Recent project developments

Play Well Together – collaborative storytelling game

Play Well Together – collaborative storytelling game

As you may have noticed, neonascent has been buzzing about productive/educational games recently – I’ve spent too much time playing games that are totally unproductive. I can only imagine how much combined human effort is sunk into these computer games! More than anything, I tend…

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Playing with Circuits

Playing with Circuits

Welcome Stumbledupon folks! You may be interested in checking out my Electronics Projects, which includes a DIY mobile controlled home automation system featured on the superb Hackaday blog. As mentioned before, I’m enthusiastic about games that teach skills. If your interests lay in hardware hacking,…

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Trains

Trains

We all know how excellent trains are.* Eric Sorensen has hacked together a trigger for a toy train set, hooked up to the welcome mat of his house. It’s a fun idea, but I can’t understand why he kept the actual train way over in…

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Polaroid Film idea

Polaroid Film idea

Last night I attended the 21st Sydney Kino – a monthly “open-mike night” for film directors. It was good fun, aided by a generously stocked open bar! The quality of the films was high, and more importantly; it was inspiring. I’ve had an idea in…

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Training Crows and Paying Peanuts

Training Crows and Paying Peanuts

I’ve just been made aware of a project this year by world-hacker Josh Klein – Training crows to pick up lost change. This is a fantastic engagement with urban wildlife, as an application of what Klein calls Synanthropy (co-opting parasites into cooperative relationships). Here is…

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Ludomacy games

Ludomacy games

Daniel Benmergui, game designer behind Ludomacy comes up with some interesting and beautiful (though a little slow) games that explore storytelling. They are very different from the usual game, and worth a look if only to see another use of the “medium” – what you…

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Hemp-mote

Hemp-mote

From Hack a Day: Dhreck has created a gorgeous hemp-covered Wii-mote. It looks great, and I can only imagine how incredible this thing feels, and even smells. It is always fun to play with materiality. I’m a big fan of tactile, natural-material user interfaces myself….

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Evolution of Mona Lisa

Evolution of Mona Lisa

Roger Alsing recently wrote an evolutionary algorithm that recreated the Mona Lisa out of only 50 semi transparent polygons. The results are an impressive testimony to the power of such an approach (the final image being the 904,314th generation): From his post: This weekend I…

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Musical Tesla Coils

Musical Tesla Coils

Hack a Day just featured a Tesla-Coil based guitar amp. Hack a day: You’ve probably seen musical Tesla coils already. People have wired them up to computers and keyboards to make them serve as dangerous and awesome speakers.

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Brain tests show child wealth gap

Brain tests show child wealth gap

The BBC reports on what it calls a “wealth gap”, in the way the prefrontal cortex of children of differing income families respond to experimental stimuli. Let me point out that this is giving privilege to the high-income children. Experimentally, there is a difference in…

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