One of the most memorable TV theme melodies. The ‘B’ section in particular has a quality that is very sweet and very British-sounding.
“The Doctor Who theme music is a piece of music written by Australian composer Ron Grainer and realised by Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Created in 1963, it was one of the first electronic music signature tunes for television.”
“Many seemingly static scenes contain subtle changes that are invisible to the naked human eye. However, it is possible to pull out these small changes from videos through the use of algorithms we have developed. We give a way to visualize these small changes by amplifying them and we present algorithms to pull out interesting signals from these videos, such as the human pulse, sound from vibrating objects and the motion of hot air.”… Read the rest
A 240 year old doll that can write, a clockwork creation by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, a Swiss watchmaker. The doll is able to write any custom text up to 40 letters long, and it uses a goose feather to write, which he inks from time to time, including a shake of the wrist to prevent ink from spilling. His eyes follow the text being written, and the head moves when he takes some ink. You can view this doll in person at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland.
Just barely making it under the wire of a year full of bizarre and adorable robots, the fancy animal robot-makers at Festo are back with three new flying robots.An industrial automation company, Festo’s robotic menagerie also includes herring gulls, kangaroos, ants, an elephant’s trunk, and a gripper inspired by the…
These Flying Animal Robots Are Real and Magnificent
Watch these videos if you want to be inspired. Not even being paralyzed has stopped these folks from racing. A series of clips from IEEE Spectrum posted on YouTube this week features highlights of the Cybathlon 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, a championship for athletes with disabilities, who use a variety…
Watch the Highlights of the Most Futuristic Version of the Olympics
“In an age of countless computer-generated box office hits coming out of Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks, many had feared that traditional styles of animation like stop motion would become obsolete. But small studios like LAIKA have proven that stop motion animated films are not only commercially viable, but is an art form that’s still evolving, thanks to 3D printing, and some incredibly talented animators. Films like the recently released “Kubo and the Two Strings” show how 3D printing is enabling animators to push the boundaries of stop motion animation.”… Read the rest