Category Archives: Tech

The 1982 Seiko T001 TV Watch – a portable television receiver linked (by wire) to a 3cm LCD watch screen.

Three decades ahead of its time and the technology required to make it viable.

G’wan the Seiko though, in fairness.

MORE: The History Of The Smartwatch Goes Back Much Further Than You’d Think (Gearpatrol)

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One of a series of ‘futurist films’ by global design collective Universal Everything exploring human-machine collaboration through performance and emerging technologies. To wit:

A dancer teaches a series of three robots (in this case, Izzy) how to move. As the robots’ abilities develop from shaky mimicry to composed mastery, a physical dialogue emerges between man and machine – mimicking, balancing, challenging, competing, outmanoeuvring…

…killing all humans, etc.

Previously: More Than Human

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An installation by global design collective Universal Everything currently running at the Barbican in London as part of the AI: More Than Human exhibition.

Visitors are presented with a gyrating, wiggling abstract animation that tracks and mimics their movements via 47,000 possible variations.

The animation becomes more agile as it learns the specific movements of the observer. The exhibition runs until the end of August, if you’re passing.

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A Rubik’s Cube solving robot built by MIT mechanical engineering student Ben Katz and electrical engineering student Jared Di Carlo of MIT.

Don’t blink as the machine solves the puzzle in a world record beating 0.38 seconds: first in real time, then at 0.25x speed, in case you missed it, then 0.003x speed, in case you missed that.

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