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From Juxtapoz.com...Monday, 17 August 2009
The Color Picker pen by Jinsu Park is a drawing device that allows you to write or draw in any color you can scan with the pen's color sensor. The concept is that you hold the Color Picker up to an object, push a button, and presto! it mixes the right amounts of pigment to match the color you’ve found.
Sadly, currently the Color Picker pen is only conceptual, and does not actually exist in working form quite yet. However we have a feeling that should this bad boy ever hit the market, it could be revolutionary; like having a Photoshop color match in your hand. Imagine the possibilities...
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
World's oldest map: Spanish cave has landscape from 14,000 years ago
Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is man's earliest map, dating from almost 14,000 years ago.
By Fiona Govan in Madrid
Published: 7:30AM BST 06 Aug 2009
Engravings on the stone, which measures less than seven inches by five inches, and is less than an inch thick, appear to depict mountains, meandering rivers and areas of good foraging and hunting.
A team from the University of Zaragoza spent 15 years deciphering the etched lines and squiggles after unearthing the artefact during excavation of the cave in 1993.
"We can say with certainty that it is a sketch, a map of the surrounding area," said Pilar Utrilla, who led the research team.
"Whoever made it sought to capture in stone the flow of the watercourses, the mountains outside the cave and the animals found in the area."
"The landscape depicted corresponds exactly to the surrounding geography," she said. "Complete with herds of ibex marked on one of the mountains visible from the cave itself."
The research, which is published in the latest edition of the Journal of Human Evolution, furthers understanding of early modern human capacities of spatial awareness, planning and organised hunting.
"We can't be sure what was intended in the making of the tablet but it was clearly important to those who populated the cave 13,660 years ago," said Ms Utrilla. "Maybe it was to record areas rich in mushrooms, birds' eggs, or flint used for making tools."
The researchers believe it may also have been used as a storytelling device or to plan a hunting expedition.
"Nothing like this has been discovered elsewhere in western Europe," she said.