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Friday Links: Chumbys that see, cheetahs made of metal, and beautiful digital playthings

It’s Friday, so time for our usual jumble-sale of the near-future, as detected via the studio mailing list.

Nick found ChumbyCV – a computer vision framework for Chumby. Here’s one that can not only see, but has acquired motive power.

At the other end of the slightly-terrifying robot scale, are the newest designs to come out of Boston Dynamics – makers of BigDog – which include this incredible ‘cheetah’ design…

Which just gives me flashback to my youth, and the evil Decepticon cassette tape / jaguar – Ravage!

From one 1980’s toy to an update of another – what happens when you combine scalectrix (or perhaps, micromachines) with projection and computervision? Answer: you get this brilliant experiment by Lieven van Velthoven: Room Racers…

As pico projectors get cheaper and more powerful I wonder what new play forms are going to arrive in the next couple of years.

Friends of BERG, Bjorn Jeffery and Emil Overmar are likely to be involved if the first products of their new Bonnier-backed venture Toca Boca are anything to go by.

They are consciously not making games for kids but – get this“digital toys”.


I downloaded “Helicopter Taxi” and it really is a digital toy. It’s simple, delightful, charming and radiates play. It’s aimed at 3 years old and up – but the 30somethings in the studio who played with it had stupid grins on their faces from the first couple of seconds they picked it up. Really looking forward to seeing what else the Toca Boca playsmiths come up with.

More beautiful digital playthings. Tom pointed to Fez, which I won’t even try and describe – it’s just lovely. Watch.


And finally, Matt Brown pointed us to the new video by Airside for Flashman – the new band by Fred Deakin (Lemon Jelly) and Robin Jones (Beta Band). It’s lovely – and as Matt points out, very New British Modern…

Flashman — The Proposition from Airside on Vimeo.

Have a lovely weekend!

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  • 1. Claus Dahl said on 22 March 2011...

    Codename for the Chumby that’s watching you: Plush Brother

  • 2. Francis Barton said on 24 March 2011...

    Hi Matt and BERG

    You lot are my heroes.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say I loved watching the Room Racers and Helicopter Taxi videos… sadly is currently down. Hope that’s temporary.

    And credit for Room Racers should go to Lieven van Velthoven ( – see credit at end of youtube video – not to Hoss Gifford, some social media guy who really should have given credit to van Velthoven in his tumblr post instead of making it look like it was his work.

  • 3. Francis Barton said on 13 June 2011...

    You haven’t altered the text to give credit to van Velthoven instead of Gifford, yet. :-)

  • 4. Matt Jones said on 13 June 2011...

    argh. yep. sorry. will do it now.

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