Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Art meet Arduino

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You walk into one of London’s 300 museums. And you are presented with art work. It might be paintings, sculptures, ceramics. Art is a flexible medium. A reaction is expected. Art in essence makes you think. It makes you question. It stimulates you to discover.

I believe Art is a medium that artists use to convey their ideas and concerns to the world. Political. Economic. Social. Conceptual. Sexual. Etc.

Art is not as stimulating as it once was. I think so because we live in humanity’s most stimulating period of all time. We are stimulated by TV, the internet, advertisements, SMS, Apps, phone calls, emails... And I believe to some extent, the brute power, the deep emotional stimulus of Art, has faded. Paintings don't have such an impact on the new generations anymore.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Art can rise up to the challenge. That is, when Art is not made in the sake of art. Artists can take advantage of the tools we have today. And more effectively stimulate their audience, in a highly creative way.

Arduino is an open source electronics platform that makes all of this easier. It’s a piece of hardware that you can apply to make your ideas come true. It allows artists to take advantage of sensors, cameras, computers, screens, projectors, LEDs, speakers… To stimulate their audience with feel, sight, sense and sound.


Art, meet Arduino.

Friday, January 6, 2012

3 Ideas for Near-Future Applications

It is a cliche, but it's amazing. Technologies have always changed things. And now it's our turn to have our lives changed. I believe that these changes are coming in fast.

From observations here are my 3 ideas to near-future changes:

1. Machines will replace some people:


If a machine can replace a human, then it should.

Some employment positions will be automated isntead. Replaced by touch screens for example. The good thing about it, is that now people can go ahead and do something machines can't do... Something creative, innovative or delicate for example.

2. Personal 3D Printers will make consumer goods, at home:


It costs a $1,000 dollars to get your hands on one. It reminds me of the $40,000 flat screen TVs when they first came out, now at $100. Soon we will have one at home. We will print out our plates and cups. If something brakes, we will print a replacement.

I'm just excited for my children to print out and make their own games. And it's great for the environment too.

3. Digital CV from Facebook, LinkedIn, Google...:


Interviewers will ask for information about you. This time, you will click "Connect to Facebook", then "Allow" access to my information anytime of day. If you are an interviewer, you can go through CVs by scrolling a mouse, looking at pictures, interesting infographics and skimming through posts Very much like a timeline.