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Very Slow Movie Player – Bryan Boyer – Medium
"It can be noticed, glanced-at, or even inspected, but not watched."
films  technology  time  hacking 
17 days ago by kevan
Amazon's Alexa recorded private conversation and sent it to random contact | Technology | The Guardian
"Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa’. Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request."
technology  sound  secrets 
may 2018 by kevan
The Graffiti Code Breaker |
"To keep tabs on new members looking to make a name for themselves, officers can manually annotate images in GARI to document taggers’ names. From there, linking real names to aliases and seeing where else the names show up can indicate where particular gang members operate or live."
graffiti  crime  police  technology  gps 
january 2018 by kevan
Avocados with laser-printed labels go on sale at M&S in bid to cut paper waste
"The labels, which are etched onto fruit's skin with lasers instead of stickers, will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue every year according to M&S."
light  paper  food  plants  technology  litter 
june 2017 by kevan
Inspector gadget: how smart devices are outsmarting criminals | Technology | The Guardian
"He said he grabbed some possessions and jumped out a window. Investigators pulled data from his pacemaker which, according to a cardiologist, undermined Compton’s account."
technology  surveillance  crime  lies 
june 2017 by kevan
How It's Made Up (@howitsmadeup) on Twitter
"Acrylic-rimmed windows are fitted over the vials to protect them. They also pass under a metal detector. The key is those polymer particles."
twitter  creations  technology  mutation 
november 2016 by kevan
Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster | Tim Harford | Technology | The Guardian
"If you occasionally need human skill at short notice to navigate a hugely messy situation, it may make sense to artificially create smaller messes, just to keep people on their toes."
technology  psychology  transport 
october 2016 by kevan
Seeing Yellow
"When you print on a color laser printer, it's likely that you are also printing a pattern of invisible yellow dots. These marks exist to allow the printer companies and governments to track and identify you -- presumably as a way to combat money counterfeiting."
paper  secrets  surveillance  technology  colour 
august 2016 by kevan
'Industrial Painting', Pinot Gallizio: Summary | Tate
"Industrial Painting (1958) is a seventy-four metre long painted canvas by the Italian artist Pinot Gallizio. [...] Following this alternative mode of production, Gallizio’s paintings were sold by the metre in the street market of Alba as well as in commercial art galleries."
art  technology 
august 2016 by kevan
Word By Word: Twitter writes The Compete Works of Shakespeare / Shakespeare's Globe
"From Thursday 5 May, the typewriter will begin to type out The Complete Works from start to finish, sourcing its words from Tweets sent out in real time."
writing  technology  twitter  via:viv 
june 2016 by kevan
How to choose an uncrackable password: Use meter and rhyme.
"The researchers trained their bit-translation program to spit out couplets of rhyming iambic tetrameter."
poetry  technology  secrets 
october 2015 by kevan
Research Blog: Inceptionism: Going Deeper into Neural Networks
"This creates a feedback loop: if a cloud looks a little bit like a bird, the network will make it look more like a bird. This in turn will make the network recognize the bird even more strongly on the next pass and so forth, until a highly detailed bird appears, seemingly out of nowhere."
illusions  technology  emergence 
june 2015 by kevan
Power beamed to camera via ambient wi-fi signals - BBC News
"The team realised that the energy contained in ambient wi-fi signals that are now ubiquitous often came close to the operating voltages required by a variety of low power devices."
technology  electricity 
june 2015 by kevan
16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways - My Modern Met
"[This] 16th century text has a special sixfold dos-à-dos (or 'back to back') binding with strategically placed clasps that makes it possible for six books to be neatly bound into one"
books  history  technology  via:nea 
april 2015 by kevan
Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible to Use | The New Yorker
"The more innovative—the more breaking-the-mold—the innovation is, the less likely we are to figure out what it is really going to be used for."
science  technology  future 
december 2014 by kevan
Heat Your House with Someone Else's Computers - IEEE Spectrum
"Cloud&Heat pays for the Internet connection and the power required to keep it running, and you get as much warm air and hot water as the servers in the box can produce, free of charge, as it quietly performs cloud computing tasks."
technology  water  computers  via:zarba 
november 2014 by kevan
Google Cardboard
"The result is Cardboard, a no-frills [cardboard] enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app."
