kevan + eyes   55

Glowing statue eyes - Instructables
"[A]dding red LED's in the eyes of statues makes them look diabolical, and brings the focus back to statues after the sun goes down."
eyes  light  stone  monsters 
october 2016 by kevan
Prehistoric tombs may have doubled as star-gazing observatories | New Scientist
"Now archaeoastronomers are making the case that [passage graves] could also have been used for spotting stars at dawn, when they are normally too faint to see."
history  secrets  space  light  eyes 
july 2016 by kevan
Accessibility Kit | 64 Ounce Games
"64 Oz. Games accessibility kits allow both blind and sighted players to play together with a [boardgame] retail product. [...] Most of our kits consist mainly of transparent sleeves and a printout with all of the text of all of the cards."
games  eyes  via:james 
may 2016 by kevan
BPS Research Digest: Weird things start to happen when you stare into someone's eyes for 10 minutes
"On the strange-face questionnaire, 90 per cent of the eye-staring group agreed that they'd seen some deformed facial traits, 75 per cent said they'd seen a monster, 50 per cent said they saw aspects of their own face in their partner's face, and 15 per cent said they'd seen a relative's face."
eyes  illusions  faces  monsters 
august 2015 by kevan
The Badger Herald - UW student researches ways to make robots more human - The Badger Herald
"If interactive robots were able to pause during conversation and take a moment to gaze off into the distance as if pondering what the user was saying, research suggests this small change could make them seem less robotic."
robots  illusions  eyes 
march 2014 by kevan
This App Trains You to See Farther - Popular Mechanics
"In a study published this week in the journal Current Biology, Seitz worked with 19 players on the University of California, Riverside, baseball team, and showed that his app UltimEyes lengthened the distance at which the players could see clearly by an average of 31 percent."
eyes  software  hacking 
february 2014 by kevan
The Neurocritic: Fisher-Price Synesthesia
"A new study has identified 11 synesthetes whose grapheme-color mappings appear to be based on the Fisher Price plastic letter set made between 1972-1990."
eyes  brains 
january 2013 by kevan
Observations on film art : Watching you watch THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Eye-tracking heat maps. "This subtle movement is enough to cue three of the viewers to shift their gaze to Daniel, registering their silent exchange. [Its] significance can be registered by viewers only if they happened to be fixating Fletcher at the time he glanced at Daniel."
films  eyes  via:waxy 
february 2011 by kevan
Improve your Geometry Wars 2 scores with this hardware mod | Fidgit
"If you've properly modded Geometry Wars 2, you'll find that you without being able to check your score by moving your eyes valuable degrees away from the things that kill you, you'll die less often, and your score will increase by as much as 4%."
games  eyes  paper  via:mugla 
september 2010 by kevan
Action Half-Life: The 5 a.m. | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"Looking away from the monitor it was with no small amount of gut-terror that I realised something was very wrong and turned back to type a message to my friends. [...] Our real worlds had turned monochrome. Some optical trick involving those red and white tiles had broken our eyes, and we could only see in pea green, sickly yellow and all the shades in between."
games  design  illusions  eyes  light  colour  puzzles  via:weir 
april 2010 by kevan
Humans time blinks so they don't miss information - Telegraph
"A study of eighteen volunteers found they synchronized their blinks while watching video clips taken from the comedy TV show Mr Bean." [...] "We seem to be unconsciously searching for a good timing for a blink to minimize the chance of losing critical information during the blink."
eyes  science 
july 2009 by kevan
IDEO Labs » Amazing 3D immersion technology
"IR-sensitive cameras use [markers on 3D polarised glasses] to determine the precise location of each eye within the room. From those positions, stereo images for each projector are calculated and rendered on the fly, and the result is absolutely amazing."
eyes  illusions  technology  via:waxy 
may 2009 by kevan
Life Lessons: Don’t Make Eye Contact with Gorillas | GOOD
A Rotterdam zoo issues enclosure visitors with pinhole cardboard glasses that show eyes looking to one side, to stop eye contact from distressing the gorillas.
apes  eyes  illusions  paper  via:amuchmoreexotic 
april 2009 by kevan
Not Exactly Rocket Science : Playing shoot-em-up video games can improve some aspects of vision
"The Sims players showed no improvements in the Gabor patch test, while the action-gaming cadets fared much better. In less than 2 months, their contrast sensitivities had gone up by 43-58% and all six showed significant improvement."
games  eyes 
march 2009 by kevan
Inventor's 2020 vision: to help 1bn of the world's poorest see better | Society | The Guardian
"The wearer adjusts a dial on the syringe to add or reduce amount of fluid in the membrane, thus changing the power of the lens. [...] The principle is so simple, the team has discovered, that with very little guidance people are perfectly capable of creating glasses to their own prescription."
eyes  light  technology  future 
december 2008 by kevan
Avatar Machine
"Avatar Machine is a system which replicates the aesthetics and visuals of third person gaming, allowing the user to view themselves as a virtual character in real space via a head mounted interface."
