1. thinksquad:

    Uncle Sam may start charging you for the right to access the Internet.

    Or you might soon find yourself paying a sales tax on purchases made at online retailers like Amazon and eBay.

    Depending on whom you ask, the two issues are either completely unrelated or close cousins. The first is a sort of doomsday scenario that would come to pass if a long-standing federal ban on charging a tax for Internet access isn’t renewed by Congress. The second will become reality if an online-sales-tax bill, supported by brick-and-mortar retailers, gets passed as a piggyback measure to the ban.

    Before Congress flees Washington later this week to begin its final burst of election-season campaigning, it must address the ban on federal, state, and local taxes on Internet access due to expire on Nov. 1.


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  2. cross-connect:

    Kai Bartels is a 34 year old from Braunschweig, Germany who works as a designer for a small advertising agency. In his spare time he tries to learn or test functions of Cinema 4D in order to make GIFs. He likes to keep his animations very simple using basic shapes and very few colours. You can find his work posted on Tumblr as hallokai-stuff.


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  3. prostheticknowledge:


    Prototyping 3D printing method from HPI reduces construction time of model making by a tenth creating wireframe versions of forms - video embedded below:

    WirePrint prints 3D objects as wireframe previews. By extruding filament directly into 3D space instead of printing layer-wise, it achieves a speed-up of up to a factor of 10, allowing designers to iterate more quickly in the early stages of design …

    Even though considered a rapid prototyping tool, 3D printing is so slow that a reasonably sized object requires printing overnight. This slows designers down to a single iteration per day. With WirePrint, we propose to instead print low-fidelity wireframe previews in the early stages of the design process. Wireframe previews are 3D prints in which surfaces have been replaced with a wireframe mesh. Since wireframe previews are to scale and represent the overall shape of the 3D object, they allow users to quickly verify key aspects of their 3D design, such as the ergonomic fit.

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  4. rolandchangsuperpositiveasian:


    Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible

    Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Electrical engineer Todd Coleman at the University of California at San Diego is devising noninvasive means of controlling machines via the mind, techniques virtually everyone might be able to use.

    Commanding machines using the brain is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In recent years, brain implants have enabled people to control robotics using only their minds, raising the prospect that one day patients could overcome disabilities using bionic limbs or mechanical exoskeletons.

    But brain implants are invasive technologies, probably of use only to people in medical need of them. Instead, Coleman and his team are developing wireless flexible electronics one can apply on the forehead just like temporary tattoos to read brain activity.

    "We want something we can use in the coffee shop to have fun," Coleman says.

    The devices are less than 100 microns thick, the average diameter of a human hair. They consist of circuitry embedded in a layer or rubbery polyester that allow them to stretch, bend and wrinkle. They are barely visible when placed on skin, making them easy to conceal from others.

    The devices can detect electrical signals linked with brain waves, and incorporate solar cells for power and antennas that allow them to communicate wirelessly or receive energy. Other elements can be added as well, like thermal sensors to monitor skin temperature and light detectors to analyze blood oxygen levels.

    Using the electronic tattoos, Coleman and his colleagues have found they can detect brain signals reflective of mental states, such as recognition of familiar images. One application they are now pursuing is monitoring premature babies to detect the onset of seizures that can lead to epilepsy or brain development problems. The devices are now being commercialized for use as consumer, digital health, medical device, and industrial and defense products by startup MC10 in Cambridge, Mass.


    It’s beginning. The rapture. The mark of the beast.

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  5. cybernetic-organisms:


    Samsung SPH-N270 - Old Cyberpunk Inspired Mobile

    I remember wanting the fuck out of this after I saw the matrix when I was a kid.

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  7. txchnologist:

    New York Fashion Week, which ended last Thursday, brought together the biggest names in haute couture to showcase some of the weirdest and wildest designs people could hang off their bodies. A number of bloggers took the opportunity to use NYFW as a backdrop to talk about science.

    Our science comic contributor, makinaro, took it one step further. He wondered what would happen if designers took the most advanced technologies and scientific concepts to put into their fashions. We present his imagination at work.

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  8. Shenzhou 9
    Photographer: Marc De Groot
    Model: Grace Guozhi
    Styling: Marije Goekoop
    Hair & Make-Up: Irena Ruben

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  9. dailydot:

    Is the runway ready for high-tech fashion?

    "There’s been signs of progress recently. Apple just teased the release of its much-hyped smartwatch, and designer Rebecca Minkoff premiered two pieces of wearable tech, a bracelet that delivers mobile call and text notifications and one with a USB that charges your smartphone, at New York Fashion Week.

    But few of these products have caught on in the general marketplace, and designers and developers have consistently failed to achieve one simple goal—creating wearable tech that you’d actually want to wear. That prompts the question: Why has it been so hard for designers to marry high tech with high fashion? And what does that say about the future of wearable tech in general?”

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  10. tom-pinchuk:


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