Innovation

Notable Internet History

Slate.com published a great article detailing some unique events in internet history, such as how Arpanet users created the first social network in 1979 to share their favourite science fiction, created emoticons to differentiate work topics from jokes, and wrote the first "Spoiler Alert" about Star Trek II!

The Everyday Calendar

Simone Giertz, the robotics enthusiast who initially became known for her useless robots, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a device called the Everyday Calendar. The device allows you to touch a day on the screen to illuminate the hexagon for that day. The idea is the device aids you in keeping to habits and routines. The project has already 10x'd its goal and has 28 days to go.

Adobe Max

The Adobe MAX 2018 event demonstrated a plethora of AI enabled "multimedia" tools from Adobe this year. The innovations include the Moving Stills project which automatically generates an animated fly-through from a static image, ProjectKazoo which allows the user to hum a tune and generate sampled instrumental music from it and Fontphoria which automatically generates a custom font from one letter of a newly designed font. Check out these and the rest of the projects on the Adobe Blog.

Fiberbots

The Mediated Matter Group at MIT have created Fiberbots, robots that use a mix of fiber and resin to build towers underneath themselves. The bots use sensors and algorithms to colaborate with eachother while adjusting the length and curvature of the towers they build. (H/T to Mikael for sharing this).

Jumping Robots!

Boston Dynamics have released footage of Atlas doing parkour jumps from leg to leg! Also this week, researchers at Berkeley have developed the second iteration of a one legged jumping robot called Salto 1-P which can accurately control it's jumping patterns and trajectory.

Sans Forgetica

The Behavioural Business Lab at RMIT University Melbourne Australia worked with RMIT lecturer and typographer Stephen Banham to create a new font called Sans Forgetica. The font is designed to invoke enough cognitive processing in the brain to prevent the scanning of the text and to prompt the brain to engage in deeper processing, thus enhancing memory retention. The aim of the font is to help students remember their study notes. Sans Forgetica is available as a free download and a Chrome extension.

Londis DCU AI Store

The Londis on the DCU Glasnevin campus is to launch a state of the art AI powered inventory management and pricing system. The system will use a Panasonic vision system to monitor shelf activity as well as a dynamic pricing system using digital tags on the shelves of the newly refurbished store at the new DCU Student Centre.

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