Monthly Archives: October 2015

Programmed Painting — A new kind of art by programmer

In future, there (probably) will be a new type of art— programming. Every this new kind of artists will have different ways to code paintings. The painting can be displayed on monitors. And there will be some sensors to obtain the information about our moods and tastes. By analyze our moods, the program will create different art pieces to interact with us. Different artists (programmers) will have their own understanding of human’s nature and feeling. Basing on different people and different moods, even the artists themselves could never know what images can be made by their arts. Also the users will never feel boring about their changing paintings.



(images borrowed from google)

Wake-up Watch

This watch is not only about checking time, but also for having efficient working hour. A lot of people are having trouble to wake up in a very early morning, and feeling sleepy some time, even they already have enough sleeping time at night. It results low efficient work and bad mood.

Participants take a rest before a scientific seminar to deliver the latest update in the search for the Higgs boson at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The head of the world's biggest atom smasher is claiming discovery of a new particle that he says is consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson known popularly as the "God particle" which is believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape. (AP Photo/Denis Balibouse, Pool)


But in 2017, we will have the Wake-up Watch! We can set a time to let the watch wakes us up by sending nerve endings signal to our brain, sweeps the sleepiness away, and brings our brains into the best working mode immediately. This is such a great gift for some MIT student who want to take more than five classes a semester!


(pictures borrowed from google)

Eye of the Beholder – The Medium

The Cards

  • Arc: Transform
  • Terrain: Make
  • Object: Artwork
  • Mood: Optimism


In the future, auto-personalization has been taken to the extreme. People expect every device they use to automatically anticipate what settings they will prefer to use. This mass customization is enabled by a deep personal knowledge base, seeded by each person’s social media content, as well as a sensor-laden environment that tracks their attention and engagements.

Now, this trend has been taken to art Galleries. The paintings of the future will not be static depictions, but dynamic, “smart” canvases. They won’t represent the expression of their creator, but the anticipation of their observer. They will show you not what the artist wants you to see, but what you want to see. The best artists, then, are those who can program these “paintings” to best predict the interests, likes, and tastes of people based on their internet footprint.


Although the technology and data required to do this well does not yet exist, first approximations are feasible. With the advanced artificial intelligence systems, like Google’s “DeepDream”, high-level conceptual elements can be recognized in image databases and projected into new images. Even without this kind of computational power, images can be combined, averaged, and adjusted to more closely resemble each-other. A first prototype of this system will scan a user’s Facebook profile for images they like, extract histogram information from those images, average this signature, and apply it to a new image presented to the user as “art”.



That Thing From the Future: Selective Sight


A “Thing From the Future” shared with the class can be seen below. The arc is a decade from now, the terrain is worship, the object is a mask, and the mood is relief. I wish I knew who came up with the idea so I could credit them! It is as follows — religious leaders are frustrated by the fact that the audience gets distracted by their mobile devices. Therefore, they encourage the audience to wear glasses that prevent viewing mobile devices and only allow visuals from the speaker to be seen.


Rather than writing a design fiction, I instead decided to try to fabricate a minimum viable prototype.

The author suggested that the light coming from the podium was polarized and that visuals could be selected that way. While light from LCD screens is linearly polarized and can be blocked by placing another linear polarizer orthogonally to prevent the light coming in, it’s just as easy as rotating the screen or cocking ones head to see the screen again. The polarizers would no longer be orthogonal and light will be transmitted. Nevertheless, as the minimum needed to demonstrate the concept and as a relatively cheap option, I gathered some linear polarizers to create the prototype. I found a pair of safety glasses that looked like those in the sketch. I attached the polarizers to the outside of the glasses (unfortunately attaching them to the inside failed, since the polarized light coming through the plastic of the safety glasses diffused a bit de-polarizing the light). Finally, to stay true to the sketch I covered the rest of the frame with black paper.



Below is the result of my handiwork. I won’t expound too much and let the pictures speak for themselves. As one can see, the phone visual is not visible because the polarizer prevents the light from entering the eyes, while the speaker is visible because the directions of polarization align. The linear polarizers are both aligned such that the same effect occurs for both eyes.