Posted in biology, chemistry, electronic imaging and displays

This Device Sniffs Out Pollution And Turns It Into Digital Art | The Creators Project

A good way of explaining pollution to people is to visualize it:

:vtol:, aka Dmitry Morozov, has previously turned tattoos into experimental instruments and highlighted the beauty of barcodes. Now, with Digioxide, the Russian artist is turning pollution recognition into tangible artwork. The portable device is equipped with sensors that measure air pollution gases and dust particles. It’s connected to a computer via bluetooth and turns information about the concentration of dust and harmful gases such as CO, CO2, HCHO, CH4 and C3H8 into generative graphics, forming an abstract image.

Digioxide has a mobile printer that allows the pollution data to be turned into physical prints of the digitized images—pixilated, colored graphics that offer a “snapshot” of the surrounding air. :vtol: explains that the tool allows users to “freely move around a city, seek out ecologically problematic places, and turn their data into digital artworks.”

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10 Geeky Gifts Inspired by Science |

Some are gross, some are cool, some are geeky gifts for school!

Sorry, it’s Friday, I’m feeling a little Dr. Seussy. But I thought they were worth sharing.

These crafty creations would make the perfect gift for the science lover in your life…

[editor’s note/admission: these are also available for sale for the crafty science lover with no time on your hands, but I make no money from this, it’s just FYI.]

10 Geeky Gifts Inspired by Science |

10 Geeky Gifts Inspired by Science |

10 Geeky Gifts Inspired by Science |

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This Chameleon-Like Pen Can Match And Recreate Any Color You See In The World | The Creators Project

Technology once again helps out artists with an obsessive need to get that color juuuuust right.

Say there’s this particularly vibrant eggplant you see at the local market, and you want to use that exact lush purple tone to paint your walls with. Or imagine that you’re styling a photoshoot and you need to perfectly match a model’s nails with an electric-yellow convertible in the backgrouind. Trying to mimic colors by eye can only be so fool-proof and unfortunately we don’t have a built-in “Match” filter a la PhotoShop. Thankfully, a new pen is available for pre-ordering that acts as a real-life color copycat, allowing users to match any color they see in the world. The “Scribble” pen is a writing tool with a 16-bit RGB color sensor inside that can draw in over 16 million colors and “save” 100,000 unique colors in its body. The device even has a USB port, an opportunity for owners to upload IRL colors into URL programs and software. Graphic Designers can finally get that perfect shade of red to draw that Fuji apple on Illustrator.The chameleon-like pen is currently available to pre-order at a whopping $150, and is expected to hit the market next year. With a illustration tool like Scribbble, the 64-pack Crayola boxes just won’t cut it anymore.

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Posted in biology, chemistry, physics

Creator Of Artificial Tornado Machine Makes Experimental Art With Physics | The Creators Project

Not much to add, really, just archiving this for my own purposes:

It’s not impossible to feel like you’re surveying Natural History when browsing the works of Alistair McClymont. See, for example, a wind-tunnel like machine that’s designed to hold a single drop of water sustained in mid-air:

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The gloves that will “change the way we make music” « adafruit

Imogen Heap is working on creating gloves that allow her to direct music adjustments electronically without breaking up the flow of her performance.

…musician Imogen Heap demonstrates the electronic gloves that allow people to interact with their computer remotely via hand gestures.

The interview was filmed at Heap’s home studio outside London, shortly before she launched her Kickstarter campaign to produce a limited production run of the open-source Mi.Mu gloves.

“These beautiful gloves help me gesturally interact with my computer,” says Heap, explaining how the wearable technology allows her to perform without having to interact with keyboards or control panels.

Pushing buttons and twiddling dials “is not very exciting for me or the audience,” she says. “[Now] I can make music on the move, in the flow and more humanly, [and] more naturally engage with my computer software and technology.”

via The gloves that will “change the way we make music” « adafruit industries blog.

I completely agree with Imogen Heap’s sense that it is boring to watch a musician fiddle with dials and knobs during a live show.

Just as a side geek note, I do feel a little bad that when I opened the link (it was sent to me by a coworker) my first thought was “why does she look like Rogue?”

Posted in communication and networking, engineering, music

Sound Looks Like This | Co.Design

Visualizing the waves that sound makes can be tricky but stunningly hypnotic:

For The Essence of Sound, that meant filming lycopodium powder as it shakes and dances in time to music by Sie’s friend and composer Clemens Haas. The music played out of a subwoofer placed nearby.

Sie uses lycopodium powder–an ultra-fine powder made from clubmoss spores–because its delicate texture creates the best expressions of sound oscillations. The finished product (made for German audio systems company Burkhardtsmaier) looks like a perfect storm of extreme weather: The powder bubbles up like molten lava, breaks apart like an earthquake, and finally gets blown upwards, in a micro-tornado, before settling back down.

You can see more of Sie’s work here.

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A NASA Engineer Turned Artist Whose Canvas Is a Huge Fish Tank | Design | WIRED

Have you ever been mesmerized by the swirling of the milk in your coffee (or is that just me pre-caffeinated)? Well, that phenomenon at least is interesting to one other person, Kim Keever.

Artist Kim Keever is like a hydroponic Jackson Pollock. Instead of a canvas, though, he drizzles paint into a 200-gallon fishtank.Keever is reticent to share the secrets of his process, but says that after the Sears Easy Living paints are added to the tank, he has anywhere from five to 20 minutes before the liquids diffuse, leaving 200-gallons of murky brown water in their wake. In the moments where the colors whirl and eddy, Keever shoots thousands of photos, choosing one or two before embarking on the five hour processes of emptying, cleaning, and refilling the tank so he can start anew. “They only need to hold up for that ephemeral moment, and then it doesn’t matter,” he says. “Whatever impermanence exists in the materials is irrelevant once the photo is captured.”Keever’s dabblings in acquatic abstract expressionism are a far cry from his rigid college days, where he studied engineering. During summers, he’d intern at NASA, where he worked on missile skin technology and jet nozzles. He had the grades and work ethic to thrive at the space agency and envisioned a career dedicated to improving booster engines, followed by a creative retirement filled with art making. Ultimately, he traded in his slide rule for a low-rent loft in the East Village of New York City.Keever began his art career in the New York City of the 1970s, surrounded by the weirdo glamor of Warhol’s Studio, the emerging art of subway graffiti, and the novel sounds of Grandmaster Flash and disco. He spent nearly two decades as a traditional painter and printmaker until he discovered the style and subject that would become his trademark in 1991.

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