Earth – The Pale Blue Dot

24 06 2010

“This is Carl Sagan reading from his book, “The Pale Blue Dot”.”

Director Michael Marantz shoots the timelapse for this piece, composes the music and edits.





Lego Hello World

15 06 2010

– Made by Adam, aka horseattack

Some fun facts from Adam about his Lego creation:

“Lego felt tip 110” printer connected to an Apple Mac. This is not mindstorms, I designed/built/coded it all from scratch including analog motor electronics, sensors and printer driver, the USB interface uses a “wiring” board.

FAQ: Track name? “Christopher and Raphael just popper Shinichi Osawa distortion disco edit”

FAQ: How long did this take? Hard to say, maybe 3 weeks working evenings.

FAQ: You’re a student and this is a university project? I’m not a student, this is just a hobby project.

FAQ: Just a remake of the 1092a? No, I’d never seen the 1092a until now. However some of the parts came from a 8094 kit amongst others many years ago. It is made to my own design, but I acknolwedge influences and the great work of the official lego designers !

FAQ: Does this use mindstorms? Nope, wiring demo board + homemade analog electronics and sensors.

FAQ: DPI? Dots per inch? Approx 75 DPI

FAQ: PPM? Pages per minute? Not even 1! I sped things up a little in the video editing to keep it interesting to watch 🙂

FAQ: Helvetica? Yes of course, my respect to those who noticed 🙂

FAQ: Full color version/more colours? Originally I was going to do 3 colour version, but I had to simplify as only have 4 lego motors.

FAQ: Open source, schematics etc? Yes, I’ll try to get around to this soon. Unfortunately I’m pretty busy at work at moment and documenting this project to a good standard will take a while. Sorry 😦

FAQ: Wrote your own driver? Yes, uses standard Mac OS print mechanism.

FAQ: Are you using some sort of MCU demo board(the black pcb)? Yes. [1] http://wiring.org.co/hardware/

FAQ: re: Mac vs PC abuse? Video not meant as a Mac advert and I’m sorry if the Apple logo offends anyone. I just find them easier to use.

FAQ: Felt tip damage drying up? Yes this is a problem, but one felt tip usually lasts for quite a few pages.

FAQ: Felt tip auto-capping? Nope, sorry.

FAQ: Sensor info: Horizontal positioning using homemade shaft encoder (black/white rotating lego squares you see in the vid) with a SY-CR102 photo reflector from Maplins, (only £0.89 or $1.30). This is into a sampled analog input as I couldn’t get full enough saturation to trigger the ext interrupt pins. There are also push buttons built into lego bricks for left and right end stop detection.





Finally, Genesis Explained in a Language I Understand.

20 05 2010

Genesis Explained Scientifically:

Quotes at the end of the short were by Michael Shermer, the Founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine.





TOKYO FIBER SENSEWARE Products

14 04 2010

Water Logo ’07

– In collaboration with Hara Design Institute, Atelier OMOYA and UNITIKA

Water Logo ’09

– In collaboration with Hara Design Institute, Atelier OMOYA and UNITIKA

Wiping Cleaner FUKITORIMUSHI

In collaboration with Panasonic

CON/FIBER

– In collaboration with Kengo Kuma

Tokyo Fiber Senseware





H2oil animated sequences

29 03 2010

An interesting video about natural resources, science, politics, and the environment.