Layar release a simplified augmented reality editing service to bring digital connectivity to print media.
Layar, the world’s leading mobile augmented reality (AR) provider, today announced the launch of the Layar Creator, a self-service web application for activating print pages with digital content. By simplifying and demystifying previously complex AR technology, the Layar Creator makes it quick and easy to bring once static pages to life with videos, links and “Buy” buttons that readers can view with their smartphone.
In a matter of seconds, anyone can upload images or PDFs, drag-and-drop any of a number of digital buttons onto the pages and publish them on the Layar platform. When readers view activated pages with the Layar app, these buttons appear on top of the page, enabling deeper engagement and direct commercial opportunities as the printed page becomes a point-of-sale.
It is worth noting that, despite the obvious focus on mainstream high-circulation magazines, there is a Pro-Publishing model as well as an Ad-Supported one which could lead to some creativity to the lower circulation models, such as zines, and possibility other areas such as stickers, paintings, street art etc …
I got in contact via Twitter about a couple of things - first, to have AR video, you’ll need a high-end mobile to have it work properly within the camera view (otherwise it will open in a separate window), iPhone 4(S) or dual-core Android at the minimum. Secondly, it doesn’t support animated GIFs (which would have been great), although you could position a link button to a GIF file.
Experimental MP3 player is teeth bling (aka ‘Grill’) that plays music with vibrations through your teeth:
Play-A-Grill is the combination of a digital music player and the mouth piece jewelry usually associated with Hip Hop and Rap music genres known as a grill. Grills are almost always made of precious metal, most notably gold or platinum. They are completely removable, and almost used as a retainer. This piece of jewelry presents a perfect opportunity to merge an arbitrary music fashion object and reintroduce it as the music player itself. Because the grill is worn over the teeth, sound can be transmitted using bone conduction hearing instead of outside speakers or headphones. Play-A-Grill is an iteration of a music fashion object of that becomes the music player itself.
A MOCAP-like system to generate animated figures through a computer and human actor in 1966.
Taken from A Critical History of Computer Graphics and Animation: Analog approaches, non-linear editing, and compositing:
Perhaps one of the earliest pioneers of this analog computer animation approach was Lee Harrison III. In the early 1960s, he experimented with animating figures using analog circuits and a cathode ray tube. Ahead of his time, he rigged up a body suit with potentiometers and created the first working motion capture rig, animating 3D figures in real-time on his CRT screen. He made several short films with this system, called ANIMAC …
… It was while he was at Philco that he decided to chase his idea of systematically creating animated figures. His concept was to view a stick figure as a collection of lines that could be independently moved and positioned to form an animated character. Each of the lines would be displayed on a CRT and controlled with a vector deflection of the CRT’s electron beam. Each figure would be composed of bones, skin, joints, wrinkles, eyes, and moving lips, all drawn in sequence to create what Harrison called a “cathode ray marionette.”
Sadly, I couldn’t find any video examples of this technology (any links from the source are dead). The project was pretty much a proof-of-concept, but the knowledge from it’s development went into Scanimate, probably best known for 70’s American TV titles and The Jackson Five’s Blame It On The Boogie video.
Typography / street art project by Autobahn from 2008 creates lettering to be made specifically using duct-tape:
Tapewriter is a font based upon the grid of fences. It’s a form of graffiti that makes optimal use of its carrier. Tapewriter is for everyone in posession of an opinion and the urge to express it in public with a roll of tape.
iOS app can take photos which are then ‘filtered’ by appearing on old black & white CRT display screen, which is then snapped by another camera and sent back to the user. Here is a video embedded below that better illustrates the process:
You can read about the development of the idea here, and, in the course of testing the app, the results were posted on a Tumblr blog here.
I recently stumbled across and old toy record player made by Fisher Price in the 1970s. I’m sure many of you will recognise this iconic toy … As with many 40-year old toys, it was in a bit of a sad state and a couple of the records had been lost. Technology has moved on since it was manufactured and making some new records for it seemed like a nice way to merge old technology and new.
3D printing a record might seem like the obvious choice these days, but I decided to go with CNC milling.
Why a mill you ask? Not a laser cutter or a 3D printer? Well we can’t use a laser cutter as the record needs slots in the surface but these don’t go all the way through. Laser cutters are great if you don’t need any partial depth cuts, but we do. 3D printing the record would seem to be a sensible choice and would definitely do the job. However, we will end up creating plastic pins around 1mm in size that trigger the music box hidden in the record player’s arm. I was worried about whether the extruded plastic technique used by most printers would give it the required strength.
