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.
With the Census now complete and the counts for each state finalized, now is the time to divide the seats in the House of Representatives among the 50 states. In a process called apportionment, the seats are divided based on the population figures from each state. Through the animation below, the U.S. Census Bureau explains how apportionment works and how the apportionment formula is applied to ensure equal representation for all, just as the constitution originally dictated.
Growing alongside the US population, which currently sits at 308,745,538 people, the number of seats in the House has increased from 65 Representatives in 1787 to it’s current number of 435, set in 1913.
To view the history of apportionment and population through the last century, be sure to check out the highly detailed interactive map widget after the video.
Imagine a world where all your thoughts come to life, every amazing invention you can think is realized before your eyes and each adventure is a journey instantly manifested. In their new advertisement for Batelco, the filmmakers at Spyfilms create a reality where all ideas are possible… and it’s one amazing roller coaster ride.
The film is part of a rather confusing interactive Facebook campaign for the Bahrain based communications group Batelco. It invites viewers to take webcam shots of themselves, the slogan “Batelco. Bringing ideas to life” is pasted over their face and then they are supposed to put down their ‘ideas’. Where this is all going, and to what ends, left us a little lost… we think Batelco could implement an instructional ‘about’ video to great advantage. Regardless, it’s a thrilling film by the very talented folks at Spyfilm.
Megaphone creates interactive displays for public places, letting passersby call in with their cell phones and, in real time, control what happens on the screen. It’s an engaging and unique way to interact with a customer.
Below is a demo showing a display created for Sprint. Using just their voice, the callers create live modern art.
This interface, designed for a Palm Centro launch party, interfaces with up to 10 players using the number keys to control objects on a screen while they compete in real time.