Information now travels at nearly the speed of light; keeping up with this constant stream of information is difficult to say the least. Helping to solve this modern dilemma is LaMetric, the universal automatic real time information display.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the introduction video to a gadget that looks cooler than polar bear with a hat on. Sit back, relax and let the light show begin.
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Microsoft, masters of the Metro interface are bringing tiles and gestures to the desktop. The latest sneak peak at the new OS is now available for download, the Windows 8 Release Preview. Remember this is pre-release software, we recommend testing it on a spare machine. To return to Windows 7 you will need to format your machine, time to find your recovery or install disk.
After a remarkably painless setup process the Highpants sacrificial lamb of a laptop, a dual core ASUS 15.6, had sprung back to life with Microsoft’s best looking login / lock screen ever.
Metro has been with us on the Smartphone for a few years now, living in the shadows of iOS and Android, it has kept a relatively low profile. This is about to change.
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Since the earliest days of computer generated graphics – CGI, Tron and Max Headroom for example – artists have tried their hand at 3D animation. Applications such as Light wave and 3D Max have been available for over two decades now. Possibly one of the most difficult aspect of 3D animation is building the 3D models to use in your animations, especially when photo realistic animations are your aim. This is about to change with the creation of the KinectFusion, a combination of hardware and software that allows any artist with a reasonably powerful video card and Kinect for Windows to generate true to life 3D models of any objects in the immediate environment, all in real time.
Fusion is actually capturing far more than a single object, it will create a model of the entire scene in the surrounding environment. Moving the Kinect around the scene, capturing many angles, the Fusion system will use the information from every angle combining the data into a single model. The more angles you move the Kinect through the more detail it will collect of the scene. Currently the Fusion system is limited to room sized environments.
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Musical expression is one of humanities greatest talents, so deeply engrained in who we are that it evolves with us. As soon as new technologies are created we fold it into the ways we express ourselves. The Mogees research project is one such technology, exploring gestural interfaces for musical expressions. Mogees uses a simple contact microphone that feeds audio data in real time to some very complex software to convert any surface into a musical instrument. From a panel of glass to a tree if you can tap it Mogees can convert it into a musical instrument.
The Mogees project has been developed by Bruno Zamborlin, a Ph.D. Student at Goldsmiths Digital Studio – University of London – , in collaboration with Frederic Bevilacqua, Norbert Schnell and the real-time music interaction team at IRCAM – Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique.
The first demonstration of the technology took place with the live performance at the Beam festival, Brunel University in London June 2011. Since then the technology has continued to evolve. It is currently used in the Airplay project by the IRCAM composer Lorenzo Pagliei.
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