Max Romantschuk's weblog – August 2007 archive

Resizing images the smart way

Tuesday 21st of August, 2007 - 11:51 – Permalink

I've heard it said that once an elegant solution to a problem is derived it will inevitably be a seemingly simple solution. Dr. Ariel Shamir has developed an ingenious content aware image resizing algorithm, which can be used to scale and crop images while preserving the most desired features. Just take a look at the video to see what I mean!

Here's the direct link to Dr. Shamir's Siggraph presentation on YouTube. (The video embedded above.) Via Neatorama.

Music Instruments of the Future: The reactable

Friday 17th of August, 2007 - 11:55 – Permalink

This got me pretty much speechless, so I'll just quote: The reactable is a collaborative electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible multi-touch interface. Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving and rotating physical objects on a luminous round table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.

That probably sounds like mumbo-jumbo to many of you, but take a look at these reactable videos and I'll guarantee you'll be amazed! (The YouTube link didn't work for me, but there are downloadable videos on the site too.)

Being a hobby musician, I've imagined interfaces similar to this one since school. But this is still leaps and bounds ahead of my wildest dreams.

Squeeze her boobies to play a video game?

Thursday 16th of August, 2007 - 11:40 – Permalink

It sounds crazy, but I think it's ingenious: Jennifer Chowdhury's thesis work: Intimate Controllers, "involves building game controllers into undergarments so that games are played through players physically touching one another". I believe this kind of tech could have both pure-fun and therapeutic applications. Via DESTRUCTOID and NOTCOT.ORG.

Metal Storm: A Million Rounds per Minute.

Wednesday 15th of August, 2007 - 11:42 – Permalink

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be sad about the war aspects, or fascinated by the technology, but Metal Storm definitely is an incredible feat of engineering. Watch the video below, or view Metal Storm on YouTube. Via Neatorama.