Fashion in the Metaverse
by Toland Smart, Design Enterprise Studio Member, March 2022
I can see it, but can I touch it, or even smell it and would it even fit me. This is a question you probably ask yourself when shopping for fashion, maybe you don’t even care about it that much. But you have to admit fashion plays an integral role in our society and it has done for as long as humans have covered themselves up. Who would have thought that covering our selves up to stay warm would evolve into the crazy world of cat walks, designer brands and a global reselling market which nearly every human on the planet has access to?This industry which has already changed and advanced so much is now taking on another exciting but expected twist. From the average Joe to the head of a designer brand such as Gucci, it is clear to see how intertwined fashion has become with the digital...
Proof-of-work vs Proof-of-stake the battle of consensus mechanisms for the future of cryptocurrency mining nodes
by Natasha Kingsley, Design Enterprise Studio Member, March 2022Nowadays in this digital era, it is beyond reasonable doubt that most people know what a cryptocurrency is. What they don’t necessarily know is how to start mining it. This article will dive into the inner workings of each mechanism and explain why each one could be a potential contender.My name is Natasha Kingsley, I am a sound designer and videographer with a current interest in cryptocurrencies. The power play between the predominant and alternative mechanisms for mining blockchain technologies has recently been on my radar; sparking my interest in answering the question: which mechanism will gain command as the predominant consensus in the future?
Wait, how do you actually mine a crypto asset?Well, to understand the way the consensus mechanisms work, you first must understand how to mine cryptocurrency in the first place. It all starts with a blockchain....
How to build an RGB LED Board
by Joshua Hart, Design Enterprise Studio Member , March 2022Hi, I am Josh, a final year student in Digital Media who enjoys the physical building of computing devices as well as interfacing with them using software environments. This article will walk you through the necessary steps so you can build yourself a decent size RGB display board at home.
RGB LED display board, built by Josh. This board uses ten 32 x 64 panels.
RGB LED panels have long been recognised for their large scale and bright presence at live music shows/ festivals and are now rapidly becoming the go-to display board for advertising content and information in our cities. The modular nature of the boards allows for easy configuration, which means they can fit any space. This and the ease of updating the boards remotely with new content make it a no-brainer for advertising. Since starting this project I have been collecting examples of RGB...
State of the Art Audio Classification – Simply
by Erik Tomica, Design Enterprise Studio Member, March 2021 Have you ever wondered how can humans recognise music and sounds in just a couple of seconds? And how applications like Shazam replicate that despite of such a vast amount of music released every year? How are humans able to tell someone’s emotion based on the tone of their voice and would a machine be able to do the same without any understanding of what emotion is? This post aims to answer some of these questions in a simple way. There won’t be any technical terminology and if so, this will be very simply explained so let’s dive right in:A lot of progress in machine learning and IT in general comes from understanding humans, how we do things and why. In the case of audio recognition and audio classification we [humans] have have taken inspiration from mother nature once again. It all started with a simple question:...
Clever digital technology solutions to help tackle increased domestic violence during lockdown
by Africa Montis-Ngomo, Design Enterprise Studio Member, March 2021
As technology is always evolving and growing there are many ways in which this can positively influence the design of solutions that can highly benefit some of the most negative aspect and weaknesses of our modern age. I am talking about issues such as the increase of domestic violence which has significantly got worse during recent pandemic-related lockdowns.
Violence towards women seems to have always been present in human history. Thankfully, the last few decades have seen many improvements, from equal rights movements to women across the world making their voices heard. However, even today there is a big percentage of women who are still unable to voice their opinions freely due to pressure of their culture, religion, or current domestic situation.
In the United Kingdom an estimated 7.5% of women experienced domestic violence in 2019. The exact figures during this pandemic are...