We’re all big fans of the work of Bret Victor and while he’s gotten a little quieter later his colleague Toby Schachtmann has released his own set of tools for visual programming and manipulating graphics called Apparatus that he demoed at the Strange Loop conference in St. Louis. The video is a little lengthy but there’s some really interesting thought packed into a tool that you can try out today.
Smartphones are usually one of the sources of stress. Ustwo created a wonderfully soothing app called Pause that helps you relax for ten minutes and get an energy boost. It also looks like a lava lamp.
Typing on smartphones is still cumbersome. SwiftKey already did a lot to fix that and its new project wants to take it even further with a neural network system that predicts your typing behavior.
We are secretly still in our paint by numbers phase. Microsoft Research now shows how to turn this into live textures for augmented reality models.
When working on the Denny bike, we explored the idea of haptic feedback delivered to the handle bars. We quickly found that vibration from the road masked any haptic feedback. This shock absorbing handlebar could offer interesting opportunities for further exploration.
Some of us have been following the Dear Data project as it closes in on finishing the year-long conversation in hand-drawn visualizations between Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi. The hand-drawn nature of it gives it a really approachable, humble, and human feel that one doesn’t often find in data visualization works.
At TEAGUE we make things – and we often make prototypes. This car(dboard) prototype by LEXUS impressed us.
We think this could be the single biggest piece of automotive news in the last 3 years or so. Today Volvo announced that it will accept full liability for crashes when their autonomous driving system is active. This is HUGE! They’re not waiting on our legal system to figure out who takes the blame. Volvo says their systems are almost ready to be released and they have enough confidence in them to take on this level of responsibility. The impacts to the insurance business could be massive.
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