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Water calligraphy is a poetic activity that you can observe in many Chinese parks: Artists use a large brush to write Chinese characters using water instead of ink. Minutes after the characters are written, they disappear.

Media Artist Nicholas Hanna built a tricycle that writes Chinese characters on the ground as it moves.

His tricycle is part of an exhibition for Beijing Design Week: You can see it at the Northern Electric Relay Factory in Dashilanr, south of Qianmen gate. The exhibition opens 6pm  on Saturday September 24, 2011, and runs until October 3.

The video below was shot ands edited by Jonah Kesssel. You can also watch it on Vimeo and on Tudou.

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A solution in search of a problem, or a solution to a problem that you were too proud to cop to? SoftEther has just revealed what might be the final blow to Barbie’s distinguished career: the sensor-splashed QUMA. So far as we can tell, the human-shaped puppet contains a myriad sensors to pick up precise bends and flexes, and then pipes that information to a screen. Aside from showing your team of ballerinas exactly how their routine should look, we’re guessing that the real future here is in far more sophisticated tasks — things like artificial intelligence, major motion pictures and scientific research. As the saying goes, a video’s worth a zillion words, so have a peek for yourself just after the break.

Continue reading SoftEther’s sensor-laden QUMA robot demonstrates poses, intimidates your acting coach (video)

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Researchers over in the land of the robot-obsessed have found a new, non-invasive way to control your hand while your brain recoils in horror. Reassuringly named the PossessedHand, this belt of electro-stimulation wraps its pad of twenty-eight electrodes around your forearm triggering a range of sixteen bewitched joint actions. Project leader Emi Tamaki claims it feels more like a light massage than say, a full-on Freejack. However, one test subject confessed, “[It was] like my body was hacked” — so that’s comforting. This joint production between the University of Tokyo’s Rekimoto Lab and Sony Computer Science Laboratories was first tested as a musical training aide, but could someday help stroke victims regain mobility. For now, the stimulation isn’t strong enough to turn you into an automated Steve Vai (or secret assassin), but it definitely lends new meaning to ‘hands-off.’ Check the video after the break for a demonstration and some unsettling narration.

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Tokyo researchers hijack your hand, help you play the koto (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 26 Jun 2011 09:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A wealthy Chinese business owner commutes to work with his secretary on horseback.

From QQ:

Shanxi boss and female secretary riding horses to work becomes famous on the internet

Recently, a set of photos and video called “Boss and female secretary ride to work on horses” has become famous on the internet. The man in yellow in the photos is the boss of a private company in Xianyang, and the woman next to him is his secretary. Old He [the boss] has many nearly cars that cost nearly 1 million [RMB] each at home, but being unable to put up with the traffic of going to and from work every day, Old He decided he would switch to riding a horse to commute to and from work, and apart from special situations has over the past two years done so regardless of the weather.

A wealthy Shanxi boss rides a horse to work with his female secretary.

Old He says that the neighborhood he lives in is about 7-8km away from work and it normally takes 20 minutes to drive, whereas riding a horse can also get him to work in 20+ minutes but is more environmentally friendly and low-carbon.

In Shanxi, China, a passerby riding a motor scooter is surprised by a man riding a horse on the public road.

Old He says what he enjoys the most are the surprised looks of passersby when he is horseback riding.

Old He is a wealthy business owner in Shanxi, China who rides a horse to work everyday to avoid traffic.

The name of the horse he is currently riding is “Wu Zhui”, which he purchased for over 80,000 yuan, and pays Keeping a horse costs 50-60 thousand yuan each year, and he places the horse in a stable after arriving at the factory plant. Over the past two plus years, he has often rode his horse to work, and has gotten used to the feeling of riding a horse to go out, becoming uncomfortable all over if he does not ride a horse at least once a day.

A wealthy Chinese businessman and his secretary riding horses to work.

As for the question of whether or not horses can go on public roads, Old He says that he has already inquired about relevant regulations and discovered that so far there are no relevant rules and regulations restricting horses going on public roads, and as a result him riding his horse to commute to work is not illegal.

A rich Chinese boss riding horseback to work with his secretary.

