When Music is Seen and not Heard

What do you get when Art and Science shake hands and heartily greet each other? The answer is simple: innovation. There are many who agree that Art and Science are two sides of the same coin and that you cannot truly have one without the other. Artist Marco Fusinato is one such believer who has taken abstract art to a whole new level with his “Mass Black Implosion” collection.

Fusinato has applied mathematical transformations to sheet music delineating experimental compositions and literally made you “see” music. The artist has simply added a new dimension to the musical notes, which were, by themselves alluringly abstract. By line drawing over existing scores of avant garde music, Fusinato shows us what “free noise” would look like.

As a result, you find sound waves and equations staring back at you when you look at Fusinato’s Mass Black Implosion. No, this is not a case of synesthesia, but simply a testament to what the human mind can do! Those viewing Fusinato’s collection, can not only hear the musical compositions but they also have an idea of what the sound they hear would actually “look” like.

So when you now look at a piece of sheet music, would you find notes leaping out at you? Let us know!

[via io9 and Illusion 360]

Crayon Rockets zoom into the Nevada Sky

Do you remember the hours you spent coloring as a child with your favorite pack of crayons? I remember spending many an hour blissfully unaware of the rest of the world, creating my own world of electric-blue cats and buildings with purple roofs, with my trusted box of Crayola(TM) crayons by my side.

Now, although I’ve left those years far behind, my interest got piqued the moment I saw this post on a man launching crayon rockets on the Internet. Curiosity got the better of me and I immediately began to read.

John Croker, who has spent years pursuing his quirky hobby of Rocketry, launched his own armada of crayon rockets into the dry skies of Sierra Nevada after spending almost six years working on them. Inspired by a friend who had once mentioned that one of his rockets resembled a crayon, John decided to   make flying crayons a reality! Well, he didn’t actually charm a box of crayons to zoom out into the sky, but what he did was pretty close to it.

John built a pack of eight rod-shaped rockets with fins that looked exactly like larger-than-life Crayola(TM) crayons (minus the fins, of course) and made them fly out of what looked like a very large Crayola(TM) crayon box. Although only four out of the eight actually flew, not everyone can boast of making crayons fly a couple of thousand feet into the air! John has written extensively about the experience, along with how he built and painted his crayon rockets on his website.

It seems that even adults can make crayons can fly, and not just in their imaginations!

The World’s First 3D Bio-printer Ready for Release

Endgadget reports that Invetech has developed a full-blown 3D printer for Organovo, the leader in the field of regenerative and organ replication technology. This technology can literally printtissues, building human organs cell-by-cell which can be used to replace organs in the human body in the near future.


This science-fiction-esque device will prove to be a powerful tool in the hands of scientists, biotechnology engineers and surgeons. Any desired pattern can be printed with this device, from epithelial cells of the skin to stromal tissue, ultimately leading to the production of a number of organic products such as supports for the liver and kidney cells during an operation, to the production of a mature tooth altogether, severing the incessant need for crowns and fillings.

Invetech will be shipping these devices to research institutes and medical centers through 2010 and 2011.

The device’s inner workings are as yet not very well known, however the press release has stated that

The 3D bio-printers include an intuitive software interface that allows engineers to build a model of the
tissue construct before the printer commences the physical constructions of the organs cell-by-cell using
automated, laser-calibrated print heads.

What would the inkof this printer be? Human cells! Well, in part. Human cells make up one print head, while the other print head is for placing a support matrix, hydro-gel or a scaffolding. The entire instrument comes with a sterile biosafety cabinet during use. This is the first step towards a better human race, it seems!

However, how well this printer will be used is up for speculation, for the printer itself seems to be one of those tools a mad scientist would use for world domination. Coupled with that large red button, this fear is only increased!

Sony PSPs Used by the Royal Navy as Teaching Aids

Here is another reason by which you can convince your parents/spouse that you need that PlayStation Portable. The UK Navy has bought 230 bright blue PSP consoles loaded with study-materials for sailors at sea. The consoles come preloaded with technical science studies and have been distributed among marine warfare technicians, radar and sonar operators and VHF radio operators in a bid to keep them abreast with their education.

Bright Blue PSP

The PSP was chosen as opposed to many other handheld devices due to its durability and specifically because it could easily be used in cramped bunks of submarines and warfare vessels. These consoles will help the sailors crucially with their studies as they come with short slides with commentary of eight to twelve minutes’ duration. Another reason the PSP was chosen was because the sailors (mostly young men between 18 and 30 the same as the target market of the PSP) were familiar with the controls and could get to work with little to no help from their instructors.

The Navy also decided to not disable the UMD tray since that would mean that the sailors looked after it well. Not bad considering the Navy was all about discipline and no play!

Toogle – The textual image search!

Browsing through TinyHacker I found this fascinating website called Toogle. They ended their tiny review with FunFunFun, and I really cannot deny that.

Toogle searches through Google Images and gives you the most popular result… in colored text! (The words being the search term!)


The Techie Buzz page… in colored text! (Polite blogging norms do not allow me to write that sentence the way it is supposed to be written- The Techie Buzz page…IN COLORED TEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”)

Here are a few more samplers!


The Original and…

Palm Centro

…the Toogle!


