How an Indian TV show is using data to change the world

I am a big advocate of using technology for educational purposes, and as a consequence, to bring about positive social changes by empowering individuals or by changing people’s perceptions about social issues. Recently, “Satyamev Jayate”,  a popular Indian television talkshow hosted by Aamir Khan, one of India’s most recognisable actors, is doing exactly that. The …

Singapore mini-maker faire

I totally geeked out at the inaugural Singapore mini-maker faire. The maker movement is defined by wikipedia as “… a contemporary subculture, representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker subculture include engineering-oriented pursuits such as electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking, and traditional arts and crafts. …

Celebrate freedom. Support a free and open Internet.

This one minute campaign video by Google at the official Google blog makes a valid statement about the Internet as being a beneficial force for mankind. It is the most powerful tool ever invented for democracy, giving power back to the people. For the first time in history, the individual has all the knowledge in the world accessible …

Python and Project Euler

So after having been distracted by other projects, I finally made good on my holiday goal of learning Python. After having read the John Zelle book (ref my earlier post 2 months ago), I starting practicing Python by solving math problems on project euler, a community based interest group online for people who like math …

Kinetic rain at Changi airport terminal 1

The making-of video is here. Consisting of 608 raindrops, this kinetic sculpture at Changi airport terminal one has been garnering much public attention and praise. The context and theme being “the dream of flying”, it takes on various shapes such as an aeroplane, moving waves and individual raindrops. I love the aesthetics, design and form of this …

Interactive 3D display cases

This kind of interactive 3D display is actually a combination of using holography and creating an interactive user interface on a flat glass surface (called “Airstrike” here). The user finger points and interacts through hand gestures with the displayed object through an interactive glass surface. Here is a 45 second concept video of it in …

The Red Dot Design Museum

Did you know that Singapore hosts the world’s only other red dot design museum outside of Germany? I had the chance to visit the museum within the Red Dot Traffic Building along Maxwell Road last Friday. The admission ticket is $8. There are about 200 award winning product and visual communication designs that supposedly give …

10 principles of good design – by Dieter Rams

My classmate showed me a book about industrial design “Less and More – The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams” which I thought was pretty interesting. To me, design is art applied to function, i.e. practical concerns. On the other hand, art is design applied to context (the “story/narrative/content” which makes up the purpose of the …

Robotic butt cheeks

My first reaction to “Shiri” (yes, that’s its name) was to giggle. It did not help that there was a picture of a female sex doll in the discussion thread on the same page. But the thing is, “Shiri” is not a sex doll. You cannot perform any sexual functions on it. You can however, …