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You Can Have Your Own Thundercloud In Your Living Room and Watch it Light Up to the Beat of Your Music

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
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Thunderstorms are fun to watch, but not necessarily the safest thing to do. Designer Richard Clarkson takes all of the awesomeness of storm watching without the danger with his latest creation: an interactive cloud for the home. You can get the nightlight version which only lights up or splurge for the interactive RC version that uses motion sensors to simulate the thunderstorm’s light and sound. Within each RC cloud is a lamp and bluetooth compatible speaker system. When paired with music, the cloud “lightnings” to the beat of each song. [Read more...]

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An Augmented Reality Sand Interface

Tuesday 05.27.2014 , Posted by
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A group of second year masters students in the CSU East Bay multimedia graduate program have combined talents to create an interactive device that involves a Microsoft Kinect, an overhead projector, and a series of illuminated pucks. Jay Van Dyke, Devin Dominguez, Matt Roads, and James Saxon bring us the Sand Noise Device (SND)- a way of playing in the sand that adults will find just as enjoyable as children. Manipulating the sand alters the generative electronic music system for a tactile interactive experience that you have to see to believe. The SND was just on display at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17th and 18th. Check out the video below to see this innovation in action. [Read more...]

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Change Your Perception: You’ll Never Guess What’s Inside This Infinity Box

Thursday 04.10.2014 , Posted by
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Although all of these pictures are pretty rad, they can’t even come close to what experiencing one of Matt Elson’s Infintiy Boxes is like. An amazing, interactive, human experience, sticking your head into one of the boxes reveals a playful world that is guaranteed to make you smile as you attempt to comprehend how on Earth you are seeing what is before you. By skillfully placing mirrors inside of the boxes, Elson composes unique illusions that play tricks on your perceptions. I was first introduced to the infinity boxes at Burning Man by the incredible, bouncy, beaming Vito Neo Reargo, who enthusiastically shared his experience with me. [Read more...]

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The Adventures of Little Wooden Cutouts in A Great Big World: Street Art by Joe Iurato

Sunday 02.23.2014 , Posted by
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Using layers of hand cut wood and spray paint, Joe Iurato narrates his life story by placing his defining moments in a miniature form around the streets and parks of NYC. Using the same style he used to do for large scale street art pieces, Iurato creates small figures and finds imaginative places to put them in this big world. The figures represent different stages in his life and he leaves them to interact with the environment and the community in whatever ways they see fit. [Read more...]

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Olafur Eliasson and Ai Weiwei Invite You to Make Your Mark on the Moon

Thursday 02.20.2014 , Posted by
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“The moon is interesting because it’s a not yet habitable space so it’s a fantastic place to put your dreams,” says Olafur Eliasoson of his recent collaborative project with Ai Weiwei. Utilizing the connective capabilities of the internet, they invited people all over the world to leave their marks on the “Moon” and so far over 35,000 people have participated. The duo debuted their massive scale interactive project at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin this year with the help of curator Marcello Pisu who says, “The main inspiration of the Moon is the democratization of the creative and artistic process, and the encouragement of a constructive visual dialogue.” [Read more...]

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We’ve Got Happy Eyes and Ears: Google Launches Interactive Music Timeline

Friday 01.17.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s some news that’s sure to catch the ear of many an audiophile: just yesterday Google launched their interactive Music Timeline – a way to explore musical popularity over the last century in timeline form. The visualization breaks down the musical world into its plethora of sub-genres – be it classic rock, east coast hip-hop or progressive metal. The timeline uses aggregated data from Google Play Music to show musical popularities as they transitioned through time (like the move from classic metal, to thrash to alt metal). [Read more...]

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MIT Creates a Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through and Control on the Other Side

Wednesday 11.13.2013 , Posted by

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Modern technology is slowly reducing us to poking at small screens with blazing fast graphics. The modern mobile phone, for example, is quickly becoming a black rectangle with the biggest screen possible for its size. But what about all that’s tactile in the world? The Tangible Media Group of MIT Media Lab is pushing back, literally, with their project inFORM. Being billed as a Dynamic Shape Display, it allows you to interact with the world on the other side of the screen in a very tangible way. [Read more...]

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Rain Room- Surround Yourself With Rain & Stay Dry

Monday 06.24.2013 , Posted by

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There is something so refreshing and magical about rain- especially when you can be surrounded by it without getting wet! And in Random International’s incredible Rain Room, you can do just that- no umbrella required! If you live in New York City or plan on being there before July 28th, 2013, then you should definitely head over to the MoMA to see this amazing exhibit in a 300 ft² room. In the Rain Room, a field of falling water is constantly flowing, but stops wherever its digital sensors detect a human body, giving the sense that an individual can control the rain. Random International has been experimenting with audience-interactive digital practices for quite some time, but this is their largest and most impressive project yet. [Read more...]

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Quote a Bluth: An Arrested Development Interactive

Thursday 05.30.2013 , Posted by

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The long-awaited premiere of Arrested Development’s fourth season graced our senses this Sunday more than six years after the show was cancelled because of dwindling ratings. Fans of the show have rabidly declared their love in the form of memes, gifs, and random quotes – across every social network conceivable. This spur of online support inspired the creator of the series, Mitchell Hurwitz, to create another season of our favorite dysfunctional family; exclusively for Netflix. This Quote a Bluth interactive created by Column Five – whose headquarters are in Newport Beach, California, home of the Bluth family and their world-famous banana stand – takes a look back across the first three seasons of Arrested Development, and some of the funniest moments provided by each character. [Read more...]

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Interactive Guide To The Jokes On Arrested Development

Friday 05.24.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to the fact that season 4 of Arrested Development will be released May 26th, I can barely contain my joy! So, it would probably be a surprise if I told you that the first time I saw the show I was completely lost and thought it wasn’t funny. I know what it was now, I caught the show half way through season 1 and the recurring jokes had begun long ago. Like close friends, the show used inside jokes from times long past – easily leaving new viewers behind. Have no fear, this seriously awesome interactive graphic, Recurring Developments, will get you back up to speed on all the running jokes from the first 3 seasons. [Read more...]

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