bike in the city, a lock is a necessary evil. They’re bulky, heavy, and can never totally ensure your ride’s safety against a well-armed thief, but what are you going to do — not lock it up? SkyLock aims to make the bike-locking experience a little smoother. It connects to a […]

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05.07.14 Andy Cush

Sup, tweens? A radical lady named danah boyd has a new book called It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, which aims to demystify the totally gnarly ways in which millennials like us use Snapchat, Twitter, and Facestagram. Sweet. In a Q&A with the Associated Press, boyd (not Boyd, capital letters are for olds) dispels the notion that […]

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05.06.14 Andy Cush

It was only a matter of time before Oculus Rift would be deployed to some terrifying militaristic end, and Norway may have been the first to do so. The video above shows Norwegian soldiers driving a tank with the virtual reality mask, which takes input from four cameras outside the vehicle to give the driver […]

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Andy Cush

To promote EHSM2, a hacker conference in Hamburg, Germany, the organizers released video of the world’s smallest comic strip. The team etched the comic, by Claudia Puhlfürst, onto a strand of human hair using a focused ion beam. See more images on github, and Puhlfürst’s comic in its original, non-hairy form below. EHSM2 happens June 27-29. […]

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04.29.14 Andy Cush

In the video above, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology pilot a DJI Phantom 2 drone while wearing an Oculus Rift. They’re not piloting the drone with the virtual reality mask, like this guy — just getting a first-person view. Turn your head right, the camera turns right; turn your head left, the […]

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04.25.14 Marina Galperina

For his “Relics of Technology” series, photographer Jim Golden didn’t just take immaculate, clean photographs of a reel-to-reel tape recorder, a vintage typewriter and a brick-sized cellphone, so perfectly you’d think they were actually CGI renders by Takeshi Murata. He didn’t just incorporate minimal, gestural animations of softly spinning reels, blinking buttons and a franticly jittering… uh… whatever […]

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04.11.14 Andy Cush

Conquest of the Skies — a forthcoming nature documentary from David Attenborough — is a shoo-in to the pantheon of greatest-ever films to watch whilst stoned. How do I know? Besides the master documentarian’s mind-boggling pedigree — Life on Earth, Planet Earth, Blue Planet — there’s the fact that it’s being filmed with a 360-degree eight-camera rig and […]

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