Since 1946, the Bregenz Festival ‘Opera on the Lake’ in Austria has been home to some of the most incredible outdoor stages ever built. Set on the gorgeous Lake Constance, the 6,800 capacity ‘Seebuhne’ Stage has been the setting for some of the world’s most famous operas.
During the 2007 performance of Tosca, the producer and director for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace were so impressed, they filmed a 10-day scene in Bregenz where Bond meets his adversary for the first time during a performance of Tosca.
By now you have probably seen Google Map’s “Street View” feature. Here is an incredibly creative use of those images to create an amazing “Hyperlapse” (super time-lapse photography) video. Taking each individual image from Street View and assembling them in a video editor takes the idea of time lapse photography and turns it upside down.
Hyper-lapse photography – a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest – has been a growing trend on video sites. It’s not hard to find stunning examples on Vimeo. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations.
An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US.
Spirit, MER-A (Mars Exploration Rover — A), is a robotic rover on Mars, active from 2004 to 2010.
This clip is taken from the IMAX movie ”Roving Mars” from 2006. This is an edited short version. 16,468,900 people have already viewed this, at the time of this posting. I hope you’ll find it thought provoking and worthy of your time as well.
If you have a system capable of HD then I urge you to select the highest quality in the usual way. Full Screen is the best! – Robert
How does the Internet really work? The World Science Festival created this short video explainer as a setup to Internet Everywhere: The Future of History’s Most Disruptive Technology, a sold-out program featuring Internet pioneer Vint Cerf of Google, MIT’s Neil Gershenfeld, lawyer and Internet advocate Elizabeth Stark and Alex Wright, director of user experience at The New York Times.
The video lets you ride shotgun with a packet of data—one of trillions involved in the trillions of Internet interactions that happen every second. Look deep beneath the surface of the most basic Internet transaction, and follow the packet as it flows from your fingertips, through circuits, wires, and cables, to a host server, and then back again, all in less than a second.
Now that April Fools day is past, here’s a REAL product that catches my attention. – Robert
Double is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others. You can stay at eye level, whether sitting or standing, by adjusting your height remotely, which makes conversations fluid and real. Retractable kickstands will automatically deploy to conserve power when you are not moving around. Efficient motors and lightweight design give Double the ability to last all day without recharging the battery.
On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.
Watch it in HD if your system permits. 20 minutes of wonder-full perspective. - Robert
UPDATE January 21, 2013 : For those with an iPad the iBook versions are for you. For everyone else, download the PDF (Portable Document Format) version and view it on your computer, or tablet. - Robert
Soar through the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, exploring some of its most significant discoveries – from dark energy to colliding galaxies. Decend to Earth, where Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, readies for the future of astronomy. Image galleries, video, and interactives bring home the telescopes’ science and engineering in this pair of free books available through the iBooks® app on the iPad.
I was born 30 years too early. All the 16mm film I shot from helicopters, motorcycles, sky diving and hot air balloons, not to mention moving cars, would still be awesome to watch today, if I had one of these cameras back in 1970.
The video is a commercial promo for the product. I make no apology for that. This is not a paid endorsement. I have no financial interest in this camera.
In the words of my good friend Jay: “Another wow.”
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumps from more than 24 miles above Earth, breaking the speed of sound before he releases his parachute. The 43-year-old broke the record for highest jump set by Joe Kittinger at 19.5 miles in 1960. Kittinger was in the control room in Roswell, New Mexico, together with Baumgartner’s family.
In a companion story:
Chuck Yeager retraced history on Sunday, 65 years to the minute, as the first test pilot to break the sound barrier, taking to the skies once again to fly faster than the speed of sound.
The 89-year-old Yeager broke the sound barrier in a U.S. Air Force F-15 at 10:24 a.m. over the Mojave Desert, the same location where he first flew past Mach 1 on October 14, 1947, the military said in a statement.
Welcome to Samso, an island off the coast of Denmark. Here is an example of something so remarkable: a community pulling together, investing together, and succeeding at becoming completely energy independent.
As part of an upcoming documentary commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of the Titanic disaster, National Geographic has released this updated animation of the sea-liner’s collapse by noted detail stickler James Cameron. Using forensic data from the wreckage, Cameron and his team have amended the ship’s 1912 foundering. The sinking was not adjusted for the Titanic 3D rerelease, unlike certain historical events.
