Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Your hand is the new magic wand!


OnObject designed by Keywon Chung (my officemate!!), Michael Shilman, Chris Merrill and Hiroshi Ishii is a small device user wears on hand to program physical objects to respond to gestural triggers.


Attach an RFID tag to any objects, grab them by the tag, and program their responses to your grab, release, shake, swing, and thrust gestures using built in microphone or on-screen interface. Using OnObject, children, parents, teachers and end users can instantly create gestural object interfaces and enjoy them. Copy-paste the programming from one object to another to propagate the interactivity in your environment.


Watch the videos!


Children recording on objects


Saturday, June 19, 2010

SIGGRAPH 2010 : Emerging Technologies Trailer

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Magic books

Talking about creative projects and about amazing people, Etienne Mineur, who was my professor in Paris (lucky me again!!) along with Bertrand Duplat just released their éditions volumiques.

They consider paper a new computing platform, envisioning an OS made of paper, video games in paper, etc... They also research on the relationship between the act of reading and the physical handling of a book along with their relationship to new technologies. The core concept in this work is to stop opposing the digital world to the paper world but on the contrary to find a synergy and complementarity: working on tangible books, connected and magical.

Here they are, this new series of prototypes and research on this subject, some of the magic book will be available in September 2010!

Some avant-première videos!



The Night of the Living Dead Pixels


Le livre qui tourne ses pages tout seul

le livre qui disparaît

Ok go magic numbers!

Jeff Liebermann has created so many creative projects I blogged on, including a few collaborative projects that we worked on together (lucky me!) Now he is doing the coolest music videos. Recently, Eric Gunther and Jeff Liebermann just made a music video with OK GO. You've seen Ok GO on treadmills and in their backyard, but you've never seen them like this. With some fancy cameras and a little magic, they figured out how to dance with time.

For those of you who like numbers...

The fastest they go is 172,800x, compressing 24 hours of real time into a blazing 1/2 second. The slowest is 1/32x speed, stretching a mere 1/2 second of real time into a whopping 16 seconds. This gives them a fastest to slowest ratio of 5.5 million. If you like averages, the average speed up factor of the band dancing is 270x. In total they shot 18 hours of the band dancing and 192 hours of LA skyline timelapse - over a million frames of video - and compressed it all down to 4 minutes and 30 seconds! Oh, and notice that it's one continuous camera shot.

They also made a special friend in the process. Her name is Orange Bill and she's a goose. You will agree that she clearly has a future in music videos.

The song is called End Love and it's off their new album.

And they had hella fun making it and I believe them!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

A tribute to a love for books

French Artist Olivier Vaubourg, based in Zagreb, Croatia, explores the relationship between light, textures and the chosen words of books he loves.

The enlightened Machiavelli


Baudrillard | The perfect crime | Blood


Lyotard | Condition post-moderne | Ligne


Guattari | Chaosmose | Slice


Do you feel the power ?