Pi Zero computer so cheap it comes free with magazine



The Pi Zero is a fully fledged computer which measures just 6.5cm by 3cm. Made in Wales, it sells for just £4 in the UK and $5 in the US. Raspberry Pi is also giving the device away for free with the purchase of its £5.99 monthly magazine, The MagPi.

However, it’s not the only kid on the block. The C.H.I.P. (from Next Thing Co.) launched earlier this year has a similar form factor and similar price. Here’s a blow-by-blow comparison – but it’s different strokes for different folks.

Either way, these sub £10 computers will disrupt many existing business models (and create a few new ones, as well).

via theguardian.com

Smart products, smart makers



The internet of things will strengthen manufacturers’ hands in the battle for customer loyalty. A commodity ought to be “a very trivial thing”, Karl Marx argued in Capital, and “easily understood”. But in fact it is the opposite: “a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.”

via economist.com

Light Painting Enters The 21st Century

Triple exposure of artist Pablo Picasso drawing w. light at his home in Vallauris.  (Photo by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The Air Pencil from Adtile lets anyone capture freeform movement in space using their mobile device. Air Pencil taps into a smartphone’s native micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) — namely the three-axis magnetometer, three-axis accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope. It then calls on sophisticated Adtile-designed algorithms to reliably infer the precise movements of the user based on sensor data.

via adtile.me

This Rig Lets You Shoot Photos Now, Adjust the Light Later


Learn how to build a rig and create a composite photograph that can be selectively lit after it has been taken (including video). Jonathan Hooker shows how to upload and re-light surface normals using the online re-lighting tool.

via makezine.com

A 3D Fractal Artist Is Building an ‘Interstellar’ Inspired VR World


Filmmaker Julius Horsthuis, the frequent explorer of fractalized caverns and endless alien planets, has begun a line of computer-generated experiments that could let us explore our own Interstellar-like multidimensional realities. His impressive series of sweeping fractal vistas, beginning with Geiger’s Nightmare nearly a year ago, has given him a wealth of knowledge about making gorgeous fractals. Now, he has channeled that experience into building Hallway 360VR, the first in a line of 360-degree virtual reality animations.

via thecreatorsproject.vice.com

Lightpainting with Pixelsticks


Pixelstick consists of 200 full color RGB LEDs inside a lightweight aluminum housing. The mounted controller reads images from an SD card and displays them, one vertical line at a time, on the LEDs. Each LED corresponds to a pixel in the image.

via thepixelstick.com

The complexity of machines blended with the beauty of the human body


Koyama’s astonishing artworks are a metaphor for human’s creative nature. They also represent the complex interactions between us and the technologies we invent. Find other works by Koyama at Frantic Gallery.


via designfaves.com

The First Earth-like ExoPlanet



No one knows what the planet Gliese 667Cc looks like. We know that it is about 22 light-years from Earth, a journey of lifetimes upon lifetimes. The planet is bigger than our world, perhaps made of rocks instead of gas, and within its star’s “habitable zone” — at a Goldilocks distance that ensures enough starlight to make liquid water possible but not so much as to nuke the planet clean.

via wired.com

Cymatics – Nigel Stanford


Cymatics is the first single from Nigel Stanford’s new album Solar Echoes. It was shot in 6k resolution on Red Dragon cameras, and finished in 4k / Ultra HD.

The team went through months of research, testing, and development to make sure the experiments – including a Chladini plate, speaker dish, hose pipe, ferro fluid, Ruben’s tube, and tesla coil looked great in the final film.

Cymatics is the study of visible sound co vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency.

via nigelstanford.com

3D Projection (without a screen)


A team of researchers in Japan lead by Akira Asanohave developed the technology they call ‘The Aerial Burton.’ The device works by firing a 1kHz infrared pulse directly into a 3D scanner, which focuses and reflects the laser to a specific point in the air. When the molecules reach the specified point at the end of the laser they ionize, releasing energy in the form of photons.

via burton-jp.com