A few YEARS ago — I recommended the music service PANDORA to you. Pandora is still great. Still useful. So is iTunes. 220,000,000 active members proves it. And NOW I want to point you to a new service that is an alternative to the first two — it actually compliments iTunes because it includes your current iTunes Library in the player controls. You see the details at their web site.
Try it out. It’s FREE. There’s a lot to explore on their web site.
This is not a paid endorsement. I just like it a lot!
When you do the demonstration, if you think the yellow dots are being removed, start moving your eyes around and you will discover that the yellow dots do not disappear. Keep your eyes scanning when you drive!
It works exactly as described and is one major reason people in cars can look right at you (when you’re on a motorcycle or bicycle) — AND NOT SEE YOU.
From a former Naval Aviator: This is a great illustration of what we were taught about scanning outside the cockpit when I went through training back in the ’50s. We were told to scan the horizon for a short distance, stop momentarily, and repeat the process. I can remember being told why this was the most effective technique to locate other aircraft. It was emphasized (repeatedly) to NOT fix your gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object.
The instructors, some of whom were WWII veterans with years of experience, instructed us to continually “keep our eyes moving and our head on a swivel” because this was the best way to survive, not only in combat, but from peace time hazards (like a midair collision) as well.
We basically had to take the advice on faith (until we could experience it for ourselves) because the technology to demonstrate it didn’t exist at that time.
A team from Georgia Tech, led by Post Doctorate Fellow Mario Romero (School of Interactive Computing) has designed BrailleTouch for touchscreen mobile devices. The prototype app allows visually impaired people to easily type and opens the door for everyone to text or type without looking at the screen.
This is a great maneuverable picture of the shuttle flight deck. Use your mouse to move around and see all angles. The windows have protective covers on them. Notice the two large square holes in the floor as the picture rotates around to the back of the Flight deck. These two openings lead to the Mid-deck, which is below and holds all the stowage, sleep stations, food prep, toilet, airlock to the payload bay, and room for 3 seated crew for launch.
Move your mouse to get around the flight deck.
Thanks to Bob P. for passing this one along to us.
These amazing bro-bots work in pairs and in three dimensions to vastly improve efficiency and organization–without incessant high-fiving! Watch a time-lapse video of them moving Diapers.com’s entire stock to a new location in 36 hours flat!
Mark Bohr from Intel explains their breakthrough in creating very, very small transistors for computer chips. Very nerdy topic yes, but worthy of 4:20 minutes contemplation out of respect for the minds who think this stuff up and actually make it a reality. Never grow old. Never lose your sense of wonder. — Robert
Our Choice will change the way we read books. And quite possibly change the world. In this interactive app, Al Gore surveys the causes of global warming and presents groundbreaking insights and solutions already under study and underway that can help stop the unfolding disaster of global warming. Our Choice melds the vice president’s narrative with photography, interactive graphics, animations, and more than an hour of engrossing documentary footage. A new, groundbreaking multi-touch interface allows you to experience that content seamlessly. Pick up and explore anything you see in the book; zoom out to the visual table of contents and quickly browse though the chapters; reach in and explore data-rich interactive graphics.
I’ve had an iPad 2 for two weeks now. I truly think it is a game changer. It will not change your life. But you’re going to start seeing them everywhere.
I feel just like I did when I saw my first Apple // computer in 1977 and first Mac in 1984. A light bulb turns on in your mind, and you know it’s just the start of what it will become. Remember how the IBM PC changed our lives in 1981? CD’s in 1985 or the Cell Phone 38 years ago? So…
Here is my salute to the Newton Team at Apple. 17 years ago our dreams laid the groundwork for this genuine step forward. My iPad’s name is Issac.
Note: My blatant promotion of Apple’s iPad is completely unofficial, unpaid for and no promotional consideration was provided. With all that is wrong with the world, I think this is something good. – RB
Professor Fletcher’s invention of the CellScope, which is a Nokia device with a microscope attachment, was the inspiration for a teeny-tiny film created by Sumo Science at Aardman. It stars a 9mm girl called Dot as she struggles through a microscopic world. All the minuscule detail was shot using CellScope technology and a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics.
