Highlights from HXD Trends | Issue 712

For the week ending March 27th 2015

See the Twitter Feed for daily updates, or the Flipboard Magazine for a nice way to read in depth.

 

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This Robot Arm’s Water Balloon Gripper Is Inspired By a Gecko’s Tongue
Gizmodo
Five fingers at the end of an arm has turned out to be a fantastic tool for humans, but coordinating so many digits is a lot to ask of a robot. So …

 

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A $50 Media Player Is Helping North Koreans Thwart Censorship
Gizmodo
A $50 media player is becoming a threat to North Korea’s oppressive, isolationist regime. Many North Koreans are using cheap, portable Chinese media …

 

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Wearable controller lets users walk around in virtual realities
springwise.com
This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of …

 

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These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be the Factory Workers of the Future
Gizmodo
These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they’re an experiment in …

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Highlights from HXD Trends | Issue 711

For the week ending March 20th 2015

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30-Foot-Tall Interactive Tree Wants to Be Lovable Pop-Up Icon
PSFK
Gensler and Chaotic Moon created an interactive orchard that responds to visitors through light and sound

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Musical Poster Invites People to Play at Intersection of Art-Tech
PSFK
72andSunny’s creative residency breaks down barriers in traditional art pieces A group of creatives have designed a Musical Poster that creates music …

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StoryCorps Interview App Announced at TED 2015
Cool Hunting
When Dave Isay founded StoryCorps in 2003, he hoped to create a global archive of what he calls “the wisdom of humanity” by empowering people to record face-to-face conversations that could be preserved and passed down from generation to generation. His hope, Isay says, was to “to help create a …

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NASA’s New Landing System Can Adapt in Real-Time Based on What It Sees
Gizmodo
Taking a spacecraft to the surface of an alien planet is hard enough, but it can be even more difficult to reach the exact landing spot. Now, new …

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Highlights from HXD Trends | Issue 710

For the week ending March 13th 2015

For those who follow the blog I wanted to let you know that I’ve moved over pretty much totally to using Twitter to post updates (at the HXD Trends feed). Please follow that for the most up to date items.  I also publish the contents automatically to a Flipboard magazine, which creates a pretty nice cross-platform reading experience.

I’ve sent weekly summaries of this blog within Microsoft for the past 12 years, and I’m going to start posting those here now, rather than posting individual items (hence the “issue 710” above). Please feel free to continue following this site, but you will get less traffic since I’ll only be posting weekly.

Onward…

 

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Topps’ New App Lets You Trade Star Wars Cards With Anyone On Earth
Gizmodo
Books, magazines, comics, even photographs have already all made the move to digital. And finally, 65 years after coming up with a clever way to …

 

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Berkeley researchers pioneer new powder-based concrete 3D printing technique
Gizmag
3D printing looks set to become very important in architecture, but we’ve yet to see exactly how the future of large-scale click-and-print …

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3D printing a full-sized, working car [#3DPrinting]

local motors 3D printed car made full-scale and functional at ITMS 2014
“using direct digital manufacturing (DDM), local motors is fabricating and exhibiting the 3D printed car ‘the strati’ at the international manufacturing technology show (ITMS) in chicago september 8th to 13th. compiling of 44 hours of printing and two days of assembly, the full-scale and fully functional vehicle is an investigation for the usage capabilities of a hybrid additive/subtractive machine developed at oak ridge national laboratory.” via DesignBoom

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“Tiiny” lets you share a small grid of images with your friends which disappear after 24 hours [#Sharing]

Kevin Rose’s New App Tiiny Lets You Share Little Photos That Disappear In 24 Hours
“The basic idea is that Tiiny lets you share thumbnail-sized photos and animated GIFs to a grid of pics on your friends’ phones, and they disappear 24 hours later. Rather than making you scroll through full-width photos like Instagram, Tiiny lets you get a constantly-updated look at what lots of your friends are up to in a single glance.” via TechCrunch

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Procedurally generated buildings can expand and contract [#Maps]

Procedural Brutalism
“The GIFs here are relatively big, obviously, so it might take a while for them to load, but then you can just sit back and watch the rule-based production of built structures pop, rise, and expand like urban accordions. Imagine whole game worlds powered by real-time computation at the building level, constantly and parametrically fizzing with architectural forms, barely predictable new Woolworth Buildings and Barbicans sprouting on-demand from the ground whenever needed.” via BLDGBLOG

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AR helmet for when you’re on a construction site but need tech [#AR]

DAQRI Smart Helmet brings AR to the workplace
“The Smart Helmet design includes two retractable displays that sit in front of the user’s eyes, much like Google Glass and other AR headsets. When not needed, they slide up. The helmet is equipped with four cameras that can cover 360-degrees around the wearer. It’s also equipped with a depth camera, which is crucial for knowing where to display information, and an inertial measurement unit for keeping track of movement. DAQRI says that the screens are visible in both bright and dim lighting situations, which will be critical if this is to be used on job sites.” via Gizmag

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FOVE combines a virtual reality headset with eye-tracking [#VR]

FOVE Uses Eye Tracking To Make Virtual Reality More Immersive
“FOVE’s virtual world looks different from other virtual reality systems, which have entire scenes in sharp focus, by replicating the depth of field you see in the real world. It does this by tracking the users’ gaze and determining where in 3D space he or she is looking. Then its graphics engine adjusts focus. The headmount display’s technology makes it possible for users to do things like make eye contact with characters in games or aim weapons much more quickly than with a mouse or keyboard. By the time a FOVE user has reacted to another character, they are already aiming at it.” via TechCrunch

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Minder only gives access to content at a certain time and place [#Security]

Minder Controls Your Content Location and Duration
“Minder lets you set who can see the content, the duration the content is accessible and a geo fence, or limited geographic area where viewers can access your content. This means you can control exactly who, how long and where the content will display. You share the content by email, SMS or on Facebook and the link takes you to the content inside Minder. As an example, suppose you wanted to create a video to promote your event at TechCrunch Disrupt. You could limit the video distribution to just the TechCrunch Disrupt location area and you could make it available from September 8-10th, just the dates of the event. If you wanted to limit it to your team, you just select their names in your address book before you share it.” via TechCrunch

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Interesting new social and technological trends culled from the web by Richard Banks.