Il était une fois une chips …

et si les rideaux bougeaient tout seul

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on octobre 27, 2010

On a toujours besoin d’un peu d’intimité  grâce à un rideau qui bouge tout seul alors voici une installation de Niklas Roy qui semble plaire aux passants


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et si on jouait avec les mains …

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on octobre 21, 2010

Arduino Mega Based KeyGlove

The Keyglove is a portable Arduino-powered glove that uses touch combinations to generate keyboard and mouse control codes using only one hand. Once learned, the glove can easily be used without looking, making it perfect for embedded/wearable environments. The glove is thin and light, built to allow other activities (such as writing or driving) without being in the way.
nice MEGA-based project. Have a look at the similar devices page to have a nice compairason of similar project online with different hardware solutions.

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et si on faisait des objets qui évitent de tomber, qui évitent d’être mouillés ou tout simplement qui nous évitent

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juillet 22, 2010

Electronics that come to life, avoid danger

from MAKE Magazine by Matt Mets

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Designers Chambers Judd developed this whimsical series of objects that avoid dust, spills, and touch. [via core77]

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et si les visages étaient trackés

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juillet 15, 2010

Created by Blake Foster, Rui Wang, and Erik Learned-Miller

The human eye is amazingly adept at tracking moving objects. The process is so natural to humans that it happens without any conscious effort. While this remarkable ability depends in part on the human brain’s immense processing power, the fast response of the extraocular muscles and the eyeball’s light weight are also vital. Even a small point and shoot camera mounted on a servo is typically too heavy and slow to move with the agility of the human eye. How, then, can we give a computer the ability to track movement quickly and responsively?

Thanks to recent progress in camera miniaturization, small, easily manipulable cameras are now readily available. In this project, we use a first person view (FPV) camera intended for use on model airplanes. The camera is mounted on servo motors which can aim the camera with two degrees of freedom. The entire assembly weighs only 32 grams, only slightly more than a typical human eyeball. Coupled with a GPU-based tracking algorithm, the FPV camera allows the computer to robustly track a wide array of patterns and objects with excellent speed and stability.

The above video clip shows a short demonstration. We built a simple camera tracking system using the FPV camera. The video demonstrates how the tracking camera snaps to a person moving in front of it. We show both the view captured by the tracking camera (the smaller video), and the view from a different camera that shows the movement of the tracking camera (the larger video).

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et si on remplissait le ciel de Beatfly

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 28, 2010

Beatfly is a small illuminating blimp for entertainment. Its light and movement can be controlled via various interfaces such as MIDI controller, iPhone multi-touch interface, Flash interface on a web site, computer keyboard, mobile phones and voice, and music. It flies, filling the space with colorful light, producing diverse styles of performance in the air. Beatfly is based on open source hardware and software technology, and its technical resources themselves including materials, circuit diagram, mechanical diagram, and software programs are also published as open source under the Creative Commons license. Everyone is welcome to explore this technology by themselves. Beatfly is developed by Hideki Yoshimoto and supported by the IPA Exploratory IT Human Resources Project (The Mitoh Youth Program).

Interested in making one? Check out the project’s code and schematics. You may also buy a Beatfly kit (BYO XBee and Arduino) for $65. [Thanks, Hideki!]

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et si les données numériques pesaient vraiment leur poids

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 15, 2010

Now this is a seriously weighty approach to data storage. Making great use of one of the more accessible DIY techniques – casting – RCA student Shu-Chun Hsiao has merged the casting of concrete with the world of high-tech products. We have previously seen concrete combined with steel to produce elegant jewellery. The outcome here may not appear quite as refined, yet the rugged presence of the Memory Weight does well to set it apart from your everyday USB storage device.

In a whimsical twist, the volume of data storage which is branded into each unit actually corresponds to the physical weight of the block.

Challenges to portability aside, this may be one of the most interesting twists in USB storage since the ever so clever USB eraser.

