Ted Talks: The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla

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By George Hambov in Video on Wednesday 29 August 2012

This is Nikola Tesla’s story, as told by Marco Tempest. Step one: pick an amazing scientist to talk about, add a pinch of retro fitted technology and a tablespoon of magician, and you have a beautifully enacted story about the pioneer of electricity.

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What is Dead May Never Die: a video by Kadavre Exquis

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By Francois Grumelin-Sohn in Video on Wednesday 11 July 2012

Kadavre Exquis’ new short explores codes of retro designs & technology. From title design to computer graphics pioneer, revisit your classics and let this short bring you back in time. Fasten your seat belt and go for a trip. Your brain might suffer a bit from the experience.

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Colorful art by Philip Dunne

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By Philip Dunne in New Art on Saturday 28 April 2012

My art is a combination of traditional techniques, like pencil and watercolor, with digital retouching and coloring. It is an exploration of vivid, rich color, and the detail and textures of nature and technology, the jarring of the analogue against the digital, along with the new spectrums, emotions and realities created from this unique relationship.

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Machine Sculpting a Large Bust of Beethoven

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By Axel Brechensbauer in Video on Wednesday 25 April 2012

I know many people have strong opinions about how important ‘the artist’s hand’ is in a piece of art. I think pulling polygons is not considered as pure as old-fashioned sculpting with hand tools. Or using assistants, for that matter. German band Kraftwerk always tried to be in the forefront of technology. It works when it’s fresh. But […]

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Overfeeling: David Shane Smith’s new music video

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By Sasha Gransjean in New Film on Tuesday 27 March 2012

Sitting in a Los Angeles doughnut shop around 1am, we started forming the ideas that would eventually become the video for Overfeeling of Controls. Between the spawning of an idea and its execution, there were numerous visits to other doughnut shops and botanicas. For a filmaker working on a budget that is non-existant, securing locations is like a scratch and win lottery victory.

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New digital art by Lauren Pelc-McArthur

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By Lauren Helena May Pelc-McArthur in New Art on Tuesday 20 March 2012

My latest body of work has been about interconnectivity through technology and exploring hypothetical visualizations of these digital realms through painting, 3D animation, and collage. I am particularly interested in recreating scan glitches and digital brush strokes with oil paint. A lot of my work stems from my obsession with science fiction, and specifically for […]

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Quintetto makes music from the movements of goldfish

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By Quiet ensemble in New Trends on Sunday 11 March 2012

Quintetto is an installation based on the study of casual movement of objects or living creatures used as input for the production of sounds. The basic concept is to reveal what we call invisible concerts of everyday life. The vertical movements of the five fish in the aquarium is captured by a video camera that […]

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Fortune Cookies of the Future

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By Bforbel.com in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 29 October 2011

What happens when a food trade company and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence team up? You get high tech, food-of-the-future fortune cookies: ‘Consumers bake the cookies before decorating them with the enclosed QR codes, printed on edible paper. The recipient of the cookies scans the QR code with their phone to be directed […]

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Home made 1970s TV

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By Liz Terry in New Trends on Wednesday 8 June 2011

My neighbour, John Evans, an 88-year-old electrical engineer, built himself a TV in the 1970s and watched it until digital took over.

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Mario Wagner

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By Julius de Hond in New Illustration on Wednesday 25 May 2011

Mario Wagner is a German illustrator based in San Francisco. His work features lots of color and hints strongly at the position of technology in our modern society.

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Is Google becoming our collective brain?

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By Zac in Cool Websites on Saturday 6 December 2008

By some estimates, Google has over half a million servers that each month crunch the equivalent of all the data in the entire library of congress 240 times over. Well over half of web users go to Google for answers to their questions, asking the machine over 400 million queries per day. Slowly but surely, Google is becoming our collective brain. Consider this: Google can now predict flu outbreaks weeks in advance simply by monitoring searches for flu terms (‘sore throat’), and aggregating this based on location. They’ve launched this service as Google Flu Trends. ‘From a technological perspective, it is the beginning’, says Eric E. Schmidt, Google’s chief executive. So where is this is all heading?

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Fuel Cell Stickers

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Tuesday 25 November 2008

Swedish company myFC are working on a fuel cell sticker to charge your portable devices. The prototype is a flexible, 0.11-inch-thick strip that generates 0.9 watts of power at 0.5 volts as long as it is exposed to hydrogen and oxygen in the air. The strip can also be stacked to provide even more power.

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Speck fitted case for iPhone 3G

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By Derrick Stembridge in New Products on Tuesday 4 November 2008

Here’s one for all you tech savvy fashionistas. Outfit your iPhone 3G in form-fit style with a case from Speck. The lightweight, snap-together design lets you instantly make your iPhone 3G a fashion statement, while the soft fabric provides added comfort and extra grip in hand. Personally, I’m digging the plaid. But maybe that’s just […]

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Beautification software

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Monday 13 October 2008

Israeli computer scientists recently created a computer program that changes photographs of people’s faces into more attractive images based on an algorithm that determines ideal distances between lips and chins, foreheads and eyes, and distances between eyes.

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iPod invented thirty years ago

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By Gerry Mak in New Design on Monday 15 September 2008

British inventor Kane Kramer apparently invented a portable, digital music player in 1979, when he was only 23. He was unable to renew his patent after almost a decade of trying to develop the product, and as a result, he will not see a dime from Apple. Poor dude.

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