Inkling, from graphics tablet titan Wacom, automatically turns inky sketches into digital vector drawings, bridging the gap between freeform doodling and computer artwork. It’s interesting to know how the whole thing actually works. Inkling takes it inspiration from sonar, by creating a stereoscopic soundscape of your drawing environment. The pen emits an inaudible pulse of sound, which is picked up by two microphones on the base unit. The receiver can then use this data to instantly log the exact location of the pen. <read the full post here> @ <http://wired.co.uk/>
Wow! Let’s dig a massive hole and fill it with every scanner in the world, and then catch a travelator to our flying car and zip home to a nice home cooked meal (prepared by robot servants). The future is now, and it’s sketchy.
An iconic spaceship should have a cool name and the history of scifi on the big and small screen is littered with great examples. The inspiration behind these amazing ships are varied, often literary, historical, visual or just plain out there… <read the post here> @ <http://www.lvjmovie.com/>
Some cool bits of insight into ship design… and lots of names from some of the great designs. Great reference as a place to start your search in designing space-crafts.
Here’s a great reference of a chicken using it’s internal image stabilization for the locking of it’s head in space:
How insane is that??? It’s something called vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) which is a reflexeye movement that stabilizes images on the retina during head movement by producing an eye movement in the direction opposite to head movement, thus preserving the image on the center of the visual field. (wiki)
People have been talking about how chickens are able to do that in the context of designing a better steadicam. This guy didn’t talk about it, he did it…. well sort of:
It’s funny and all, but there really is something to that. The concept of tracking a camera through the lens in real time, then feeding the data back into a motion control rig of some sort is very interesting. Seems like it would work, just an engineering/speed problem to solve. I’m sure people are out there working on it! Until then strap up your chicken-cam.