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  • World’s Earliest Form of ‘Soccer’ at Linzi Football Museum in Zibo, China

    All the football betting enthusiasts have heard of the Cuju and “Football” museum in China. This famous, or infamous museum was dedicated to football, claiming that the earliest form of this sport comes from China. So, even though you cannot bet on Cuju at sportsbooks as you can on the regular football and receive the Allwin City welcome bonus, you can always learn more about this museum and this ancient sport. Take a look.

    What is the Connection between Cuju and Football?

    No one can claim with certainty that what we call EU football today originates from Cuju, but yet, there are people who believe in that. After all, who could be certain that a game played by kicking a ball is in direct relations with the contemporary Association Football?

    We all know that most people consider England modern football’s origin place. But, no one can deny the fact that Cuju resembles the sport to some extent. It dates back to the 3rd century BC and it used to be some form of military training and exercise. Supposedly, later on, the game was played for entertainment purposes only.  

    Ther used to be both male and female cuju teams during the Tang and Song dynasties. Some sources say that this Chinese sport used to be quite popular during that time. Nowadays, the visitors of the Linzi Football Museum in Zibo, China can see the cuju reenactments on a daily basis. 

    Back to the Museum

    The museum itself is located in Zibo, Shandong Province in China and the visitors claim that it is worth visiting. Moreover, it is built on around 2,500 meters and it features three permanent exhibitions. 

    Firstly, the visitor will be able to see the ancient Cuju exhibition, which is the favorite one among the visitors. The exhibition provides the spectators the insight into the culture experienced from the Cuju point of view. It offers pieces such as some clay village miniatures as well as military training grounds where Cuju used to be played. 

    Secondly, the museum offers a contemporary world football exhibition where you can have more fun. The visitors will be able to find miniature prints of the School of Athens and the Mona Lisa. This is included in order to show the Renaissance influence on EU football. In addition, football fans will be able to see some goalkeeper gloves, shin guards and football socks. 

    All who visit this two-floored museum will be able to go to the room dedicated to all the FIFA presidents. Furthermore, there are parts where some playful and entertaining games could be played. The whole track where the third exhibition is placed is enriched with life-size bronze figures. These are some of the greatest football legends. 

    Lastly, the third exhibition is one of the modern Chinese games. It is the smallest exhibition on this Chinese game and in it, the visitor is able to see the museum’s representation of the Cuju link to football. The spectators could learn the supposedly true history of the sport-related to football. 


    iMobot is a modular robot you can reconfigure

    iMobot is a modular robot that twists and turns and crawls through the landscape.

    It is like the LEGO of robots: One module of iMobot works fine by itself, but it is when you put them together, real awesomeness ensues.

    A single module looks deceptively simple and crude, but iMobot actually has four degrees of freedom and can roll through the various terrains with ease. This makes it suitable for rescue missions where a camera can be hooked up to the end of a iMobot snake. The iMobot can then snake its way through debris and spaces inaccesible to humans.

    Currently, iMobot is used in robotics research. The modular concept allows researchers to add iMobot to their setups easily, without using time on research that have already been done.

    iMobot started at UC Davis when mechanical engineering student Graham Ryland was finishing his degree. He then founded the company Barobo with professor Harry H. Cheng where iMobot is currently being developed.


    The next generation of charity collectors? This cute robot might replace human collectors

    Maybe you have been mildly annoyed by charity collectors who have confronted you on the street to collect money for their cause. Enter DON-8r. This small robot is so cute you want to hug it. DON-8r is maybe the next generation of charity collectors: It is not intruding your personal space or being in your face. Rather, Don-8R seems to gather the crowds.

    DON-8r runs on donations: By plopping a coin down its back slit, it thanks you and does a little dance by driving around. After 30 seconds, it stops.

    However, the real question is: How does DON-8r measure up against a human charity collector?

    The charity organization Folkekirkens Nødhjælp decided to put it to a test: DON-8r and a human charity worker battled in the streets of Aarhus. Each got 6 minutes to collect as much money as possible for the famine-stricken Horn of Africa.

    The result: While the human collector managed to raise 295 kr and a 25 øre-stamp, DON-8r got a respectable 185 kr. Also, the human collector was “lucky” to cash in a 100 kr-note from somebody he knew.

