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04.11.14 Andy Cush

In the video above, graffiti artist KATSU pilots a DJI Phantom II drone with a spray paint can affixed, peppering a series of canvases with paint. He’s exhibiting the works at the Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair, which opened yesterday. Though KATSU is technically in control, he says the quadcopter is partially responsible for any […]

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04.03.14 Andy Cush

Say you want to implant a chip to monitor your blood sugar level, or check some other bodily function. It could make keeping track of your body much more convenient than it would be with an external devices, seamlessly sending information to your computer or phone as often as you’d like. But how do you […]

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03.26.14 Michael Rougeau

I’ve played wizard chess against a demon king. I’ve had space ship battles that rival Star Wars. I’ve “sat” in a virtual movie theater with my actual butt planted firmly in a chair in a back room at a technology conference. I’ve even ascended Game of Thrones’ towering wall—and fallen down the other side. I’ve […]

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03.20.14 Andy Cush

The SXSWiest thing to come out of SXSW Interactive this year might be the BB.Suit, a onesie that functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot, so you never have to go without your precious internet. According to its manufacturer, a company called ByBorre, the suit is 3D-knitted — basically, created by an automated knitting machine — and […]

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03.18.14 Andy Cush

Meet Brad. Brad is a toaster. More specifically, Brad is a smart toaster, and as a smart toaster, he’s connected both to the internet and to a local network of other toasters and household appliances. Welcome to the internet of things. However, unlike our current bevy of smart-home products — like inexplicably Wi-Fi-connected refrigerators and […]

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03.06.14 Marina Galperina

“Today, there is no ‘offline,’” Anthony Antonellis tells ANIMAL. “The internet is always there, it just gets smaller.” Last year, we documented Anthony Antonellis getting a tiny RFID chip surgically implanted into his hand with his 10-frame, 6-color, 1-kilobyte gif signature favicon. It was the world’s first net art implant (and, allegedly, “the Mark of the Beast!!!”). Antonellis’s […]

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03.04.14 Andy Cush

Remixing a Biggie Smalls song by playing Tetris. Using a joystick to update a website’s design in real time. Playing Mario with a synthesizer. They sound like scenarios from some hacker fantasyland, but Providence-based artist Chris Novello has done them all. Novello works with a homebuilt device called illucia, which allows him to treat programs […]

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02.24.14 Andy Cush

We’ve all been there. You’re flying over the Atlantic in your private jet, wishing you could experience the breathtaking views of the ocean below you, but all you’ve got are those dinky, porthole-style windows to look out of. Where’s the fun in that? Fortunately, a new jet called the S-512 — billed by its creators […]

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02.19.14 Andy Cush

An app based on a piece of music that doesn’t have any notes in it. It sounds like a gimmick, or a poorly placed joke about the absurdity of modern art. Get it? The app doesn’t do anything, just like the piece! On the contrary, 4′ 33″ – John Cage, released in the iOS App Store […]

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02.11.14 Andy Cush

New Radiohead stuff! The band released an app dubbed PolyFauna with little fanfare today, posting a typically minimal entry to their blog. Thom Yorke writes that the work, which was produced in collaboration with the British design house Universal Everything, “comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious.” […]

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