Tetris: back in the 1980′s it was the staple entertainment of gamers and bored employees, providing countless hours of dexterous finger numbing exercise. Enter the new kid on the block: Silhouetris. An experimental version of the original game that tracks your body’s motion using the Microsoft Kinect and ups the players interaction to some really fat-busting levels. [Read more...]
After an honorable 30 years of exploration and innovation, the space shuttle program is sadly rolling to a close. With a program ending final launch by the shuttle Atlantis just days away, The New York Times has put together an information rich, interactive infographic detailing the history of each and every one of the 135 missions made by the behemoth spacecraft. Bid the program a fond farewell by taking a closer look on nytimes.com, then catch the final launch on July 8th at NASA.gov. [Read more...]
Chris Milk’s new music video for the song 3 Dreams of Black is a unique and immersive new way to experience our music. Made in collaboration with some folks from Google (its a Chrome Experiments project), the video uses WebGL to render 2D and 3D imagery in your WebGL capable browser… and it even allows you to control elements of the vibrant action.
The London Underground map has gone through some changes over the years, and the good people over at Fourthway, in the United Kingdom, have taken an engaging look at the differences between three different depictions of the London tube system. To show these differences, they decided to visualize the maps into a supremely clean and streamlined morphing animation. [Read more...]
The infamous prisoner detainment center at Guantánamo Bay accepted it’s first prisoner on January 11th, 2002. Now, 9 years on and over two years after President Obama’s January 22nd, 2009 order that Guantánamo be closed, the center remains open. This frequently updated interactive visualization by The New York Times looks at the transfer history of prisoners, showing those that remain on the left and those that have been transfered on the right. At last count the facility retains 172 prisoners and has seen 600 transfered.
Since the dawn of photojournalism in the mid 19th century and then with the advent of video journalism, observers have been confined to viewing the single perspective originally captured by the photographer. Enter Condition One, an immersive, interactive way to capture and replay journalism footage. The days of one viewpoint are numbered.
This smart little visualization might be the perfect distraction for long subway rides through the city. Using lines that resemble a New York subway map, complete with departing train times, this HTML5 visualization plays the different train lines like a relaxing, random stringed instrument. As each train line crosses another, the string is plucked, playing a gentle note. The longer lines play lower tones while short lines play higher tones. Viewers can also conduct the music themselves by clicking and dragging their mouse across lines.
Whether they be Smith’s, Kelly’s, Garcia’s, Lee’s or Leblanc’s, America is truly a melting pot of cultures. Showing the most prolific surnames in the country, National Geographic has put out an interactive map showing the distribution, quantity and origin of last names in different regions. To see what names hit the top of the list in your area, see the map at ngm.nationalgeographic.com
In case you haven’t heard, Point Break Live! is the most tubular, radical show in town… it tells the story of former college football star turned FBI agent, Johnny Utah, in pursuit of bank robbing, skydiving, bare hand fighting, adrenaline junkie, Zen Master Bodhi Sattva… almost like the 1991 movie Point Break… hm…
As if that wasn’t radical enough, at each show a member of the audience is picked to play the lead roll of Johnny Utah. The original film starred Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and Gary Busey and as the clip below shows, Gary Busey made an out-of-the-audience guest appearance at the live show. It was a night to remember.