MarionetteBot at United Arrows in Japan is quite the window display. Mannequins + Kinects = window displays that mimic the motions of people passing by.

via NOTCOT.ORG.

I don’t quite see the elegance or additional levels of Aha! in this installation, but if you look at the joy in the faces of the people passing by, I think you have to give credit to the fundamentally low-tech pleasure of puppets. The limits of these strung-up mannequins makes you want to push them farther. It summons more energy from the participant. Compare to any full-motion video interactive, especially those that are operated with buttons on a table.

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Eye,Robot is a compilation of student work exploring the intersection of computation, robotic fabrication, and cinematography at SCI-Arc lead by Brandon Kruyman and Jonathan Proto.

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Multi-axis fabrication robots, video, animated landscapes, time-lapse… fascinating and just barely intelligible. Y’know, SCI-Arc.

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Its Nice That : Interesting new book looks at the whys and wherefores of public typographic installations.

I can’t think of many books that cover typography on- or as-building. This one looks promising.

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ANZAS Dance Studio by Tsutsumi and Associates – Dezeen.

Simple technique of fritting the mirrors in a dance studio to form a cloud-like mist. Tsutsumi and Associates, Beijing, 2011.

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What It Takes to Get a Standing Ovation at Your TED Talk – Core77.

Not a great title, but Core77 writes about German automation company Festo and their research project SmartBird. A giant gull-shaped artificial bird with articulating wings, only 450 grams. Radio-controlled. Watch the videos.

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Four Volcanoes Erupting Concurrently on Kamchatka Peninsula – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Can’t tell what’s more impressive, four volcanoes at once, of the 360 video from a helicopter. I wouldn’t want to be in a helicopter over a river of lava.

360 video

Many panoramas

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It’s Nice That : Seriously beautiful – and plentiful – patterned Japanese manhole covers!.

Nice to look at.

Not as nice: New York City gets most of its manhole covers from India

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Ultra Ever Dry is a new nano polymer that repels almost any substance | NOTCOT

This is crazy. I’ve never seen a coating this good at keeping things off. Can’t imagine how bad it would be if you inhaled it.

Ultra Ever Dry. You can actually buy it.

After seeing this I almost understand how someone could think nanotechnology is immoral. It’s not of this earth.

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For Windows users who have had the good fortune to work on Macs:

Ever wish you could drag a file onto an application to open it in said application? Or just wanted to move a file to a new folder that’s hidden under other folders? Frustrated that Windows thinks you’re trying to add a shortcut to the taskbar instead? Do this:

Drag the file to the taskbar (to the folder or application tab in the taskbar, specifically) and wait a second with the mouse button still down. The folder or app will come into focus, and you can drag the file there.

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Folder Menu 3 (Windows)

This is a huge timesaver. Free download lets you create a custom menu of folder and file locations, accessibly with a click of the middle mouse button. Works in explorer, of course, but also dialog boxes. Go get it.

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