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  • Sky Magic

    A Mesmerizing Light and Sound Show:

    Sky Magic is a type of drone developed by Japanese tech company MicroAd. But what makes these flying devices special, and earns them their name, is that they're equipped with hundreds of LEDs that can be controlled to generate mesmerizing lights shows. Case-in-point: the recent live performance that was conducted at the foot of Mt. Fuji with a group of Shamisen players.

    Granted, it does no harm whatsoever to have Mount Fuji as the backdrop for that video, but even so that's still spectacular work. 1

    [Via MetaFilter]

    1. I wasn't wild about the music, but that could easily be fixed: slot in some Explosions In The Sky or some Mogwai and it'd work just as well.

  • Player Two

    Based on a YouTube comment: Player Two

    It's suddenly got really dusty in here…

    [Via swissmiss]

  • 'Amazing' is definitely the right word

    Looking closer: Amazing Worlds II

    [Via The Morning News]

  • The Third & The Seventh

    Do yourself a favour and watch Alex Roman's short film The Third & The Seventh on the highest resolution screen you have available to you. You won't regret it, I promise.

    Gorgeous work.

    [Via The Next Picture Show Podcast - Episode 23]

  • 'Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.'

    Dan Grover, whose occasional essays about the user interfaces used in smartphone apps in the Chinese market have provided a worthwhile sense of perspective on how smartphones can be used, has written the best take I've read on the current bout of bot-mania:

    This recent "bot-mania" is at the confluence of two separate trends. One is agent AIs steadily getting better, as evidenced by Siri and Alexa being things people actually use rather than gimmicks. The other is that the the US somehow still hasn't got a dominant messaging app and Silicon Valley is trying to learn from the success of Asian messenger apps. This involves a peculiar fixation on how these apps, particularly WeChat, incorporate all sorts of functionality seemingly unrelated to messaging. They come away surprised by just how many differently-shaped pegs fit into this seemingly oddly-shaped hole. The thesis, then, is that users will engage more frequently, deeply, and efficiently with third-party services if they're presented in a conversational UI instead of a separate native app.

    It's that part which, having spent the past two years in my current job eating and breathing messaging, seems a major misattribution of what makes chat apps work and what problems they're best at solving.

    Definitely worth a read.

    [Via The Overspill]

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