chinese shock

  China definitely is the world’s factory. No matter what kind of product I turn around—be it the cheapest plastic toy, little-finger sized, or be it a high-end expedition sleeping back, or be it any random electronic device, no matter from which price-segment—always I am going to find the embossed imprint “Made in China”. China manufactures everything. Everything. Remember ↵VirTra Systems’ glorious idea? Well, the fatal feedback has returned … today ↑Anthronaut notified me by e-mail of a party-gadget called “Shocking Roulette”. A quick search revealed that in China of course a similar item is produced. The picture above shows … Continue reading

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amphibious robotic snake

  Incredibly creepy—the ACM-R5 prototype ia a lithium-ion-battery powered “radio-controlled amphibious robot designed to move like its real world counterpart. It can slither or swim underwater for 30 minutes on a full charge. Inside, you’ll find an intricate sensor system (attitude/torque), small-sized camera, and a 32bit micro controller.” There’s an embedded ↑video of the ACM-R5 at techeblog. via entry at william gibson‘s blog … Continue reading

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desperately seeking phil

  ↑Robot goes missing at The Sidney Morning Herald tells a hilarious story:  Philip K Dick is missing. […] a state-of-the-art robot named after the author. The quirky android, was lost in early January while en route to California by commercial airliner. […] Robotics wizard and lead designer David Hanson built the robot as a memorial to Dick, whose 1968 book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? inspired the 1982 classic Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford. […] In Blade Runner, set in a Los Angeles of 2019, Harrison Ford plays Rick Deckhard, a Blade Runner or policeman whose job is … Continue reading

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desperately seeking phil

Philip K Dick is missing. […] a state-of-the-art robot named after the author.     The quirky android, was lost in early January while en route to California by commercial airliner. […]     Robotics wizard and lead designer David Hanson built the robot as a memorial to Dick, whose 1968 book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? inspired the 1982 classic Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford. […]     In Blade Runner, set in a Los Angeles of 2019, Harrison Ford plays Rick Deckhard, a Blade Runner or policeman whose job is to track down and terminate escaped human … Continue reading

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animac

  The picture above is a “photo montage featuring a dancer with body mounted sensors controlling real-time animation on the ANIMAC, 1962, Denver.”—another pre-cyberpunk cyberpunk-image. Weird coincidence—provoked by my entries on Tron and the interaction with SFAM, I remembered that there was a student-project in gamedesign which culminated in writing a full-fledged 3D-engine. The final product was a racing-game based on the solar sailor seen in the movie Tron. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything about it on my HDD, so I went on searching the Internet. During the search I stumbled over ↑A Critical History of Computer Graphics and Animation, … Continue reading

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real life half life

There’s a lot said and written on immersion into alternative or even virtual worlds, on people getting lost in gamespace or the Internet’s interactive realms, and so on. In consequence thoughts about the questions arising with these ‘other realities’ fly into every direction. As the ‘cyberanthropologist online among the gamemodders’ I deem myself to be, I am especially interested in how the Cyberians themselves tackle this issues. The people I am affected to appropriate all kinds of related artefacts and then artistically slap the demarcations between meat- and cyberspace around with a large trout—big time. Aaron Rasmussen for example thought … Continue reading

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keyboard

Since already several years the casemod-movement [that is the hardware-modification scene] has powerfully whiplashed back into the hardware-manufacturing industry. The feedback out of the rows of the ‘end-users’ stemming from their creativity in the appropriation of computer hardware gave birth to a whole new branch of hardware-/parts-, and peripherals-producers and retailers. Again the main thrust to this development is the computergames-market. The man-machine interfaces obviously are crucial to gaming, so little wonder that new designs, or even innovations pop up in said sector. Interestingly enough the industry’s strategy is not to invent completely new kinds of input-devices, but to modify … Continue reading

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keylogger hoax

Tricksterish hoaxing definitely is an integral part of online-culture. At c0x2.de an unidentified individual posing as an electrical engineer and US-citizen ↑reports that he found a keylogging-device similar to the ↑KeyGhost brand inside his Dell-laptop—inserted right between keyboard and ethernet board. The individual wants to have contacted the police, which in turn forwarded him/her to the Department of Homeland Security. He/she wrote to the latter and got the reply: “We have reviewed your Freedom of Information Act request, and have found that the requested records are exempt from being disclosed under FOIA. […]“ Meanwhile I am socialized enough in here … Continue reading

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