ListenTree: Live streaming sound from an outdoor ecological monitoring sensor network to an urban audience by Gershon Dublon at the MIT Media Lab:
A visitor to the installation notices a faint sound appearing to emerge from a tree (or several), and might feel a slight vibration under their feet as they approach. By resting their head against the tree, they are able to both feel and hear crystal clear sound through bone conduction. To create this effect, a specialized audio exciter transducer is weatherproofed and attached to the underground base of a tree (or trees), transforming the tree into a living speaker that channels audio through its branches and provides vibrotactile feedback. Any kind of sound can be played through the tree, including live audio or pre-recorded tracks. In one deployment, we used Arboreal Telepresence to display live streaming sound from an outdoor ecological monitoring sensor network, bringing an urban audience into contact with a faraway wetland restoration.
Our intervention is motivated by a need for forms of display that fade into the background, inviting attention rather than requiring it. We consume most our of our digital information through devices that often alienate us from our immediate surroundings; Arboreal Telepresence points to a future where digital information might become enmeshed in material.
Top CEOs Make 331 Times the Average Worker. Does Anyone Care?
Chief executives of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index made an average $11.7 million last year. The average production and nonsupervisory worker: $35,239. That means CEOs are paid 331 times the average worker, according to a report released this week by the AFL-CIO, a federation of trade unions.
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WWII Floral And Hickory Striped Women Workers
Consolidated Aircraft Corporation Worker, 1940’s.
Not exactly propaganda but I wanted to share these color photographs. They look like they were just taken yesterday. We’re so used to black and white or poorly colored photos from that era that these almost look faked.
Consumer 3-D Printing -- Does it Matter to Hardcore Manufacturing? | Emerging Technologies content from IndustryWeek
It might seem too simple, maybe beneath your engineering expertise, but consumer-level 3-D printing can help change the way you, your bosses and your kids think.
What the Shutdown Did to Science (via popmech)
Bolt helps teams build physical products. Manufacturing is a big part of what we provide assistance with, so you can imagine we are asked a deluge of questions about manufacturing on a daily basis. One of the most common is “can we make X part here in the US?” The answer is always yes, but at…
I can’t disagree more, with at least two of your assumptions: 1) Design and Development will remain in the US and 2) US Manufacturing won’t see Manufacturing come back.
1. Having worked for several multi-nationals, Design and Development follow the Manufacturing, and companies do it for the same reasons to reduce cost or time to market. Not saying it is right or even makes operational sense, but those leaders who believe they need to move Manufacturing overseas don’t stop there.
2. I’ve also seen several companies move their manufacturing back or decide not to move their manufacturing in the first place by putting greater focus on Lean, Supply Chain Excellence, wanting to keep and developing local suppliers and creating closer relationships such that the overall supply chain cost is reduced.
A nation that doesn’t build things, is a nation in decline. Because with Manufacturing comes better communication with the designers, developers, customers, suppliers, etc. I think something that you will see is more regional manufacturing, manufacture for a market in that market, whether it be specific products for that market or products for shipment to a larger region.
Plastic? Where to start! It’s now the number one form of ocean debris, and muscled its way up the food chain, starting, of course, with hungry microbes. Recent research confirmed that the fish we eat also can’t help but consume plastic. Oh, but there’s good news. On Thursday, Elif Bilgin, a 16-year …
Elif Bilgin, a 16-year-old girl from Istanbul, Turkey, won $50,000 at the Google Science Fair for her process of turning banana peels into bio-plastic- a better greener alternative than using fossil fuel for plastic production.
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