Regarding this question, this reporter made an inquiry at the Xi’an Municipal Public Security Bureau Traffic Enforcement Beilin Division Deputy Chief Fei Tao, and Fei Tao said that in the “Road and Traffic Safety Regulations of the People’s Republic of China”, Article 73 has regulations pertaining to animal-powered vehicles but does not have any regulations pertaining specifically to horseback riding.

A news report:

In the above video, the boss Old He says he rather enjoys the looks he gets, which are a mix of envy, surprise, and disbelief. He also says a horse is cheaper than a car, that a very good horse can be purchased for about 20,000 RMB, with 4000-5000 RMB per year being enough for upkeep costs. Old He lists five additional advantages: No traffic, no traffic lights, no need to get gas, no annual inspection, and no traffic tickets.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯湛江市网友 狮子:

Good…I support this… This is a real baoma [Chinese name for BMW but literally means "precious horse"]… The Machine Age will soon end… [it is] too polluting of the environment…

腾讯乌鲁木齐市网友 假若明天来临:

Riding every day, this is simply about showing off. If it is traffic, then ride a bicycle! No exhaust or feces, and what more, I’m willing to bed that in the city, it’s much faster than a horse.

腾讯绍兴市网友 冷雨:

The female secretary and the boss on the road, always together.

腾讯泸州市网友 纠结:

Always saying this or that has become famous, if its that easy to become famous then tomorrow I’m going to go to work on stilts! Fuck!

腾讯上海市网友 寻找→¥¥¥:

And the horse shit, who sweeps that up? Is it still environmentally friendly?

腾讯网友 LED=巴鲁斯=何:

[I] support riding horses, it’s environmentally friendly. Wasting your own time driving is one thing, but the key is that you’re also wasting other people’s time, and it pollutes the air!!

腾讯网友 镜猪猪【:

Yet another publicity stunt! So stupid!

腾讯网友 乱林独舞蝶:

Who is that girl? There must be someone who recognizes her, is she really his secretary? Why doesn’t the boss buy a horse for his wife, but buys one for her?

上海市 超超:

I don’t have any cars in my house, but I do have some pigs, so can I ride my pigs to work?

腾讯网友 墨↗″子笨:

Fuck! Now just riding a horse can make you famous, and environmentally friendly? Why not just walk, wouldn’t that be even more environmentally friendly!? First this boss, then that boss, all people with money and nothing better to do than to find things to whittle away their time. I really don’t know what people are thinking these days if even this can make someone famous! I bet us insignificant city residents can ride Superman and not become famous!

腾讯网友 紫色爱情蝶:

[He] spent over 80 thousand yuan to buy it and must spend 50-60 thousand yuan each year to keep it. Us poor people can’t afford to ride horses.

腾讯网友 Μ□δουσ:

Riding a horse to work, boss, how about donating your luxury cars to Project Hope since you don’t use them anyway.

腾讯网友 紫色爱情蝶:

Look at those rich people, cars are no longer worth showing off! Private planes are no longer worth showing off! What’s fashionable now is horseback riding, and bringing your secretary along with you!

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The HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D just got themselves a new buddy in the three-dee picture-taking arena in the shape of Sharp’s Aquos Phone SH-12C. We know, that name just rolls off the tongue. What’s remarkable about the 12C is that the dual cameras on its back go all the way up to 8 megapixels (to the EVO 3D’s 5), which will be creating quite the tasty workload for the 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 chip contained within. A qHD (540 x 960) screen resolution also keeps up with HTC’s latest, though the 4.2-inch, 3D-capable display on the Aquos offers more pixel density and less in absolute real estate. Android 2.3, replete with some evident customizations, will serve as the OS, and 720p video recording in 3D will also be available when Sharp launches the 12C in Japan on May 20th. Rest of the world? Well, we can dream about it right now.

