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Around the world, nearly 15,000 animal species are threatened with extinction. These are numbers that stagger the imagination, especially as more species routinely slip into total extinction, never to be seen again. But with digital media, it’s possible to hold huge quantities of data in the palm of your hand – and come to grips with the magnitude of the crisis.

Will 2014 be the year of the hackathon? These massive coding parties are popping up everywhere, inspiring everything from nostalgic ’90s experiments to online real-time collaborative 3D tools. This week on Developer Labs, take a look into the wild world of student hackathons – including two web demos with Leap Motion control.

What does raw musical potential feel like? A blank canvas where anything is possible. At the Royal Academy of London’s exhibition “Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined,” visitors have discovered the power that lies beneath the surface with Contact – an interactive audio-visual installation by designer, musician and creative coder Felix Faire.

What’s an entertaining way of getting students excited about electronics and technology development? Showing them projects that have only been made recently possible and blowing their minds! This is one of the projects that I use to do this. Without touching anything, it allows you to control the functionality of a 3D printer. That’s some Tony Stark future stuff right there. Future stuff in the present moment.

In the early 20th century, a radical modernist art movement known as Vorticism erupted in Britain but soon withered after the First World War. Recently, I was asked to design a response to this short-lived movement, and I decided to focus on how I never have enough time to do anything.

When you think about it, time can be a very annoying aspect of life. Waiting, wasting, loitering, queueing, decaying, inefficiency, biding, aging, being late – these are all things that irritate me. I blast time!

Imagine being able to reach out and tweak virtual strings with your hands to create massive waves of light and sound. Last year, my colleague Alejandro Franco and I brought that idea into reality at Mexico City’s Digital Cultural Center with Resortes – an interactive installation manipulated in real-time through the hand gestures of participants.

What does music look like? What happens when you reach into a fractal? Explore these questions on Developer Labs with Isaac Cohen, and stay tuned for his livestreamed SFHTML5 talk on Thursday. Plus, a great guide to waving through colors with a Philips Hue bulb. Also this week, we have a real-time projection mapping robot, […]