Month: January 2011

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Mediated Cityscapes 01: Four Statements About Urban Computing

[screen captures from IBM’s “Planning for Smarter Cities” commercial / 2010] Conversations about ubiquitous computing and the city often get anchored to specific paradigms: urban informatics, discussions of ‘smartphone urbanism’, open data drumbeating and any number of other stock frames of reference are usually engaged before more primary topics like civic engagement, class and our […]

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www [iPhone, iPad, Sound]

www is the latest iPhone application by Kazuyuki Okamoto (OKAHON), the name behind NNN Mono, Powon and iOSC, experimental sound applications for the iOS platforms. www is a new step, creating an abstract sound toy using strings/waves analogy as a core method to generate sound soon available for both iPhone and iPad. What makes “www” musical […]

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Darkgame [Games]

Darkgame is a sensory deprivation computer game by Eddo Stern currently in development. The game plays on physical manipulation of the player’s senses as the central focus of game strategy. The immersive gameplay is based upon the experience of communication and conflict under stress of sensory deprivation and sense isolation. During the game you are […]

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Space Physics [Android, Games]

Released in 2009 and developed by Camel Games, Space Physics is … (ok, you guessed), a physics game for Android with something like, let’s say, a “neo-retro-gaming-tron-like” design. Your goal is to help a little green ball reach a shiny star (or many of them) in a gravity environment (uses box2d physics engine), through a […]

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Domestic Sound-Scapes [Objects, Sound]

Created at the workshop with product designer and electronic music composer Yuri Suzuki, the following objects use the seemingly trite sound of a door bell as its starting point to create and suggest alternatives to the generic sound-scapes of everyday life that we often take for granted. Yuri designed the toolkit to make the door […]

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Here to There [openFrameworks]

Inspired by the childhood memories of artworks on their bedroom walls, Here to There is a project by Emily Gobeille & Theo Watson (Design I/O) created two years ago, now available as a limited run of prints. For the project, the duo developed a suite of software tools using openFrameworks to programmatically build elements based around […]

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Print Stuff [Scripts]

Print Stuff is a personal project by Guido Tamino allowing strangers to use his printer at home forming basis of what will eventually become a book. Basically he is inviting everyone to print some stuff (a short message and a picture) in his room over the internet, it’s real time and fully automated. Just fill in the […]

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Hypo [Flash]

Hypo is a collaboration between Matt Booth and Peter Crawley, where adobe flash was used to generate hypotrochoid designs finally resulting  in stitched prints. Matt built a small Flash tool for his personal use where he could control the radius and rotation speeds of 3 circles, each sitting within the other. He could then specify the line […]

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Kinect Cloth Simulations [Processing]

For the last month Victor Martins has been exploring what is possible with Microsoft Kinect by simulating cloth behaviour using Processing. It all started off with simple surface with plastic-type shader applied to it. These experiments quickly progressed to trying shadows and gamma correction control, tweeking parameters and finally rendering fur on top of cloth […]

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Echoism [iPhone, WebApp]

Playing with the  idea, some say a science, that people who have more symmetrical faces are considered more “attractive”, Julian Wolkenstein created this iPhone application and a site where you can split and mirror images of yourself or others. “Echoism” plays with the notion of your own identity. What do you look like? What are […]

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McSweeney’s [iPhone, iPad]

Publishing house McSweeney’s (wiki) has just released the new version of their iPhone/iPad app bringing you even closer to the diverse selection of stories, short films, interviews, comics and readings available daily, exclusively for the iOS platform. Artists and writers include Spike Jonze, Chris Ware, Judd Apatow, Jonathan Ames, Maurice Sendak, Miranda July, James Franco, Nicholson Baker, Wells Tower, Catherine Keener, Weird Al Yankovic and in […]