    DON-8r is designed by product designer Tim Pryde at University of Dundee as his final project. You can come see the cute robot at the NEXT2011 and donate to Folkekirkens Nødhjælp.


    Build your own stuff at Open Space Aarhus

    Open Space Aarhus is a hackerspace where you can build whatever you want, basically. The concept started in USA and has now migrated to the quaint little town of Aarhus. Open Space Aarhus provides the space and tools and you provide the ideas, technical skill and creativity.

    At NEXT 2011, Open Space Aarhus is showcasing some of the things built in the hackerspace: The robot Twitchy copies your arm movements from a Kinect and translate them to a robot arm. However, the translation is not completely smooth – the robot arm twitches in a Parkinson’s disease-like fashion. The Execution Decision Maker is helping you deal with those difficult decisions by randomly picking the YES or NO option displayed in LED. A simple Ding and Dong touchscreen allows you to press DIIING and DOOONG repeatedly and again and again and again.

    All the showcases have been designed and constructed by the members of Open Space Aarhus. Everybody can join the hackerspace – member fee is 150 DKK/month, which gets you free access to their facilities (with an access point of their own design) and tools. As a free member, you are allowed access, but don’t have your own key.

    At NEXT2011, you can make your own bristle bot (15 kr): At tiny robot made out of a bristle with a small vibrator and battery on top, allowing it to wringle around and move. Se the Bristlebot in action below.


    Design your own furniture with the open-source program SketchChair

    It is always kind of depressing to walk into your friends’ living rooms only to discover the same IKEA ARILD sofa flanked by the same IKEA LACK sofa table standing on the same BASNÄS rug. It would be awesome, if you could design your own furniture. And now you can: SketchChair is an open-source project that allows you to design and build your own furniture.

    SketchChair is a simpel designed sketching program to build your own furniture. If you dont’s feel creative, the designs are also open-source. You just need to find a manufacturer that will cut out the pieces for you. The pieces are designed to be easily assembled by hand, with no glue required.

    SketchChair is backed by Kickstarter supporters. It started as a collaboration between the industrial designer Greg Saul and the Japanese JST Erato Igarashi Design UI Project. It is now being developed further by Greg Saul.

    While it’s not possible to manufacture a working wood model at the NEXT2011 Exhibition, you can come and design your own furniture and get it printed in paper.


    Ever wanted to mentally assemble the content of a LEGO box based on the front cover? LEGO’s Digital Box lets you do just that.

    Have you ever tried to stand with a Lego box in one hans and rustle it, in hopes of mentally read off a 3D model of the content of the box? Sometimes flat 2D pictures on the front cover just doesn’t cut it. LEGO Digital Systems and the augmented reality provider metaio has made it easier for you: They’ve made a video system that allows you to preview the content of a LEGO box.

    The video system consists of a screen connected to a camera. When a LEGO box is put into the camera’s view, the software recognizes the box and then displays a 3D model of the box’s contents. Some of the parts are even animated and when you rotate the physical box, the 3D model is also rotated. Now you can see every little detail of the box without even opening it.

    The augmented reality application, called Digital Box, is featured in some North American Lego stores. See how Digital Box works in the video.


    The augmented reality video game OutRun lets you convert real life to a pleasant 8-bit video game world.

    If you agree with the young lad below, OutRun will probably make you clap your little hands with glee. This augmented reality video game is built into a car and actually allows you to drive around.

    However, you can’t actually see where you are driving. The front view is blocked by an oldschool arcade cabinet. The front view is then input into the game and you now see the world in all its 8-bit glory. The coarse graphics are an deliberate contrast to the increasingly complex game engines of video games today.

    The video game car draws inspiration from the arcade game OutRun where you drive a Ferrari through streets. You have to reach certain checkpoints before the time runs out.

    OutRun is made by artist/scientist Garnet Hertz. He is always premiering the Doom Reflection Wall at NEXT2011.

    The Doom Reflection Wall is another project that incorporates augmented reality with video games. The wall consists of a projector that displays a scene from the video game Doom.

    You can experience both OutRun and the Doom Reflection Wall at NEXT2011.