Heads-up GPS for cyclists

Cyborg-style heads-up displays have always had a place in our techy visions of the future, but it's nice to finally see a practical application in development for the forseeable future. The ARider is a Japanese prototype which will utilise the iPhone for it's GPS. No doubt there are potential safety concerns about such a device, let's face it, it's dangerous enough cycling through heavy traffic in London with your attention entirely on the road, without dividing your attention with a small digital screen. Still, it's thought-provoking, I believe it's simply a matter of developing the interface and definately tieing-in stronger audio cues for the video display.

Peter Randall-Page

'Our most intimate understanding of three-dimensional form comes from our own and other people’s bodies. When we look around the world we see the outside of something and wonder what might be inside. I try to tap into this, implying from the modulations of a surface what may be happening inside – a delicate balancing act. The illusion has to be consistent, just like a fictional world. It’s a parallel world. The illusion I’m talking about has to understand itself and have a metaphorical relevance to our world'. Peter Randall-Page

The current exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture park is absolutely wonderful. From a design perspective, the shapes are bold with beautiful organic patterns. From a crafting/manufacture perspective, the accuracy of their construction teamed with the size and varied stone materials is astounding.

Platonic Solids: 3D Generative Art

Michael Hansmeyer's Platonic Solids uses clever and simple recombined algorithms to create beautiful art.

"In this project we explore three-dimensional subdivision algorithms. These have traditionally been used in computer graphics to produce smooth, rounded forms from coarse polygons. By modifying and expanding these established algorithms to include additional weights, one can generate forms with entirely different attributes. By varying the process' parameters, we are able to affect a form's topography, its curvature, its degree of branching, and on a further level its surface attributes. We recursively apply the subdivision process to a source form, which we restrict to one of the five platonic solids. These basic forms allow us to concentrate entirely on the scope of output inherent in the single generative process. "

via BoingBoing

Happy Clouds!

'Flogos' are flying logos made from soap foam and helium. According to their web site, "They can travel 20-30 miles and go as high as 20,000 thousand feet. They travel slow so they are very visible for a long time." via Everybodylovesfreestuff