A very cool art and technology project took place over the weekend on Reddit, or as SudoScript describes it, “a fascinating act in the history of humanity.”
For April Fool’s Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave its users, who are all anonymous, a blank canvas called Place.
The rules were simple. Each user could choose one pixel from 16 colors to place anywhere on the canvas. They could place as many pixels of as many colors as they wanted, but they had to wait a few minutes between placing each one.
Over the following 72 hours, what emerged was nothing short of miraculous. A collaborative artwork that shocked even its inventors.
From a single blank canvas, a couple simple rules and no plan, came this:
Read more about how this came to exist.
The collaboration and patience required to make these various images is fascinating to me.
This is a crazy amalgamation of art meets tech meets more art.
Using techniques like fair isle knitting and technology like the Jacquard loom, creating amazingly intricate images with weaving is nothing new, but a new project may be the first time those images have been animated.
Greg Climer, a fashion designer and faculty member at Parsons School of Design, has found a way to turn film into fabric and back again. He’s in the process of making a short film and intends to use a long knitted scarf at the film reel. A 19-second test shot, his proof of concept, shows that this wacky idea is possible.
more via This Guy Is Knitting Every Frame Of A Movie Into A Watchable Scarf | Co.Design | business + design.
Flexible electronics and electronic textiles have been improving over the last ten years, and people have gotten close but nobody has been able to solve the “totally bendable and flexible” problem of electronic surfaces. Until now.
A honeycomb lattice made of carbon, graphene is not the flashiest of materials. But this flexible, extremely strong, and virtually transparent substance has a hidden power: At one atom thick, it is the thinnest material known that is capable of conducting electricity. A consortium of European academics have leveraged this property, discovering a way to coat fabric fibers with graphene to create, in their words, “the world’s first truly electronic textile.”
The discovery, which comprises growing graphene onto copper foil and then transferring it onto fibers commonly used in the textile industry, paves the way for integrating transportable electronic devices into everyday fabrics. So that dream of imbuing a T-shirt with GPS capabilities, having a hoodie double as a phone, or even creating upholstery that plays music files? This washable wiring makes those possibilities one large step closer.
“The other wearable products currently available require attaching small electronic equipment onto clothes, and then using conductive textiles with metal wires embedded in the fabrics to conduct the charge,” explains research co-author Monica Craciun, an associate professor at the Centre for Graphene Science at the U.K.’s University of Exeter. This new graphene textile requires neither, as it potentially “could have nano electronic devices built right on top of it,” she says.
via An Actual E-Textile, As In “Electronic T-shirt” | Co.Design.
This has more applications than can be named in an article. If it scales, it is a really fantastic discovery.
Designer Bryan James is trying to raise awareness and make people care about protecting animals and the environment, through interactive polygon art.
With more natural habitats being exploited for their resources on our planet, many species are in danger of extinction. To draw attention to this issue, designer Bryan James crafted a gorgeous interactive exhibition of 30 fascinating animals facing extinction, using morphing polygons.
In Pieces beautifully depicts rare creatures like the pygmy three-toed sloth, the Somali ostrich, the Brazilian armadillo and Kemp’s Ridley turtle with subtle animations as well as information on the threat to each species, visualized stats and links to preservation efforts to protect them.
more via This Interactive Exhibition of Endangered Species is Amazing.
Psychedelic ink physics in 4K, if you have an ultra-high-definition TV that is. I don’t, but it’s still spectacular. (The Slow Mo Guys)
via Video: swirly ink weirdness in 4K slow motion – Boing Boing.
…As much as I dislike stepping into the fray, it is rare that the combination of art and science makes such headlines, so, without further ado…
In case you missed it, this dress has been blowing up the Internet and tearing friendships apart since it was posted on Tumblr yesterday. Because even though the dress is so very clearly white and gold, some people out there are equally convinced it’s blue and black.
But we’re not going to get started on that debate. We’re here to tell everyone to chill, because there’s a scientific explanation behind this witchcraft. And, much to my horror, the dress is actually blue.
Read on to find out why.
via Here’s the science behind that darn dress – ScienceAlert.
Just for the record, my friend is able to switch back and forth between seeing it both as white and gold AND black and blue. I cannot. #thatdress
Need an idea for Valentine’s Day? Why not some DIY Light-Up Valentines:
via Light Up Circuit Valentines – Left Brain Craft Brain.