phones  technology  paper  via:adrian 
july 2014 by kevan
Digital Sundial | HinesLab, Inc
"During the day, bands of sunlight sweep over the ends of optical fibers in the encoding cylinder. Light travels through the fibers to illuminate the segments of the display to form readable numbers."
light  time  technology 
january 2014 by kevan
Farmers, Elephants, and Bees: A Winning Combination - Animals
"If an elephant makes contact with one of the hives or the connecting wires, the beehives all along the fence will swing and release the bees."
bees  elephants  technology  via:ole 
december 2013 by kevan
California police use of body cameras cuts violence and complaints | World news | The Guardian
"[...] after cameras were introduced in February 2012, public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared with the previous 12 months. Officers' use of force fell by 60%."
surveillance  police  technology 
november 2013 by kevan
Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots - MIT News Office
"Known as M-Blocks, the robots are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces."
robots  technology  emergence 
october 2013 by kevan
Points Is A Smart, Robotic Street Sign That Takes You Where You Want To Go | Co.Create
"Points’s three arms are constantly changing the information they display, based on dynamic signals they pull in from their surroundings."
signs  technology  art 
june 2013 by kevan
Noteboard: The pocket whiteboard
"...folds up map-style from 35" x 15" to 5" x 3" made up of index card-sized rectangles in a 7 x 5 calendar grid ...has a blank side and a gridded side."
technology  writing  via:james 
april 2013 by kevan
Multi-Touch iPhone Gestures by Gabriele Meldaikyte
"[Gabriele Meldaikyte] used wood and acrylic to make five 3D objects that recreate the physical actions required to operate a touch-screen smartphone, using newspaper clippings, book pages and paper maps to represent the data being manipulated."
phones  hands  technology 
january 2013 by kevan - Chess News - Cheating suspicion at the Zadar Open in Croatia
"Technologies are so developed now that theoretically, since the games were broadcast live, Ivanov’s friends in the neighbouring room, from Sofia, or even from the Antarctic, could have sent him hints for his moves through chips, which could have been placed under the skin, in the ear, or in the teeth."
chess  cheating  technology 
january 2013 by kevan
Prototyping "Tempescope", an ambient weather display
"Weather conditions are reproduced by using 2 pumps, an ultrasound diffuser, and an LED."
weather  technology 
january 2013 by kevan
DefCon 20 Badges, the Big Reveal: A Secret Society, Crypto Challenges and Easter Eggs | Threat Level |
"The badges measure about six inches by two inches and use a general-purpose circuit that is designed to be a building block and development platform."
technology  secrets  puzzles 
july 2012 by kevan
Drunken Bohemian Rhapsody rendition may offer fame, but no fortune - The Globe and Mail
"On the ride back to the police station, Wilkinson decided to belt out a manic but lyrically faithful rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. [...] Content ID caught a 'melody match,' and notified EMI, the music company that owns the rights to Bohemian Rhapsody."
music  sound  technology  law  police 
may 2012 by kevan
BBC News - Sonic device deployed in London during Olympics
"The American-made Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) can be used to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones."
sound  london  police  technology  weapons 
may 2012 by kevan
Descriptive Camera
"The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene." Using Mechanical Turk.
photography  writing  paper  technology  via:waxy 
april 2012 by kevan
DailyTech - 10,000 RPM Artificial Heart With No Pulse Replaces Human/Animal Hearts
"Cohn and Frazier's continuous-flow left ventricular assist device [can] replace the heart and doesn't require a compressor because the researchers discovered that recreating the pulse wasn't necessary."
blood  technology 
march 2012 by kevan
"The project Stimmungsgasometer is about a smiley on a huge screen from which one can read the average mood of the Berlin citizens."
faces  germany  technology  art  via:blech 
march 2012 by kevan
How to see around corners : Nature News & Comment
"Photons bounce off the wall onto the hidden object and back to the wall, scattering each time, before a small fraction eventually reaches the camera, each at a slightly different time. It's this time resolution that provides the key to revealing the hidden geometry."
light  surveillance  technology 
march 2012 by kevan
A New Direction for Game Controllers | University of Utah News
"[The controller] delivers directional cues to the player by stretching the skin of the thumb tips in different directions."
games  technology  hands 
march 2012 by kevan
How to Clone Mineral Water
"After acquiring your terroir by mail order, you then simply weigh and measure your ingredients, dissolve them in your tap water, and play around with your Sodastream in order to match the level of carbonation."
