As infants, humans are able to recognize themselves in mirrors from around the age of 18 months. With that recognition, we become interested in our physical bodies, beginning to use mirrors as a way to groom ourselves and perceive any changes. Over time X-Rays, MRIs and CAT scans have been developed so that we can get an idea of what’s going on inside of our bodies; but it wasn’t until now, with the invention of the ‘digital mirror,’ that we have been allowed a more complete view of our insides.
When standing in from of the digital mirror, people can see their bones, organs, and muscles in real time. This is achieved by a complex process in which a person must undergo an X-Ray, MRI, and PET scan to capture images of his internal body. Then a Microsoft Kinect motion-capturing camera captures the movements of your joints. All these images can then be compiled and animated with the help of graphical processing units. Though the collection of all these images takes about three hours, once they have been secured, the person can see their inner bodies in real time.
A team led by Xavier Maître, a medical imaging researcher at the University of Paris-South, created the Digital Mirror to explore how people relate to their bodies. In an experiment, creators left 30 people alone with the digital mirror for several minutes to observe people’s reactions. Because these participants had not undergone the necessary scans, the mirrors showed pre-recorded movements by persons of the same gender. Maître and team discovered that the people were both surprised and curious to discover what their insides looked like.
Maître believes that in the future, doctors and other medical professionals might be able to use these mirrors to help patients explore parts of their bodies that are giving them problems, or to visualize what will happen during an operation. Similar thinking has sparked designs of a comparable nature to begin the developing process in Germany, Chicago, and Washington DC.
According to New Scientist, in the future Maître plans to make these digital mirrors even more lifelike by programming the heart to beat and lungs to move. He said, ‘Normally, the physician might show you an image of a CT or MRI of your body, but it is not in relation to your actual body. It might as well be someone else’s CT. If you’re able to actually relate it to some parts of your body, it may give you a little more information about where the problem is.’
[h/t] New Scientist
Walmart recently announced that it will buy LED ceiling lighting fixtures for new supercenters in the U.S., stores in Asia and Latin America, and Asda locations in the U.K.
The post Walmart’s New LED Light Fixtures to Save $34,000 per Store appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
Dropbox’s new photo app, Carousel, is smartly designed, but that won’t ensure success.
Like anyone else who’s owned several phones, computers, and cameras over the past 10 years, I’ve got photos all over the place. They’re stored on my iPhone, my personal laptop, my new work laptop, my old work laptop, stashed with services like Flickr and Facebook, and forgotten on dusty memory cards on the edges of my desk. I always intend to organize them someday, but that day never quite comes.
One of the advantages of open source is that it can accelerate standards adoption on a level playing field. If there is a big enough problem to solve, smart people can attract the best minds to work together, investigate and share the solution.
That said, standards bodies often become little more than a parlor game for incumbent vendors seeking to position the standard to their market advantage.
In other words, there's lots of talk, but not much code.
In such a scenario, it's easy to end up with implementations of a standard that each works differently due to unclear or ambiguous specifications. I recently sat down with Viktor Klang, Chief Architect at Typesafe, one of the lead organizers of reactivestreams.org, an open source attempt to standardize asynchronous stream-based processing on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
Klang and his group—along with developers from Twitter, Oracle, Pivotal, Red Hat, Applied Duality, Typesafe, Netflix, the spray.io team and Doug Lea—saw the future of computing was increasingly about stream-based processing for real-time, data-intensive applications, like those that stream video, handle transactions for millions of concurrent users, and a range of other scenarios with large-scale usage and low latency requirements.
The problem? Lack of backpressure for streaming data means if there's a step that's producing faster than the next step can consume, eventually the entire system will crash.
ReadWrite: What is driving this shift in computing to reactive streams today?
Viktor Klang: It’s not a new thing. Rather, it's more like it was becoming a critical mass as more people started using Hadoop and other batch-based frameworks. They needed real-time online streaming. Once you need that, then you don’t know up front how big your input is because it’s continuous. With batch, you know up front how big your batch is.
Once you have potentially infinite streams of data flowing through your systems, then you need a means to control the rate at which you consume that data. You need to have this back pressure in your system to make sure the producer of data doesn’t overwhelm the consumer of data. It’s a problem that becomes visible once you start going to real-time streaming from batch-based.
