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Google Goggles – Great First Step Toward Intuitive Search

Posted in Uncategorized, web by aldorf on August 26, 2010

It would be bad ass if these Goggles actually would have facial recognition.Google Goggles lets you use pictures taken with your mobile phone to search the web. It’s ideal for things that aren’t easy to describe in words. There’s no need to type or speak your query – all you have to do is open the app, snap a picture, and wait for your search results.Google Goggles works better with certain types of queries. Try taking pictures of books & DVDs, landmarks, logos, contact info, artwork, businesses, products, barcodes, or text. Currently, it’s not so good when taking pictures of animals, plants, cars, furniture, or apparel.For the best results when taking pictures, hold your phone in “left landscape” mode, as shown below, and press the on-screen shutter button with your right thumb.

Google Goggles is currently available for Android devices running Android 1.6 and above.

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Beautiful Technology, 1-Bit Symphony by Tristan Perich

Posted in art, music by aldorf on August 26, 2010

Tristan Perich’s 1-Bit Symphony is an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip.

Symphony is not a recording in the traditional sense; it literally “performs” its music live when turned on. A complete electronic circuit—programmed by the artist and assembled by hand—plays the music through a headphone jack mounted into the case itself. The album is available from Cantaloupe Music.

See Tristan and his 1-Bit Symphony on vimeo.

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