water  technology  piracy 
february 2012 by kevan
Listening Instruments : Noise Research
"While worn, exposure to the noise is structured through a sequence designated by a composer which controls the behavior of the sound-prevention valves. [...] The headphones mechanically create a personal listening experience by composing noise from the listener’s environment."
sound  technology 
february 2012 by kevan
'Mass suicide' protest at Apple manufacturer Foxconn factory - Telegraph
"Foxconn, which manufactures gadgets for the likes of Apple, Sony, Nintendo and HP, among many others, has had a grim history of suicides at its factories. A suicide cluster in 2010 saw 18 workers throw themselves from the tops of the company's buildings, with 14 deaths."
technology  death  via:brendan 
january 2012 by kevan
MIT Media Lab: Design Ecology / Information Ecology
"The wallet protects the money within it when you need to be thrifty with a hinge that resists opening. [...] This can be mapped to a monthly budget goal."
money  technology 
december 2011 by kevan
Twine : Listen to your world, talk to the Internet by Supermechanical — Kickstarter
"A durable 2.5'' square provides WiFi connectivity, internal and external sensors, and two AAA batteries that keep it running for months. A simple web app allows to you quickly set up your Twine with human-friendly rules."
december 2011 by kevan
For Your Eyes Only: Polarizing Privacy Monitor Mod | Gadget Lab |
"The theory is simple: Remove the polarized film from the monitor so that you only see a white backlit screen. Then take this film, cut to fit your spare specs and you can see the screen only when you wear them."
technology  secrets  light  via:zarba 
november 2011 by kevan
BBC News - Cyborg search-and-rescue insects' power source unveiled
"The engineers ultimately decided to attach two of the spiral beams to each beetle's thorax. The end of each coil extended out to touch a hardened part of the insect's body close to its wing base where it could pick up energy."
insects  robots  technology 
november 2011 by kevan
Info Tech of Ancient Democracy
"Once all the candidates' tickets were slotted in, the archon took a quantity of small bronze balls -- some colored white, the rest black -- and poured them into the funnels at the tops of the kleroteria."
technology  history  politics 
november 2011 by kevan
Portraits painted onto grids of floppy disks and "a combination of obsolete media formats, making a comment on waste culture, life cycles and identity."
art  technology  history 
june 2011 by kevan
DIY Money-Shredding Alarm Clock Motivates You to Wake Up - Lifehacker
"If you're looking for some motivation, this DIY alarm clock will slowly shred money until you get out of bed to stop it."
technology  time  money  via:viv 
june 2011 by kevan
Joshua Klein - A Vending Machine for Crows
"Once we've got system down for teaching coin collection we'll move to seeing how flexibly they can learn *other* tasks, like collecting garbage, sorting through discarded electronics, or maybe even search and rescue."
birds  litter  technology  education 
may 2011 by kevan
Plain English Nuclear: Yet another Japan reactor post
"There is no way for a nuclear power reactor to explode like an atomic bomb. You just can’t. Even if you tried. [...] The explosions at Fukushima were not caused by radioactive material."
technology  japan  via:dunx 
march 2011 by kevan
Zediva Streams New Releases Through Copyright Loophole | Epicenter |
"The company literally rents you a DVD and a DVD player, with your computer, tablet or Google TV as the remote control. [...] Zediva doesn’t need to get permission from the studios to rent out discs, since once they buy the DVD they are free to rent it out or re-sell it, thanks to the first-sale doctrine in U.S. copyright law."
films  technology  business  law  via:zarba 
march 2011 by kevan
BBC News - Denmark to swap stamps for texts
"Danes sending a text bearing the word 'PORTO' to the 1900 number will get in return a code that must be written on a letter in the place they would usually stick a stamp."
technology  phones  denmark  writing 
march 2011 by kevan
Green Goose Wows the Crowd & Raises $100K On Launch Conference Stage
"Water bottles, tooth brushes, bikes, pill bottles and other objects can be turned into sensors that track our interaction with them and then publish that data online. All thanks to a simple sticker or other attachable sensor."
technology  cutlery  medicine  transport 
february 2011 by kevan
Vitality-How GlowCaps Work
"GlowCaps use light and sound to signal when it is time to take a pill. GlowCaps sense when the bottle is opened and wirelessly relay their status to Vitality’s secure network. If the bottle is not opened two hours after a scheduled dose, the user is automatically reminded with a telephone call that states: 'It’s time to take the pill in your green GlowCap.'"
