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Hedy Lamarr: Actress and inventor

Hedy Lamarr: Actress and inventor

Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) wasn’t just an iconic actress from Hollywood’s Golden Era. She was also a mathematician and the inventor of frequency hopping spread spectrum, a technology still used in modern bluetooth and WiFi.

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Pittsburg visible writing machine

The Pittsburg visible-writing machine (1895-1917).

AKA a typewriter.

Part of the NYPL’s Turn-of-the-Century Posters collection.

Wormhole Actualisation Machine

What’s it like to get sucked into a black hole and travel at hypersonic speeds through a wormhole? Alan Watts built this Arduino-based psychedelic spacetime visualizer to find out.

Via Boing Boing.

Byte magazine

Cover for the April 1981 issue of Byte magazine with cover illustration by Robert Tinney.


Google BBS Terminal

What Google would have looked like in the ’80s.

Via this isn’t happiness.

LEGO calendar

LEGO calendar

Bridging the gap between the digital and the physical world, this interactive wall mounted LEGO calendar, brilliantly  conceived by Vitamins, automatically syncs with Google Calendar or iCal by simply taking a photo with your smartphone.

The team used specified color LEGO blocks for particular projects and laid out a calendar that allowed them to plan months ahead of time. By taking a photo of the wall mounted LEGO calendar with any smartphone and sending the photo to a special email address, special software coded using openFrameworks and openCV, scans the image and uploads the data directly to Google Calendar or iCal, based on the colour and position of each block.

Find out more at Vitamins.

Objects of desire

Objects of desire (2005-2008).

Installation by Michael Kargl. Shellscript on custom made computer.


Autonomous Fabrication Robot concept by Brian Harms.

These flexible robotic manufacturing operatives (nicknamed A_FAB) are designed to monitor production hives and perform basic fabrication tasks such as 3D-printing or small scale CNC milling. Working collaboratively these robots can reconfigure elements of the factories they inhabit to better suit the needs of the current manufacturing operation.

The World's first computer art

The World's first computer art

During a time when computing power was so scarce that it required a government defence budget to finance it, a young man used a $238 million military computer, the largest such machine ever built, to render an image of a curvy woman on a glowing cathode ray tube screen. The year was 1956, and the creation was a landmark moment in computer graphics and cultural history that has gone unnoticed until now.

Using equipment designed to guard against the apocalypse, a pin-up girl had been drawn.

She was quite probably the first human likeness to ever appear on a computer screen.

She glowed.

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5.25-inch floppy disk

5.25-inch floppy disk.

Via Wikipedia.