Category Archives: creative

Raffaello D’Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters

Via: ted

In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.

Roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology by collaborating with artists, architects and engineers.




Raffaello D’Andrea quote:

My work is focused on the creation of systems that leverage technological innovations, scientific principles, advanced mathematics, algorithms, and the art of design in unprecedented ways, with an emphasis on advanced motion control.

By their very nature, these creations require a team to realize. Many are enabled by the research I conduct with my graduate students. Many are also the fruit of collaborations with architects, entrepreneurs, and artists.

My hope is that these creations inspire us to rethink what role technology should have in shaping our future.”


Dynamic Works – Highlights from Raffaello D’Andrea on Vimeo.

Website:  Raffaello D’Andrea – Dynamic Works

Snow Art: Footprint By Footprint Simon Beck Creates Images In The Snow

Simon Beck uses a compass, a measuring tape, a clothes line and his snow shoes to make large images in the snow.

Since 2004, Simon as been trampling  designs on a frozen lake bed near the french ski resort where he spends his winters.

Snow art is time consuming, very temporary and beautiful.

Vimeo: Simon Beck

Huffington Post: Snow Art

Colossal: New Trampled Snow Art

We See With The Brain: Sensory Substitution Stimulates The Brains Vision Area With Touch and Sound

Via: Wikipedia

One of the earliest and most well known form of sensory substitution devices was Paul Bach-y-Rita’s TVSS that converted the image from a video camera into a tactile image and coupled it to the tactile receptors on the back of his blind subject. Recently, several new systems have been developed that interface the tactile image to tactile receptors on different areas of the body such as the on the chest, brow, fingertip, abdomen, and forehead. The tactile image is produced by hundreds of activators placed on the person. The activators are solenoids of one millimeter diameter. In experiments, blind (or blindfolded) subjects equipped with the TVSS can learn to detect shapes and to orient themselves. In the case of simple geometric shapes, it took around 50 trials to achieve 100 percent correct recognition. To identify objects in different orientations requires several hours of learning.

A system using the tongue as the human-machine interface is most practical. The tongue-machine interface is both protected by the closed mouth and the saliva in the mouth provides a good electrolytic environment that ensures good electrode contact Results from a study by Bach-y-Rita et al. show that electrotactile stimulation of the tongue required 3% of the voltage required to stimulate the finger. Also, since it is more practical to wear an orthodontic retainer holding the stimulation system than an apparatus strapped to other parts of the body, the tongue-machine interface is more popular among TVSS systems.


The vOICe gives blind people live detailed visual information about their environment: the live view of a head-mounted camera is scanned from left to right every second, while associating height with pitch (tone frequency) and brightness with loudness. A rising bright line thus simply sounds as a rising tone, but complex views yield very complex “soundscapes”. In this clip, use is made of camera glasses and an optional wide-angle (fish-eye) lens.

Popular Science: Device Trains Blind People To ‘See’ by listening

Brainport For The Visually Impaired – ‘Seeing’ With The Tongue

Wired:Mixed Feelings : By Sunny Bains

See with your tongue. Navigate with your skin. Fly by the seat of your pants (literally). How researchers can tap the plasticity of the brain to hack our 5 senses — and build a few new ones.

Why It’s Awesome To Be A Nerd!

At The Calgary Comic Expo 2013  someone asked Wil Wheaton to explain to her newborn daughter: “why being a Nerd is awesome.”

Checkout his response:

“Hi Violet, my name is Wil Wheaton. It’s 2013 and you have just joined us recently on planet Earth, so welcome. I’m an actor, and I’m a writer, and I’m a dad, and your mother asked me to tell you why it’s awesome to be a nerd. And that’s an easy thing for me to do, because that’s who I am.

