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Preview of Sketch2Photo

Posted on November 16th, 2009 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science!, Tech News | 3 Comments »

So, this is a preview of a piece of software which I find to be absolutely ridiculous.
I had not thought that anyone had actually been able to program an algorithm to do this as well as this.
Here, we have a program which allows you to do very rough sketches of an image, say a beach with some birds, sailboats, and a newly wed couple kissing. Very rough sketch.
Well, this program takes your rough sketch and keywords for each object and runs them through image searches online and *builds a composite image of it.* In other words, it outputs a “photoshopped” image composite of what you had sketched.
All fine and good, it sounds relatively meh on paper. However take a look at these images and you will be astounded at how real the final picture seems, especially when compared to what it was extracted from.

Check out their university research page which has more ridiculous images made by Sketch2Photo, as well as the source code of the program itself!

NanoRadio?

Posted on July 13th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Photos/Videoes, Science! | No Comments »

Well, I know things are getting small and all….and nanotubes are getting funding like theres no tomorrow…but really, this is just ridiculous. Berkeley has developed a single nanotube that acts as the antenna, tuner, amplifier, AND demodulator of a radio. It captures signal by mehanical vibration instead of the usual method since its so damn small. Whats very cool is that its got perfectly acceptable quality sound. To demo this, they attached the nanotube onto an electrode. Somehow, through the magic that is carbon nanotube, it transmits the sound as an electric current. There are some awesome pictures and videos of the nanotube in action, along with some audio samplings. Check it out: Nanotube Radio

Lolcats explain color vs. grayscale

Posted on July 10th, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

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more cat pictures

Lolcat of the Day

Posted on July 3rd, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

The Cardboard Bike

Posted on June 27th, 2008 in Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Science!, Site of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of | 1 Comment »

“Phil Bridge, 21, of Sheffield Hallam
University, said the bike was strong enough for a rider weighing up to 12
stones and would not go soft in the rain, although it has a life expectancy
of only about six months.”

One one hand, I want to really applaud this design for being very affordable, and I could easily see this as a means of transportation for people who don’t have the resources to afford standard metal bikes, but need a means of getting around other then walking. I’m thinking along the lines of One Laptop per Child, or the person-powered water pump we blogged about a few months ago. I mean, whats better then a bike thats made of cardboard, could be easily shipped and stored, or carried on a bus, boat, by hand through non-bikeable conditions? And its cardboard. Who’d really want to steal it? Its not like you could sell it for scrap.

On the other hand, I’m ready to say that this is just another embodiment of our use-for-a-while-and-throw-away society. I mean, who buys a bike they know will last them only 6 months? Granted, it IS only cardboard, so it will decompose in landfills, and the metal parts are supposed to be recyclable.

What I think would be a really interesting design would be to make metal parts as well as cardboard parts – this way, people in poor countries could buy the cardboard bike to get around, and buy the rest of the bike in metal form piece by piece – you could litterall buy it wheel by wheel, then get a real metal frame, a real seat, real handlebars, and then you’ve worked your way up to a real bike. It couldn’t be that hard to break the design down into four or five individual parts that places could stock in metal.

Read the rest of the article here
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4221806.ece

Ultra HD Video at Comcast HQ

Posted on June 25th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Tech News, Time Wasters | No Comments »

Funny…Comcast High Speed internet is slowly throttling their bandwidth, cutting off their customers slowly, have crappy customer service, and what do they do?

Lets install a super high def video demo at our HQ of 10 million pixels and let the 1 person who walks in marvel at our awesomness 😛

But, enough with that, Comcast installed this “screen” of 10 million LEDS at their headquarters and demonstrates super HD video quality.

It includes an automated video room that handles the 27 terabytes of video that is required to fully use the thing.
Check it out at DVICE

Travel from any point on the Earth to any other point in only 42 minutes!

Posted on June 19th, 2008 in Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Science!, Site of the Day, Things we should do more of | No Comments »

So, what happens if you dig a tunnel straight through the center of the Earth, and jump in?
How long will it take you to come out the other side?

Turns out its 42 minutes.
No matter if the tunnel goes straight through the center of the Earth, or goes at an angle between New York and Seattle.

ISS and Earth from Space

Posted on June 18th, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science!, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

(click for super-larger version)

Not really sure what the source is for this photo, got it from
http://chamorrobible.org/images/photos/
gpw-20061021-NASA-S124-E-010006-black-space-Earth
-horizon-white-clouds-blue-water-International-Space-Station-20080611-large.jpg

The Most Meta Internet Video Ever

Posted on June 17th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Photos/Videoes, Time Wasters | No Comments »

“You’ve seen cats flushing toilets, Will Ferrell and his toddler/landlord, Filipino prisoners dancing, and hot babes hosting gadget shows. But wait, and we mean wait, until you’ve seen this!”
From Slate V

Cool game system mods

Posted on June 15th, 2008 in Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | 2 Comments »

Okay, I’ve posted about a few controller or game system mods before, but some of these are really cool.

How about this giant working NES controler/coffee table?

http://ultra-awesome.blogspot.com/2008/05/nes-coffee-table-final-post-rah.html

Take off the glass, clear off the old coffee mugs, and you’re ready to play!

Or how about this ultra-portable NES that fits inside a custom shoe?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jewschool/1560478521/

Or how about this snappy-looking Alligator Xbox?

http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/xbox-360-gator

Take a look at these, and 22 others here
http://thehottestgadgets.com/2008/05/25-game-console-mods-00294