21st Century Craf...
Follow
Find
4.6K views | +0 today
21st Century Craft & Pride
The digital age is paradoxically leading to a reassessment of craftmanship.
Curated by Vivalist
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There's no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.
Vivalist's insight:

"This video makes learning about Bitcoin as fun as dropping a tab and hitting the planetarium for a Pink Floyd laser show."

 

Well, ti does a nice job explaining what it is and what makes it a special currency.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

E-Volo Electric Helicopter

E-Volo Electric Helicopter | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

  The E-Volo Electric Helicopter has achieved flight, the first of its kind to sustain lift from electric power.  An array of eighteen rotors spin in unison to lift the E-Volo VC200 to 22 meters above the ground for a sustained period.  Sure, that might not get you to your Jetson house in the sky yet, but it’s a welcome start.

Vivalist's insight:

awesome.... flying cars around the corner :)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Neptune Pine Smartwatch Launches On Kickstarter (video)

Neptune Pine Smartwatch Launches On Kickstarter (video) | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Neptune the company behind the Neptune Pine Smartwatch, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the next generation of smartwatch devices.
Vivalist's insight:

yet another smartwatch - or maybe the first "real" smart watch.

 

more here:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Neptune-Pine-is-less-a-smartwatch-and-more-a-smartphone-for-your-wrist_id49636

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Tangible Media Group

Tangible Media Group | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

The Tangible Media Group, led by MIT Professor Hiroshi Ishii, explores the Tangible Bits vision to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving physical form to digital information.

Vivalist's insight:

InForm is such an awesome R&D project. You can see all kind of concrete applications - from the most useless and fun to the most serious & useful :)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Ask Hackaday: Does Project Ara Solve the Phonebloks' Problems?

Ask Hackaday: Does Project Ara Solve the Phonebloks' Problems? | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Our tips line is blowing up again, this time directing us to Motorola's Project Ara: a phone with modular components that plug into a base "endoskeleton." 

Vivalist's insight:

... and yes it sounds exactly like Phonebloks :)

 

UPDATE: seems that the whole concept gets traction. Today I heard of that new concept - Mobius

http://inhabitat.com/modular-eco-mobius-phone-eliminates-electronic-waste/

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum

Bioengineered E.coli Bacteria Poops Out Petroleum | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The team from KAIST has created a biogasoline that is "identical" to petroleum by using E.coli bacteria.
Vivalist's insight:

"The last few years have shown that bacteria can “poop out” some mighty useful (and valuable) stuff – whether it be gold or battery power."


We live in such an exciting period where the real question is whether technological innovation will represent a way out of the problem it contributed to create - or it will just postpone nature's payback time.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Micro-sized Accelerators Are Possible

Micro-sized Accelerators Are Possible | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Researchers ditch radio-frequency technology and use a different method to make tabletop accelerators feasible.
Vivalist's insight:

The Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile ring that led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson, is a massive and impressive piece of technology. Yet the enormity and cost of these colliders means they are slow to build, which holds up physics research. A collection of researchers from Stanford and UCLA have successfully developed and tested a particle accelerator that is relatively cheaper and easier to build than its predecessors. It’s also much, much smaller—it’s an accelerator on a millimeter-sized chip.


Read more: Cheaper Micro-sized Particle Accelerators Are Now Possible - Popular Mechanics
Follow us: @PopMech on Twitter | popularmechanics on Facebook
Visit us at PopularMechanics.com
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Leap Motion - Elon Musk Designs Rockets in the Air with Leap Motion

Leap Motion - Elon Musk Designs Rockets in the Air with Leap Motion | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Elon Musk Designs Rockets in the Air with Leap Motion and Occulus Rift... now he simply needs a good high frame rate  holograph generator says he on Twitter

Vivalist's insight:

SpaceX pushes the enveloppe one more time with founder Elon Musk demonstrating the new ways his team design rockets :)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

9 Positive Things We Can Accomplish if We Re-Directed Our Resources from War - The Mind Unleashed

9 Positive Things We Can Accomplish if We Re-Directed Our Resources from War - The Mind Unleashed | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

The worldwide military expenditures for 2011 summed up to as much as $2,157,172,000,000 (yes, that’s over $2,15 trillion). The human mind cannot really grasp such a large amount of money - Imagine all that could be done with that money.

Vivalist's insight:

Under that tagline, the author provides insights on emerging technology and technics that could use a little financial help so they can benefit the whole human population.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

You lift a few rocks and receive clean and green... | The Shop for Change

You lift a few rocks and receive clean and green energy for 30 minutes. You don’t need any batteries and you don’t pay anything apart from an initial cost of $10.

Vivalist's insight:

such a cool project. There are more and more alternative electricity production projects nowadays - it's encouraging!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Hackers Can Take Over Cars and Drive Them With a Nintendo Controller

Hackers Can Take Over Cars and Drive Them With a Nintendo Controller | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
A pair of security experts demonstrated to the BBC that some ordinary models of cars can be overridden—despite whatever the driver is doing behind the wheel—using a laptop, some software, and an old Nintendo Entertainment System gamepad.
Vivalist's insight:

It certainly ask the question of all-electronic devices and their potential for hacking

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Vivalist from 21st Century Learning and Teaching
Scoop.it!

Apple's Development Center Breached by Hackers

Apple's Development Center Breached by Hackers | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Apple's Dev Center went down on Thursday causing issues for developers around the world. The system remained down for three days and is still currently unavailable.

