Posts by Christoph Bartneck

Color Discovery With Flags And Logos

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Culture, Design | 0 comments

Mitchell Adair, our genius film making student, created an excellent video about the results of our paper “Semi-Automatic Color Analysis For Brand Logos“. Enjoy.

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Spirograph Automaton made with LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This Spirograph Automaton is a LEGO drawing machine based on the the popular toy and the ideas of PG52. This version extends previous designs by using LEGO Mindstorms EV3. The Spirograph Automaton knows when the pattern is complete and lifts the pen at the right time. You no longer have to observe the machine to stop it when the drawing is complete. The gears are optimized to give fast results so that the children do not have to wait too long. I also build a coin detector that triggers the Spirograph Automaton.

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New Minifgure Catalogs Available

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in LEGO | 0 comments

The 2013 LEGO Minifigure Catalog is now available. It contains photographs of more than 550 Minifigures that were produced in 2013. It is very complete and I was even able to photograph the very rare Minifigures.

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Furthermore, I am happy to announce that the 2nd edition of the 2012 LEGO Minifigure Catalog and the 3rd edition of the Star Wars LEGO Minifigure Catalog are now available. The later contains all the photographs and data of the 2013 Minifigures in addition to several corrections and extensions. The 2nd edition of the 2012 catalog contains mainly additions and some minor corrections. The Minifigures from the Arkham Asylum, for example, have been added to the catalog. I hope you enjoy the books.

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Science progresses through the death of its professors

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

It is well known that the progress of science is related to social processes. Thomas Kuhn and the work based on him made this pretty clear. I would go a step further and declare that “Science progresses through the death of its professors”. I am not sure if this is a novel thought, maybe it is just a radicalization of Kuhn’s thoughts. I certainly do not want to encourage anyone to kill professors (being one myself), but I do think that the senior researchers do inhibit change. Maybe when I am a bit older I will see the benefit in it.

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BBC Interview about evil LEGO

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Culture, LEGO | 0 comments

The BBC called me today for an interview about the story of LEGO leading children to the dark side. Here is the MP3 audio recording of the interview:

Yesterday there was also a short feature on TVNZ.

 

 

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