It currently doesn’t have an official name, but works similar to WebCamMesh (previous post), albeit without the visible grid mesh. Put together by @mrdoob, it pseudo-converts your webcam feed into 3D (although not accurately - it’s based on colour as opposed to real depth data which you could only get with a connect).
Only works in Chrome (as far as I am aware), and you’ll need to press the ‘Hide Editor’ button in the top right.
Tablecloth with grid-paper pattern designed to be drawn on:
Don’t go thinking this tablecloth is just for kids- it would be just as fun at a dinner party or outdoor cookout. After you scribble and scrawl your masterpiece or menu and your guests/family have had their fill of fabric markers, throw the tablecloth into the washer and you’ll soon have a blank canvas for your next event.
Japanese artist whose work combines technology, mythology, and culture.
PK NOTE: I don’t know why, but my mind wondered back to an exhibition of the artist I saw at the Serpentine Gallery in 1998. It was the first time i saw big reproductions of images created with (I imagine) Photoshop, wearing specific glasses to watch a short film in 3D (similar to what we now experience in cinemas today) - probably my first experience of the digital arts, and certainly a taste of the future.
I haven’t been following the artist since then (oddly) so this is a re-acquaintence for me, and hopefully, will capture the interests of some of you too …
The juxtaposition of Eastern mythology with Western culture is a common theme in Mori’s works, often through layering photography and digital imaging, such as in her 1995 installation Birth of a Star. Later works, such as Nirvana show her as a goddess, transcending her early roles via technology and image, and abandoning realistic urban scenes for more alien landscapes.
The artist moved from images and visuals to more sculptural, physical works, mainly natural and minimalistic, yet featuring colourful glows. Here is an interview with the artist about a piece for her latest work, Primal Rhythm:
You can find out more examples of the artist’s work the at the Gallerie Perrotin website here
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.