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It's time to give your pockets a rest. Take a cue from Parsons student Aisen Chacin and stick your MP3 player where it belongs: in your mouth. The catchily-named Play-a-Grill combines bone-conducting music playback with a classic bit of bling-based technology. This "attempt to provide an unusual d...

June 1st 2012 at 4:32am 0 Comments
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Some emotional robots dip deep into the dark recesses of the uncanny valley, where our threshold for human mimicry resides. Emoti-bots on the other hand, manage to skip the creepy human-like pitfalls of other emo-machines, instead employing household objects to ape the most pathetic of human emot...

May 20th 2011 at 6:07am 0 Comments
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You know what would have been awesome to have as a toy when we were growing up? Not a baby to swaddle and feed, or a Barbie doll to dress up and imagine careers for, or a fake pet to worry about neglecting. No, we'd have preferred Snoozy the Sloth, who merely breathes and take naps with you when yo...

May 20th 2009 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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Enrolling in a game-focused school may have been just a dream for us children of the 20th century, but for the kids growing up in the 21st, this fantasy will soon become reality. Quest to Learn is New York's new school for "digital kids" in grades 6 through 12. It uses the "underlying design princip...

February 16th 2009 at 6:40pm 0 Comments
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"We're not a bunch of gamers here," a faculty member of the Parsons New School told the audience. "A project like this means much more to us than working with a new game. What we're interested in is collaboration, learning in new tools, in testing possibilities with environments and products we ha...

September 23rd 2008 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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Despite a well-documented obsession with LittleBigPlanet and its emphasis on user-generated content, our skills pretty much begin and end with penis-themed level design. This is probably why Sony has tapped New York's Parsons The New School For Design and not us to host a LittleBigPlanet level-maki...

September 11th 2008 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Parsons The New School For Design is partnering up with SCEA for a 24-hour LittleBigPlanet "Game Jam." The design competition will feature over 120 students from various disciplines. Their task? To create the "most inventive and challenging" game levels within a 24-hour period for LittleBigPlanet....

September 11th 2008 at 5:15pm 0 Comments