That’s official sales pitch from Nokia. They deserve their credit. Sumo Science at Aardman deserves the applause for such a feat.
Personally I found this short 1 and a half minutes to be spell binding and it’s depth of creativity deserves your attention.
Too often we take the great accomplishments of our co-operative human endeavors for granted. What was only found in Science Fiction a few decades ago, is now a reality. A first step but a big one and we offer this interactive, animated item for your consideration and enjoyment. It’s another example of people working together. The antithesis of war on our small planet. – Robert
Back in the late 1970′s, Georgia’s Stone Mountain installed a wonderful, custom made, laser light show that illuminated the mammoth carvings on the side of the mountain and brought them to life. It was special enough to warrant an article in National Geographic Magazine. If you are in Atlanta this summer, you might consider going to see the current incarnation of that program. It starts right after sundown. Be there early to secure a seat on the “lawn”. The Lasershow is free with your $10.00 vehicle entrance to Stone Mountain Park. Bring your own blanket.
With that in mind, I pass along this video from a Georgia friend who found it and shared it with us. I have NO IDEA where it’s from. You can add a Comment to this post if you know and enlighten us all.
These folks have taken a government building and crafted a projected light show onto the surface of the building in much the same spirit as that found at Stone Mountain.
CLICK THE VIDEO to view the short 5:49 video.
The picture and sound are limited by Smart Phone technology but you’ll get the drift.
The latter half of the 20th century saw the built environment merged with media space, and architecture taking on new roles related to branding, image and consumerism. Augmented reality may recontextualise the functions of consumerism and architecture, and change in the way in which we operate within it.
This is a short film produced for Keiichi’s final year Masters in Architecture, part of a larger project about the social and architectural consequences of new media and augmented reality.
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Note: Click the four axis arrow symbol next to the word Vimeo to expand the video to a larger size. I post these items a bit too small in order to save you download time. – Robert
Dive into the ocean and explore lost shipwrecks, dive and surf spots, the ocean’s deepest trench, marine protected areas, and the latest research discoveries. Interact with the highlight tours below, then download them in Google Earth 5 to explore further.
Go Discovery! October 23, 2007 at 11:40 am EST when I had my first ride to space on Discovery. She’s beautiful… just sad that this will be her last voyage. Looking forward to climbing aboard the flight deck when Discovery arrives at the Space Station in November, 2010.
Photo: Larry Tanner NASA.
On September 22, 2010, with the departure of the Expedition 23 crew, Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock assumed command of the International Space Station and the Expedition 25 crew. He is also known as @Astro_Wheels on twitter, where he has been tweeting space photos to his followers since he arrived at the space station.
We thought that we should put some of the space photos together as a tribute to him and the whole ISS crew. The space photos bring breathtaking views from our only off planet Vista point.
The following space photos are all visible on Astro_Wheels’ twitpic account, and we are eternally grateful to him for sharing these space photos with the world. The captions are all his own words. [29 Pictures]
Circadian rhythm information graphic by Matt Kursmark
Where Is Everyone? from Design you trust.
Information graphics, or infographics, are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. The graphics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as on signs and maps and in journalism, technical writing and education. Today, infographics surround us in the media, in published works both mainstream and scientific and in road signs and manuals. They illustrate information that would be unwieldy in text form and act as a visual shorthand for everyday concepts, such as “Stop” and “Go.”
Creating an effective infographic requires both artistic sense and a clear vision of what to tell the audience. The following are some cool infographics we have collected. Some are colorful, some are simple, but all are informative and visually pleasing. Not only do they provide information in a format that is easy to understand, but they are also artistic creations in their own right.
Browse local data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009. Because these figures are based on samples, they are subject to a margin of error, particularly in places with a low population, and are best regarded as estimates.
Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes.
Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.
Thanks to Peter B, Bob P, Bill V (all) for forwarding this link to us.
If you are a freelance artist, photographer, designer or ever use the word creative in polite conversation – then I urge you to visit this wonderful resource by Joanna Ciolek. – The web site speaks for itself while supplying a wealth of inspiration.
Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.
The Edgerton Digital Collections project celebrates the spirit of a great pioneer, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, inventor, entrepreneur, explorer and beloved MIT professor. This site is for all who share Doc Edgerton’s philosophy of “Work hard. Tell everyone everything you know. Close a deal with a handshake. Have fun!”
