I’m finding google plus more practical for just popping in little articles and sharing interesting links so this blog will probably freeze until circumstances change. Here’s the link to the google+ page:
there’s a summary without pictures in the side-bar to the right of this post —->
kinect colored smoke test – 2-player from Rodney Berry on Vimeo.
See? It’s more fun with a friend.
I’m messing with Kinect in TouchDesigner.
The right hand’s Z location in world space controls the size of the colour patch but the x y location is tracked in screen space so it stays consistent along the z axis (otherwise it would be in real-world distance vertically and horizontally which would change in terms of screen locations.)
The left hand moves up and down to change the hue; left and right to control value; forward and back to control saturation of the colour.It also works with two people.
At the moment, the left hand u and v locations are tracked relative to the screen but it would make more sense to have them relative to each player’s torso then the colour changes would be consistent for a gesture no matter where each player is at the time.
sometimes it loses track of the second player but that might be the small cluttered space and the difference in sizes.
the compositing gives the difference when both smoke trails intersect.
Now I’m open to suggestions as to how to make this more of a game with cooperation and competition, negotiated territory etc.
I’m also planning to control a synthesiser with the parameters from both skeletons.
Oobject features a gallery of Dieter Rams designs for Braun. I gather Apple product design was partly inspired by this guy. (although the link is broken at this particular moment)
so here’s a video of Dieter in action…
“Announcing the 2012 Arts/Science Residency program at the National University of Singapore. Selected artists will be invited to spend 1 month living on the NUS campus, engaging with students and the local arts community as they conduct projects exploring and making connections between art and science.
Art/Science Residency « anclab.org
I’m not buying the ‘thylacine’ footage at the beginning but the archival stuff is fascinating and sad.
The only remotely good news is that, during an inventory of specimens, The Australian Museum found that they had several foetuses preserved in alcohol.
I’m told that formalin etc. destroys DNA so the fact that alcohol was used means that, if anyone manages to make that ‘Jurassic Park’ technique a reality, maybe there will be cloned Tasmanian Tigers in future pet shops after all.
but don’t hold your breath, the techniques for recovering degraded DNA are advancing but slowly and the Thylacine cloning project has been scrapped for now.
Guardian article about climate change and Australia’s deeply compromised journalists…
“Australia’s climate scientists expose shock-jock distortion tactics”
“… the editor-in-chief of the Australian, Chris Mitchell, received the “JN Pierce award for media excellence for leading the newspaper’s coverage of climate change policy” in 2009. This annual award is presented by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. …”
The comments are worth a look too but, personally, I’m not holding my breath for academics to become stronger communicators than shock-jocks. There’s a devil’s bargain to be struck – if you fight sensationalism with sensationalism, scientific credibility goes out the window pretty quickly.