Gravity Bike

"This Gravity Bike built by Jeff Tiedeken can reach high speeds when going downhill due to its lightweight design and lack of features like a chain and pedals. The seat is fitted over the rear wheel, and the bike has a low profile, allowing the rider to position themselves like they would on a motorbike.

The minimalistic design features elegant curves, 26-inch Crossmax Lefty wheels, Avid Elixr hydraulic disc brakes and motorbike-style footpeg struts. The bike has reached speeds of 50 mph and is said to have the potential to achieve up to 70 mph.” - PSFK

Bot film, see how they see the world

Timo Arnall’s short film is edited from several sources of footage of robots or embedded computers used to gather information about human behaviour.  The footage was collected from a variety of sources, all using computer vision research to explore how machines can make sense of the world. Watching this film is like seeing through the eyes of a child that is just beginning to learn.  Robot vision is in its infancy but machines are increasingly designed to be more and more intelligent.

"The Robot-Readable World is pre-Cambrian at the moment, but machine vision is becoming a design material alongside metals, plastics and immaterials. It’s something we need to develop understandings and approaches to, as we begin to design, build and shape the senses of our new artificial companions.” - Warren Ellis

The footage reveals the fractional perspective a machine has, able to record a tiny sliver of what is actually happening.  This sometimes matches with how humans see the world and sometimes doesn’t.  

Timo is a creative director at BERG, a design and invention studio in East London.  They believe that the near-future is where things around us start to display behaviour - acquiring motive and agency as they act and react to the context around them.  The design bots - software embedded into an object or environment that has motive and agency. 

The film’s credits list these sources of bot vision:

Line Queueing Analysis - 
Tracking in a Parking Lot - 
Vehicle classification - 
Video Analytics Identifies Tailgating - 
High density crowd tracking - 
Mono-Camera based Road Marking and Lane Detection - Vacek, Dillmann 2007 - 
Human Tailgating - 
Crowd Analysis and Tracking - 
Exit Lane Analysis - 
Tunnel Intrusion Detection - 
Traffic Counting and Congestion - 
Car Counting - 
IriSyS IRC People Counting Cameras - 
Eye-Tracking of Outdoor Advertising - 
iOnRoad Demo - 
Eye Tracking by SMI: Bee Swarm TV Commercial - 
Eyetrack and Heatmap using Computer Vision based Human Visual Attention model vs Real Eyetracking study - catalogue Carrefour -
Real Time Face Tracking with pose estimation on tv clips - OPENCV - 
Eye Tracking, Gaze Tracking - 
Road / Traffic Sign Recognition - 
Traffic signs detection and recognition - 
Real Time Pedestrians Tracking with MOTION DETECTOR - OPENCV - 
Face tracking stereo system video sample 1/3 - 
Traffic Counting and Congestion - 
India Driving - Computer Vision Challenge - 
Vision based Navigation and Localization - 
ENCARA2 (Face detection), 2008 -
Face detection v6 - TV clips -
Multiple car tracking with blob tracking & MHT -
CellTracker: program for automated cell tracking on biological images - 
Optical flow demo -
Choppy output 2 -
Face Tracking with OpenCV -

Berg London: “Robot Readable World. The Film”

Rhizome: “Robopix”

The Guardian: “How bots are taking over the world”

Finger Fly
Concept car from 1924
This car was invented in 1924 with a sort of shovel on the front end, the purpose being to reduce pedestrian casualties. It’s great to know that car speed and safety has developed significantly from this moment!
Reblog from Brain Pickings, “27 of History’s strangest inventions”