Archive for ‘Tech’

February 8, 2011

New World Map as Defined by Facebook

by Matt Forcey

The above map was created by Paul Butler, a data infrastructure engineering intern at Facebook.  Paul was interested in seeing  how geographical and political borders effect where Facebook users live in relation to their Facebook friends, and set off to create a visualization of which cities had a lot of connections between them. 

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November 1, 2010

Play Digital Spy with Covert USB Drives Hidden Around the City

by Matt Forcey

In a scrupulous world, this would be a really cool idea.  As part of his residency with EyeBeam in New York City, Aram Bartholl has created an interesting sociological experiment.  An anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file sharing network.  On the sly, he has secreted USB flash drives into walls, buildings and street curbs, in publicly accessible spaces

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October 26, 2010

Launch Party at World’s First Private SpacePort

by Matt Forcey

Sixteen months after breaking ground in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the world’s first commercial spaceport “Spaceport America” celebrated this weekend with a launch party for the facility’s two-mile-long runway (watch the ceremony here).  A partnership between the State of New Mexico and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the spaceport has been providing commercial satellite launch services for the past few years, and will soon begin its much-anticipated space tourism flights, ferrying lucky (and wealthy) customers into suborbital space for a few minutes of weightlessness and a remarkable view of our planet.

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October 25, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Oct. 18-Oct. 24, 2010

by Matt Forcey

 

Determined by your clicks!

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October 21, 2010

Share Your Most Extreme Moments with an Extreme Video Cam

by Matt Forcey

Anyone watching the news coverage last week from the Chilean mine rescue, at some point would have found themselves inside the rescue capsule as it made its ascent up the tunnel to the surface.  You were there with the miners thanks to an amazing piece of video (which if you haven’t seen, watch it here) that was recorded on a very spartan, very rugged, and all around very impressive little digital video camera called the GoPro Hero.

Created in 2004 by a group of self-professed athletic super geeks in Silicon Valley, the GoPro Hero was originally designed for fellow amateur outdoor sports enthusiasts who needed an easy-to-use, wearable recording device, to capture then share with the world the crazy shit they do.  True to the original design’s form with their latest model, the new HD Hero 960 is

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October 20, 2010

Glowing LED Tattoos, The Next Big Thing in Body Modification?

by Matt Forcey

 

Although they’ve seen a surge in popularity over the past decade, tattoos are basically created the same way they have been for eons.  Ink forced under the skin by a sharp implement.  Now, thanks to an international team of researchers, led by John Rogers at the University of Illinois, subdural illumination could soon be coming to a tattoo parlor near you. 

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October 17, 2010

Clowning Around on an Innovative Self Balancing Motorized Unicycle

by Matt Forcey

 

Friends, nerds, countrymen, lend me your ears.  More portable than folding bicycles and more respectable than (most) mopeds, Focus Designs‘ new Self-balancing Unicycle (SBU), keeps you upright and cruising with a similar accelerometer/gyroscope stabilization set-up as the Segway, and an innovative in-hub motor.

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October 11, 2010

Radical Cartography Maps Chicago’s Racial Divides and Nuclear Explosions

by Matt Forcey

Radical Cartography is the website of historian and cartographer, Bill Rankin.  Currently working on a PhD at Harvard, Rankin has done considerable research on the changing technologies of cartography (map making) and navigation in the twentieth century.   His mapping activity is focused on reimagining everyday urban and territorial geographies by pushing techniques of statistical information design and rethinking everyday cartographic conventions.

Rankin’s maps help us visualize racial divides in Chicago (as featured below), university campuses surrounding Boston, building heights in Manhattan, the spread of agriculture over the past 300 years, and the location of every nuclear explosion around the world since 1945.

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October 10, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Oct. 4-Oct. 10, 2010

by Matt Forcey

 

Determined by your clicks!

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October 10, 2010

Google Goggles. Magic Eyes for Your SmartPhone

by Matt Forcey

Google Goggles is now available for both the iPhone and Android-powered smartphones, as a feature of the latest version of the Google Mobile App.  Expanding on the concept of Augmented Reality, Goggles is an innovative application that works in conjunction with the camera and GPS on your phone to help you discover more about the world around you. 

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October 6, 2010

“Bus Stop of the Future” Can Sense its Surroundings

by Matt Forcey
Imagine if your local bus stop enabled you to check your e-mail, share community information on a digital message board or check the weather forecast?  Even better, what if it could tell you the exact location and time of arrival of that bus that you’re waiting for?

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October 5, 2010

Turn Any Bicycle Into a Smartphone-Controlled, Hybrid E-Bike

by Matt Forcey

 

Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem for urban mobility.  It turns the bike you already own, quickly and easily into an electric bike with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities.

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