Biological computing

Cellular Counter Brings Computer Programming to Life
“In an essential step toward programming cells as precisely as computers, synthetic biologists have finally learned to count. By linking a series of protein switches, researchers made prototype cell-level counters that could eventually be used to coordinate complex sets of genetic instructions running on biomolecular machines, from disease-hunting cells to intracellular computing networks. In the electronic world, basic counting functions underlie even the most powerful supercomputers.”
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Wired.com

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Using real fonts online

Introducing Typekit
“We’ve been working with foundries to develop a consistent web-only font linking license. We’ve built a technology platform that lets us to host both free and commercial fonts in a way that is incredibly fast, smoothes out differences in how browsers handle type, and offers the level of protection that type designers need without resorting to annoying and ineffective DRM.As a Typekit user, you’ll have access to our library of high-quality fonts. Just add a line of JavaScript to your markup, tell us what fonts you want to use, and then craft your pages the way you always have. Except now you’ll be able to use real fonts.”
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The Typekit Blog

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Haptic communication

Immersion’s New Haptic Touchscreen Tech Encourages Corny iPhone Romance
“Immersive Messaging, on the other hand, is a cornball idea that’s essentially text messaging gussied up with haptic feedback: You can send a heart design to your significant other, and he or she can feel it “beating,” which kind of sounds more scary than romantic to me. They dub such icons “Hapticons.” Even further, they announced “Twiddling,” which is essentially a separate app in which two people can “feel” each other through haptic feedback on their iPhones.”
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Gizmodo

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Charging surfaces

Electrolux Rendez-Vous: the kitchen table becomes the table kitchen
“The key to this concept design is its “energy shield” top which would transmit power wirelessly to any electrical appliance, so there’s no need to plug in your blender, toaster, or your mobile phone. The top also integrates an inductive cooking system across its whole surface that uses sensors to detect where a pan is placed so that any part of the table can become a hot-plate.”
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Gizmag

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Tracking trends across friends

Finally, Zensify’s iPhone app shows key word trends across your social graph
“…what sets Zensify apart is that it shows the user trends within your social graph in the form of a tag cloud of key words. In other words it brings a lot more intelligence to your social graph. Suddenly, you can see a big trending topic amongst people you follow. I’ve been wanting something similar for a while and I’m not alone. David Winer recently Tweeted: “Wouldn’t it be cool if “trending topics” were localized to the people who are followed by the people you follow.” Well Zensify does this. And it doesn’t just do it across Twitter. It does it also does it across updates from Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Digg, Delicious, Photobucket and 12seconds.”
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TechCrunch

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Surrounded by data

In-Formed: Embedding Statistical Data into Everyday Household Objects
“”Caloric Consumption” shows the caloric consumption per capita in various countries and regions visualized on a plate and fork. The information allows for the comparison of one’s cultural eating habits with those from the rest of the world. For instance, the surface area of each of these plates is scaled in proportion to the amount of food consumed by the people who live in the region depicted on the plate. Each prong on the fork represents a different countries caloric intake per capita. “Water Usage” is a water faucet that shows the relative amount of water consumed each time the faucet is used. “Waste Production” consists of waste bin that measures the personal or household waste in terms of its weight in pounds. The weight of the garbage changes the angle of the waste bin, making it less inviting and giving one a visual cue as to how much trash has been thrown away.”
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information aesthetics

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Mapping calls

Obama One People: Revealing the Emotional Flow of the Presidential Inauguration
“The map of Washington, D.C. is overlaid with a 3D color-coded animated surface of square tiles (1 tile represents an area of 150 x 150 meters). Each tile rises and turns red as call activity increases and likewise drops and turns yellow as activity decreases. On the left, a bar chart breaks down the call activity by showing the normalized contributions of calls from the 50 states and 138 foreign countries grouped by continent. The timeline at the bottom illustrates the overall trend of call activity in the city during the week of the Presidential Inauguration.”
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information aesthetics

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Cooling laptops

An ionic wind to cool laptops may blow fans away
“The Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) ionic wind pump technique involves applying a voltage to an electrode, which produces a high intensity electric field. Air molecules surrounding the electrode tip ionize and as they move from the corona electrode to the collector electrode, they collide with neutral air molecules and their momentum pushes these neutral air molecules across a hot spot, cooling it down. Such ionic-cooling systems have been demonstrated in research labs before, but Tessera is the first to test the technology inside a working laptop by replacing the standard rotary fans with EHD blowers.”
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Gizmag

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Layers of paint

Time Bomb – Interactive Graffiti
“The final installation will feature two giant graffiti walls suspended in the museum. One wall will be the real painting, the other a projected film double. The visitors’ physical movements in the museum can then control this film, going backwards in time, revealing the now-covered layers of graffiti.”
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StupidKrap & Holler

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