art  games  eyes  technology  illusions  via:penguin 
june 2007 by kevan
"Using a 'virtual microscope,' each participant will scan one movie at a time to determine whether it shows the impact of an interstellar dust particle."
space  web  science  eyes  via:hoaxes 
august 2006 by kevan
Xinhua - "Seeing shoes" threaten guide dogs' jobs
"Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University say the glasses and shoes, which have a built-in computer, detect objects within close proximity through echo location then send a vibrating warning to the wearer."
clothes  technology  gps  sound  eyes 
august 2006 by kevan
selectparks - Adventures in the Second Person
Clunky implementation of a wonderful idea; a second-person shooter. "Naturally this makes action difficult when you aren't within the bot's field of view; thus both you and the bot (or other player) will need to work together, to combat each other."
games  eyes 
july 2006 by kevan
The vOICe MIDlet for Mobile Camera Phones + Talking Color Identifier
"The vOICe auditory 'magic lens' technology for the totally blind is now available for most Java-enabled camera phones and PDAs. [...] Within a decade, second-hand camera phones could become an affordable platform [for the blind in] developing countries."
phones  eyes  technology 
july 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The eyes have it for making people behave more honestly
"Signs that say 'CCTV cameras in operation' should, perhaps, be accompanied by a pair of eyes instead of a picture of a camera. We've not evolved to pay much attention to cameras."
eyes  evolution  surveillance  brains 
june 2006 by kevan
Slate: If steroids are cheating, why isn't LASIK?
"Golfers get a different three-dimensional view of the green after [laser eye surgery]. It's different. Lasik actually produces, instead of a spherical cornea, an aspherical cornea. It may be better than normal vision."
sport  cheating  drugs  eyes  medicine  via:waxy 
june 2006 by kevan
Exploring sound/colour synaesthesia. "First, choose a sound category. Then, after listening, choose the color to which you are most strongly drawn." Not many sounds up there yet, though, it's mostly just huge music files.
music  sound  eyes  brains 
may 2006 by kevan
Very cool illusion
"If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink. If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green. [...] After a short period of time, all the pink dots will slowly disappear."
eyes  illusions  via:ben 
march 2006 by kevan
Gamasutra - Feature - "Anticipatory AI and Compelling Characters"
"Since the characters that populate our games are almost always visual creatures, their visual behaviors from gaze to glance are typically the most important cues that people use to infer what a character is thinking, and about to do."
games  simulation  psychology  eyes 
february 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Shopper's eye view of ads that pass us by
"Later analysis showed that during a 45-minute journey, I had been exposed to more than 130 different advertising 'elements' showcasing more than 80 brands. I was 'looking' at adverts for 29 minutes but couldn't recall a single brand without prompting."
advertising  eyes  technology  memory 
november 2005 by kevan
"The pseudoscope does to front and back what a mirror does to left and right. This means that foreground becomes background and visible background becomes foreground, or more simply, background advances, foreground recedes."
mirrors  illusions  technology  eyes 
november 2005 by kevan
Eurekalert: Bees solve complex colour puzzles
"One long-term aim of our research is to exploit this understanding to build seeing robots that, like the bee with its mere one million neurons, can learn to find a simple flower in a meadow, which no machine can do at present."
bees  eyes  light  via:foe 
november 2005 by kevan
Moon, Matches and Microchips - A History of Being Blind in Brighton
"Whatever one thinks about modern architecture Lord Fraser has a relevant point when he writes that 'functional architecture St. Dunstan's has its critics, but none of them are blind.'"
eyes  brighton  architecture  history  via:holly 
october 2005 by kevan
Mindpixel Blog: Brainpixels - Extracting Video from Cat Brains
"Using cats selected for their sharp vision, in 1999 Garret Stanley and his team recorded signals from a total of 177 cells in the lateral geniculate nucleus."
cats  brains  eyes  science  television  technology  via:collision 
september 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Art-loving bees prefer Sunflowers
"About 11% of approaches to the flower paintings ended with a landing, compared to just 4% with the other paintings, the study found."
art  bees  plants  evolution  eyes  via:holly 
august 2005 by kevan
Adrian Fisher Mazes Ltd - Multi-Sensory Mobility Maze for the Blind
"Training opportunities include a section of brick wall with 4 gaps in it; blind people can be trained to detect the gaps without touching, mainly by different sound echoes, and partly by changes in air pressure on the face."
children  puzzles  eyes  sound  mazes  via:holly 
july 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Beauty is in the nose of the beholder
Not a new idea, but interesting to contrast; that visual attractiveness selects for similar genetic structure and scent selects for opposite, and we muddle through somewhere in the middle.
evolution  smell  eyes  faces 
july 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Sensor prevents shut-eye in digital snaps
Digital camera that takes 15 rapidly consecutive frames and discards the ones where the subject is blinking. "The system can even detect closed eyes within photos of up to 30 people and can automatically pick out an image featuring the least blinkers."
photos  eyes  technology 
may 2005 by kevan
Why Can Pigeons Make Judgements About Style?
