Decorating a Christmas tree with projection tech (Tomorrow Daily 287)Jeff discusses one design studio's high-tech Christmas tree decorations and how tiny LED lights inside brains might help researchers learn more about neurological disorders.
[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily the best geek talk show in the known Universe. I'm Jeff Cannata you are watching one of our nano episode Every Thursday we deep dive into our favorite stories of the week so be sure to come back for that because those are really really fun shows but right now we're gonna get you up to date and see what's new in the headlines. [MUSIC] Projection mapping used for some pretty amazing projects. But what about simpler use cases for the lazy? Like decorating a Christmas tree. Ambose is an experimental media art and design studio, and they've been working hard to find a new way to decorate their holiday tree. They spent time creating a three D render of the tree. They made their very own mapping tool to create a custom projection. Once that was done, they grabbed a projector and set everything up. And the end result. Well it speaks for itself. It does look like they have ornaments on the tree though so it's not entirely devoid of decor. But we can definitely see this becoming an as seen on TV product in a couple of years. For our next story, a team at the University of Michigan is working hard towards studying neural pathways in the brain. And they're doing it with tiny LED lights. These implantable LEDs are likely the smallest ever made. And the team says that they quote can control and record the activity of many individual neurons. Measuring how changes in the activity of a single neuron can affect its neighbors, unquote. These small LEDs can activate individual neurons, which has never been done before. And the team hopes to learn more about how the brain functions with this tech. This research can potentially open doors to treating neurological disorders like ALS, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and more, making it an important development for neuroscience. That's gonna do it for headlines today. Now, let's take a look at one of your great photos. [MUSIC] [SOUND] This photo was sent in by Ming, who took it on a Galaxy Note 5. Ming writes Hi Jeff and Ashley, greetings from down under. I was out on a trek with my family at the Royal National Park, in Sydney, and came across this little butterfly taking a break. I think it was watching a podcast of your awesome show. Keep up the great work. This picture was taken on my Samsung Galaxy Note 5. I hereby give you permission to use this picture. Clearly that butterfly had excellent taste in podcasts. If you wanna see your picture on our show as phone-tographer of the day, you can send it to us. Tomorrow@cnet.com is where you send it. Be sure to tell us what device you took it on, and give us explicit permission to use it on the show. That's gonna do it for today's Tomorrow Daily. You can always hang out with us on social media by going to any of these places here. We'll see you next time. Be good humans. [MUSIC]