This Piano Is Played By Clouds

And it sounds a lot like Schoenberg.

We often stare at the clouds to see the images hiding inside. But maybe we should be listening instead. Cloud Piano is an installation coming soon to L’assaut de la Menuiserie in Saint-Etienne, France. A sensor on the building’s roof tracks the clouds as they come by. And through the magic of technology, these clouds are able to press keys on a piano sitting alone on a stage below.

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World’s First Smart Ceiling Fan Controllable by a Smartphone App [Video]

SenseME World’s First Smart Ceiling Fan Controllable by a Smartphone App [Video]Check out the world’s first smart ceiling fan designed with an on‐board computer and array of sensors. SenseME™ technology, available exclusively on the Haiku ceiling fan, revolutionizes a home fixture that hadn’t changed for decades. “The typical home has more than three fans, but they’re no smarter or better looking than your great‐grandma’s,” said Carey Smith, founder and Chief of Big Ass Fans. “In the past couple of years, we’ve seen smart thermostats and smart light bulbs, yet you still have to pull a chain to start your ceiling fan. SenseME changes everything.

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SenseME is said to know when you enter or leave a room and turn Haiku on and off automatically, so no switch is necessary. It also monitors the room’s temperature and humidity, adjusting Haiku’s speed when conditions change. In time, the device is able to learn your comfort preferences, tailoring fan speed adjustments to what you find comfortable. Haiku with SenseME is the first fan controllable by a smartphone app. Use the app to set schedules for both the fan and light or select from several unique control modes. Among them is Gradual Awake that gently increases the fan’s speed and light for a more pleasant wake‐up, which research has proven reduces that can’t‐get‐out‐of‐bed feeling. Be sure to check out the video at the end of the post for some interesting technical details! [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Big Ass Fans]
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AHNDA by Stephen Burks for DEDON

AHNDA by Stephen Burks for DEDON

When you first spot the DEDON name, you automatically associate that with outdoor furniture, but after 25 years, they decided to try a new approach. They brought on designer Stephen Burks and what they came up with is an innovative, new kind of upholstery for indoors. The result is AHNDA, a lounge chair and footstool, with handcrafted, woven textile cords.

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Working with DEDON’s master weavers in the Philippines, Burks’ tireless efforts culminated in a “transparent upholstery” of these soft, woven cords. Using two different colored yarns, a melange effect happens, creating a rich textural quality.

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Paired with cozy cushions in your choice of fabrics, the AHNDA collection gives you a comfy place to curl up.

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Canon's 'something BIG' is… a photography competition. Oh well.

Just when Canon India had us all excited… it looks like the company’s ‘something BIG is coming’ teaser was referring to a competition. ‘Photomarathon India’ is open for registration from August 5th, and prizes include a trip to Japan, worth $5000. This is great news for Indian photographers, but likely to disappoint those of us hoping that ‘something BIG’ might refer to new hardware. Oh well. 

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Kogut Butoh at Issaquah Depot

Orphans, Helen Thorsen and Sheri Brown as mail order brides, Joan Laage as conductor, and Camille Hildebrandt as news urchin. Kogut Butoh © 2013, Organization, Photo by Brian Liesse, courtesy of Kagut Butoh.

Orphans, Helen Thorsen and Sheri Brown as mail order brides, Joan Laage as conductor, and Camille Hildebrandt as news urchin. Kogut Butoh © 2013, Organization, Photo by Brian Liesse, courtesy of Kagut Butoh.

Kogut Butoh Presents Suitcases at the Issaquah Depot

Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17
10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Issaquah Depot
78 First Avenue NE Issaquah, WA 98027

Entertaining, imaginative and informative, Suitcases Project is a free, all-ages continuous event taking place at the historic Issaquah Depot. Directed by reknowned Northwest Butoh artist Joan Laage, Suitcases Project presents alternating scenes throughout the depot and on the passenger trolley that include text, movement and local references to the history of the Issaquah community.  The project is a part of 4Culture’s Historic Site(s) Specific program, and was developed in collaboration with Issaquah History Museums.

Spectators will have the delightful chance to:

  • Observe railroad workers and passengers circumnavigating
  • the depot
  • Enjoy soundscapes in the freight room
  • Meet orphans just arriving from back east on the orphan train
  • Buy a Suitcases Penny Rag for only 1₵ with news items, crossword puzzle & cartoon
  • Have their passbook stamped
  • Listen to hobos telling their tall and true tales
  • Join in the Chapel Car’s congregation and hear an uplifting and lively sermon
  • Watch a video inspired by the 1910 Wellington train disaster

Performers: Lela Besom, Sheri Brown, Amie Christensen,
Camille Hildebrandt, Chris Jarmick, Joan Laage, Lin Lucas, Anthony Lee Phillips, & David Thornbrugh with music by utsusemi (Dmitry Artamonov & David Noble)

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