Training pigeons to distinguish cubism from impressionism. "After a brief training period, the birds were shown entirely different paintings by the same artists, and they were still able to make the distinction between the artists' works."
pigeons  art  eyes  brains 
may 2005 by kevan
Confectionery News: Packaged food makers targeted in fight against obesity
Visual psychology of satiation, and small packets. Researchers feeding soup to test subjects in "bowls that, unbeknownst to the participants, were slowly refilled through tubing connected to out-of-sight soup cauldrons."
food  psychology  eyes  illusions  via:holly 
may 2005 by kevan
Sydney Morning Herald: Reinventing the brolly
"Andy Wana's Lotus 23 umbrella opens like a blooming flower, is resistant to blow-outs and is made from half as many parts as a conventional brolly." Still looks as if it can poke tall people in the eye, though.
technology  weather  design  eyes  via:holly 
may 2005 by kevan
Live Science: Scientists Say Everyone Can Read Minds
Mirror neurons and autism. "[Gallese] believes we create internal representations of their actions, sensations and emotions within ourselves, as if we are the ones that are moving, sensing and feeling."
brains  eyes 
april 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Pay up, you are being watched
A photo of a robot can affect generosity. "We can manipulate altruistic behaviour with a pair of fake eyeballs because ancient parts of our brain fail to recognise them as fake."
brains  eyes  money  evolution  psychology  robots  photos 
march 2005 by kevan
Seattle Times: Hypnotism in Russia a street-crime weapon?
"Olga broke into hysterical sobs and phoned a friend, who persuaded her to go to the police. There, detectives nodded knowingly. "Gypsy hypnosis," they said."
psychology  illusions  crime  police  chess  eyes 
february 2005 by kevan
(in)security camera
"Easily startled by sudden movements, it is shy around strangers and tends to avoid direct eye contact."
art  eyes  surveillance 
october 2004 by kevan
Hayward Gallery : Eyes, Lies & Illusions
"This extraordinary exhibition combines more than a thousand instruments, images and devices drawn from the remarkable collection of the German experimental film-maker Werner Nekes."
eyes  illusions  lies  london  todo 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Interview with Jon Snow
"What we need is to be told by one other human being with a pair of eyes what it's like to be at this place where things are happening. [...] We are deluging people with information, but no insight, no human connection. This is anti-communication."
eyes  interviews  news 
october 2004 by kevan
Quantum - Bee Chopper
Using bee-vision optic-flow techniques to control autonomous robot helicopters. "The end result is we can fly from point A to Point B in this unknown terrain without running into objects while staying as low as possible."
air  bees  eyes  technology 
september 2004 by kevan
PLoS Biology: Honeybees' Distance Perception Changes with Terrain of Flight Path
Using optic flow to judge distance: "...bees appear to log distance by measuring the rate that images of passing terrain move in their eye during flight."
bees  eyes 
september 2004 by kevan
B-EYE: The world through the eyes of a bee
A bee-vision neuroscientist trains bees to discriminate between different patterns, and writes some image-mapping software to give a rough idea of how bees are perceiving them.
bees  eyes  software 
september 2004 by kevan
Eyetrack III - What You Most Need to Know
Detailed results of tracking people's eyeballs as they read web sites - some wonderful "heat maps" of attention.
design  eyes  technology  web 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The designer iris: keep an eye on Dior
Designer-label lenses to "create the illusion of either a golden or a black ring around the iris" - to make the sclera look whiter, presumably.
eyes  illusions  psychology 
september 2004 by kevan
New Scientist | Noisy secret of Mona Lisa's smile
"...natural noise makes people observing the picture believe its expression is subtly changing, rather than thinking they are seeing a single ambiguous expression."
art  eyes  science 
august 2004 by kevan
Seeing what you don't see?
A blindsight tester, in Java - see how well you can locate flashing dots without consciously perceiving them.
brains  eyes  illusions 
august 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Health | The suit that makes you feel old
"A suit that simulates old age is helping architects design more user-friendly hospitals." ... "Yellow goggles mimic the declining vision, increased sensitivity to glare and reduced sensitivity to blue light experienced by many people as they age."
architecture  clothes  design  eyes  future  light  simulation  technology 
august 2004 by kevan
Reuters: Doctors find SARS virus in tears of patients
"...may mean that the virus could be spread through tears, in addition to droplets from coughs or sneezes."
eyes  medicine  pestilence 
june 2004 by kevan
New Scientist : Smart glasses detect eye contact
Sunglasses that use infrared flashes to create and detect dead-centre redeye.
eyes  technology 
may 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Politics | Long lashes thwart ID scan trial
"Long eyelashes and watery eyes could thwart iris scanning technology used for the government's ID card trial."
cards  eyes  surveillance 
may 2004 by kevan
Why old women get blue rinses
"As we age, a yellow film develops over the eye, making colors look dull and muted. [...] White or gray hair will look brassy to her eye. With a blue rinse, the hair looks silver or white instead." - age-group-specific phenotype modification.
eyes  hair  illusions 
may 2004 by kevan

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