Watch closely in the beginning of the video. You can see smoke from the firecracker rising to create gray bubbles on the water’s surface. Later, during the explosion, notice the little streamers of water which shoot up from where the bubbles were. Eric Johanson explains that when the explosion’s shock wave hits the smoke bubbles, it causes those bubbles to burst and send up the streamers.
To invent, you need a good imagination & a pile of junk. – Thomas Edison
Visit the home page to see what wonderfully nerdy things they have cooked up. For example, scroll down to “Hurricane Season” and watch the video. An idea worth your attention. (and very short)
Hubble’s Festive View of a Grand Star-Forming Region
a Hubble Space Telescope picture postcard of hundreds of brilliant blue stars wreathed by warm, glowing clouds. The portrait is the most detailed view of the largest stellar nursery in our local galactic neighborhood.
There’s an elaborate web site dedicated to everything concerning the Hubble Space Telescope.
One click and you’ll see what I mean.
JANUARY 15, 1996: One peek into a small part of the sky, one giant leap back in time. The Hubble telescope has provided mankind’s deepest, most detailed visible view of the universe.
Representing a narrow “keyhole” view stretching to the visible horizon of the universe, the Hubble Deep Field image covers a speck of the sky only about the width of a dime 75 feet away. Though the field is a very small sample of the heavens, it is considered representative of the typical distribution of galaxies in space, because the universe, statistically, looks largely the same in all directions. Gazing into this small field, Hubble uncovered a bewildering assortment of at least 1,500 galaxies at various stages of evolution.
“It happens when nobody is watching.” As the tagline on a poster raising awareness about domestic violence, that’s not bad. But it was the poster itself that was truly attention-grabbing — for it brought the issue of being watched (or not) to life.
The poster, placed in a bus shelter in Berlin, was a one-time installation sponsored by Amnesty International. When a person in the shelter was looking at the poster, he saw, along with the words, a photograph of an amiable couple: a stocky, professional-looking man in a blue oxford-cloth shirt, his arm around the shoulders of his girlfriend or wife. If no one in the shelter was paying attention to the poster, though, the image switched: now the man was raising his fist against the woman as she leaned away and protected her face. (There was a slight lag in the switch, so viewers could notice that the poster was changing its image.)
Designed by the Hamburg-based firm Jung von Matt (which bills itself as being in the business of “attention warfare”), the ad worked via a camera attached to a computer outfitted with face-tracking software with a working range of about 16 feet. A Potsdam company called Vis-à-pix created the technology. Jung von Matt described the ad as the first of its kind, and it won a silver prize at the 2009 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and a gold prize at the New York Festivals International Advertising Awards.
The technology has since improved, according to Vis-à-pix. New posters can even identify the sex of onlookers. Consider a poster created for the service counters of the rental-car company Sixt: when a man gets close, he is tempted with an image of a limousine; if the customer is a woman, she sees, instead, a spunky Cabriolet. … by Christopher Shea
This item is ONE of the interesting bits in “The 9th Annual Year In Ideas” section of the New York Times.
From the Bureau of Large Numbers … A couple of Information Age infonuggets to chew on.
* Forty years ago, last October 27th, two computers on the ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet, communicated for the first time. Today, reports research outfit IDC, there are more than 450 million mobile devices connecting to the Net. Just mobile devices. And over the next four years, IDC figures, that number will be more than a billion. “The number of mobile devices with Internet access has simply exploded over the last several years,” said John Gantz, chief research officer at IDC. “With a wealth of information and services available from almost anywhere, Internet-connected mobile devices are reshaping the way we go about our personal and professional lives. With an explosion in applications for mobile devices under way, the next several years will witness another sea change in the way users interact with the Internet and further blur the lines between personal and professional.” The total number of devices hooked to the Net (phones, computers, game consoles, etc.) is now about 1.6 billion, says IDC, and will rise to 2.7 billion by 2013.
* For what it’s worth, researchers at UC-San Diego have taken a crack at calculating how much information Americans consumed from all non-work sources in 2008, including TV, radio, movies, the Net, cell phones, video games and reading material. Their conclusion: “Consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average person on an average day. A zettabyte is 10 to the 21st power bytes, a million million gigabytes.” You may now begin debating the definitions of “information” and “consume.”