TECH CROSSING

Yesterday, the New York Film Festival offered a really unique experience for film lovers that I stumbled upon by happy accident. You see, at 1pm they moved a screening of “The Cinema Travellers” to the theatre right next to the 330pm talk by Ang Lee. Leaving one, you ran into the other. Call it a coincidence, but I say it's cinematic fate. “The Cinema Travellers” followed the story of two showmen with traveling cinema roadshows in the remote villages of India. As they started struggling to bring in audiences with their analog ways and old clunky projectors, the digital world of film inevitably started creeping up on them. And Ang Lee’s talk? About the insane, innovative technological advancements on display in his new film “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”. The contrast of the Indian documentary to Ang Lee’s talk was eye-opening for people curious about film as a physical medium. It was a delight to see both and it was also a delight to then randomly run across this film inspection video via Gizmodo. Learn about what it takes to inspect a physical piece of film and get mesmerised by the images within the frames as they fly by - a somewhat lost art that hopefully will not be lost forever! 

 

It seems these days the newest forms of tech are combining with musical instruments in magical ways. Remidi, a new startup that just launched a Kickstarter, is hoping to combine music with the hottest new tech trend, wearables, in order to create a glove instrument. To put it simply, Remidi’s T8 is a glove that makes sounds. Various sensors in the fingers or palm can be assigned to play as different notes, chords, or even samples. The glove is also a MIDI-controller, compatible with all the best sound software. Currently, the T8 is only available for sale as part of its Kickstarter campaign. The backing starts at $199, which will get you your very own wearable glove instrument. The T8 will cost a lot more once it’s on sale to the public, so better get onboard quick! Got a bad tapping habit or are people always telling you that you seem a bit fidgety? Why not read up more on the campaign and make those bad habits a musical masterpiece!

In an exciting move, the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival will be hosting a series of virtual reality events and programming during this year’s festival, advancing future collaborations between VR and film.To touch on just a few of the offerings, the Tribeca Festival Hub will feature a total of 23 interactive VR installations and exhibitions from April 13th - 24th, with 16 of the films having their world premieres. In addition, the festival will also host a Virtual Arcade, open from April 18th - 20th, allowing attendees to try out new VR headsets.Read up more on some of the different events set to happen here. 

Crazy spy cameras always seem like cheesy, fictionalized objects, recalling mid-20th century spy films and James Bond tricks. However, concealed cameras were actually a real thing back in the day. Resembling anything from guns to books, these miniature cameras took a variety of different forms and show an interesting side to the history of photographic technology.

Developed in a Google Incubator by two determined designers, the Light Phone is the opposite of every other phone in existence. It is thin, light, lasts 20 days on a charge, and literally does nothing but make and answer calls. It’s as if the makers of the Sports Illustrated Football Phone had studied the timeless teachings of William Walker Atkinson and created a telephone that was the platonic ideal of the ultimate telecommunication device. The best thing? It costs $100. Read more abou this "innovative" design here and fund the project on Kickstarter here.

A pair of Autodesk design engineers have taught their robot to draw, even programming in human-like flourishes. They discuss how they did it and what’s next for the automated artist. See it in action here.

A hotel in Japan, opening this July, claims that it will eventually be staffed almost entirely by humanoid robots. Fittingly, the hotel's name — Henn-Na Hotel — translates to "Strange Hotel." The robots will do an array of tasks, like conversing with guests at check-in — while exuding a natural "warmth" — as well as cleaning, according to the hotel's website. Read all about it here

The fact that technology allows us to pile so much more on our plate, both professionally and creatively, really makes you that much more pissed off when you spend 30 whole minutes looking for keys that were right where you left them. This new gadget, called TILE, will help give your unique brain a bit more time to create, and a bit less time to freak out.

Painting with emotion & memory.

Sergio Albaic asks "What is a truly realistic portrait?" This question inspired a project about going beyond physical appearances and attempting to render the interior world of a human being, through memories, emotions, relationships and personal story. All of it organized around a portrait painting metaphor: brushes loaded with meanings instead of paint would render a portrait using my “generative video painting” techniques...visit Sergio Albaic's website