MICA has a whole office. helping MICA Students and Alumni become successful entrepreneurs. Meet with MICA's Entrepreneurship Evangelist to discuss your business idea and next steps. Seed Funding ("Upstart") Stephanie Chin is scheduled to give a presentation to UNRVL
Accelerometers, gyroscopes, etc. can be hacked to be ultrasonic receivers, or, just hacked. Boffins bork motion control ... use acoustic waves that vibrate at the same frequency of a MEMS gyroscope ... There are limitations to the attacks There are videos.
LiveTag (via slashdot) new smart tags that harness reflected Wi-Fi signals ... copper foil printed onto lightweight paper-like material ... had to experiment with many different combinations of shapes, sizes, and materials for the LiveTags and run all those combinations through computer simulations. ... the smart tags only work within a three-foot range of Wi-Fi… Continue reading RFID Circuit Bending
Pretty "fab" stuff is in Albuquerque We use complex emergent phenomena to craft bits & atoms into toys & games from an infinite Universe of possibilities. Through the power of custom software, nature inspired algorithms and digital fabrication tools, we transform natural materials into beautiful artifacts of computation. What do they do? You can't tell from… Continue reading They Make Pretty Stuff, I Guess
in Why Love Generative Art? (via kottke.org) I see a clear line of influence on generative art starting from Cézanne and shooting straight through.... a simplified definition of generative art ... some non-technical examples of how generative art works ... history of generative art Relevant, of course, to The Sympathy of Things.
What it says on the label. a series of biodegradable food packaging ... agar-agar seaweed ... the package will wither ... biodegradable beeswax ... caramelised sugar, coated with wax ... melts when it comes in contact with water Seems much more reasonable than other so-called biodegradables. I wonder how they work in practice though.
Columbia Mini Maker Faire 2018: Event Date: October 7, 2018 We particularly encourage exhibits that are innovative, interactive and that highlight the process of making things. No project is too silly. pplication Schedule Priority Round: Closes September 7 at 11:59pm EDT. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 2nd Round: Closes October 1 at 11:59pm EDT… Continue reading Mini Maker Faire [sic] Columbia
In the paper Origami - inspired Cellular Metamaterial with Anisotropic Multistability we create a family of origami-inspired cellular metamaterials which can be programmed to have various stability characteristics and mechanical responses in three independent orthogonal directions. ... Our study provides a platform to design programmable three-dimensional metamaterials significantly broadening the application envelope of origami. Metamaterials… Continue reading DIY Metamaterials from Origami
A tool for simulating origami by Amanda Ghassaei This app allows you to simulate how any origami crease pattern will fold. Actually, it's a "solver": iteratively solving for small displacements in the geometry of an initially flat sheet due to forces exerted by creases. Does it work? Is it useful? How does it help you… Continue reading Origami Simulator
in Why Is the Color “Blue” Difficult To Find In Nature? Among living things, the color blue is oddly rare. I don't see the answer to "Why is blue hard (and rare)?" Another articles says, "The reason why is still a mystery'. But, interesting about tweaking red pigments (anthocyanin), and of course "nano" structures for… Continue reading Blue is Hard
In https://m.phys.org/news/2018-07-species-genes-driven-evolution.html They have found that cross-species transfers, even between plants and animals, have occurred frequently throughout evolution. I've wondered about this a lot in the past, known it happens with bacteria (via viruses and plasmid weirdness), and now I know it happens (somehow) more universally. How does this affect "dna aging clocks"? What are… Continue reading Not Just Your Parent’s DNA
Via boingboing: The very clever Electron Plumber figured all this out and built an LED "candle" that goes out when you blow on it, using the LED itself as a sensor that detects voltage drops (caused by cool air, caused by blowing) Realizing a side effect can be exploited is cool. In various incarnations of… Continue reading Its Own Sensor: Side Effects
Via boingboing.net: to portray the sense of conscious emotion ... Takayuki Todo made a small plastic head with simplified static facial features ... it can only tilt and turn its head, roll its eyes, and move its eyebrows. It's surprising that it works well with such simply elements. It used to be a thing at… Continue reading Expression With the Minimal
How do I: Make the regular text black and not grey? How do I get the blog-stream on my front page? I got the archives showing
Chibitronics makes circuit stickers and other tools for paper circuits, which blends circuit building and programming with arts and crafts. It’s a friendly way to learn, design and create your own electronics. Looks at least like a good way to explore making a circuit, and learn some basics. Is it good for making a real… Continue reading Chibitronics: The Lego of Electronics?