(Source: Boing Boing)
Taking 3D printing to a new level, a firm in Japan is offering expectant moms and dads the ability to purchase a 3D-printed model of their unborn child, for about $1200 USD.
Social media is about to get much more annoying, and it’s all Facebook’s fault (kinda.)
Via Geekosystem: “Asimo can now mimic the motions of a human through a Kinect motion controller. This isn’t mere copying, though; the movements are tightly integrated to Asimo’s existing systems, allowing the robot to adjust his feet to keep him upright while following human movement.”
It’s uncanny, y’all.
We’re calling the Twitter API from Yahoo! Query Language, receiving an image URL for your avatar, converting it to a data:uri, and returning its base64-encoded value as JSON with a callback.
Then we create an image on the client, load it with the data YQL gave us, and stretch it to fit our (comparatively very large) canvas tag.
Since we’ve created the image locally, the usual canvas security restrictions don’t apply and we’re free to sample pixels. We do this, collecting color values and positions, and then we start drawing circles with random sizes and tiny random offsets from where each color sample was taken.
I don’t know what ANY of that means but the end result is pretty cool.
Dr Elena Bodnar won the public health prize for the bra that, in an emergency, can be converted into two gas masks.
She demonstrated her invention and gave one to each of the Nobel laureates as a gift.
The peace prize went to a Swiss research team who determined whether it is better to be hit over the head with a full or empty bottle of beer.
“The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.” Improbable Research
“Okay, so apparently this Bluetooth stuff is named after a 10th century king of Denmark who enjoyed eating blueberries a bit too much, resulting in blue stained teeth. Harold “Bluetooth” Gormson helped to unite Sweden, Norway, and Denmark much like the way Bluetooth helps to unite your wireless gadgets under a single standard. And did we mention that the Bluetooth logo is composed of the rune characters representing his initials - H and B.” — ThinkGeek
It’s nearly impossible not to be connected these days but I’d say I still manage to do a pretty good job of disappearing around this time every year. I haven’t watched the news since the morning of 12/12/08. What’d I miss?
“The Internet is not just changing the way people live but altering the way our brains work with a neuroscientist arguing this is an evolutionary change which will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order.” (via)
Well, color me the last person on the planet to discover how complicated it is to get songs from your iTunes library to play in other formats. If you imported the songs to iTunes from CDs, it’s straightforward enough, you just need to convert the mp4s to mp3s. There’s a way to do this in iTunes, but I used Aimersoft Video Converter, it was way less complicated. The evaluation copy was free, but it’s limited use, i.e., it will only convert up to three minutes of audio, or if it’s a video, it will play with a watermark. I went ahead & paid $35 for the program; I did a lot of looking around & I didn’t find anything that was as simple to use as this was and also free, so I just bit the bullet & spent the money. I’m not the sharpest sandwich in the drawer when it comes to technology, but I think this will come in handy later on if I want to manipulate video files.
But what about the songs I bought from iTunes, the ones I paid .99 a pop for? Turns out those files are locked, per DRM. So I found a program, and this one’s free, called my(fair)Tunes, that basically encodes your purchased iTunes tracks while streaming them in real time, and then spits them back, an unlocked mp4 with all the song info still intact. Then I use my Aimersoft program to convert them to an mp3. Whee!
Read more about the Hymn (Hear Your Music aNywhere) Project here.
Um, is this illegal? Am I going to jail?