 

This brings up an interesting question regarding single points of failure in the mobile application distribution system. When one component goes down, or is breached in this case it affects the entire ecosystem.

 

===> We hear a lot about mobile apps and devices being hacked, however as I have stated before that is small potatoes when compared to the treasure trove of the back-end systems that power mobile applications and services. <===

 

What is the point of hacking one person’s phone when there are entire app store infrastructures to target?


Via Gust MEES
Vivalist's insight:

going up the network, identify the bottle neck and get at it - pretty simple, but they probably had to sweat a little to do it.

 

more...
Gust MEES's curator insight, July 21, 2013 5:17 PM

 

===> We hear a lot about mobile apps and devices being hacked, however as I have stated before that is small potatoes when compared to the treasure trove of the back-end systems that power mobile applications and services. <===

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, July 21, 2013 5:20 PM

 

===> We hear a lot about mobile apps and devices being hacked, however as I have stated before that is small potatoes when compared to the treasure trove of the back-end systems that power mobile applications and services. <===

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, July 21, 2013 5:22 PM

 

===> We hear a lot about mobile apps and devices being hacked, however as I have stated before that is small potatoes when compared to the treasure trove of the back-end systems that power mobile applications and services. <===

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Kinect used in sign-language recognition and translation

Kinect used in sign-language recognition and translation | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
In a collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia and the Institute of Computing Technology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) researchers tested how the Kinect's body-tracking features can be used in sign-language recognition
Vivalist's insight:

I've been wondering for a while how good Kinect would act with sign language. Looks like we have the answer now.

 

I'd like to experience it myself to see how relevant it is. You never know if that signs it gets right are the only one it knows and the whole experiment is just a set up.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Amazon Prime Air

Amazon Prime Air | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Amazon Prime Air - The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicle.

Vivalist's insight:

wut! Cannot wait to see that happening. There is going to be an ever-growing need for air traffic regulation at low altitude if they don't want to bump & crash into the Homeland Sec ones ;)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Asia University – Sign Language Ring

Asia University – Sign Language Ring | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
awesome concept
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Leap Motion releases Free Form, an app that lets human hands sculpt digital clay (video)

Leap Motion releases Free Form, an app that lets human hands sculpt digital clay (video) | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Free Form is a 3D sculpting app (not unlike 3D Systems' Sculpt) built in house at Leap Motion that lets you manipulate and shape digital objects using your fingertips. David Holz, company co-founder and the man who figured out the math behind Leap Motion's technology, gave us a demo of the app and talked a bit about why Leap built it

Vivalist's insight:

 

 

"A lot of new input devices, traditionally, there was some kind of content creation tool launched with them, like MS Paint," according to Holz, and he sees Free Form as the Paint equivalent for Leap Motion."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

neurocam / neurowear

neurocam / neurowear | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

The "neurocam" is a wearable camera system that detects your emotions. It automatically records moments of interest based on an analysis of the users brainwaves.

Vivalist's insight:

Google Glass upgrade?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Water Powered Flashlight

Water Powered Flashlight | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The water powered flashlight is a very interesting prototype. It can work on tap water even if salt water provides an extra boost.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges

Scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental challenges | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
TiO2 is a multi-use titanium is amazing!
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Giant Straddling Bus could be coming soon

Giant Straddling Bus could be coming soon | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
A giant moving tunnel, the Straddling Bus (3D Bus), caring with hundreds of people, could be coming down the road soon.
Vivalist's insight:

that looks promising.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Soil IQ Makes A Smart Probe For Your Garden | TechCrunch

Soil IQ Makes A Smart Probe For Your Garden | TechCrunch | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

SoilIQ is an app montoring soil quality through a sensor.

It streams soil fertility and weather data back to a paired app. Founded by a Princeton grad and soil scientist who has worked with hundreds of Kenyan farmers to increase crop yields, Soil IQ’s mission is to help people to grow food more sustainably.

Vivalist's insight:

The probe can track and stream soil nutrient content, pH, temperature, moisture and light data. They’ve built an analytics platform that makes recommendations to home gardeners about how to optimize seed selection, fertilization and watering.

 

So the next step is to hack that thing with an Arduino/Twine combo and be able to actually water the plant remotely (or at least automatically even if at home - just out of pure laziness)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

A Water Carrier For The Developing World That Cleans As It Rolls

A Water Carrier For The Developing World That Cleans As It Rolls | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
With a few simple modifications the same fivegallon barrels used for storage can be repurposed to solve a major barrier to clean water access for remote places.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Nanotube-Tethered Flying Wind Turbines Could Harvest Energy At 30,000 Feet

Nanotube-Tethered Flying Wind Turbines Could Harvest Energy At 30,000 Feet | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Future airborne wind turbines could spin with greater
Vivalist's insight:

After Google recently bought a start up working on flying wind turbine, it is another approach to it coming from ANSA researchers.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

Review: Google Chromecast | TechCrunch

Review: Google Chromecast | TechCrunch | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

It's probably the most overused quote in tech writing... which sucks, because I'd really like to use it to describe how I feel about the Chromecast...
Vivalist's insight:

The "overwhelmind demand" forced Google to quickly stop its packaged deal offering free Netflix. 35$ is quite cheap for a device that should have been created a LONG time ago.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Vivalist
Scoop.it!

UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows

UCLA Develops Electricity-Generating, Transparent Solar Cell Windows | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
A team from UCLA has developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. In short: solar power generating windows!
more...
No comment yet.