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A History Of The GIF In Two Minutes

It is unofficially/officially/whatever-ly the year of the GIF. Even though it seems like the year of the GIF has been going on for the past two years or so, this year the OED named “GIF” their USA word of the year and it turned 25 years old, ergo it’s the year of the GIF. That’s how it works.

Read the complete article at The Creators Project.

How To Shoot In 3D With Fashion Photographer Matjaz Tancic

Matjaz Tancic is an established Slovenian fashion photographer, who’s lately been experimenting with shooting in 3D (much like Creator Sebastian Denz). After working in Europe for many years, Tancic’s currently based in Beijing, where he captures China’s historical spirit, the transient city landscape, and the daring new architectural designs in highly-polished fashion shoots. His ongoing 3D photography series titled “Mimicry” consists of large format, exhibition-worthy pictures that explore the idea of subjects blending with nature in unfamiliar, cold surroundings.

Read the complete article at The Creators Project.

Augmented reality edition celebrates 40th anniversary of Pong

The old but always popular video game has come a long way and has crossed into new technology.

Just in time to celebrate the 40th birthday of the famous and every loved video game called Pong, a new version of the game has been released that will allow smartphone users to play using augmented reality technology.

The game’s release is already making mobile news and has cult followers very excited.

The game itself was exceptionally basic, made up of sticks and dots on a black screen. The earliest version of digital table tennis has now been fused with some of the latest gaming technologies to bring it back into use in style. The game is expected to be quite popular and highly downloaded among smartphone users.

Read the complete article at QR Code Press.

Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: The 3D GIF

A collection of examples from the Prosthetic Knowledge Tumblr archive and around the web on experiments which take the familiar animated GIF format and take it out of its 2D origins.

This has been a good year for the Animated GIF— not only has it reached its 25th birthday, it has also become America’s word of the year according to Oxford Dictionaries USA. It has been one of the internet’s most creative canvases since it’s availability, whether it has been employed in early homegrown HTML pages, to communities such as B3ta, YTMND, 4Chan and others. From it’s continued popularity, some creatives have explored ways to take the animated GIF into new contexts. Here are a few examples:

GIFPumper

Read the complete article at Rhizome.

MINI SHAPE-SHIFTING ROBOTS THAT FOLD INTO DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS DEVELOPED AT MIT

 

Having been modeled after a variety of organisms (or their parts), robots come in all shapes and sizes but researchers at MIT now report that they’ve designed their robots after the very structures that make up living cells: proteins. Dubbed the Millimeter-Scale Motorized Protein or Milli-Motein, the tiny robots are able to change from extended chains to various 3D folded shapes in seconds.

But the really impressive feature is that the robots keep their shape even after power has been removed, thanks to a new kind of motor the team developed.

Each chain consists of 1-cm units that connect together, just as amino acids link up to make a protein, with a continuous flex circuit that controls power and communication to the device. Currently, the motor in each segment is able to lift only one other segment, but the researchers are already working on extending this to two segments.

The video put out by MIT shows how the snake-like robot can adopt and hold different configurations:

Read the complete article at Singularity Hub.

Augmented reality promoted in electronics show through “Magic Remote”

The LG consumer electronics brand has launched a new AR device for Smart TV.

LG’s presence at the Gadget Show Live included a new augmented reality “magic remote” device that was being plugged through their “The Magic is In Your Hand” experience.

The new device allows gestures and voice commands to operate a consumer’s Smart TV.

The augmented reality experience featured a device that would allow consumers to use their voice commands and gestures to use their Smart TVs. It was also being demonstrated at a number of different shopping centers in order to boost awareness for holiday shoppers.

Read the complete article at QR Code Press.

Did This Amazing Video Just Reinvent the Timelapse Genre?

The cityscape timelapse video is a tried-and-true YouTube favorite. But this video, shot in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, may just take the genre to a whole new level. It uses quick cuts, neck-twisting camera angles and a pumped up soundtrack to mesmerizing effect.

Read the complete article at Mashable.

The Artist Google Street View Photographed Twice

Getting your picture taken by Google Street View twice was just luck? Or did you have an idea that they were photographing the neighborhood? What are your thoughts on Street View?

Yes yes, it was just luck. I had no control.

Street view is a great tool but the way it was implemented (imposed) was, in my opinion, at least questionable. They made private agreements with governments to scan the globe skipping any kind of people’s feedback, people who happen to be the subjects, beside the public environment, of this pretty intrusive practice.

I would be interested to know if these agreements were “economic”. This is an important step because in the end all the Street View material is copyrighted and private owned, resulting in contradiction with the subject matter, and of course, above all when you find yourself featured in it twice.

Read the complete article at Rhizome.

Get Ready for Ads that Follow You from One Device to the Next

Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan calls herself an “advertising quant.” Most people with a PhD in her field of information theory are recruited onto Wall Street if they decide to leave the halls of academia, she says.

She chose to go into advertising instead, and, with her startup, Drawbridge, is applying her expertise to a problem central to the bottom line of a wide swath of digital companies: how to make advertising pay as audiences move over to mobile devices. Founded in 2010, Drawbridge is using statistical methods that rely on anonymous data to track people as they move between their smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Read the complete article at Technology Review.

Draw precise freehand circles and copy paste drawings with the dePENd table

This table helps you to draw precise freehand circles and lines. It is under development by a group in the Yasuaki Kakehi Lab at Keio University.

By using a computer to control the XY position of a magnet under the surface of the table, it implements, on paper, drawing methods utilized in computer graphics.

Read the complete article at Diginfo.tv.