How much can you fit in a one inch cube? The bloggers at Council Blogs saw the latest addition at Studio YouTube. It is a small self contained video camera that fits in a case 1 inch X 1 inch X 1 inch. The unit sports a 1/4″ tripod mount, infrared LEDs for night vision, a slot for a micro SD memory chip, power and operation buttons, LED indicators, and a USB connection. The battery is self contained. Initial experiments with the SYT quad copter went well as far as the video. The weight and balance in relation to the quad copter is another story. Great footage of aerial acrobats and crash landings looking sideways when the dust settles. The technology of video capture at this size is quite amazing and intriguing. This paves the way for the DIY Drone project at SYT later this fall.
Rapid Prototyping or RP describes a number of technologies that includes 3D printing. Turning an X-Y process into the 3rd dimension. The technologies involved keep getting better in resolution and larger size components that can be made. Fortunately, other advances are making the technology more affordable. Advances in the open source community for microcontrollers like Arduino are allowing designers to easily and affordably copy these big brother technologies in a desk top version. Here at the Cyber Wigwam we added the Makerbot 3D printer to exhibit the capability of 3D printing. Soon, tepees and arrowheads in 3D will be adorning the cyber Wigwam. At the root of the Makerbot is the Arduino micorcontroller technology. Massimo Banzi presents an excellent overview of open source ideals and how it impacts creativitiy below.
It’s amazing to see the fireworks industry alive and well. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association industry revenues have doubled from 1999 to 2010. In the U.S. alone, revenues in 2010 steadily increased in those 11 years to $952 million annually. At last night’s fireworks display it was hard to keep up with the multitude of locations lighting up the sky. Every point of the compass seemed to have the rocket’s red glare. What is the fascination with fireworks? One can’t help marvel at the technology and the experimentation of the different patterns and sequences that are commonplace today. A totally different experience from the one by one mortar-like approach remembered from my youth. But alas, what does it all mean for us bloggers? We have to remember that the freedom that we all enjoy allowed for many dimensions. Not only political freedom but freedom of thought and expression. That freedom paved the way for creative thoughts that capitalized on leveraging technology for a grander lifestyle. That freedom allowed technical expression to launch the internet for instance. That
internet connectivity paved the way for enterprising computer programmers to allow sharing of graphical ideas via the World Wide Web. That platform allowed citizen journalism via RSS and XML. We see RSS as the backbone of the blogosphere. It reminds me of the popular verse that exemplifies the butterfly effect. In terms of the blogosphere I took some poetic liberty:
For want of an expression the word was lost.
For want of a word the post was lost.
For want of a post the blog was lost.
For want of a blog the blogger was lost.
For want of a blogger the blogosphere was lost.
All for the value of freedom of expression!