I don’t know how the world will be like by the time you understand this. I don’t know what’s going to meant to be a nerd when you’re a young grown woman. For me, when I was growing up, being a nerd meant that I liked things that were a little weird, that took a lot of effort to appreciate and understand. It meant that I loved science and I loved playing board games and reading books and really understanding what went on in the world instead of just kinda [riding] the planet through space. And when I was a little boy, people really teased us about that, and made us feel like there was something wrong about us for loving those things. Now that I’m an adult, I’m kind of a professional nerd, and the world has changed a lot, and I think a lot of us have realize that being a nerd, or being a geek is another word you’ll hear and I should use the words interchangeably. It’s not about what you love, it’s about how you love it.

So there’s gonna be a thing in your life that you love. And I don’t know what it’s gonna be. It might be sports, it might be science, it might be reading, it might be fashion design, it might be building things, it might be telling stories or getting pictures. It doesn’t matter what it is. The way you love that, and the way that you find other people who love it the way you do is what makes being a nerd awesome. The defining characteristic, of us, the people in this room, and I’m gonna ask your mom to turn this camera around in a minute. Go there go on. The defining characteristic that ties us all together is that we love things. ” (transcript)

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A Free Press is The Most Dangerous Foe Of Tyranny

“A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that
free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny.… Under
dictatorship the press is bound to languish, and the loudspeaker
and the film to become more important. But where free institutions
are indigenous to the soil and men have the habit of liberty, the
press will continue to be the Fourth Estate, the vigilant guardian
of the rights of the ordinary citizen.”  —  Sir Winston Churchill


History Of The Free Press

The Fourth Estate
Toward the end of the eighteenth century, Edmund Burke, theorist of the English constitution, rose in Parliament to talk about a new player in democracy – a fourth estate. Thomas Carlyle reported Burke’s comments:

“Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but in the Reporter’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important than they all. It is not a figure of speech, or a witty saying; it is a literal fact – very momentous to us in these times. Literature is our Parliament too. Printing, which comes necessarily out of Writing, I say often, is equivalent to Democracy; invent Writing, Democracy is inevitable … Whoever can speak, speaking now to the whole nation, becomes a power, a branch of government, with inalienable weight in lawmaking, in all acts of authority. It matters not what rank he has, what revenues or garnitures: the requisite thing is that he have a tongue which others will listen to; this and nothing more is requisite. The nation is governed by all that has tongue in the nation. Democracy is virtually there.”

From Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-worship and the Heroic in History, 141.


Media As A Weapon:  Engineering Of Consent



Art Outside The Box: Dalton M. Ghetti’s Miniature Pencil Lead Sculptures

Via: Wikipedia

Dalton M. Ghetti ( 1961 -) is a Brazilian artist known for creating works of art on the tips of pencils.

Dalton was born in S. Paul , and lives in the United States , working as a carpenter for about 25 years, uses three basic tools to make your creations – a razor blade, sewing needle and a modeling knife. He refuses to use a magnifying glass and has never sold any of his work,  they are presents only to friends. He said: “I use the sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite. I create lines and transform graphite slowly in my hand”

Ghetti was born in Brazil, living in the U.S. today. He has a box sculptures that have broken while working on them, which he affectionately calls “the collection cemetery.” He said: “I have a few broken pieces so I decided to glue them on pins and exposed to a showcase. People may think it is strange to keep them, but they are still interesting. I worked on them for months so they can be dead now. ”

The longest he worked on a sculpture was two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains. The normal time for a sculpture takes a few months.

Incredible Lead Pencil Sculptures

 Website:  Dalton M. Ghetti


Awesome Parkour


Parkour (French pronunciation: ​[paʁˈkuʁ]) (abbreviated PK) is a holistic training discipline using movement that developed out of military obstacle training. Practitioners aim to quickly and efficiently overcome obstacles in their environment, using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves; furthermore, they try to maintain as much momentum as is possible in a safe manner. Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, vaultingjumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation.]

Parkour is non-competitive. It may be performed on an obstacle course, but is usually practiced in a creative, and sometimes playful, reinterpretation or subversion of urban spaces. Parkour involves seeing one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for movement around it.


Casino Royale Parkour Chase

Mirror’s Edge Parkour POV

Awesome David Belle