Fred27 also put together a piece of code to help edit the music for one of these disks.
Kickstarter project can turn everyday objects into USB connected touch interfaces. In the video above, you can see examples using Play-Doh and pencil drawings as game controllers, bananas as a piano, even tubs of water as a Dance Dance Revolution mat:
MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.
Let’s say you load up a piano. Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook up the MaKey MaKey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananasbecomeyour piano keys.
Two ways to create your own: firstly, a tutorial from Mini Eco to create your own Space Invader and pixel skull:
Hello! Remember that pixel heart card I made a while back? Well it has been one of my most popular tutorials to date so I thought I would add another few designs to the collection. Meet ‘space-invader popup’ and ‘skull popup’
… You definitely need a craft knife (and a steady hand) to make these cards this project is only really suitable for adults or teenagers.
A great discovery by Triangulation Blog - a Tumblr whose theme turns it’s content into minimal abstraction, a gradient of 45 degree lines:
Tumblr is one of the free platforms most I like because it is very customizable, it can be used as you really want, even from a blank html. I’m lately seeing several tumblrs which feature interesting themes. I just found this one by Thirozumi, to be honest in the beginning I didn’t know what I was seeing, I only noticed about the colored diagonals and the cool visual effect by scrolling down or right. Then I went to its archive to see the single posts and what kind of content had there. On the archive there are normal pictures from reblogs or posts but if you click on whatever picture you go to a single colored diagonal, so this tumblr shows all the content published on in that diagonal and deformed way, I really like it, it’s like two projects in one, a personal research and an abstract colored visualization from all that research.
It doesn’t work using endless scrolling, to go to the next pages just click on the “next” link on the bottom left. The same to see the archive. http://thirozumi.tumblr.com/
The last image above is what a dvdp GIF would look like in the theme.
Great full-length documentary about the European Demoscene, a portrait of the creative digital subculture from 80s home computers to the current state:
In the 1980’s, something changed the world forever. Computer technology, mostly due to the appearance of affordable Commodore 64’s, entered households worldwide, providing the opportunity for everyone to create digital art. But existing art forms weren’t the only ones to be re-implemented on these computers; brand new forms of art also appeared, ones thought to be impossible up to that point. Computers provided an opportunity for the creator to produce visuals and sound effects and combine them to create the ultimate audiovisual experience, by using only the language of mathematics and writing program code, without physical interaction. As a result of such techniques, demos were born, and with them, the demoscene subculture. A demo can best be understood as a spectacular animated music video which is usually a few minutes long. And yet it’s something entirely different from a traditional video. Computer technics is the fastest developing part of our world, which produces more and more new opportunities for art. Moleman shows you now a digital subculture, where artists don’t use always the latest technology, but their aim is also to bring out the best from 30 year-old computer technics.
Recommended for anyone interested in creativity and the computer, and worth the spare hour and a half time if you have nothing to do this Easter weekend. It is recommended to turn on YouTube’s captions on to understand the European programmers who cannot speak English.
You can find out more about the documentary from the makers ‘Moleman’ here, and download your own copy from here.
Spirograph-like drawing machine constructed with two turntables:
The revolution of the records create drawings that serve as a markers of temporality. The drawings also speak to the idea of the editionable print through their ability to be replicated using domestic materials.
It’s truely impressive when you see it in action (and wonder why it hasn’t been done before), as you can see in the video embed below:
Open-source Super Mario Brothers game with added gameplay mechanics of Portal, now available for all. Includes multiplayer, editors and customizations which would be great for creativity and game design practice.
Two genre defining games from completely different eras: Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. and Valve’s Portal. These two games managed to give Platformers and First-Person Puzzle Games a solid place in the video game world. But what if Nintendo teamed up with Valve and recreated the famous Mario game with Portal gun mechanics?
A complete from scratch recreation of Super Mario Bros. with a focus on perfectly imitating the feel the 1985 classic gave us. Then give Mario a portal gun, add puzzle game mechanics from Portal and there you go. And if that wasn’t crazy enough, play 4-player coop, with everyone having their own Portal gun!
Available for download for all systems, links and info can be found here