We (America) Stopped Dreaming

Posted by on March 11th, 2012

@shwood & @sfslim

Eyes in the Back of his Head

Posted by on November 18th, 2010

Students long have complained about teachers with eyes on the backs of their heads.

A New York University photography professor is going one further by implanting a camera in the back of his head.

Wafaa Bilal, an NYU photography professor, is having a small camera attached to the back of his head.  The feed from the camera – one snapshot per minute – will be transmitted to the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar as part of an installation entitled “The 3rd I.”

(More here at the WSJ, including discussion of privacy concerns.)

The Windrow-Ravenswood Deck by Dmitri Arbacauskas

Posted by on January 13th, 2010

Seeking an even greater challenge than the masks he creates, Dmitri Arbacauskas is making a card deck. Not just any card deck, but one of intrigue and unique images, designed to tickle the imagination.

First spotted in Whitechapel, Dmitri was gracious enough to answer a few of my questions:

What made you decide to do the deck of cards?
Dmitri: Part of it was just plain needing to challenge myself in a new and different way- I’ve been doing the digital artwork for a couple of years now, in addition to all the usual maskmaking, propmaking, and big art pieces like the Book of Lost Hours, and wanted to start the year with a new way to both challenge myself, and commit to working on my art on a daily basis. And I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of making a custom deck of some kind- the two ideas just matched up far too well to not do it.

Did you start out with the design already in mind?

Dmitri: Some of it yes, some no- there was some preplanning for how the suits would look in general, like the Cogs suit, where I knew the designs for all the cards hard to a) build successively on each other, and b) each individual cog needed to actually link up together, like an actual clockwork. Other cards, not so much- I’m still trying to figure out just what I’m doing with most of the Sea suit, for example.

Any favorites so far?
Dmitri: Oh yes- out of what’s been released so far, the Knave of Bones is a definite favorite- he just came together far too easily. And there’s some unreleased cards that I can’t wait to show people for some of the same reasons- it’s going to be fun to see some reactions.

Has this project been more or less challenging than the masks you make?
Dmitri: Both- like I’d mentioned earlier, some of the cards and suits just plain pop right out in photoshop like I’d envisioned them, but like anyone else, there’s also times when I’m beating my head against the desk. It really is a totally different feel from what I’m doing when maskmaking, though, which is definitely refreshing. It’s much more cerebral- with leather, only part of the work/art is in my brain, and all the rest is incredibly tactile- with the cards, it’s the total reverse, and I’m still working on getting to the point where I can take the pictures in my head and translate them directly into photoshop.

A gorgeous card a day, for fifty-four days! Interested in owning your own deck? You can pre-order them here.

Thanks to Dmitri for the interview!

Bone-anchored hearing aids finally ready for human implantation

Posted by on August 10th, 2009

…Mr Hughes will become one of the first Australians to use new bone-anchored hearing aids designed to adjust to noisy environments, quiet conversations or the complex varying rhythms and pitch of music.

On Friday Mr Hughes had tiny titanium screws drilled into bone behind each ear during a 90-minute operation under general anaesthetic. Once the wounds heal and the screws have fused with bone, abutments will be screwed into the implants, and the processors, about the size of a postage stamp, are clicked into place.

Older-style hearing aids amplify all sounds, making it almost impossible for wearers to hear conversations in noisy environments. They also interfere with frequencies used by mobile and fixed phones and often emit high-pitched whistling sounds. But the newer processors, costing about $6000 each, shut out background noise, giving users up to 25 per cent better hearing, and can be attached directly to MP3 music players or wireless headsets for talking on the phone, Cochlear’s territory manager, Katrina Martin, said.

Via engadget.com, photo and words from smh.com.au.

DIY USB microscope for $15

Posted by on December 21st, 2008

For all the aspiring Doktors out there, comes a cheap hack from Make:

    - photo via makezine.com

You can make your own USB microscope using an old webcam and a cheap toy microscope. All it takes is a soldering iron, some hot glue, and an hour of your time. Instructables user moris_zen has the details, which basically involves a little focusing trial and error before gluing things together:

Electricity as Art

Posted by on July 22nd, 2008

Link and video via blog.makezine.com