Showing posts with the label technology

Het dak van Rotterdam - Rotterdam's Roofs

Het dak van Rotterdam is a site by a specialized photographer making 360 degree panorama shots. The site has been around for a while but totally revamped and redesigned. It is now in a breathtaking design in Flash, I know, but it is totally usable! You've got to take a look!

Internet Trends 2011 — Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers

There is a brilliant presentation on Internet Trends 2011 by Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. most of this did not come as a surprise to me. Audio will be the next big thing on the internet. We'll talk to computers, control them by voice, will listen to what we like anywhere and anytime but without carrying the mp3 with us and maybe we'll even video talk. Finally, after 20 years in the making. Facetime may have started this revolution already.

And finally, where web 1.0 was content, web 2.0 was personalization, web 3.0 will be localization of all the information available to us. Not "What's relevant to me?" but "What's relevant to me here and now?".
Couple that with mobile commerce and NFC payments or mobile wallets in your smartphone and you'll a totally new boosted E-commerce experience. Maybe we'll start buying things using small charges, ie. micro payments. Instead of buying a whole CD in the 90s, we now buy single songs and apps on iTunes…

A Quick Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown

TechCrunch has a short and sweet Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown.

My favs? Flexible widgets, folders, screenshots, data usage built into OS.

Multi-Pinhole Technique “Paints” Objects With Photographs From Life


Take a nice, smooth 3D object such as a vase and paint it evenly with a light-sensitive solution. Put the vase in a box with a pinhole, calculate light and exposure et voila: a 3D photo on a 3D object using a cheap pinhole camera.

Watch the video: Multi-Pinhole Technique “Paints” Objects With Photographs From Life. Via TechCrunch.

Mind-Blowing Display Created Using 250 Canon DSLRs and Flash Units

the Japanese band androp created a "video"-wall for their video clip using 250 Canon DSLRs and Flash Units. A computer controlled all the flashes in real-time while they played their song in front of the wall. Check the video, which is ubercool, but there is also a making-of video... Way cooler.

Stunning animated GIFs: Cinemagraphs

Of course, movies are great. HD even better. Lytro is the new photography revolution we are all waiting for. But beauty deson't have to be so complicated...

Check out these stunningly gorgeous and simple animated GIFs called Cinemagraphs by Diego Guevara. Absolutely amazing! And I can't get over the fact I can't print them. I've left my window untouched for 30 minutes already, just glancing at an image. It's amazing how the movement totally changes the picture, which is already good and pretty. But the sudden flash of "life" increases the attraction to the picture a 1000-fold! :)

My favorite? The taxi in the window...

Organizing your team

Lately, there seem to be a lot of web-based todo list managers, task trackers and simply project management tools available. All integrate with your smartphone, so they're REALLY useful if you find one you like to use and you can get your team on board too.

I've used BaseCamp extensively and like a lot. Mobile site is awesome. I've mostly used for myself, to track tasks and projects and record progress and issues.
Because these tools use Email to send updates, you don't need to use the website. You can simply use your mail client to respond to messages from others, but the website records and chronologically orders all responses. And you get notified when there is a deadline or milestone approaching. Because I do Management by Priority, this usually adjust my focus and improve concentration. :)

I'd love to hear if anyone has good or bad experiences with one or another tool and why.

An interesting Social Media aggregator that you can use to create a story a subject, and combine content from various sources.

Check Frequently Asked Questions - Using the plug-in you can embed stories on your blog, tumbler, blogger, wordpress and more.

Google Ocean now double in size

Google has teamed with the world's leading Oceanographic institutes to makes the searchable seabed twice its previous size.
Google Earth, Columbia University Map Seafloor Area Bigger Than North America

Differences in today's clouds

Great read on the differences in paradigm between World's three great Clouds at this time: Apple, Google, Amazon:
“It Just Works.”.
Apple's has or will make the cloud invisible, where Google makes it transparant and Amazon visible.

Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) and Google's Rankings

Great article on Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) and how well they are correlated. Excellent read for anyone working with or interested in SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Reminds me also of LSI, which we were working with at KPN Research back in 1996-1997


For the bleeding-edge browser design and HTML/CSS3 standards showcase, they created Madmanimation. A browser-based storyboard that shows what pure HTML5 code and CSS3 can do today.

