Micro Robots.. It’s near…

From ATS: Moving reality a step closer to "Fantastic Voyage," researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a micro robot that can crawl through the human body.

“Micro robots are being developed in many research centers, but this is the first time we’ve been able to create one that can crawl through the body,” says Professor Moshe Shoham of the Technion Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, who headed the university’s research team. Prof. Shoham is the developer of the FDA-approved SpineAssist spine-surgery robot.

The robot is propelled by micro legs, a mechanism especially adapted to the movements of a tiny body through water. It is only a millimeter in diameter and 14 millimeters long, fitting on the tip of a finger, so it can get into the body’s smallest areas. It is powered by either actuation through magnetic force located outside the body, or through an on-board actuation system. Made of silicone and metal, it can be made completely biocompatible, so it could remain in the body much as a stent placed in arteries does.

“In the future, we hope the robot will be able to travel through a blood vessel, the digestive tract or the lungs, delivering targeted medicines to specific locations, clearing blockages, performing biopsies, or placed inside a shunt to drain body fluids from clogged areas,” Shoham explains.

Prof.Shoham explains that a final product will not be ready for several years. A small enough camera needs to be developed, and an actuation device that will steer the robot once inside the body needs to be perfected. Animal trials are being performed, but human trials are about two years away.

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APAK Love

I have a new love, they are known as APAK. Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland are the fantastical magical duo known as APAK. They are a childlike husband and wife collaborative art group who live among the fury conifer giants in a little cottage on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. They are known in particular for creating rich and colorful gouache/acrylic paintings on wood featuring the utopian lives and adventures of curious little beings living in lush fantastic environments surrounded by friendly little animals, the landscapes are familiar yet surreal, hinting at a fantastic narrative while suggesting truths about the real world at the same time.

I’m in love. They should be our new best friends. I can’t express the smiles and happiness looking at their page gave me today. It’s so "the family" in ideas and glory. I laughed so many times. I will try to make this post small, but I sorta want to show everything…go to their website, there’s so much there. Let’s begin this magical journey!

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Charlie White

Charlie White is a Los Angeles-based artist. White received his BFA in 1994 from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and received his MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, in 1998.

Charlie White took part in the adicolor web campaign, which invited young directors to make a short web film based on a color. White selected the color pink and worked with musician Greg Weeks, using Weeks’s track Made for the soundtrack.

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OMG BFF LOL "Girl Studies" 2008





Understanding Joshua

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How the G Got Its Groove Back

I forgot to post this a few weeks ago, but here it is. Now all of our friends can stop complaining. :-) The Grandpas are hard at work!

Since July 5, the G train – the only major subway line that does not enter Manhattan, and long viewed as one of the system’s most neglected and least beloved routes – has been extended past its usual Brooklyn terminus at Smith-Ninth Streets. The G train now serves five additional stations in Brooklyn: Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street, Seventh Avenue-Ninth Street, 15th Street-Prospect Park, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Church Avenue. The response, among G line riders, has been nothing short of elation.

Read more here.

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Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

From NYTIMES: A robot that can open doors and find electrical outlets to recharge itself. Computer viruses that no one can stop. Predator drones, which, though still controlled remotely by humans, come close to a machine that can kill autonomously.

Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting with customers on the phone.

Read more here.

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Tron/Daft Punk

Disney will be releasing the follow-up to it’s 1982 classic "TRON" entitled "TRON LEGACY" in 2010. Here is some footage they released at Comic Con.


And more excitingly, as announced earlier, Daft Punk will be doing the soundtrack. At Flynn’s Arcade at the viral event for TRON: LEGACY at Comic-Con 2009, a secret door opened up and led down a hallway to reveal a full-size model of the new lightcycle design. In the background you can hear what appears to be part of the upcoming soundtrack.


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We originally shot this a few months ago, it was supposed to be a multiple image series but our feelings changed on it. So it got saved in a folder and was never talked about again. With our new experimental page, we posted it as a solo work. The concept will eventually will be brought back out and built upon… already have some exciting ideas to continue with. :-)

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Experimental

New page on our website, will be posting alot more experimental work there and things in progress as we continue to try new things. Check it out.

The first piece explores augmented reality. What is there, what isn’t really there? What can you create? Will we ever be alone again? If you have a webcam you can try this yourself. Go to Living Sasquatch.

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