medicine  technology  light  phones 
november 2010 by kevan
Fitzwilliam Museum - Compound Roman Utensil
"Eating implement, folding, with three-pronged fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife."
cutlery  history  metal  technology  via:zarba 
november 2010 by kevan
Automatic Fire and Burglar Alarms : Abstract : Nature
1935. "The motor drives a small dialling drum, the small metal discs on which correspond to the letters and figures of the telephone number of the nearest fire station. The station is thus called up and a gramophone record then comes into action giving, in a verbal message, the location of the fire and all essential details."
fire  crime  technology  history 
october 2010 by kevan
A Discourse on Map Pins and Pinnage « Making Maps: DIY Cartography
"Harvard University, that hotbed of map pin innovation, confronted head-on the 'too many pins in one place' problem that plagued the Harriman pin map. Why not, they suggested, create stacks of beads?"
maps  technology  history  via:blech 
october 2010 by kevan
Many-band WebSDR in JO32KF
"On this page you can listen to and control a short-wave receiver located at the amateur radio club ETGD at the University of Twente. In contrast to other web-controlled receivers, this receiver can be tuned by multiple users simultaneously, thanks to the use of Software-Defined Radio."
radio  technology  sound 
august 2010 by kevan
Many-band WebSDR in JO32KF
"On this page you can listen to and control a short-wave receiver located at the amateur radio club ETGD at the University of Twente. In contrast to other web-controlled receivers, this receiver can be tuned by multiple users simultaneously, thanks to the use of Software-Defined Radio."
radio  technology  sound 
august 2010 by kevan
University of Sheffield - British expert warns of a coming robot crime wave
"If manufacturers discard safety and the prevention of crime, crude copies of mechanised police and military devices could be relatively easy to produce." [...] "Robots can't even be detected by the passive IR alarm systems in most of our houses."
robots  crime  technology  future 
july 2010 by kevan
Stories from the stores » Busy bees
"Tomes, a keen amateur apiarist, was seeking a way to track swarms by detecting when the queen bee left the hive. [...] Dabbing them with luminous paint proved somewhat easier, but Tomes’s photocell detector setup was triggered by other light sources as well as the painted bees. Then he remembered that the luminous paint contained radium."
bees  paint  light  science  technology 
july 2010 by kevan
Make: VCR Cat Feeder
"Any old VCR has a programmable timer that connects to motors for recording TV shows. This is analogous to feeding a cat, and following this principle, you can convert a VCR into a weekend pet feeder."
cats  food  technology  hacking 
july 2010 by kevan
Oyster Card Codes
"82 - Illogical use of ticket."
london  technology  secrets 
may 2010 by kevan
fisharepeopletoo: Like Dreamland and Ghostland
From 1901: "Although still far away, he thought they were gradually coming within thinkable distance of the realization of a prophecy he had ventured to make four years before, of a time when if a person wanted to call to a friend he knew not where, he would call in a loud, electromagnetic voice, heard by him who had the electromagnetic ear, silent to him who had it not."
phones  future  sound  technology 
april 2010 by kevan
52 Card Cinema
"52 cards, each printed with a unique identifier, are replaced in the subject's view by the individual shots that make up a movie scene. The cards can be stacked, dealt, arranged in their original order or re-composed in different configurations, creating spreads of time."
films  cards  technology  barcodes  via:clarered 
april 2010 by kevan
This Is a Mosquito Getting Killed By a Laser - Gizmodo
Tracking mosquito movement and burning their wings off with a pinpoint laser. "The idea behind the 'Death Star' laser is that it could be used to control mosquito populations in developing countries in hopes of reducing the number of deaths due to malaria."
insects  light  death  pestilence  technology  via:waxy 
february 2010 by kevan
Inside the Apocalyptic Soviet Doomsday Machine
"The Soviets had taken game theory one step further than Kubrick, Szilard, and everyone else: They built a system to deter themselves. By guaranteeing that Moscow could hit back, Perimeter was actually designed to keep an overeager Soviet military or civilian leader from launching prematurely during a crisis." [...] "No matter what was going to happen, there still would be revenge. Those who attack us will be punished."
