The emoto project captures and visualises the excitement around the Olympic Games in London 2012. The web application moves from real-time (web-based visualisation and mobile app you can try now) to “Echo” (sensory installation, during the Paralympics) to “Archive” (data sculpture, at the Cultural Olympiad closing event).
Our real-time data visualisation shows both the big picture, the world from above, and the intimate and personal. In topics view, we see the big picture, which event, athlete or topic is generating the most attention in the moment, and the mix of positive and negative emotions for each. The anecdotal and ephemeral is seen in the message stream view. An overview on each day shows an even bigger picture, the trends and patterns. This is a whole new way to experience and make sense of the pulse of the Games.
Emoto project was created by Moritz Stefaner, Drew Hemment and Studio NAND, and is a FutureEverything project with MIT Senseable City Lab for the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad in the Northwest.
- emoto – Data sculpture by Studio NAND and Moritz Stefaner + Drew Hemment Back in July, Studio NAND with Moritz Stefaner and Drew Hemment created emoto, an online web application that captured and visualised the excitement around the Olympic Games in London. The project moved from real-time (see our post) to ”Archive” data sculpture which is now on display at WE PLAY. Based on approx. 12.5 million Twitter messages which were aggregated in real-time, all the data gathered has been represented in physical form in this interactive installation which allows visitors to identify patterns in message frequency. The emoto data sculpture represents message volumes, aggregated per hour and sentiment level in horizontal bands which move up and down according to the current number of Tweets at each time. The full install is a 9.50 meter long multi-layered print, designed for the visitor to explore the overall timeline of the Olympics. Th graph shows the average mood for all events and topics as tracked by emoto. It was printed on transparent acrylic glass and offset from the wall by approx. 7cm to reveal the content behind it. All messages were directly attached to the wall and have been selected for peaks in the graph based on the occurrences if the Tweet text. From the emoto archive, the team aggregated frequencies of messages per hour and sentiment level into 2-dimensional heat maps. These heat maps were then transformed into 3D geometry using Rhino and finally CNC-milled in collaboration with their manufacturer Tischlerei Bächer using Polyurethane-foam (’Chemiwood’). Additionally, the objects were painted using a dual component paint with particles to optimise the surface for projection. On top of this sculpture they have projected multiple heat maps, only displaying events for the currently selected theme (i.e. Team GB). A visitor could control which theme to show using a Griffin Powermate. Pressing the button would cycle through the themes. Rotating it would move the cursor along the timeline, showing most retweeted messages for each hour and theme. The projection mapping was custom developed in Processing as part of the installation software. The 2D heat-maps were generated in Tableau and used as textures for the mapped virtual geometry. The final outcome for these textures was designed in multiple quick iterations exploring the use of many geometric shapes for the heat maps. Project Page Created by Moritz Stefaner, Drew Hemment, Studio NAND. A FutureEverything project for the Cultural Olympiad programme and London 2012 Festival. See also Reflection II by Benjamin Maus & Andreas Nicolas Fischer Emoto Installation from Studio NAND on […]
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- Just Landed [Processing] Just Landed is the latest project byÂ Jer Thorp, an artist from Vancouver, Canada. Built in Processing, Just Landed visualizes particularÂ tweets containing the phrases 'just landed in...' or 'just arrived in...'.Â Â in the form of a 3D geographical map of the world. As phrases are mentioned, the streams of communication represented. Jer writes: This got me thinking about the data that is hidden in various social network information streams - Facebook & Twitter updates in particular. People share a lot of information in their tweets - some of it shared intentionally, and some of it which could be uncovered with some rudimentary searching. I wondered if it would be possible to extract travel information from peopleâ€™s public Twitter streams by searching for the term â€˜Just landed inâ€¦â€™. Locations from these tweets are located using MetaCarta's Location Finder API. The home location for the traveling users are scraped from their Twitter pages. The system then plots these voyages over time. Attached below are two clips of the animation. The first oneÂ showsÂ approximatelyÂ 36 hours of Twitter-harvested travel. The other animationÂ shows just 4 hours but running a bit slower. For more of Jer's work and other very interesting projects, seeÂ blog.blprnt.com Just Landed - 36 Hours from blprnt on Vimeo. Just Landed - Test Render (4 hrs) from blprnt on […]
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- your.flowingdata [WebApp] your.flowingdata (YFD) is a way to collect data about yourself and your surroundingsÂ via Twitter. Record what you eat, when you go to sleep, how much television you watch, smoke (me), t-shirts you wear or anything else you want. YFD is a project by Nathan Yau,Â a PhD candidate in statistics, specifically data visualization, at the UCLA . Launched publicly only few days ago, YFD is part Nathan's research in self-surveillance. This is how you get going on YFD: 1. Follow @yfd on Twitter, YFD will quickly follow you back. 2. Sign in to your.flowingdata with Twitter. 3. Once you're logged in to YFD, you'll see a link to aÂ quick start guide. Follow the step-by-step directions and you'll be tweeting data in no time. There are four types of data you can use. â€¢ Categorical - If you're interested in the occurrence of the same action with different units e.g. ate corn â€¢ Event - If the point of interest is when something happens e.g. goodnight or pooped â€¢Â Counter - If you're mostly interested in total times you've done something e.g. smoked 5 cigarettes â€¢Â Measurement - If you want to see the trend over time of some value e.g. weigh 160 or blood-pressure 170 You enter the data by sending a direct message to @yfd in the following form: d yfd weigh 160 d yfd exercised arms d yfd watched Back to the Future d yfd played xbox at 20:00 d yfd goodnight at 11pm Once you've started tweeting data, it'll take about two minutes (usually less) for your data to appear on YFD. YFD is not too dissimilar from daytum.com which now also includes twitter commands or even the unforgettable moodstats from 2003 we wrote about before. YFD is new and as it can be expected there are still a number of oddities that need addressing. For example graphs show number of entries rather than items and one could argue that it is not particularly useful to visualize all your data at once but rather each type by itself or selectively items that may relate to one another. Â I found twitter input very quick and easy but there is also something to be said about not being able to input data directly on the site. This is especially the case when you want to enter data for yesterday which means having to do it on twitter first and then go to the action log and edit the date. It is important to note that YFD is still in development and I am confident Nathan will continue to bring awesome features to the site. I would personally like to see xml out as well as being able to automate some of the input data. For example it would be great to track when you tweet by simply loading an RSS feed into YFD. This also applies to your blog or services like dopplr to track your travel events. Another great feature would be reports you can publish, share. The possibilities are endless and Nathan is the right person for the job. Having run flowingdata.com blog since 2007, Nathan knows data and what it means collecting it. Whilst YFD what you see today is the first stab at recording data, rest assured there is much more to come. Sign up today and have fun capturing your life in […]
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- Bus-Tops [Environment] Bus-Tops is a London based project which was shortlisted and now won the Artists Taking The Lead fund, a collaboration between the Arts Council and LOCOG . The project intends to install a number of LED displays on the roof’s of Bus Shelters across London. It is going to be the largest physical computing project ever devised. Part of the submission included a custom designed web application where visitors can design what is going to be projected on the bus stops. In addition bus.tops will work with established artists to create a “curated” collection of works distributed across the bus.tops canvas. You can find out more about the project on […]
Posted on: 27/07/2012
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