Cool Links Wednesday: Interactive Painting, the Sound of Wood, and Soldering… IN SPAAAAACE

Bleh. It’s the middle of the week. Two-and-a-half days down, and two-and-a-half more to go. For a little bit of inspiration (and a bit of distraction), check out this week’s round of neat-o links from around the office:

The Stream : The future of drone technology The Stream : The future of drone technology
This YouTube video features some interesting discussion about Drones (quadcopters and the like) and the way robotics is headed, technologically and ethically.
Edge-Lit Acrylic! Protospace – Edge Lit Acrylic
Our pals at the local Calgary hackerspace have been to work with their laser cutter, making impressive edge-lit acrylic badges using a watch battery and a basic LED.
Interactive painting Interactive Dandelion Painting
Liz, an all-star member of our sales staff, found this really cool interactive painting of dandelions, that react to being blown on.
Edmonton New Technology Society Edmonton Hackerspace Opening
The Edmonton New Technology Society (or ENTS, but not to be confused with large walking tree-beings) is a new Hackerspace, and has its grand opening one June 2nd, from noon to 8:30pm.
NASA Soldering in Space NASA Soldering in Space
This is a few years old, but still super cool. This story from NASA details some astronauts on board the International Space Station. As described by Dave, our fearless leader, when he submitted this link, it’s “Soooodering…in SPAAAAACE”.
Years “Years” – Wood Rings Used to Make Sound
By using an Arduino and some other awesome techno-bits, Bartholomäus Traubeck created a device that translates wood’s year rings into sound by analyzing the rings’ strength, thickness, and rate of growth.