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et si on fabriquait un Yoshimoto cube

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 11, 2010

This is a pretty amazing folding transformation of a single-color 2-unit cube into a pair of stellated rhombic dodecahedra of different colors. Among its other interesting properties, the Yoshimoto Cube can actually be folded into a cube having the color of either star. You can buy the (fairly pricey) toy version pictured above from the Museum of Modern Art Store. It is also possible to make your own, from paper, by following the instructions in the video below. It is, reportedly, a very rewarding, if time-consuming, process. You can download the pattern here.

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et si on était pas si loin de la lumière interactive

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 10, 2010

LuminAR robot finally shows us what pico projectors were meant for

LuminAR reinvents the traditional incandescent bulb and desk lamp, evolving them into a new category of robotic, digital information devices. The LuminAR Bulb combines a Pico-projector, camera, and wireless computer in a compact form factor. This self-contained system enables users with just-in-time projected information and a gestural user interface, and it can be screwed into standard light fixtures everywhere. The LuminAR Lamp is an articulated robotic arm, designed to interface with the LuminAR Bulb. Both LuminAR form factors dynamically augment their environments with media and information, while seamlessly connecting with laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices. LuminAR transforms surfaces and objects into interactive spaces that blend digital media and information with the physical space. The project radically rethinks the design of traditional lighting objects, and explores how we can endow them with novel augmented-reality interfaces.

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et si la lumière était interactive

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 10, 2010

en référence à la lumière interactive de Frédéric Kaplan – lire le passage du livre

et si on faisait bouger les meubles suivant la présence des uns et des autres…

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 5, 2010

Adam Lassy of Brooklyn, NY, created ‘smart’ furniture that rearranges itself depending on the number of people in the room and their needs. Not really sure the specifics of how this works…

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et si on portait des gants en couleur

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on juin 5, 2010

Avec Microsoft et Sony qui sont sur le point de révéler leurs technologies Natal et Move à l’E3, Il est dingue de penser que les millions de dollars d’investissement pourraient être réduits à néant par une paire de gant en lycra à 1€ et une webcam.

Les gants, que vous voyez ci-contre, sont certes tachetés mais de manière scientifique. Selon leurs designers du MIT, les 20 formes irrégulières et les 10 couleurs sont lues par une webcam et traduites sous forme de commandes uniques via des mouvements de doigts simples.

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et si on écrivait dans le noir

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on mai 27, 2010

Check out this awesome project from SparkFun customer Rob Seward. This is a pretty amazing combination of robotics and electrical engineering to create a project that can really be most accurately described as art.

A side view of « Four Letter Words » reveals some cool mechanical bits.

Rob’s project, « Four Letter Words, » consists of four units, each capable of displaying all 26 letters of the alphabet by arranging fluorescent lights in the right shape. The device is running on SparkFun’s Arduino Pro. The words that are displayed are based on a word association database developed over a period of 22 years by the University of South Florida. Check out the video below to see Rob’s project in action – awesome work!

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et si on éclairait l’humeur …

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on mai 19, 2010

Twitter Based Mood Light using Arduino

By monitoring a stream of tweets coming through Twitter, this mood light changes color based upon the frequency of words such as “angry, happy, or sad.”  The system uses an Arduino which collects data from Twitter using a WiFly module.  After the analysis, a mood light displays the current mood of the world through RGB LEDs.

The system above features an Arduino with the WiFly shield attached to it.  Definitely a great starter project to learn about connecting and controlling your projects remotely.

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et si on dessinait en grand avec une sorte de Télécran en bois !

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on mai 1, 2010

La drawing machine du lab212 commence à dessiner. Après beaucoup d’essais d’outils de dessins : mine de graphite, pastel gras, pinceau et beaucoup d’idées de systèmes d’apport de couleurs, la solution retenue à été un feutre sur mesure qui puise son encre par capillarité directement dans un flacon.

La machine est maintenant pilotable grâce à son interface à deux manivelles en bois. Ces dernières sont solidement montées sur roulement à billes et actionnent des encodeurs numériques. Les informations de mouvement sont transmises par les airs avec la technologie xBee. À part pour les réglages, aucun ordinateur n’est utilisé.

DM01 : premiers dessins on Vimeo.

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et si les ombres étaient augmentées

Posted in avec des si ... by albertine on avril 28, 2010

l’ombre augmentée en voilà une superbe idée !

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