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A beautiful way of getting your music out into the community.

I have almost finished the rebuild of my Quadrocopter so I thought I would post it up here. All I am waiting for now is the motor mounts. I am very pleased with build as it will be a lot more maintainable than the original injected moulded plastic one as the carbon fibre rod is very replaceable. Its a bit of a dark photo but I like how stealthy and menacing it looks. I am very much considering ordering the Ardupilot and accessories for some added Arduino goodness.

Android 1 – iPhone 0 (eventually sorted though)

I have used PhoneGap before without the aid of Dreamweaver and although it works well the setup process is a little complex and I never really got it working for IPhone on my Mac. A lot of students have been asking for training sessions for writing apps so I thought that the CS5.5 / PhoneGap integration might streamline the whole process. As with most things Adobe do the workflow is very simple and when using the jQuery mobile template and exporting out to Android everything worked really well. The problems came when I started trying to export for the IPhone (Surprise surprise). The main issue was that once I pointed the setting to the the developer folder at the root of my hard drive and clicked build and emulate I got an error:

The build of application failed to complete successfully

After hunting round in the settings for a while I decided to hit up Google. I found the solution in the Adobe forums, here is the link:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/4170843#4170843

I was unsure if I was supposed to change the camera.h file @

/Users/alcwynparker/Documents/DW_NAF

or

/Applications/Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5/Configuration/NativeAppFramework/DWPhoneGap

So I changed them both for good measure and everything now works fine.

When I was a lot younger I can remember spending a vast amount of my time messing around with my second hand ZX Spectrum. I had a book to accompany the epic device which ran through how to draw an array of very simple pictures, everything from smiley faces to abstract madness. It took so long to create a simple picture and debugging was a nightmare. Things have definitely come along way. Check out the video below showing Iñigo Quílez (n) working some pure code magic to create a generated apple. It is also well worth checking out his tutorial page with over ten years of informative tutorials.

Just bought one of these!

I shall be posting videos of it up here as soon as it arrives!

EXCITED

Here are some useful links that I have been using for reference:

How to get a video feed from the new toy (manual insists the quadrocopter is not a toy!)

http://rcexplorer.se/Educational/FPV/FPV.html

A really informative forum thread

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1171103

The Conrad 450 ARF Quadrocopter manual

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa…4&d=1270284725

ROUGH NOTES

Possible Camera setup 1:

Other configs:
500 metres ready to use camera:

Occasionally, I ponder a machine that is capable of reading all the chaotic thoughts inside my head at any given time. Once the thoughts have been collated, this device should then find a tangible yet beautiful media to output these thoughts in a cohesive manner. The closest that technology has come to doing this so far, that I am aware of, is reconstructing the brains vision. At UC Berkeley, scientists have been using an fMRI system to record the blood flow through their brains’ visual cortex as the user watches youtube videos. Using this data scientist have been able to reconstruct the visuals that the user was being fed.

article via gizmodo

There are some obvious concerns when it comes to human rights and violation of privacy but thats not what concerns me the most. Once they have invented this mind reader device what if my thoughts output like this:

Article vis MAKE

Whilst researching into artificial intelligence I came across this article. David Cope is a composer that wrote a computer program he called Experiments in Musical Intelligence. The program was written to analyse past compositions from great composers such as Bach or Beethoven and read the notes like data. Once the data has been read in the program identifies common patterns and styles within the composition and recreates those techniques for new arrangements and compositions. The thing I find most interesting about EMI is the reaction the software received from the audience of music lovers. If a machine can mimic and create works of beauty equal to that of the greats then does this discredit and invalidate the idea of the master piece? It reminds me of the core marxist belief of metaphysical materialism which states:

the mind, or thought, is purely the product of the material composition of the brain.

Quote from site

Recently I have been looking into cybernetics. The website: http://www.v2.nl/ seem to be an invaluable resource so I thought I would post it here so it might help others as well.

 

 

 

Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine (or just Melvin the Machine) is best described as a Rube Goldberg machine with a twist. Besides doing what Rube Goldbergs do best – performing a simple task as inefficiently as possible, often in the form of a chain reaction – Melvin has an identity. Actually, the only purpose of this machine is promoting its own identity.

SITE

Yet another Rube goldberg machine but I really love the social media twist for this one.

Our camera uses 36 fixed-focus 2 megapixel mobile phone camera modules. The camera modules are mounted in a robust, 3D-printed, ball-shaped enclosure that is padded with foam and handles just like a ball. Our camera contains an accelerometer which we use to measure launch acceleration. Integration lets us predict rise time to the highest point, where we trigger the exposure. After catching the ball camera, pictures are downloaded in seconds using USB and automatically shown in our spherical panoramic viewer. This lets users interactively explore a full representation of the captured environment.

 

Amazing idea

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