This is pretty interesting… Computer generated text, using a digitized manuscript font. The results are great and very beliveable:

FONTSELF is a type project about handwriting and drawn writing.

It provides the ability to create fonts that preserves the gestures of a given handwriting and the original look of the drawing appliance (ball-point pen, pencil, ink, paper, etc.).

FONTSELF proposes intuitive tools to create and edit bitmap font (scanned letters) as well as solutions to use them and exchange them.

You can even render a live news feed.

Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh

The first book devoted entirely to typographic tattoos.

It has been called INSPIRING, SHOCKING, AND VOYEURISTIC… BODY TYPE explores the ideas and emotions behind this indelible commitment.

From Shakespeare to Radiohead, from Dante to James Joyce, from celebrations of love to homage and memorial, the wide breadth of messages captured provides insight into the human condition.

BODY TYPE is not only for tattoo aficionados, but also for all lovers of the written word.

Get it here.

Snoil – A Physical Display Based on Ferrofluid

Snoil, a sensitive skin of oil, is a great interactive piece by Martin Frey.

Ferrofluid is a liquid that reacts to magnetism. It is attracted by magnets, pretty similar to iron. This can lead to areas where the liquid partly resists to gravitation when a magnet approaches. Thereby a small bump is formed close to the loadstone. This behavior is enabled by magnetic nano-particles that are suspended in a carrier fluid. Normally the particles are coated with a surfactant to prevent their agglomeration. This results in stable ferrofluid dispersions.

Snake + Oil = SnOil

There are different reasons, why an interesting application for the ferrofluid-display is based on the game Snake: the food pieces are shaped out of the surrounding fluid and are instantly converted to the snakes body after consumption. So the growth in length of the snakes tail comes along with a real swelling volume of the collected fluid. The snake on the screen is steered by a joystick or a keyboard whereas the input interface of SnOil relies on a straighter action: The player holds the whole ferrofluid-basin in his hands and controls the flow direction of the snake by slightly tilting in the according direction. The controller measures this by tilt-sensors.

See the video here.

Source: Core77