NYU Tech

NYU Opens Gaming Incubator to Turn Art Students Into Entrepreneurs

One Game Center project called Soft Body is like a traditional shooter, but with "painting" as a core mechanic. (Screengrab via NYU)

NYU Game Center, a young graduate program for game design, is launching an incubator for game development startups this summer in Brooklyn MetroTech Center.

The first batch of games are made up of the most commercially viable thesis projects from this year’s graduating Game Design MFAs. But the Game Center is a part of Tisch School of the Arts, so the students from NYU are less often business-savvy entrepreneurs, and more often artists and design creatives. Read More

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NYU Is Offering a Course on 3D Printing If You Want to Waste Your Parents’ Money

3D Printer. (Photo: MakerBot)

New York University is now offering a class in the fine art of 3D printing, giving Gallatin students a run for their money in the “most insipid course” department.  The “intensive” session runs for three weeks, six hours a day, and hopes to enlighten the public about all of the “creative ideas” that can be brought to fruition with the magic of 3D printing (like making guns!). Read More

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Who’s Worried About Big Brother? Not Eric Schmidt!

Hakuna matata, guys! (Photo: flickr.com/jolieodell)

We’re entering a new age of ubiquitous surveillance, when you can’t even embark on a wild night out in Brooklyn without worrying about some Glasshole uploading your embarrassing antics to YouTube. It’s enough to make you wonder whether maybe we ought to worry about what governments and corporations will do with the technical ability to Read More

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Booting Up: Google Reader Users Migrate to Feedly

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Turns out having a book on the top of Amazon’s bestseller list does not make you an automatic millionaire. [Salon]

After the announcement that Google Reader would shut down in July, more than 500,000 users have already migrated to Feedly. [The Verge]

Foursquare is reportedly close to closing a Series D round that would value it at less than the valuation from its Series C. [TechCrunch]

According to his lawyer, Matthew Keys’ legal defense is going to be that he was doing work as an undercover investigative journalist. Oh, we can flout the law under the guise of “journalism!”? Brb, going to loot the Apple store. [The Next Web]

An NYU student has invented a gel that can help stop bleeding in wounds. But can it mend college’s primary injury: broken hearts? [New York Post]

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NYU Announces a Center for Data Science and New Graduate Programs

(Photo: flickr.com/rob-young)

Now that we’ve got all this data lying around in great snowdrift-like heaps on our servers, what are we supposed to do with it? Enter the data scientist, which suddenly every startup simply must have. And where there are jobs, universities are sure to follow: NYU announced today the launch of an Initiative in Data Science and Statistics, which involves both the creation of both a Center for Data Science and graduate-degree programs in the field. Read More

The Final Frontier

Please Try to Contain Yourselves: NYU Professors Develop a Real Live Tractor Beam

(Photo: Dvice)

Advanced 3D printing technology is getting close to resembling replicators from Star Trek and iPads look a whole lot like the gadgets Geordi was always carrying around. Now, physicists have taken another step towards making Starfleet technology a reality by inventing a working tractor beam, which is essentially a laser that can move things. Sure, currently it can only move itty bitty molecules, but the fact that it works at all opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities.

NYU professors David Ruffner and David Grier have developed a way to harness Bessel beams in order to pull particles towards a laser source. The result is the beginnings of a very tiny tractor beam capable of moving silica spheres suspended in water. Read More

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Charlie O’Donnell and David Tisch Really Don’t See the Point of Pivoting [Updated]

From left to right: Mr. O'Donnell, Mr. Tisch, and Mr. Penenberg

New York University’s premier tech club, Tech@NYU, is in the midst of its annual Startup Week. This year’s series of panels featuring familiar faces from Silicon Alley are all organized under the theme “Hacking as a mentality.”

Hence last night’s event starring Charlie O’Donnell, partner of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, and David Tisch, the former Read More

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Gifs, Memes, and Accidental Porn: A Visit to HackNY’s Fall Hackathon

Dom's Demo

This weekend, students from all over the east coast descended on NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences to participate in hackNY’s fall student hackathon.  HackNY is an intercollegiate organization designed to keep the tech talent off Wall Street and interested in startups. The students spent 24 coding in order to impress judges like former TechStars NY managing director David Tisch and Chris Poole, aka Moot.

A large number of the hacks presented used Tumblr’s API, including one smut-filled surprise. Naturally, three of the projects also incorporated GIFs.

The most impressive showing of the day was definitely Dom, a video game “on top of the Internet.” The game turns the layout of any website into a 3D landscape where players have to shoot away oncoming robots. Their fully-functional demo drew actual gasps from the crowd as 3D characters climbed all over Vimeo’s homepage to destroy some bad guys. The game also uses Tumblr’s API to alternate between changing background images of outer space. Dom won first place and a cash prize of $1,001 to split between the team’s five members. Read More