war  apocalypse  technology  russia  history  politics  weapons  via:lmg 
november 2009 by kevan
Deleted Scenes << Pervasive Games: Theory and Design
"The tech appendix, or actually The Technological Enablers of Pervasive Games provides a rough overview on the current state of the art of positioning, proximity recognition, and wireless communication technologies useful in staging pervasive games. This was cut out as we predict that it is the part that dates the fastest."
pervasive  games  design  technology  gps  rfid 
september 2009 by kevan
A reducibly complex mousetrap
"Here I show how one could start with a single piece of spring wire, make an inefficient mousetrap, then through a series of modifications and additions of parts make better and better mousetraps, until the end result is the modern snap mousetrap."
evolution  design  technology  mice  via:adrianhon 
august 2009 by kevan
Feds at DefCon Alarmed After RFIDs Scanned | Threat Level |
"When the reader caught an RFID chip in its sights — embedded in a company or government agency access card, for example — it grabbed data from the card, and the camera snapped the card holder’s picture."
rfid  surveillance  technology 
august 2009 by kevan
Marc Steinmetz Photography | Escape Tools
Scratch-built tools and weapons. "Shotgun made from iron bedposts; charge made of pieces of lead from curtain tape and match-heads, to be ignited by AA batteries and a broken light bulb."
prison  technology  design  germany  via:amuchmoreexotic 
june 2009 by kevan
Brain treats tools as temporary body parts : Not Exactly Rocket Science
"These studies show that our brains are quick to update our body schemas when tools fall into our hands, and that the revised representations last for at least 10-15 minutes."
brains  technology  cutlery 
june 2009 by kevan
Programmable Matter Research Solidifies - SIGNAL Magazine
"Several university teams are working on different approaches to create 'programmable matter' - made of individual pieces that can self-assemble into tools or spare parts. One of the approaches being examined uses sheets of self-folding material that can form three-dimensional shapes on command."
science  nano  technology  future  programming  via:zarba 
june 2009 by kevan
Dice-O-Matic hopper and elevator - GamesByEmail
A dice server dropping Math.random in favour of "a machine that can belch a continuous river of dice down a spiraling ramp, then elevate, photograph, process and upload almost a million and a half rolls to the server a day."
dice  technology  random  via:holly 
may 2009 by kevan
Counting Down to the End of Moore’s Law - Bits Blog -
SanDisk flash memory. "When we started out we had about one million electrons per cell. [...] We are now down to a few hundred. [...] We can’t get below one."
technology  future  science  via:zarba 
may 2009 by kevan
Toys -- and More -- for the 21st Century Make Use of Mind Control Over Matter -
"Competing mind-over-matter toys from Mattel and Uncle Milton Industries are coming this fall to a store near you. They are the first 'brain-computer interfaces' to enter the consumer mainstream."
brains  toys  technology 
may 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
Revolutionary Espresso Book Machine launches in London | Books |
"Hordes were present to watch it click and whirr into action, printing over 100 pages a minute, clamping them into place, then binding, guillotining and spitting out the (warm as toast) finished article."
books  technology 
april 2009 by kevan
Information Age Prayer : Home
"We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying. Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen."
religion  sound  technology  via:amuchmoreexotic 
march 2009 by kevan
The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time
"Netbooks are evidence that we now know what personal computers are for.Which is to say, a pretty small list of things that are conducted almost entirely online."
computers  future  technology  design  business  via:collision 
march 2009 by kevan
The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Diamond Heist
"The vault was thought to be impenetrable. It was protected by 10 layers of security, including infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor, and a lock with 100 million possible combinations. The robbery was called the heist of the century, and even now the police can't explain exactly how it was done."
crime  technology  via:holly 
march 2009 by kevan
Robot Messenger Displays Person-to-Person Notes In Public
"The user walks up on a small platform in front of the machine, writes a brief message on a continuous strip of paper and drops a coin in the slot. The inscription moves up behind a glass panel where it remains in public view for at least two hours so that the person for whom it is intended may have sufficient time to observe the note at the appointed place."
technology  paper  history  communication  via:warrenellis 
february 2009 by kevan
"One advantage of working outside of the traditional graffiti media is that cops aren’t really looking for guys attaching grids of foam board to giant TVs."
graffiti  cities  technology  art  via:anne 
january 2009 by kevan
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