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THAW

Proof-of-concept interface design project from MIT Tangible Media Group demonstrates a system combining the use of a smartphone with a desktop computer - video embedded below:

THAW is a novel interaction system that allows a collocated large display and small handheld devices to seamlessly work together. The smartphone acts both as a physical interface and as an additional graphics layer for near-surface interaction on a computer screen. Our system enables accurate position tracking of a smartphone placed on or over any screen by displaying a 2D color pattern that is captured using the smartphone’s back-facing camera. The proposed technique can be implemented on existing devices without the need for additional hardware.

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wildcat2030:

High-Flying Algae Airships are Self-Sufficient Airborne Cities
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Architect Vincent Callebaut recently unveiled a blue-sky plan for a high-flying fleet of self-sufficient aircraft that are one part zeppelin cities and one part hydrogen-generating floating farms. Dubbed Hydrogenase, the algae-producing airborne cities are 100% emission-free and are capable of generating hydrogen gas without consuming land needed for crops or forests. (via High-Flying Algae Airships are Self-Sufficient Airborne Cities | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building)

designersofthings:

Gartner Hype Cycle Pegs Wearables, Connected Homes & Consumer 3D Printing as 5 to10 Years Out

The Gartner Hype cycle is a fantastic tool for businesses to plan their attack in using emerging tech in their portfolios. This year’s report shows the long road wearables, consumer 3D printing and even the connected home have before they reach success with the mass market. 

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like or reblog this post to vote doctor who for best fandom forever!

scope out all the other nominees and see who’s in the lead. then watch the mtvU fandom awards on sunday, july 27 at 8/7c on mtv to see which o.g. fandom takes the crown!

Hello Whovians!

Isn’t this fantastic? We’ve all been nominated for mtvU’s Best Fandom Forever award alongside some other amazing fandoms like Batman and Lord of the Rings. As mentioned in the post, this is an award for the best fandom, which means that this nomination is about you. From the gif makers to the artists, the text posters to the casual watchers, all of you are the reason why we’ve all been nominated, and why we get to do all of the fun stuff we do every day here on Doctor Who Tumblr. For that, we thank you!

Like or reblog to vote for Doctor Who, and good luck to all of the other nominees.

Hello, Whovians. We’re currently in second place behind Harry Potter and the competition for Best Fandom Forever ends tonight at 9pm EST! 

wildcat2030:

New Super-Black, Light-Absorbing Material Looks Like a Hole in Reality
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UK nanotechnology company, Surrey NanoSystems, has created what they say is the darkest material known to man. Vantablack consists of a dense forest of carbon nanotubes—single atom carbon tubes 10,000 times thinner than a human hair—that drinks in 99.96% of all incoming radiation.First announced last year, the material is a deep, featureless black even when folded and scrunched. “You expect to see the hills and all you can see…it’s like black, like a hole, like there’s nothing there. It just looks so strange,” Ben Jensen, the firm’s chief technical officer, told the Independent. A number of other groups have been working to make super-black materials from carbon nanotubes in recent years. A prime application for the material is in sensitive optical equipment, like telescopes. A NASA Goddard team, led by John Hagopian, has been developing nanotube materials since 2007. To make the super-black material, they lay down a catalyst layer of iron oxide and then, in an 1,832 degree-Fahrenheit (750 C) oven, bathe the surface in carbon-enriched gas. The resulting multi-walled carbon nanotubes—nanotubes layered inside one another like Russian nesting dolls—can be grown on titanium, copper, and stainless steel. (via New Super-Black, Light-Absorbing Material Looks Like a Hole in Reality | Singularity Hub)

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