Introducing Greenhouse, a peek at the future of multiscreen and gesture interaction.
Air, water and light create rainbows. They can also create displays. Will Maxim’s invention be able to replace screens and monitors?
Yours truly, a year ago writing about Paul Miller’s decision to “quit” the internet for a year:
In my month away from email, I didn’t miss it at all. Not for one second. Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil of the modern world. But the internet is different. My guess is that in his year away, Miller will come to realize more and more that the internet is nothing if not one of the greatest achievements in human history.
It’s going to be a hell of a lot harder to live life without it.
I’m sure there will be a killer book deal on the other side though!
A year later, Miller’s own proposed titles for such a book:
No Internet, No Life: The Paul Miller Story
How To Disconnect From Reality In 365 Days
At First I Liked Not Using The Internet But Then It Got Kind Of Sucky
Does this mean that everyone who threatens to quit the internet now has to shut up? Please?
Quitters never win…
Precise Images of Buildings That 3D Scanning Enables by Scott Page Design
3D scanning—though it’s been around since the 1960s—has been in the news of late, with Harvard using the technology to recreate ancient statues and MakerBot announcing a desktop scanner last month. But cheaper, faster, and more accessible 3D scanners aren’t just revolutionizing how we print terrifying models of our own faces. They’re also changing how we understand the city.
A fascinating story about urban-scale 3D scanning published on the Atlantic Cities this week explores how a Bay Area architect named Scott Page is using a 3D scanner to generate super-accurate models of historic and dilapidated buildings.
Page’s system takes a series of photographs and patches them together based on how light bounces off each surface. Rather than taking weeks to survey an old building, architects can now generate precise dimensions in just a few hours. Because the scanner uses color photographs, the models are also incredibly beautiful, expressive documents—Page compares them to the first photographs ever made. “There is a magical quality to point cloud imagery, similar to the earliest photos that froze time onto small metallic plates,” he writes on his website.