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Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Patrick

Snippets of creative tech – bike barometer, firefly/skateboard, smart objects

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Here’s the online version of my regular newsletter of interesting creative tech things upon which I have stumbled. You can subscribe here.

The Bicycle Barometer is a neat melding of public data into a directly useful form. Richard Pope created this read-out to inform his daily decision on whether to ride or take the subway to work. Behind the scenes a micro-controller weighs various factors from data feeds on local weather and transit status and boils them down into a single judgement on today’s best travel option. /via O’Reilly Radar.

Firefly is a beautiful no-budget film of a glowing skateboard’s progress through nightime Brno in the Czech Republic. All those amazing aerial shots are captured by a remote controlled multicopter. [bonus link: if you prefer your drone videos less arty and more sinister you might like this predator drone mounted 1.8 gigapixel camera).

Berg London recently documented a fascinating exploration they did for Google. The focus was on adding intelligence to placeholder physical objects using computer vision and projection mapping. I was particularly taken by the analogy of the “$700 lightbulb” for considering the ubiquitous computing power to come.