Sharp Aquos Phone SH-12C has 3D cameras, qHD resolution, Gingerbread filling originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 May 2011 05:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Look away now, Kaz, because it looks like this KIRF NGP is on track to beat the real deal to market. Known as the iReadyGo RG on Chinese forum CNGBA, this shameless rip-off is set to be a near-carbon copy of Sony’s upcoming console with the same 5-inch touchscreen, though it isn’t clear whether this will also be of OLED nature or of identical resolution. Other differences include the missing touchpad on the back, as well as the buttons’ color scheme that’s no doubt “inspired” by the Xbox 360 controller. The rest of the rumored specs include a 1GHz Cortex-A8 CPU, 720p camera, HDMI-out, and video playback compatibility for MP4, WMV, AVI, and many more. But what’s most interesting is that apparently we’ll be seeing some Android love here, and indeed, iReadyGo is currently recruiting six senior Android developers. No word on pricing or availability yet, but we’ll probably wait for Sony’s quad-core offering, thank you very much. Head past the break for a shot of the RG’s glossy back.

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Continue reading Keepin’ it real fake: Sony NGP with Xbox 360 livery shows up in China

Keepin’ it real fake: Sony NGP with Xbox 360 livery shows up in China originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 May 2011 02:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mark this day, folks, because the brainiacs have finally made a breakthrough in quantum teleportation: a team of scientists from Australia and Japan have successfully transferred a complex set of quantum data in light form. You see, previously researchers had struggled with slow performance or loss of information, but with full transmission integrity achieved — as in blocks of qubits being destroyed in one place but instantaneously resurrected in another, without affecting their superpositions — we’re now one huge step closer to secure, high-speed quantum communication. Needless to say, this will also be a big boost for the development of powerful quantum computing, and combine that with a more bedroom friendly version of the above teleporter, we’ll eventually have ourselves the best LAN party ever.

First light wave quantum teleportation achieved, opens door to ultra fast data transmission originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Marvelous’s new 3DS game, Senran Kagura, is a side-scrolling action platformer starring a group of five ninja school students battling evil mercenary ninjas. You can juggle enemies in aerial combos, double-jump and dash around the screen. Sounds awesome, right?

Oh, by the way, all the characters are young women, “ranked” by bust size. During the game, their clothes tear off, and occasionally the screen will zoom in and display their decreasingly covered bodies in 3D.

Senran Kagura will be out in Japan this summer.

JoystiqSenran Kagura for 3DS serves side-scrolling ninja action and total humiliation originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A report commissioned by the World Bank’s infoDev unit has cast fresh light on one of the more fascinating aspects of our brave new interconnected world: the virtual economy. The “third-party gaming services industry” — where wealthy but impatient players have someone else grind away at online games for them in exchange for monetary reward — is one of the focal points of the study, chiefly owing to it having generated revenues in the region of $3 billion in 2009 and now serving as the primary source of income for an estimated 100,000 young folks, primarily in countries like China and Vietnam. What’s encouraging about these findings is that most of the revenue from such transactions ends up in the country where the virtual value is produced, which contrasts starkly with some of the more traditional international markets, such as that for coffee beans, where the study estimates only $5.5 billion of the $70 billion annual market value ever makes it back to the producing country. The research also takes an intriguing look at the emerging phenomenon of microwork, which consists of having unskilled workers doing the web’s version of menial work — checking images, transcribing bits of text, bumping up Facebook Likes (naughty!), etc. — and could also lead to more employment opportunities for people in poorer nations. To get better acquainted with the details, check the links below or click past the break.

Continue reading World Bank report finds selling virtual goods in games more profitable than ‘real’ economy

World Bank report finds selling virtual goods in games more profitable than ‘real’ economy originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 09 Apr 2011 04:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ritz-carlton hong kongWant to get high … legally? No, we're not talking a Salvia trip à la Miley Cyrus, but a literal 118 stories high.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong yesterday announced the opening of their 16th property in Asia, which boasts the title of “highest hotel in the world.” Located at the very top of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Hong Kong and occupying floors 102 to 118, the hotel takes the honors away from the current title holder in Dubai.

“The opening of this landmark hotel in Hong Kong is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to delivering the very best product, facilities and service in this international gateway city,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

Don’t prep for a long elevator ride just yet. The hotel’s arrival lobby is actually located on the ninth floor of the building, where guests will pause before being transported to floor 103, which offers panoramic views of Hong Kong and the harbor.

Gallery: The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

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The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong: Highest Hotel in the World Opens originally appeared on Luxist on Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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