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Projection-Based Interactive Jewelry Of The Future by Neclumi

Monday 11.03.2014 , Posted by
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Neclumi asks, “Are we willing to abandon atoms of gold for the waves of light?” A brilliant jewelry line created in the minds of Polish art collective panGenerator, Neclumi necklaces and watches will make the future brighter. Trading in heavy metals for a picoprojector, the interactive jewelry will be run through a custom app with 4 options for movement. Airo mode will react to a pedometer to move with you as you walk. Sono mode will react to the ambient sound and your voice. Roto will use the compass to react to the rotation of your body. Movi will react to your body movement to bounce with you. [Read more…]

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Check Out The Netherlands Through These Gigantic Eyes

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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In the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands, there is a new art installation that allows you to see the city from someone else’s eyes. You will literally sit inside of a giant eye and scope out the lovely city from up high on the side of a building. If you are over 16, weigh less than 264 lbs, buy a ticket for $14.50, and happen to be in this city from now until early November, then you’d be silly to miss this theatrical installation. Pascal Leboucq is the genius behind this project which he calls EYE. Directed by Lucas DeMan, there are 5 different eyes around the city and each offers a different perspective. [Read more…]

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Infinity Boxes Are Going On Tour and We Need Your Help!

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to one of our favorite installations on Earth, Matt Elson’s incredible infinity boxes, which we first discovered at Burning Man. The socially interactive mirror boxes require 2 participants to activate their magic so they are a great way to turn strangers into friends. Videos can’t do justice for the live experience of an infinity box, but you can get an idea in the link above or the video below. Now Elson and his crew have been invited to take their Infinity Boxes beyond The Playa in Black Rock City, Nevada and other festivals in California so that more people can enjoy them, but he needs your help! [Read more…]

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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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