Users have been asking for more “reactive” streams for a long time, for building their own network protocols or for their specific application needs. Any time you need to talk to a network device, you want to use this abstraction. Anything that has an IP address.
With reactivestreams.org, we’re trying to address a fundamental issue in a compatible way to hook all these different things together to work while being inclusive. Long-term, the plan for this is to build an ecosystem to build implementations that can be connected to other implementations and then have developers building more things on top of it. For example, connect Twitter’s streaming libraries with RxJava streaming libraries, and pipe into Reactor, Akka Streams, or other implementations on the JVM.
RW: Who are key members today?
VK: Certainly Typesafe jumped in early, since we have an open-source software platform that deals with a lot of what the industry calls "reactive application challenges." We were thrilled to have Twitter join, the Reactor guys from Pivotal, and Erik Meijer from Applied Duality, as well as Ben Christensen and George Campbell who work at Netflix. Red Hat’s in there with Oracle, and we also have some critical individuals like Doug Lea, inventor of “java util concurrent,” driving all concurrency stuff in the JVM. One of the goals of the project is to create a JSR for a future Java version.
Everyone pulls their weight. It’s just really hard to get engineering time from people at this level.
RW: Standards don’t tend to be very popular with developers. How are you trying to approach this to attract more key people?
VK: You’re right, the average developer is about as interested in standards as cats are in water. Jokes aside, however, we start with open source. I think of this project as a non-standard standards thing. We are inverting the usual process. We have created a spec, a test suite that verifies the spec and we created a description of why the spec is what it is and why it isn’t what it isn’t. We’re really creating solutions, picking them apart, and confirming they do what they say they do and using this process to create the best specification.
RW: It sounds like developers in this case are also addressing an ops or a dev ops problem?
VK: As a developer, you can make life really difficult for your ops guys. This is about getting it right so your ops guys don’t come over and mess you up. Previously they’d have to make sure you don’t feed the system more information than it can process, so you’re not blowing up resources, making sure the processing is always faster than the input. It’s really tricky to do that for variable loads.
RW: What are some examples that might inspire your core audience of Java developers?
VK: What’s a hard case for an enterprise Java developer? If you have a TCP connection with orders coming in and you need to perform some processing to it before passing it on to another connection, you need to make sure you aren't pulling things off the inbound connection faster than you are able to send to the outbound connection. If you don't, then you'll risk blowing the JVM up with an OutOfMemoryError.
For web developers, it could be streaming some input from a user and storing it on Amazon S3 without overloading the server, and without having to be aware of how many concurrent users you can have. That’s a challenging problem to solve now.
Image courtesy of Shutterstock
In order to raise money for childhood education around the world, Collaborative Fund, an investment fund focused on supporting and investing in the shared future, has put together a game with Sesame Workshop. It’s called Playalong, and every time you choose the right answer, the fund will donate money to the cause.
Collaborative Fund have so far made $1,000 of their own money available to see whether or not the experiment will spread. Each correct answer is worth 1¢ to the Sesame Workshop, and if it takes hold, the group hopes to get other involved as well. Like they say on the website: “The more you play, the more we can give!”
Sesame Workshop currently heads up several initiatives that benefit early childhood education worldwide. Their main objective is to teach valuable lessons such as literacy, emotional wellbeing, health, and respect to children in more than 150 countries. The website itself was built by Philosophie, along with a helping hand from MailChimp.
Name: Jennifer Pade
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: West Village, New York, New York
Type of building: 300 square foot apartment in a co-op building
The Renovation Diaries are a collaboration with our community in which we feature your step by step renovation progress and provide monetary support towards getting it done in style. See all of our Reno Diaries here.
The Wrens at Maxwell's in 2009 (more by Anna Scialli)
A number of local indie musicians will be teaming up to play a benefit for Windsor Terrace's PS154 at Brooklyn's Bell House on May 30. The lineup features Bambi Kino -- aka the Beatles cover band made up of Doug Gillard (ex-Guided By Voices), Mark Rozzo (Maplewood), Ira Elliot (Nada Surf), and Erik Paparazzi (Cat Power) who dedicate their shows to the band's early days in Hamburg, Germany -- Charles Bissell & Kevin Whelan of indie veterans The Wrens (who have been promising a new album for a loooong time), and an original lineup reunion by Palomar. Also on the bill is The Big Bright (mems of Ollabelle) and White Collar Crime. Tickets for the benefit show are on sale now.
