TECH CROSSING

Yesterday, we discovered Netflix’s mind-reading prototype called Mindflix. Like something out of a science fiction film, Mindflix’s sensors basically tap into your brain in order to recommend something for you to watch. Now, since this technology is not yet available on the market at this time, you might be looking for a little help in a more realistic sense. This is where Cinetrii comes in. The site connects you with films based on mentions of related work in film critic reviews. By tracing artistic lineage in film, it searches quotes from critics that compare a film in question to others that are similar or are influencers. Yes, it is a very specific type of curatorial help in navigating you towards similar films if you already know your tastes. Even if mainstream film critics aren’t necessarily your top source for discovery, why not at least give it a try and possibly uncover something new! We tried it out with our recent favorite "The Love Witch" and the suggestions were all pretty spot on recommendations! Looks like we've got a list of new films to watch! Fancy a try? Read more about Cinetrii over on Gizmodo!

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