September 21, 2006

Light Emitting Shirts!

Oooh, purdy colors...

Check out this cool new technology Philips is showcasing at IFA 2006 in Berlin. It's amazing! They are integrating LEDs into fabric and had some jackets and a couch there. Really cool!

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September 18, 2006

UbiComp, etc

The UbiComp conference on ubiquitous computing is going on at the moment, and unfortunately I'm not there to cover it, even though the event is local. I owe this to bad timing and not getting the press pass from the conference organizers, but it's my hope someone from the event will share what it was like, especially Bruce Sterling's keynote.

If you're around the Orange County area, my fellow blogger Nicolas from Pasta & Vinegar (an excellent read), is around for coffee. I would take him up on it, but I'm leaving for the Web of Change conference tomorrow morning, which is up in British Columbia.

In other news, my friend Isa Gordon is moving back to LA, and I'm extremely excited about publishing more about her exploits, she's quite an interesting force in the wearable computing. If you haven't seen her work, I encourage you to check that out as well!

Hopefully I'll get some time to write on the blog while I'm up in beautiful Can-eh-de-uh, I've been seriously neglecting my cyborg fantasies as of late!


P.S., here's a video of me attempting to explain the Semantic Web to a roadwarrior.

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September 08, 2006

Back from Burning Man!


I'm back from Burning Man, and while I'm sad to leave Black Rock City, I'm glad to be back online, and really get going on some things that have been creatively festering in my mind.

The above picture is of my dome, which I built with the help of two people, my girlfriend "Spacegirl", and Mike Holly from Holly Solar.

I bought these cool joints called starplates, and made this structure out of 2" x 3" x 8' struts.. not your average building material, but extremely strong when assembled into a geometric structure. My girlfriend sewed the top of the dome, which is a stretchy silver fabric that we bought on the cheap in Los Angeles' Fabric District, as well as the sides, which are Aluminet. Mike provided a solar LED setup which kept us away from any kind of generators, which worked amazingly well. We had two work LED bricks in the dome that provided white light, a blue LED bulb that lit the dome at night, another LED brick above the entrance, and finally a green LED bulb on the top of our dome that served as a beacon for us to find our way through the maze of tents that surrounded our camp.

I plan to write a fulll tutorial on the dome construction and LED setup soon, as I have to take the dome to a local Los Angeles event named Carnevale that a friend is involved with. I also have some great video that I plan to publish on the site from my trip.

Thanks for hanging in there while I went on vacation, and I promise I'll get posting again about cool wearable, cyborg, and transhumanist projects.


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September 05, 2006

Miuro, your iPod on wheels

miuro.jpgThe japanese manufacturer ZMP's Miuro is the first of it's kind in iPod docking. The main function of the Miuro is that the dock rolls from room-to-room and boogies along as it does so. The Miuro, short for "music innovation based on utility robot technology" is a 14-inch wide device, that is shapped like a ball popping out of an egg (The Japanese and their innovative designs!). Miuro is available in either white, black, yellow, or red for those people that love to have matching iPod gear. The Miuro can either play music directly from a docked iPod or wirelessly from a PC. In addition, Miuro responds to your commands via the included remote, and can gain a little more autonomy with the addition of optional cameras and sensors. The 9lb Miuro seems like it should be worth it's weight in gold with it's portability, functions, arrey of options and its name brand Kenwood-built speakers. Miuro is on sale in Japan today for a hefty price of $930 and should be making it to the states sometime in aroud the middle of 07'.

Somehow I can't help but think this will somehow result in underground Miuro racing, like with the unsuspecting Roombas.

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September 02, 2006

500,000 R.F.I.Dumpsters hit the curb in England


Electronic devices (passive RFID tags) about the size of a one-pence piece are screwed into a hole in the lip of the bin. As the bin is hoisted up for emptying, an RFID reader on the refuse truck interrogates the chip, which divulges a serial number identifying the property owner. The weight of the bin is recorded by the truck's sensors and is registered in a database entry along with the serial number.

The database entries for the day are downloaded at the dump (now, that's a data dump!) and stored in a vast central databank of property owner behavior. I can smell a new "garbage tax" on people with overly-heavy cans—how about you?

While officials claim the new RFID chips embedded in garbage cans are simply for the purpose of gathering information based on disposal habits via other RFIDs already implanted in many of the consumer products we purchase, anyone even remotely familiar with modern RFID technology knows it would be more than naïve to assume that’s all the technology would be used for.

How many of you recently unwrapped a brand new ink cartridge for your printer, gleefully throwing the old cartridge directly into your garbage can while installing the fresh one? We’ve all done it; a lot of products have a small picture of a garbage can with an X through it to signify “Do not throw this out!” Some of these products include Ni-MH or NiCad batteries, print cartridges, certain light bulbs;

Keeping in mind that your government are the same people who will give you a $250 fine for choosing not to wear your seatbelt, are you sure you’d want them to be the ones monitoring every little thing you throw out?

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