La Makerspace successfully funded the expansion of their nonprofit art/build/hack center, and they have the White House interview to prove it!
Ever wonder how much radiation your alarm clock gives off? Or your microwave? Or maybe your dog?
Mr. Ghost is a new technology project that uses the iPhone to take electro magnetic readings. This clever tool analyzes radiation sources in our everyday lives — and just might detect a paranormal trace or two. (Electro magnetic radiation is believed by some to signify a footprint of the spirit world.)
One can only imagine the off-the-charts reading should you point Mr. Ghost at your TV while the X-Files is on.
Come out and play.
Sportsfriends unites four uniquely hilarious multiplayer video games designed to incite pandemonium in your living room.
Given the long odds against local mulitplayer games in the market — and the inherent weirdness of these four games — Sportfriends seeks strength in numbers by teaming up to produce these games as one Kickstarter project.
Each game celebrates the experience of playing with other humans in the same physical space, melding forward-thinking interactive experiments and simple, addictive fun. The creators have shared their games at festivals, exhibitions, and even in the middle of a Danish street — but this Project of the Day is your first chance to bring Sportsfriends home.
When good tech goes bad.
GLI.TC/H is about what happens when technologies begin to break.
A free, open festival of tinkerers, hackers, artists, writers, and coders based in Chicago but active worldwide, GLI.TC/H brings curiosity and humor to the search for truth in failure. Inspired by the unintentional absurdity of digital hiccups, the artists behind the festival hacked their Kickstarter project page, transforming it into an appropriately glitchy mess.
The team’s current Kickstarter project will help fund this year’s festival, from Dec. 6-9. Do not adjust your screen — GLI.TC/H is our Project of the Day.
Kickstarter project to fund publishing of premium-quality Arts + Tech magazine, by the people behind the excellent Creative Applications site:
HOLO is a new magazine that explores the convergence of art, science and technology, brought to you by the team at CreativeApplications.Net (CAN). An extension to one of the most authoritative art and technology blogs, HOLO is dedicated to rich, detailed stories that demand time and attention. With HOLO we are committed to telling these stories – attentively and expertly – in a patient, spacious medium that does them justice.
Published twice per year, each issue of HOLO will be comprised of 150-200 pages and provide intimate views into fascinating studios, workshops, galleries and institutions around the world, seen through the eyes of stellar photographers and talented writers. The pace, depth and sensibility of print allows us to invest heavily in each story, and craft months of research, travels and conversations into nuanced portraits you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to extensive artist features, each issue will contextualize current trends and topics in visual essays, sweeping surveys, theory, opinion and experimental formats big and small. Each issue’s carefully curated cast of interdisciplinary artists, scientists, technologists and toolmakers will help us map exciting new territory that doesn’t need to be covered faster, but captured better.
You can find out more at the project’s Kickstarter page here
Projecteo is a tiny Instagram projector.
Benjamin Redford, a UK-based designer, has developed a technique that prints Instagram images on 35mm slide film. He then cuts the film into a wheel — like the mechanism in a vintage View-Master — and presto: a projector the size of a matchbox.
Do not adjust your screen.
GLI.TC/H is about what happens when technologies begin to break.
A free, open festival of tinkerers, hackers, artists, writers, and coders based in Chicagoland but active worldwide, GLI.TC/H brings curiosity and humor to the search for truth in failure. Inspired by the unintentional absurdity of digital hiccups, the artists behind the festival hacked their Kickstarter project page, transforming it into an appropriately glitchy mess.
This year’s US festival runs from Dec. 6-9 in Chicago.
GEMSI is an organization committed to the spread of maker and hacker initiatives across the globe. Rooted in the belief that DIY technology empowers people in struggling communities, GEMSI partnered with a young Beirut-based creator named Bilal Ghalib to launch a project in Baghdad.
Ghalib turned to Kickstarter to fund a pilot project in Iraq and raised nearly $30,000 just over a month ago. Yesterday, he shared a project update live from Baghdad to report back on the project’s progress.
The funding allowed Ghalib and his Iraqi collaborators to transform a local café into a pop-up hackerspace, organize workshops on everything from 3D printing to e-textiles, and even create a panoramic Google street view for a downtown park that has long been isolated by nearly a decade of war.
Congratulations to Ghalib and GEMSI on what sounds like a seriously inspiring week in a very difficult place.
Tyler Keillor is a paleoartist who wants to build the most realistic, accurate full-body reconstruction ever of a predatory dinosaur called the Dryptosaurus. Working with digital technology instead of the more traditional clay and rubber, this version of the Dryptosaurus will be infinitely scalable and editable — meaning that it can be easily updated according to new discoveries and evolving knowledge about the appearance and life of the ancient dino. Clever! Also, our Project of the Day.
Our Project of the Day today is hard to beat: an app that lets you build DEVO-inspired robots, then build music by drawing from a library of unreleased beats and sounds from the band themselves. Pretty freakin’ cool.
LISA stands for Leaders in Software and Art. It also is the name of a rad arts and technology conference that will be taking place in New York City this coming October 16th. It’s for anybody who is interested in art, tech, the future, meeting cool people (etc.), and will feature panels from artists and art experts all over the world. Some names include Eyebeam’s Amanda McDonald Crowley, Christiane Paul, adjunct curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum, media artist Erik Sanner, Fernanda Viegas, co-leader of Google’s data visualization group, Ken Johnson, the New York Times art critic, and more and more and more. Check the full list on their project page, check ‘em out IRL in New York this fall — and be sure to check them out as our Project of the Day
We keep finding new and better reasons to love DevoBots. This diagram explaining how to build your custom DevoBot is just the latest.
We’re pretty sure The Molecule Synth comes from The Future. It’s a keyboard synthesizer with all the standard components — speaker, amp, sound generator, and pitch controller — but it presents these elements as separate pieces that the user can arrange into different combinations to create a totally unique musical device. You can remix at will, attaching different parts to each other in different ways to create an entirely new spectrum of sounds, so there’s no shortage of possible tunes! Sounds like our Project of the Day.
Sweet reward swag from citizen science project Bicycle Astronomy. We’ll be watching the skies (and our mailboxes).