Take a Kinect, capture topographic info and translate to a grid of fast-responding actuators to reproduce the 3d shape. Obviously limited to rolling landscape forms, but nice to see it in action. Basically, a robotic version of the classic pin-impression toy.

What if each column was made of individual cubes, and each cube could slide side-to-side in the XY plane? What if you made each column out of a flexible cable, able to be bent and manipulated by electric current?

inFORM from MIT’s Tangible Media Group.

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Must-See Video: 3-Sweep is the Fastest Way to Get 3D from 2D That You’ve Ever Seen – Core77.

Really: Must-See. An experimental method to extrude 3D shapes from 2D images by providing just a few hints to the computer. Watch the whole thing. It will give you the unmistakable sensation that the future is upon us.

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Growing plants that give off light:

Kickstarter Campaign To Create Glowing Plant Goes Viral – Singularity Labs FTW! | Singularity Hub.

Why stop there?

Cities Of The Future, Built By Drones, Bacteria, And 3-D Printers | Fast Co.

 

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Cool Materials/Production Method Video: Can a Glass Snowboard be Done? – Core77.

Apparently, yes. Watch the video of how they made it and took it for a ride. Crazy.

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Electromagnetic Harvester – Dennis Siegel – Dennis Siegel.

Devices that slowly absorb free-flowing EMF to charge batteries wirelessly, and at no cost. There is something about these photos–the searching–that calls attention to the author’s angst. What is all this EMF doing to us?

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New Cinema: “We Make The Weather” Is A Breath-Controlled Interactive Installation Inspired By Hurricane Sandy | The Creators Project.

Interesting project thanks to The Creators Project and Eyebeam. Raises questions upon questions about the nature of film and the existentialism latent in video games. To me, at least.

via NOTCOT

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Proposal to create a “toddler” robot in 9 months. To explore how people will grow to be comfortable with service robots.

Roboy team aims to build robot toddler in nine months.

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Student project that converts rocking motion into knitting. Extra points for putting the beanie right over the sitter’s head.

MAKE | A Rocking Chair That Knits You a Beanie.

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So nice.

Google Chrome Blog: Explore the stellar neighborhood with your browser.

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Pendant lamp that indicates the weather. Oh, and it has a liquid nitrogen component that creates a cloud in your house if it’s cloudy outside.

Nebula 12.

via NOTCOT

Seems like it belongs on this list.

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