Countdown of Awesome
Welcome to the Countdown of Awesome. UM's Tom DiSapia and Robert Bellamy bring you a lofty and overly-ambitious attempt at a chart that subjectively counts down the most interesting stuff from the last week.
This week we take a look at Coke’s 3D printed ‘mini-me’ figurine, the evocative anti-drug app ‘Your Face on Meth’ and Emotiv’s incredible brainwave sensor headgear.
Number 5) Coca Cola 3D printed Mini-Me
Kicking off this week we have Coke in Israel enabling people to 3D print their own ‘Mini-Me’ figurine. Customers were invited to the company’s HQ to 3D scan themselves before receiving their mini-selves in colored sandstone. Perhaps not an entirely original idea, given other examples such as Disney enabling kids to print themselves out as a fairy princess featured in October but as the video shows, scanning technologies have advanced considerably since then.
Via Fast Company
Number 4) Baby X – The Future of Artificial Intelligence
Baby X, shown off at TEDxAuckland, represents an incredible advancement in Artificial Intelligence. It’s a virtual baby represented by a 3D face on a screen that is able to interact with the world around it. The AI system creates its own emotions and can think and react and learn from past behaviours – experiencing the world just like we do.
Let’s just hope she likes what she sees so the machines won’t be inclined to take over quite yet…
Via Digital Buzz Blog
Number 3) Virtual Shooting Coach
Evo One is a connected basketball which acts as a professional shooting coach. A micro-sensor within the ball determines its motion and emits immediate audible feedback when shot correctly. It measures backspin rate, axes, and balance of the basketball when shot, emitting feedback when optimal backspin of (+or-) 2 revolutions per second is reached. You can get one for a bargain $59 through backing the project on Kickstarter.
Number 2) Your Face on Meth
Your Face on Meth pretty self-explanatory concept. A web-based app creates a visual simulation of your weathered methamphetamine face complete with sunken cheeks, blackened eyes and facial sores. It’s a whole lot nastier than Fatbooth.
Via Fast Company
Number 1) Emotiv Insight brainwave sensor
Google Glass looks like yesterday’s tech compared to Emotiv Insight’s incredible brain wave sensing headware. The device, which wouldn’t look out of play on the set of any sci-fi movie, monitors your brain activity and turns it into meaningful data. Applications could include anything from gaming and arts to defense. Unsurprisingly, they’ve already smashed their Kickstarter target by more than 10 times.
That’s it for this week. As ever, if anything screamingly awesome has been missed out, let us know in the comments below. Or feel free to ping any recommendations for next week to @jamescfilmer.
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