Speaking of Windsor Terrace schools, Bishop Ford, home to some big music video shoots, is closing (and probably no benefit can save them at this point).
Speaking of Beatles cover bands, The Fab Faux are presenting "John Lennon vs. Paul McCartney - The World Heavyweight Songwriting Championship!" in NYC on October 18 at Beacon Theatre with Hogshead Horns and The Creme Tangerine Strings. Tickets for that show are currently on AmEx and Chase presales, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/18) at 9 AM. The Fab Faux also play Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre on June 28 (tickets).
Outlier has just released its collection of functional, Ultralight Blazer and Trousers for the upcoming warmer months. The line includes a navy blue lightweight blazer with matching 11.2 oz trousers, and additional 21.4 oz lightweight green chinos. Inspiration for the line was drawn from the looming scorcher that is New York summers, and having a wearable and interchangeable lightweight suit. The set is both functional and versatile as it can be worn during the long work day without breaking a sweat and for a night on the town. The Ultralight Blazer and Trousers are available at the Outlier online store for $696 USD and stay tuned for more from the brand in the coming months.
Commemorating the release of its “Two Up” video with Australian shredders Alex Campbell and Nick Boserio, Nike SB delivers a special pair of Blazers sporting a contrasting white and black color combo. Designed in collaboration with the two aforementioned skaters, this model features a deconstructed canvas upper, limited padding on its collar and tongue to reduce weight and enhance mobility, insole graphics drawn by Riley Payne, and the “Two Up” title stylized on each heel. Limited to just a few select retailers, the Nike SB Blazer "Two Up" can be purchased at Flatspot for £70 GBP ($118 USD).
It’s likely that most of us were berated as children for “playing” with our food, but what if the sculptures and paintings we made with broccoli and spaghetti sauce hinted at our future career paths? Food stylist Anna Keville Joyce creates truly spectacular imagery by using everything from crushed-up toast to slivered veggies, creating all manner of textures imaginable. After seeing the pieces she crafted with items that most of us have in our fridges and cupboards, it’s going to be difficult to see groceries as anything other than potential art supplies.
If you look directly above you in most cities around the world, chances are you will see nothing more than a blue sky and buildings. For some people, like French artist and illustrator Thomas Lamadieu, there is an entire world hidden in those shapes and spaces – all of which come to life in his Sky Art collection shown below.
Lamadieu first started creating imaginative scenes in the sky almost a year ago today. His style has continued to evolve since then, with his most recent illustration drawn onto locations in Germany, Canada, Belgium and France.
Mostly shot from crowded European courtyards and four-way intersections, his illustrations feature various bearded men expressing themselves through different artistic mediums. Some of the images take on an extremely surreal appearance, which helps to push your perspective even further outside of its comfort zone.
Here are a couple of images from Lamadieu’s first Sky Art collection.
Industrial designer and Rhode Island School of Design student Kebei Li has designed force-sensing lamps that light up depending on the weight of the objects placed on top of them.
The force-sensing lamps respond to the weight placed on them and emit a corresponding amount of light. This means that the heavier the object, the brighter the light.
Kebei Li created the lamps as part of his degree project, an exploration into contemporary artifact culture. The force-sensing lamps is an experiment into the nuances of functionality and purpose. While the lamps are completely functional, they have no clear purpose. In addition, the way they are designed and the way they work validate the assumption that people are adaptable. The mechanism of the lamps allows owners to play with the amount of light by introducing different objects into the set-up.
View more images of the project below.
In the midst of a month dedicated to living in small spaces, I looked back through our archives for small living inspiration from our northerly neighbors: Canada! It might be a big country, but here's how Canada makes living small look cool:
From Donald Kelly
Photographer at DONALDK.COM
Ottawa, Canada Area
I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.- Donald
Confirm that you know Donald
You are receiving Invitation to Connect emails. Unsubscribe
© 2014, LinkedIn Corporation. 2029 Stierlin Ct. Mountain View, CA 94043, USA