The Infinite Adventure Machine by David Benqué is a computer program which generates fairy-tale plots. Based on the work of Vladimir Propp, who reduced the structure of russian folk-tales to 31 basic functions, the project addresses the difficulties of automatic story generation which David explains remain an unsolved problem for computer science.
The Infinite Adventure Machine questions these limitations as well as implications of programming language and narrative by exploring links between imagination and computation. The software invites users to improvise, filling the gaps of the story by making up for the technology’s shortcomings.
“Stories are the way we grasp information and integrate it within the context of our lives. In a world where science is progressing at an exponential pace, my practice of design aims to craft subtle and engaging scenarios at the intersection between science and society. Using a wide variety of media from three dimensional models to illustrations and video, and by collaborating with other disciplines, scientific and artistic, I aim to encourage the public to question and re-assess their relationships to science and technology.”
Prototype created with MaxMSP.
Videos after the jump.
Microsoft Research, Cambridge UK
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London UK
as part of the Future of Writing project
David Is a designer and researcher working in London, UK. He holds an MA from the Design Interactions department at the Royal College of Art and a BA in graphic and typographic design from the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague, Netherlands.
(found via the creators project)
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- Starlay for iPad – Éditions Volumiques in collaboration with David Calvo Created by Éditions Volumiques in collaboration with David Calvo, Starlay is a new genre cartoon for the iPad aimed at children as much as adults. Every two days, a new page is unlocked and when the album is complete, a revelation emerges. Starlay, a tiny seahorse, wants to bear the children of his girlfriend, Starlayte...Drifting in the everflowing world of the interstitial zone, will Starlay ever find his soulmate ? "Starlay" is a new kind of comic book for kids and adults of all ages. Every two days, a new page will be unlocked, revealing the eternal quest for true love. Download for free on the AppStore Starlay Official Website | The Starlay Website (English) | Éditions Volumiques | David Calvo David Calvo is a writer, artist, screenwriter and game designer born 1974 in Marseille, France. His works focus on frailty, emotional intelligence and playful spirituality. Starlay is his project; he conceived, wrote and drew this interactive comic - stroll to explore topics he holds dear such as love, discovery, wonder... Les éditions volumiques is a studio inventing, designing and developing new games and toys, focusing on the relationship between the tangible and digital. Working with David, they created, developped and published […]
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- N3-D Demo [openFrameworks, MaxMSP, Objects] Guys at the Aircord lab have just added a very interesting movie clip to our group on Vimeo. The video shows a 'pyramid shaped screen' objects with 'special film' applied to it. Once an iPad is placed on top of it, running a multiscreen application, a 3D illusion of the object is created, as if they exists in real 3D space. The object can be viewed from multiple angles resulting in real 3D illusion to naked eye. The multiscreen application on the iPad is made using openFrameworks. The other parts such as the sound reactive examples were made using MaxMSP (download footage files: bit.ly/9u0z5v). See movie […]
- The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella – Interactive storytelling by Nosy Crow When Mia, my daughter, was 1 she she knew how to unlock the iPhone. When she was two she was quite confident where things are and what apps she likes most. Now that is three she knows exactly what she wants on her (errgh My!) iPad and iPhone. There is always CBeebies on BBC iPlayer and of course a wide range of PeppaPig and other similar games. Let's be honest, when you child says "Can I have that one, pleeeasee", its very hard to say no. The apps for the kids market is a buoyant one and it only takes a second in search to realise how many apps are out there. 99c apps are not a problem, it is the free ones you have to be careful of since they usually include ads (much easier to click on by a 3 year old than an adult) or a button that pops up from time to time asking you to upgrade offering the additional content. So, when I come across an app for kids that costs $5.99 it does make you wonder – how good can it be? Well, they can be pretty fantastic. Nosy Crow is a reasonably new, independent company, publishing children’s books and apps. They proud themselves in publishing high-quality, commercial fiction and non-fiction books for children aged from 0 to 14 from both well-known authors and illustrators and new talent. The likes of Pip and Posy by Axel Scheffler (the author of The Gruffalo), only one of the titles from the extensive library of impeccable and beautifully illustrated books. They also like to make innovative apps for tablets, smart phones and other touchscreen devices. More importantly these apps are not existing books squashed onto phones, but instead are specially created to take advantage of the devices to tell stories and provide information to children in new and engaging ways. "Pip and Posy" was the first I downloaded for my daughter some months ago. While the app benefits from the beautiful illustration it packs some pretty interesting and intriguing features such as colouring book, matching pairs, spot the difference, jigsaw and my favourite - 'make a face' which includes camera feed to mimic faces such as angry, surprised, happy, etc. Although I prefer capturing the screen rather than photo save function (captures only the camera image) it has provided a ton of fun for my daughter and I. It's only yesterday that I stumbled across "The Three Little Pigs" and "Cinderella" by loading Pip and Posy on my (her) iPhone 5. Not only are these beautifully illustrated by the very talented Ed Bryan but in addition they also utilise parallax using the built in accelerometer and gyroscope. This is (for me) the best yet utilisation of this technique since the movements are subtle and are able to transform the whole scene into three dimensions. These are not just layered assets but also animated and some objects even change size complementing further to the 3D illusion. Of course, these are accompanied by the children voices reading the story and there are hundreds of funny character comments and interactive surprises. Even more engaging are the special features such as blowing into the microphone to blow down the pig’s houses in the "The Three Little Pigs" and in "Cindarella" seeing the camera feed in the mirrors, dressing up the Stepsisters for the party or selecting music for the Prince and Cinderella and watch them hit the dance floor. Both "The Three Little Pigs" and "Cinderella" a fantastic achievement in interactive story telling. If you have a young child, apps by Nosy Crow are a simple must. Likewise if you are an adult without a child and interested in the interactive medium as a whole, I recommend spending some time with these apps. They will provide an enriching insight into how traditional illustration, narration, animation and interactivity can beautifully come together to tell a story. AppStore links: The Three Little Pigs | Cinderella | Pip and Posy Nosy Crow […]
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Posted on: 30/08/2011
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