It's not mindblowingly beautiful or shockingly altering the way we interact with web browsers. However, if you realize that there is no line of JavaScript of Flash in that demo and only state-of-the-art CSS3 code was used, then it truly is amazing anyway!

Read more about the techniques used on LukeW. The demo was run An Event Apart in 2011.

3ERD - 3D photography

3ERD is a nice example of 3D photography. He takes two pictures using a 3D lens and combines these in Photoshop. Then he creates an animated GIF to create a kinda cool, hypnotizing effect.

Lasers prove you can't hold a camera still

Engadget has a great article on photography! We always think we can hold a camera steady enough to get sharp pictures. I used to pride myself that I could take pictures at 1/15th of a second if I steadied myself against a wall and held my breath. 1/60th easily while free-standing.

Well, I'm completely disillusioned now thanks to the article: Lasers prove you can't hold a camera still. They have a video too. Attach a laser pointer to the hotshoe of a camera, point at a wall 20m away with text on it and go up close to see the pointer moving back and forth. Even when using a tripod! Shocker!

The Cosmonaut: A Wide-Grip Stylus for Touch Screens by Dan Provost & Tom Gerhardt — Kickstarter

Here is an example of how wide-spread the acceptance of touch interfaces has gone: The Cosmonaut.

Now, special pens are being created for those who regularly want to draw or scetch on a tablet such as the iPad or NOOK or XOOM. And the weird thing: it actually makes sense to me too. It's more accurate, you can change the tip, your screens stays cleaner and your kids won't mess up or destroy the screen with sand on their hands.

4D projection aka Video Mapping or Skinning

Was just pointed to a cool 4D promo for Ralph Lauren on their building in NY. But it reminded me of a celebration for Histor paints on the building of the Lloyd hotel in Amsterdam, which in turn reminded of a snow flake projection on the Amstel hotel in Amsterdam.

It seems this is a cool new trend now. "Urban projections" of video mapping or skinning. There actually at least 3 Dutch companies involved: ACS AV and Climat Control AV, as well Livetime.

Life-size computer-animated hologram

In Japan they had a sold-out crowd to see a performance of a life-size computer animated hologram. A typical anime girl danced and moved to music by a live band. And the crowd went wild...

John's Phone | The World's Simplest Cell Phone

Just stared amazed at the world's latest gadget: John's Phone. It's The World's Simplest Cell Phone. Really. Full stop.

It makes calls. It's a mobile phone. No SMS, no WiFi, no mp3, no camera, no address book, no display! Check the photo gallery.

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

Here is a cool idea and invention I could have put to great use about 15 years ago: the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen. Never miss a word. Great! Now they tell me!

Basically it is a normal pen full with high-tech electronics to record what you right with an IR camera and what you say (or those around you) with a sensitive mic. You can download what it filmed and recorded later to your computer and create a so-called "pencast". Brilliant! If only I still used a pen to actually write things down. I rarely use pens. I typ waay faster than I can write and holding a ballpen now cramps my hands.

Anyway, the pen is for sale everywhere. I found it cheapest to get in Germany, through Only €120 for the 2 GB version.

Infra-red (IR) cameras

When I took my first photography course at Pitt, back in 1986, I was easily amazed by photos taken using Infra-Red light (IR). It never occurred to me that IR just like light could be used to expose a "silver molecule" and thus record an image just as easily. And it fascinated me that there was a whole world underneath our eyes we couldn't see. Bees and birds use IR and more importantly UV light to see, navigate and orientate themselves, so why couldn't we?

Anyway, when digicams came out and I bought my first D-SLR (the Canon EOS 10D), I quickly concluded that any CCD/CMOS sensor will record IR light but somehow discard it as there is too much information otherwise, or because it only went for visible light. However, to a piece of electronics it is all the same. Later I learned that manufacturers filter out the IR because they don't want to make a peep-cam. That where perverts use the IR to glance underneath the clothes of pretty women (or men) and see them in th…