Storymaker, Storyteller presentation
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The video of the presentation of Storymaker, Storyteller by the students from Dundee is finally up. This is the project they did for the Microsoft Research Student Design expo. Their product is a device that records the content and audio commentary from photographic slides, and allows their easy playback on a remote projector. It’s intended

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Pass it on
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I have no problem contributing to the momentum around a particular internet Meme. Thought this was cute, anyway. Mystery Chinese iPhone Worker becomes Internet Star“A Chinese factory worker has become an Internet sensation after a picture of her smiling and flashing a peace sign to a co-worker testing an Apple iPhone stayed on the phone

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Orwell diaries
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Hmm. George Orwell seemed very focused on the weather and fruit. Hot stuff.

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Photosynth is Live
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What started out as a Microsoft Research project is now live and out there, ready for public consumption and creativity. PhotoSynth is a really stunning piece of software that takes any large set of photos of the same scene/place/object, and stitches them together so that they overlap seamlessly, allowing you to navigate from one to

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Bug or feature?
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Great response by EA to a bug in it’s golf game in which Tiger Woods is seen to walk on water to take a shot (the so called “Jesus Shot”). Here’s what EA took the trouble to make in response…

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Quick construction
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There have been a bunch of buildings built recently out of shipping containers, but the new Travelodge hotel in Uxbridge, just down the road from my house, is the first I’ve seen that is using them purely for flexibility and speed of construction, and not to make an aesthetic statement. I THINK that’s a good

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Getting to realistic human animations
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Freakily close, but still not QUITE out of the uncanny valley. Some creasing in the animation that seems odd. These animations are getting more and more convincing, though. And THEN what happens?

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Book cuts
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Some beautiful, and surreal, book cuts by Noriko Ambe, a Japanese artist living in New York. A similar visual effect on the faces as the Henrich Emille Rectangle, which I mentioned the other day. And not unlike the gunshot wounds received by the T-1000 in Terminator 2. Couldn’t avoid that geeky reference.

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Yearbook Yourself
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Here’s my yearboook photo from 1960…

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Getting your hands dirty
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I did my undergraduate degree in Industrial Design at Brunel University in West London. I call it a jack-of-all-trades in which we did masses of hands-on as well as theoretical work. In the workshops we did welding, sand casting, jewellery, plastics, woodworking, metal work. In our electronics labs we designed and built our own PCBs,

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