Valentine Makhouleen
This is a scrapbook of ideas. Here I file away things I find interesting (like shiny pebbles).

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Dona, the charity robot

Dona

DONA is the robot that interactively solicits donations from passers-by. The robot roams around in a public outdoor space and solicits donations from passers-by by engaging them through pet-like inter-action.

http://www.thisisminsu.com/#!dona

April 14th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

A streetcar ride through time

Take a ride through San Francisco in April 1906 – a week before the great earthquake.

April 5th, 2011 at 10:45 am

Actroid-F 2

New Japanese robot Actroid-F 2 was developed by scientists from AIST, Kokoro and ATR. There are plans to supply first 50 robots to museums and hospitals. Robots will be used to greet visitors and look after patients.

Via RoboTimes

October 29th, 2010 at 6:48 am

Art of Norman McLaren

“Handmade cinema is like watching thought,
if thought could be seen.”

– Norman McLaren

Over the weekend I discovered Norman McLaren (1914 – 1987), an interesting animator known for his groundbreaking experiments of combining and synchronizing animation with music on film. Below you can see a few examples of his animation and sound experiments.

More about the process of pen point percussion:

You can learn more about his life and view more of his work on the National Film Board of Canada site.

September 7th, 2010 at 1:23 pm
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