Category Archives: Miscellaneous

PYOP (Print Your Own Pancakes) with PancakeBot 2.0

New life goal: Use this thing to print a drawing of Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy, causing Aldous Huxley to explode in his grave:

PancakeBot 2.0 is the the next generation PancakeBot with the ability to change the printing speed, included SD card, and added improvements to simplify user experience. The PancakeBot 2.0 lets kids and adults express their creativity through food while exploring technology.

Yeah, but can it squeeze out sacks of fruit juice…?

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Try the new Google Earth, right in your browser

It’s finally here!

The whole world is now in your browser. Fly through landmarks and cities like London, Tokyo and Rome in stunning 3D, then dive in to experience them first hand with Street View. See the world from a new point of view with Voyager, which brings you stories from the BBC, NASA, Sesame Street and more. Start exploring: https://g.co/earth.

  • Choose your own adventure with Voyager: Experience interactive stories from around the world.
  • Discover new places with Knowledge Cards: Flip through cards and learn about local landmarks.
  • Orbit the world in 3D: Use the new 3D button to tilt the map.
  • Snap and share a Postcard: Capture snapshots of locations and share them with your friends.
  • Feeling Lucky? Roll the dice and see where the world takes you.

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This is going to open amazing doors for interactive storytelling. I can’t wait to show my kids the snow leopards from Planet Earth.

We’ve joined up with some of the world’s leading storytellers, scientists and nonprofits to bring the planet to life with Voyager, a showcase of interactive guided tours. Start with Natural Treasures from BBC Earth, and journey to six habitats—from islands to mountains to jungles—and learn about the unique and thrilling wildlife in each. Then head to Gombe National Park in Tanzania and hear from Jane Goodall about her team’s chimpanzee research and conservation efforts.

Get the new Google Earth now on the web in Chrome; on Android as it rolls out this week; and on iOS and other browsers in the near future.

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Going inside the music with “Song Exploder”

It’s a bit OT for this blog, maybe, but I’m excited to check out the marvelously named Song Exploder:

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made… Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work. Hrishikesh edits the interviews, removing his side of the conversation and condensing the story to be tightly focused on how the artists brought their songs to life.

The Weezer episode in particular sounds really interesting. In it Rivers Cuomo talks about how he constructs guitar solos by singing them, then using software to modify his recorded voice to match the desired tones.

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Cool new style-transfer tech from Adobe; Making apples into oranges

Photographic style transfer & Adobe go way back. In 2003 we shipped Match Color, and in 2006 researcher Sylvain Paris was posting results that we sneak-peeked in 2010 and again later as the tech evolved. Now the company is working with Cornell on a deep-learning-based approach.

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PetaPixel provides fun examples & details:

[W]hen you put in two photographs, the neural network-powered program analyzes the color and quality of light in the reference photo, and pastes that photo’s characteristics onto the second. This includes things like weather, season, and time of day—theoretically, a winter’s day can be turned into summer, or a cloudy day into a glorious sunrise. […]

It’s important to note that the software does not alter the structure of the photo in any way, so there’s no risk of distorting the lines, edges or perspective. The entire focus is on mimicking the color and light in order to copy the “look” or “style” of a reference photograph onto a new shot.

It’ll be fun to take this next generation for a spin (hopefully soon!).

On a related (?) note, I enjoyed this tweet: “This is the first thing i’ve seen an AI do that has truly terrified me: [see below]” 

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Imagine Dragons + Adobe invite fans to cut their own music video

Here’s a cool contest to celebrate the 25th (25th!!) anniversary of Adobe Premiere Pro:

Download exclusive, uncut music video footage and work with Adobe Premiere Pro CC to create your own edit of the video for their new hit song “Believer.” Deadline is April 8th.

A panel of luminary judges… will select the ultimate winner of the $25,000 Grand Prize and bragging rights.

We’re also awarding bonus prizes of $1,000 each and a year-long subscription to Creative Cloud for four special categories: Fan Favorite, Most Unexpected, Best Young Creator, and Best Short Form. And one special bonus prize of $2,500, a year-long subscription to Creative Cloud and 25 Adobe Stock credits for the cut with the best use of supplied Adobe Stock clips.

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