Interview: Dan Tepfer, the Musician Coding the Future of Concerts

With a playback piano and VR, the pianist entrances every audience he plays for

Billed as the future of concerts, Dan Tepfer‘s live show—a solo performance wherein a self-playing Yamaha Disklavier is the only instrument—entrances every attendee. From the intimate-by-choice setting and the Google-branded VR headsets to Tepfer’s winding style, the show captivates with each song and its visual accompaniment—all of which is improvisational and diverges from the original recording. There are rules in music and in coding and, …

Airblock: A Shape Shifting Entry-Level Drone

Makeblock's new modular flying device takes on variable hovercraft forms

Airblock might not have a 4K camera but that’s far from the point of this new hovercraft device. Not only is it an entry-level drone in terms of price, it also aims to teach young fliers building and coding as well. Airblock’s magnetic, modular format means that six blade modules can be affixed to a control core and hovercraft base in multiple ways. The hexagonal …

Artist R Luke DuBois’ Eye-Opening Data Portraits

At this year’s TED conference, artist R Luke DuBois shared with the audience a few of his latest works. While he doesn’t paint, draw or take photos, DuBois can weave together incredibly complex portraits of his subjects through unconventional applications of programming and code. In one project, he downloads millions of dating profiles to map out the way people speak about themselves across the country. …