What's even more disconcerting, however, is how easy it is to use current technology to carry out racial profiling. The team used pre-existing software and development tools for the underlying code, OpenTSPS to identity people, and a library of features through FaceTracker. According to Karl Ward of Disruptsy, which has a long history of putting politics into everyday objects, all they needed to do was write a custom program to get everything working together.
Of course, the point here was not to create discriminatory technology. Instead, the goal was to start a discussion about institutional racism by creating physical everyday objects that literally fight against you because of what you are.
Life Line Drones
We've seen tiny flying robots be used to deliver everything from tacos and burritos to engagement rings and even beer. Now, we're finally getting to delivering something really important: life-saving medical supplies.
The Life Line Drone is a 3D-printed hexacopter designed to carry up to 3 kilograms (roughly 6.6 pounds) of medical supplies. NYU Ph.D student Mathew Mathieu designed the drones to use a networkable Arduino backbone along with a 3D-printed frame. The result is an exceedingly affordable $100 drone.
The idea is that these lifesaving drones would be able to airlift lab samples (like blood testing kits) as well as medications to those that need them the most. Pia Zaragoza, a member of the Life Line Drone team, explained that these drones could prove useful in diagnosing and treating patients in areas impacted by natural disasters or inaccessible by roads.
Forget photos--GIFs are 1000 times better than still images. Sarah Rothberg built a real-life .gifbooth Plus modeled after the Banana Jr. computer from the Bloom County comic strip. It's pretty much self-explanatory: You go in, act crazy, get a GIF of yourself, and check it out online. The .gifbooth team also devised a bunch of funky filters to let you digitize yourself in any number of Tron-ish ways.
Oculus Rift? Who needs that to have an out-of-body experience? The Mindingo, created by Victor Freire and Peter Terezakis, lets you experience real life in the third person.
The device is essentially a visor equipped with an attached iPod touch that shows you a video feed of...yourself. It's kind of like walking around blind, except you can still see yourself (sorta). Victor can also mess around with your perspective by switching between two cameras and also by slowing down the footage to make seem like you are lagging in real-life.
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