To any Tumblrites who are deaf, hard of hearing, know people who are, or just enjoy cool tech, a start-up called MotionSavvy is working on technology that uses Leap Motion to recognize sign language and and outputs written or spoken English.  The project was started by a group of deaf students at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (yay RIT!) who moved to San Francisco to develop the product with Leap.

The team has over 800 deaf beta testers, but they are looking for more.  They hope to have a product available to consumers by September of 2015.

For more information, check out this TechCrunch article and this video.

The links are definitely worth checking out: according to the TechCrunch article, the prototype only understands about 100 words at the moment, but they’re working on more with the beta testers. I’m guessing it’ll probably be realistic to eventually expect a level comparable to other types of machine translation (Google Translate, etc.), which although by no means perfect is still very useful. 

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Futurist Giacomo Balla was born today in 1871. Birds in flight inspired this painting. 

[Giacomo Balla. Swifts: Paths of Movement + Dynamic Sequences. 1913.]

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Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966), Woman in a Kimono with Sunflower, 1908

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A brief retrospective

The Art Fair is over, I slept in, and I still need to empty the car. But I want to get some of these thoughts out of my head before I wind them onto little spools and put them away for good.

First point: I had a successful show. I sold eight items to six customers, three of whom were not previously known to me. In other words, strangers liked my work enough to buy it. This is gratifying beyond all measure. I had no idea whether my pictures would garner any appreciation outside of my friends and classmates.

Second point: I need to learn to edit my portfolio down. I had too many images for such a small selling space, and therefore too many choices. Too many choices means confusion, and confusion means no sale.

Related to that, something my mentor said really was the case: large prints bring people in, but small prints are what sells. I got lucky and sold two large framed prints, but I mostly sold the smallest (cheapest) images.

Third point: If you’re selling photography, photographers won’t buy it but will want to know what camera you’re using. Or they will tell you that digital is too easy and film, boy, those were the days…

Fourth point: The Ann Arbor shows are grueling. Most artist-staffed art fairs (I have been told) are on weekends only, with reasonable hours.

Fifth point: I have inventory now. Since what I sold was in limited editions, I now have to track it. And store what didn’t sell. Which reminds me… I’ve got to empty the car.

There’s more left than I expected!


Japanese Poster: Kengo Kuma Talk show. Daigo Daikoku. 2013

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Morning convo

  • M: What's the designation for the androids in Blade Runner?
  • H: Nexus-6. Why?
  • M: So people are using phones that want to kill them?
  • H: No, they don't want to kill them. They want more life, motherfucker!
  • M: But they...
  • H: They're angry and they're on a deadline!


Two weeks ‘til Art Fair!

I’ll be in the NANA tent at A101.


One Week!

To reiterate: (OMG!)

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Minor White believed that photography has the potential to spiritually transform the viewer as well as the practitioner. I can attest to that because it happened to me a long, long time ago.

Through October 18: Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit

Windowsill Daydreaming, Rochester, New York, 1958, Minor White. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013.44.2. Purchased in part with funds provided by Daniel Greenberg, Susan Steinhauser, and the Greenberg Foundation.

Road and Poplar Trees in the Vicinity of Naples, New York, 1955, Minor White.

Both images reproduced with permission of the Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum. © Trustees of Princeton University

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