Human drums

http://flash.revver.com/player/1.0/player.swf
Link to video.

I am of the opinion that the way we separate art from technology today is bad for creativity. And bad for engineering. And bad for problem solving. Here at Siggraph one of the great attractions each year is the art exhibition. Where art meets technology. Just like back in the good old days of guys like Leonardo da Vinci.

Human Drums
Tetsuaki Baba has made a system that turns the audience into drums. By using electro dermal activity and skin resistance he detect contact and gives the different participants different sounds.

It was truly fascinating to try out the system. You really feel like being a part of the music.

You find more information and some more videos over at Mr. Baba’s project page.

Human drums

Marketing yourself

If you’re a student about to finish and need a job. And you have the possibility to speak to thousands of people within your industry at a huge conference. Then this T-shirt is really perfect…

T-Shirt
I would have put in my web site instead of “Contact me for my CV”, but still a great idea.

Marketing yourself

Mobile phone tennis

…or, augumented reality tennis. That’s what the creators of this nice application want to call it.

Mobile phone Tennis
It’s a game for Symbian based phones like the Nokia 6630, 6670, N series etc. The application use the camera in the phone to read the pattern on the table. It then analyze this stream of information and renders a tennis court on the screen of the mobile. When you move the mobile in any direction the tennis court will adjust. Meaning that the phone works like your tennis racket.

It uses both sound and vibration in the phone to give feedback to the user in addition to the actual game on the screen. The game is synchronized between the phones using bluetooth.


Link to video.

Credit goes to Anders Henrysson, Mark Billinghurst and Mark Ollila. More information and link to pictures and video here.

Mobile phone tennis

Hybrid images

I’m at Siggraph 2006 and will try to post some of the stuff that I find interesting through the week. No particular order or focus. Just notes along the way during this highly interesting conference. You can read more about Siggraph over at the official ACM Siggraph site. To put it short, this annual conference is the world’s biggest conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques.

So for my first little note. I just finished a session by Dr. Aude Oliva, Antonio Torralba and Philippe G. Schyns. It was about what they call hybrid images.

Images that change based on the distance from where it is viewed. Have a look at the two pictures below:

Angry and nice
Pictures copyright © 1999-2006 Aude Oliva & Philippe G. Schyns. MIT

Now step away from your computer screen while looking at the pictures. Depending on the size of your screen and the quality of your vision the pictures will change at a certain distance. For those of you that is just too lazy to step away from the screen I can simulate this by simpy reducing the size of the image. This is a small version of the exact same image:

Nice and angry

Suggested uses are commercial billboards that change depending on the distance to the viewer. and fonts that can only be read at a close distance to avoid people reading “over your shoulder”.

You find more examples and information over at the GALLERY OF HYBRID IMAGES.

Hybrid images