Highlights from HXD Trends | Issue 715

­­For the week ending April 17th 2015
See the Twitter Feed for daily updates, or the Flipboard Magazine for a nice way to read in depth.

 

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Eye2TV adapter aims to improve the TV viewing experience for colorblind users
gizmag
Spectral Edge has unveiled a smart HDMI adapter that’s designed to enhance the TV viewing experience for colorblind users, without significantly …

 

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Turn Your Drawings Into 3D-Printable Models With MakerBot’s iPad App
Gizmodo
One of the biggest reasons there isn’t a 3D printer in every home—yet—has nothing to do with price or availability. It’s the fact that if you want to …

 

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How Stanford Researchers Mapped The Emotional Life Of Victorian London
Fast Company
Using Mechanical Turk, the Stanford Literary Lab maps Victorian London’s fear, love, and everything in between. 19th-century British novelists like Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and William Thackeray wrote about very different Londons. Depending on whose book you consulted, a given location in the …

 

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US Navy goes tubular with autonomous swarming UAV demonstrations
gizmag
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has revealed that it has been conducting demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at various …

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Highlights from HXD Trends | Issue 714

­­For the week ending April 10th 2015
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Gorgeous App Lets Kids Build Their Own Robots
Fast Company
Inspired by Lego, Tinybop’s Robot Factory encourages kids to design robots beyond their wildest imaginations.

 

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Sculpting in Virtual Reality with Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra
vrclay.com
Sculpting with Digital Clay VRCLAY is a digital sculpting software. It’s no ZBrush, but the core features are there. Including smooth brush, flatten…

 

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Lego Dimensions transports your bricks and Minifigs into a video game
Gizmodo
If there was any doubt that video games that allow kids to bring their physical toys into the actual game were more than just a fad, Lego and Warner

 

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This Adobe Tool Can Bring Silly Characters to Life With Just Your Webcam
Gizmodo
Some of Adobes professional video and compositing software was updated today, and one of the coolest new features is Character Animator, which

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Highlights from HXD Trends | Issue 713

­­For the week ending April 3rd 2015
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Chevrolet Uses Oculus Rift for Off-Terrain Showroom Experience
PSFK
If Chevy can’t bring you to the mountains, its CoDriver program will bring the mountains to you

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Why These Coworking Spaces In Train Stations Let You Pay In “Social Capital”
Fast Company
Is the free coworking space that’s giving 80,000 people desks in vacant areas of schools, hospitals, and train stations the future of work? Steps from the Utrecht Centraal Railway Station in the Netherlands, through a dizzying mall of winding pathways dense with the scent of freshly baked pastries, …

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Highlights from HXD Trends | Issue 712

For the week ending March 27th 2015

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