Patatap Will Have You Creating Visual Music in No Time

Well, this is addictive. Patatap is a ‘portable animation and sound kit’ which lets you create melodies by tapping your keyboard or your phone. Along with each sound a corresponding shape animation is played against a backdrop of color. On the desktop, just hit spacebar and the soundscape transforms, as do the colors.

360 Music Videos Are Here: Google Tech Puts You in Control

What if while watching a video you could look anywhere you wanted? We’ve all imagined it… and now that dream is here. Google recently introduced 360° video playback. Just move your phone around (or use arrows on your browser) and you’ll get a virtual reality panoramic view of the filmed world. It’s super trippy and we think it’s going to be a big deal.

The Easy Way (and the Hard Way) to Make a GIF from a Video

Animated GIFs have been around since CompuServe introduced them in 1987. Since then they’ve been used for everything from MySpace glitter graphics (uggg…), to sweet dance clips, and some really refined cinemagraphs like the one above. While GIFs are everywhere, it’s only a small section of the internet that makes them – so let’s look at two ways you can make a GIF.

These Scarves are Knitted With Patterns from Your Brainwave Activity

These scarves are about as personalized as possible. NeuroKnitting creates scarves knitted with the wearer’s brainwaves – captured while they listened to Bach’s Goldberg Variations’ aria and its first 7 variations. As personal as wearing your fingerprint on your shirt, NeuroKnitting transforms an emotional state into something both tangible and wearable.

Be Emperor of the Penguins with Daniel Rozin’s Bizarre New ‘Mirror’

We just covered Daniel Rozin and his collection of bizarre interactive ‘mirrors’ a few weeks ago, but this new creation can’t be missed. His ‘Penguins Mirror’ let’s you be emperor of the penguins – just stand in front of all 450 motorized stuffed animals and they turn their white bellies towards you reflecting your silhouette. Is it brilliant or just absurd? Probably the best of both, and a really good laugh too.

CONSTRVCT: Design Your Own Digitally Printed Fashion

There’s giving your customers what they want, and then there’s letting them do it themselves. CONSTRVCT is a forward thinking clothing company that recently built a 3D design tool to let just about anyone create custom clothing prints, even using their own imagery. It’s digitally printed fashion for the digital age.

Google’s Project Jacquard Weaves Touch Interfaces into Your Clothes

Smart textiles are one stitch closer to being a daily reality. Google’s Project Jacquard is experimenting with conductive threads woven into garments that transform nearly any area into a touch sensitive panel much like the screen on your smartphone.

The brainchild of Google’s Advanced Technology and Progress (ATAP) department, Project Jacquard was announced at their I/O developer conference in San Francisco (the same event which saw them announce a tiny hand gesture sensing radar).

The technology is seamlessly simple, and that’s the point. When touched, a grid of conductive threads send signals to a chip which translates them into simple controls for devices like smartphones or tablets. Want to crank the volume on that song you’re listening to? Just brush your sleeve.

This Billboard Features Digital Parking Helpers

Squeezing your car into a tight parallel parking spot is never easy, but if you have help it’s a whole lot better. Fiat took that idea pretty far with a new ad campaign created by Leo Burnett Germany. Using a digital screen and a series of very helpful actors, they used custom software and a set of sensors to measure the distance behind a driver’s rear bumper. They then synchronized the images of the actors to neatly guide them into the spot.

Google’s New ‘Project Soli’ Gesture Sensing Tech Looks Like Magic

Google just released a new video of their Project Soli, a interaction sensor that uses radar technology. Simple gestures like pinching your index finger and thumb together, or rubing them together at different speeds can now control a device with surprising accuracy. It really looks like magic.

Mad Max: Fury Road. Before and After the Visual Effects

If there’s one film getting talked about right now, it’s Mad Max: Fury Road. The exceptionally well received spectacle is an absolute feast of complex visual effects that barely pause for breath during the film’s entire running length. If you’ve seen it and are wondering how those epic scenes looked before hitting the computer, here’s a peek at some impressive before and after shots showing what the film’s VFX crew started with, straight from the camera.