Brazilian twin artists Os Gemeos are always taking it up a notch. Last May, they adorned a Boeing 737 with the character-driven art to escort the Brazilian team to the FIFA World Cup (see our coverage here). In August, the brothers took on their biggest project to date: an enormous 75-foot-tall, 360-degree mural that measures a total of 23,500 square feet. Envisioned as a non-profit public artwork for the Vancouver Biennale, the piece is intended to leave a lasting mark on the Ocean Cement silos amid the industrial landscape of Vancouver’s Granville Island. The project was funded via a crowd funding campaign and is included in the Vancouver Biennale’s 2014-2016 programming as part of a series of large-scale public works they’re calling an Open Air Museum. Granville Island attracts over 10 million annual visitors and the Biennale’s organizers hope that the scale of this project will make it a major art destination for years to come. See more on Hi-Fructose.
John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, and more, at The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
“The Edamame Economy" via The New York Times
It is not only about hotels or travel or consumer goods. The “experience economy” is driving our decisions about technology and applications as well. That is a lesson that Apple has taken to heart and their vision has transformed the industry. Will this auger a move towards higher priced apps and more service oriented offerings? In fact, it’s already begun.(via marksbirch)
Yesterday we displayed GE’s research in advanced microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), a technology the company is using to make tiny switches that can turn on and off 10,000 times a second. Other researchers around the country are looking into different MEMS applications to make tiny gears, tools and even engines.
Above are a few examples from Sandia National Laboratories and Boston University, two other institutions also working on extreme miniaturization. Click on these electron microscope images to learn more.
Though, artist Lauren Satlowski may work in various media and materials, she seems to have a very focused vision. Whether painted or altered as sculptures, Satlowski often uses ceramic figurines as a foundation for her work. See more on Hi-Fructose.
Henrik Uldalen investigates the dream state with his portraits of sleepers. See more of his new work on the Hi-Fructose blog.
Google’s SCHAFT Takes Home Gold in DARPA Robot Olympics
The DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 2013 completed this weekend in Florida with 16 teams all vying for the top prize of $2 million dollars.
According to DARPA, “The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Technologies resulting from the DRC will transform the field of robotics and catapult forward development of robots featuring task-level autonomy that can operate in the hazardous, degraded conditions common in disaster zones”.
All 16 robots were required to complete eight tasks as part of the challenge:
- Task 1: Drive a Vehicle
- Task 2: Walk on a mixed Terrain
- Task 3: Climb a ladder
- Task 4: Remove Debris
- Task 5: Open and walk through doors
- Task 6: Cut through a Wall
- Task 7: Open a series of Valves
- Task 8: Connect a Hose
Gizmodo reports that “with 27 out of a possible 32 points in eight challenges, SCHAFT pulled out a decisive victory”.
SCHAFT is a 4ft 11 two-legged robot that was developed by a spin-off from the University of Tokyo’s Jouhou System Kougaku lab, which Google recently revealed it had acquired.