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Month: May 2013

How Michael Crichtons Westworld Pioneered Modern Special Effects : The New Yorker

“The rise of the pixel in cinema may feel like a recent development, but this year actually marks its fortieth anniversary. It began in 1973, with the release of a low-budget science-fiction film, Michael Crichton’s “Westworld.” The movie’s use of a digital effect for a total of two minutes—a now-routine process called pixelization, commonly deployed…

MAKE | Using the BeagleBone to Control a Powerful Upper Body Exoskeleton

“Our exoskeleton runs off a master BeagleBone microcomputer running Ubuntu Linux. Thanks to Alexander Hiam, we’re running the entire system usingPyBBIO, an open-source Python library for BeagleBone control. A control loop takes velocity input from the joystick on a hand-held controller and filtered absolute positioning from a rotary potentiometer (mounted at the end of the motor shaft)…