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September 21, 2012

Ruler Tattoo

at 11:49 pm. Filed under Human Hacks


Having a ruler on hand is a handy thing. I can’t think of the number of times I was in the home store and wish I had a tape measure on me. I do know that from the tip of my index finger to my knuckle is about 4 inches but it is hard to measure anything with any type of accuracy. This is where having something permaent with graduation marks on it would be handy. I would be thinking more along the lines of a thin ruler in my wallet or something but Greg Flanagan who is the director of operations at The Mill took it a step further. He got a ruler tattooed to his forearm so that measuring something is no longer a challenge no matter what you have in your pockets.

May 23, 2010

Human Tetris Video Game

at 6:28 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks, Educational, Electronic Hacks, Game Hacks, Human Hacks


If you like video games and DIY electronics have a look at this cool version of Tetris that Adam Papamarcos and Kerran Flanagan made. It’s called Human Tetris since you need to use your body to simulate the puzzle shapes to play the game. This is another great project from the Cornell ECE 4760 Course. Unlike most of the 4760 projects this team went to the extra trouble of having a custom circuit board designed.

“The system is based off of an ATmega644 microcontroller with two peripherals: a high-speed flash analog-to-digital converter, and an onscreen display device for video overlay. With just 4 kilobytes of RAM and a 20MHz clock speed, the MCU needs these peripherals to take some of the load off of its processing capabilities. Since we wanted to provide a real-time camera feed on the display (like a “mirror” for the player), and since the ATmega644 is not fast enough to generate a full color NTSC signal, we decided early on that we would use a color video camera module which outputs an NTSC signal directly.”

January 21, 2010

Permanent Eyeglasses Tattoo

at 6:16 am. Filed under Human Hacks


I have seen some other face tattoos before, some simple and others were quite elaborate. But this one is quite funny since this Permanent Eyeglasses Tattoo doesn’t look like a tattoo.

People getting a tattoo on lower back is more common than getting one done in or anywhere near the facial area.

Via: SandU

October 9, 2009

Halloween Scar Effects and Real Scar Tattoos

at 3:39 am. Filed under Human Hacks, What Were They Thinking


Wow if I run into someone this Halloween with effect makeup that looks as realistic as the video above it will certainly send shivers up my spine. It demonstrates that you can really step it up from the production rubber mask that most people pick up at the corner drugstore. Have a look at the tutorials listed for more Halloween scar techniques.

On a related note there is a frightening trend in body art. It is called Scar Tattoos. Don’t look at the images below if you have a queasy stomach. We all have a few scars here and there from the inevitable misfortunes of living life but a scar tattoo is the deliberate mutilation of the skin to form a raised tattoo from the resulting scar tissue! You wouldn’t catch me even considering doing something like this for a second but I guess it appeals to many people.


July 3, 2009

Human Camcorder

at 1:50 pm. Filed under Human Hacks, What Were They Thinking


Who says our youth are out of shape because of all the video game playing they do? These guys were probably influenced by a video game but have probably taken it a bit farther than is healthy. With a camcorder strapped to his head the guy does some Spider-Man like moves. I don’t see any camera trickery but who knows…


November 17, 2008

Strain Sensors in Textiles allow for Human Movement Monitoring

at 5:18 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Human Hacks


If you get a sore back from bad posture habits or repetitive stress situations from work this Strain Sensors technology could help you in the near future. The sensors remind me of the glove keyboard sensors we have seen before. If this technology advances as fast as everything else is we will soon have these microscopic sensors woven directly into the fabric of a shirt and the outputs will be fed directly into a Wiimote for advanced game controls. 🙂

"The sensors used for this paper are completely integrable into clothing and hence permit a measurement which is comfortable for the user and independent of location. Up to now, postures could be recognized with strain sensors. These promising results were a motivation to test methods which recognize the movement of the upper part of the body. "

June 11, 2008

Slow Down Time with Stress

at 11:11 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Human Hacks, What Were They Thinking


Eliot Phillips from Hack a Day posted an interesting article about some tests that were done to determine if time slows down during high adrenalin situations. It looks like it does! A person was dropped from a tower and attempted to read a flashing display during the fall. Prior to falling the test subject could not read the display but was able to read the first digit perfectly during two fall attempts. The second digit was not read correctly however a similar looking digit was seen both times. I wonder how this corresponds with a work day zipping by or dragging depending on what you were doing?



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