A new project combining the collective talents of four French design studios literally allows you to see sound in a whole different light. Murmur is a device that allows passers-by to interact with an LED light wall, turning their voice into visible sound waves. Building a “luminous bridge between the physical and virtual worlds,” it transfers sound waves towards the wall using an LED strip, displaying the movement of each spoken word.
The Liberator pistol, first revealed barely a week ago, has caught the eye of federal authorities. Cody Wilson, head of gun-printing group Defense Distributed, says he received a letter from the US State Department, asking him to remove files for the Liberator and other gun parts from the site and officially apply for a ruling on whether he can distribute them.
The Boston bombings, shootings, car chase, and manhunt found the ecosystem of information in a strange and unstable state: Twitter on the rise, cable TV in disarray, Internet vigilantes bleeding into the FBI’s staggeringly complex (and triumphant) crash program of forensic video analysis. If there ever was a dividing line between cyberspace and what we used to call the “real world,” it vanished last week.