kiyo: iamdanw: notational: ucresearch: The Augmented Reality…









kiyo:

iamdanw:

notational:

ucresearch:

The Augmented Reality Sandbox 

The Augmented Reality Sandbox (orginally developed by researchers at UC Davis) lets users sculpt mountains, canyons and rivers, then fill them with water or even create erupting volcanoes. This version of the device at UCLA was built by Gary Glesener using off-the-shelf parts and good ol’ playground sand.

Any shape made in the sandbox is detected by an Xbox Kinect sensor and processed with open source software. It is then projected as a color-coded contour map onto the sand.

kiyo: iamdanw: notational: ucresearch: The Augmented Reality…









kiyo:

iamdanw:

notational:

ucresearch:

The Augmented Reality Sandbox 

The Augmented Reality Sandbox (orginally developed by researchers at UC Davis) lets users sculpt mountains, canyons and rivers, then fill them with water or even create erupting volcanoes. This version of the device at UCLA was built by Gary Glesener using off-the-shelf parts and good ol’ playground sand.

Any shape made in the sandbox is detected by an Xbox Kinect sensor and processed with open source software. It is then projected as a color-coded contour map onto the sand.

Do yourself a favor. Learn to code. Here’s how.

kimkrypto:

arabellesicardi:

boomeyer:

I’ve said this to my non-techie friends countless times. It’s no secret that being able to code makes you a better job applicant, and a better entrepreneur. Hell, one techie taught a homeless man to code and now that man is making his first mobile application.

Learning to code elevates your professional life, and makes you more knowledgeable about the massive changes taking place in the technology sector that are poised to have an immense influence on human life.

(note: yes I realize that 3/5 of those links were Google projects)

But most folks are intimidated by coding. And it does seem intimidating at first. But peel away the obscurity and the difficulty, and you start to learn that coding, at least at its basic level, is a very manageable, learnable skill.

There are a lot of resources out there to teach you. I’ve found a couple to be particularly successful. Here’s my list of resources for learning to code, sorted by difficulty:

Novice

Never written a line of code before? No worries. Just visit one of these fine resources and follow their high-level tutorials. You won’t get into the nitty-gritty, but don’t worry about it for now:

Dash - by General Assembly

CodeAcademy

w3 Tutorials (start at HTML on the left sidebar and work your way down)


Intermediate

Now that you’ve gone through a handful of basic tutorials, it’s time to learn the fundamentals of actual, real-life coding problems. I’ve found these resources to be solid:

Khan Academy

CodeAcademy - Ruby, Python, PHP

Difficult

If you’re here, you’re capable of building things. You know the primitives. You know the logic control statements. You’re ready to start making real stuff take shape. Here are some different types of resources to turn you from someone who knows how to code, into a full-fledged programmer.

Programming problems

Sometimes, the challenges in programming aren’t how to make a language do a task, but just how to do the task in general. Like how to find an item in a very large, sorted list, without checking each element. Here are some resources for those types of problems

Talentbuddy

TopCoder

Web Applications

If you learned Python, Django is an amazing platform for creating quick-and-easy web applications. I’d highly suggest the tutorial - it’s one of the best I’ve ever used, and you have a web app up and running in less than an hour.

Django Tutorial

I’ve never used Rails, but it’s a very popular and powerful framework for creating web applications using Ruby. I’d suggest going through their guide to start getting down-and-dirty with Rails development.

Rails Guide

If you know PHP, there’s an ocean of good stuff out there for you to learn how to make a full-fledged web application. Frameworks do a lot of work for you, and provide quick and easy guides to get up and running. I’d suggest the following:

Cake PHP Book

Symfony 2 - Get Started

Yii PHP - The Comprehensive Guide

Conclusion


If there’s one point I wanted to get across, it’s that it is easier than ever to learn to code. There are resources on every corner of the internet for potential programmers, and the benefits of learning even just the basics are monumental.

If you know of any additional, great resources that aren’t listed here, please feel free to tweet them to me @boomeyer.

Best of luck!

let’s all learn how to code at the same time

I know it’s not as easy as “just learn to code” but if you want some resources here they are.

nefepants: gallowsfoo: grindrella: spacedrinks: HOLY SHIT…



nefepants:

gallowsfoo:

grindrella:

spacedrinks:

HOLY SHIT THIS IS HUGE

i don’t know why everyone is so obsessed with the zombie apocalypse when the robot war is a real and looming threat

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Good news Your world is becoming real

Basically they got three robots, told them that two of them were given “dumbing pills”, and they asked one which pill it was given.

The robot of course wasn’t sure if it had or hadn’t yet and said “I don’t know”, but after it looked at the other silent robots (who were actually unable to speak from the start), it realized that its fully functional, and then was finally able to say “I know now.”

It can assess itself and its behavior in relation to other robots and people. It can make that differentiation between “me” and “I”, and understand that it is an individual.

People are shrugging this off, but this is a similar self-awareness test to how people put mirrors in front of animals to see if it treats the reflection like another animal or treat it like a reflection.

eshusplayground: typette: this movie was super cute but like,…









eshusplayground:

typette:

this movie was super cute but like, from a technological standpoint:

the characters in this film displayed some of the most advanced and properly weighted/driven topology I’ve seen on the big screen. Not even pixar gets this shit right. She has no over exaggerated nasolabial folds on her cheeks that betray the type of cookie-cutter reused topology that pixar and the like seem to swear by, as their “house style”. The rigging was glorious, and best of all, the common issue with characters necks meeting their heads at an inappropriate angle, where the bend takes place BEHIND the neck and not where the neck meets the skull- like a doll- has fucking bugged me forever and THEY FINALLY FIXED IT

THIS CHARACTER, SHE IS PERFECT and now that it can be demonstrated as workable in feature film, I don’t know why the hell it isn’t more common, Dreamworks is absolutely destroying it in the animation/modeling/rigging category. DESTROYING the competition.

Look at her hands! Look at how the edges of her mouth come to a point but never crease the geo!! Look at how fucking perfect her hair is! They fixed the gap between eyelashes and the sclera surface which annoys me sooooo much too. All these little things and they totally nailed every one!

such a beautiful movie.

And I love her cute round face. Round face, like a child, not that weird geometic shit they do in, ahem, OTHER animation studios.