The Original…


And the Toogle! So much fun!

The best part about this is that you can copy-paste the text into your favorite word processor and save it. Very, very slick!

Happy Birthday Internet

ARPANET in 1971Forty years ago, on this day, the Internet came into existence, as two computers in University of California (UCLA) and Stanford Research Institute were connected. The inauguration was shaky to say the least. The system crashed as Charley Kline was about to press the letter g of login- the first command.

The beginning of the Internet was cautious and slow. It took a long time for ARPANET to become a truly global Internetwork. Even after ten years there were only 188 computers linked on the network. However, things began to improve in the 80s as computers became (relatively) cheaper and faster. Another, turning point was the development of TCP/IP which went on to become a de-facto standard. By January 1, 1983 all host computers on or connected to ARPANET had switched over to the TCP/IP based Internetwork. Domain name system was created in 1984 and dotcom domain names became available in 1985. By 1987, there were 30,000 host computers and the growth of Internet began to accelerate. In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea of Hypertext and developed the World Wide Web. And the rest is history.

[via Guardian and Yahoo]

Video Advertisements To Appear In Magazines

First of all this is not a episode which we missed for last couple of weeks, yes, again, but technology is amazing and it can do things we never even thought about.

A new technology to insert video in traditional newspapers & magazines has been created to insert video advertisements as you can see in the video below.

Video Ads In Traditional Magazines

The video-in-print ads will start appearing in the US magazine Entertainment Weekly, the magazine with the first video ads will be made available to people in Los Angeles and New York on September 19th.

The magazines will have a small slim line screen as you see in a traditional mobile phone and use a chip technology to store videos up-to 40 minutes.

The first few video-in-print ads will feature ads from CBS and Pepsi, this is definitely a great way to get user attention, but it needs to be seen how feasible this technology is for magazine publishers and whether advertisers will pour in additional advertising money for including their own videos when internet and television advertisement is more cheaper when it comes to video ads.

But like always there will be cheaper ways to do this in future and don’t get surprised if your next edition of morning newspaper carries a video with the headlines instead of just plain text :-).

[BBC News via Nothing to do]

Opera Unite Reinvents Browsers, Turns A Browser Into A Web Server

I have been using for quite sometime now and I must say that they have been doing a nice job with the development of Opera, with the introduction of Turbo and many more features in recent past.

Opera has now taken it a step further with Opera Unite, a really interesting way to browse the internet making the browser act as both a server and a client on a network.

With Opera 10, we are introducing a new technology called Opera Unite, radically extending what you are able to do online. Opera Unite harnesses the power of today’s fast connections and hardware, allowing all of us to help define the future landscape of the Web, one computer at a time.

How This Changes The Landscape of Browsers

In a traditional web server setup on home networks you will have a firewall device that acts as a go between your devices and external web servers.


With Opera Unite no configuration is needed, the Web server initiates a connection to the proxy, which uses this to pass information back about incoming requests.


Opera Unite is basically a web server running inside the browser that will allow you to easily share content by installing services developed for Opera Unite.

Opera Unite allows you to easily share your data: photos, music, notes and other files. You can even run chat rooms and host entire Web sites with Opera Unite. It puts the power of a Web server in your browser, giving you greater privacy and flexibility than other online services.

Visit Opera Unite to get more information on the innovative feature, you can also start out by reading Getting started with Opera Unite. Developers may also be interested in reading the Introduction to Opera Unite.

Lock Your Latop With Your Cell Phone / Mobile

It may not be the perfect solution for security freaks out there, who look for top notch security for their gadgets, but definitely the answer for those of you who wish to avoid lap-top peepers. You know what I’m talking about, like leaving your laptop on while you walk away in the canteen to get something for yourself, you wouldn’t want the world around you to peep and see what you’ve been up to right ? This Phoenixs new Freeze application, may be just what you are looking for, which assures of fitting any blue-tooth phone with a proximity lock:

Watch this video to see freeze in action:

Kinda Artificial Intelligence :) .. One phone can be used to control number of laptops, and you additionally can set up power saving mode as soon as the phone is moved out of the proximity range. Some of the advantages of using Freeze are power saving and increased productivity.

Best of all, is that this application is available as a free download (a 14 day trial), but currently is tailor made for Windows XP and Vista only. If you are happy with what the trial then you get the full version dirt cheap.

Phoenix is planning to release features more rich and sumptuous, but all that is planned for sometime later, as it is now concentrating on dealing with computer manufactures hoping to get a standard option for new laptops!!

[ Download PhoenixFreeze ]

Will Nokia 5800 Tube be the next iPhone Killer?

We have been playing around with our new toy the Nokia N95 for few days now, and it is definitely the best smartphone available today. Except for it not being a touch phone, it beats the iPhone outright on features. We will be posting a detailed review about it, once we have all the applications and games installed and tested.

In the meantime we did see another phone that caught our attention. The Nokia 5800 Tube is rumored to be a real killer phone and it’s possibly the first phone from Nokia to have a touch screen. Nokia 5800 Tube will make use of the S60 Touch UI built on Symbian (which is great) OS for mobile phones. Knowing how good Nokia smartphones are, we can definitely vouch that this phone will prove to be the real competition to iPhones.

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