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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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Interactive: The Richest People in the World

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

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Have you ever wondered where the richest people in the world get their money? Have you ever been curious about what country holds the most of these ultra-rich? If so, Bloomberg has recently published an excellent interactive graphic highlighting a slew of facts about the 100 richest people in the world. [Read more…]

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New, Easy to Use, 4-Dimensional Storytelling Tool

Monday 02.04.2013 , Posted by

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If you were ever one of those kids who buckled under pressure whenever you had to present something to the class no matter how prepared you were, then you will wish you had Meograph when you were in school. Meograph is a new app intended for journalists, students, teachers, and travelers to make four dimensional presentations. As the story is told, with voice recording capabilities, visuals like embedded youtube videos and pictures are presented simultaneously over GoogleEarth maps and a timeline at the bottom of the screen. Teachers all over the country are adding Meograph to their lesson plans and students are creating interesting, interactive presentations in half the time. [Read more…]

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Forget Hiking! Google Maps Hits the Grand Canyon

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

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Spoiler Alert… for anyone who wants to be surprised by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, don’t look at this! Google announced today that it has gotten into the hiking game… and they’re making it a lot easier for those who would rather go there by armchair. Today they released an extensive trail based tour the majestic Grand Canyon. Just like Google Street View, you can now cruise down over 75 miles of trails including the famous Bright Angel and Kaibab Trail. It’s a far sight easier than pulling on those old hiking boots. [Read more…]

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Interactive: Exploring Abstract Artist Connections

Wednesday 01.30.2013 , Posted by

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Today it’s easy to take for granted the massive shift abstract art had on the art world and society as a whole. It’s easy to forget that at one time “realism” was par for the course and even the expressionists made sure you could identify the objects in their works. Then, just a little over 100 years ago, abstract artists appeared on the scene forever changing what could be considered art. This interactive visualization by New York’s Museum of Modern Art explores the similarly forgotten fact that many of the first abstract artists where highly connected to one another. [Read more…]

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Firewall: Interactive Music with a Spandex Membrane

Tuesday 01.15.2013 , Posted by

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Firewall is a new and exciting interactive audio/visual experience which uses a piece of stretched spandex as a performance membrane. Working like a big stretchy touch screen, when people push on the fabric they send fire-like visual ripples across the screen and beautifully change both the tempo and tone of the music being played… it has the power to transform everyone into an expressive musician simply with the stroke of a hand. [Read more…]

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