Category Archives: Interactivity

Can a toy robot teach kids computer programming?

Veterans from Apple and Google launch a crowdfunding campaign to find out

Veterans from Apple and Google launch a crowdfunding campaign to find out the verge

In late 2012, Vikas Gupta left his job as head of the consumer payments division at Google and set out to discover what he would do with the rest of his life. He’d recently had a daughter, and he knew his next venture would involve helping kids. Then he chanced across an article about Estonia, and how that country begins teaching programming to all children in first grade. He did a little research into the state of computer science education in America and was shocked to find how rare it was. So he set out to create a compelling way for children as young as four or five to start learning basic coding concepts.

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via Theverge

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Meet Vincent Morisset – Director for Arcade Fire and Sigur Rós

Meet Vincent Morisset-Director for Arcade Fire and Sigur Rós
Vincent Morisset discusses his interactive music videos and films for bands like Arcade Fire and Sigur Rós and talks about what it means to be a filmmaker in the digital age.

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Watch Vincent’s latest film for Arcade Fire, “Just A Reflektor

Check Out “The Reflektors” from Arcade Fire

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inkscapes

Interactive drawing performance designed for the 120 by 11 feet video wall at the InterActive Corps (IAC) building in New York, created in collaboration with DI Shin.

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The content of the installation is dynamic and different every time it runs: three artists create it live, by drawing on an iPad that scales their sketches to the unexpected magnitude of the giant screen. The narrative is guided through the dialog between performers and the system itself, which evolves and transforms the drawings over time.

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Know more about the installation here.

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Rome “3 Dreams of Black” Interactive film

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“3 Dreams of Black” is an interactive film by Chris Milk and some friends at Google that showcases the creative potential of WebGL. WebGL is a context of the HTML5 canvas element that enables hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in the web browser without a plug-in. In other words, it enables your browser to show some really beautiful visuals. On this page, you’ll find a WebGL model viewer featuring several of the “3 Dreams of Black” creatures. You’ll also find 8 demos created by our development team, a link to the code base, and some links to resources on the web that will be useful for getting started in WebGL programming.

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A next-generation digital book by Mike Matas

A next-generation digital book by Mike Matas-zgenesis

Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad — with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is “Our Choice,” Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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Designing For Play

Digital VS Real World
Divided by zero - interactive dance - zgenesis

Interactive design duo, Hellicar & Lewis, combine backgrounds in professional skateboarding, mathematics, and computer science to create unique experiences that blend virtual and physical, but always end up in the real world.

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via TheCreatorsProject

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100,000 Stars

Ready for a mind-blowing trip? Google’s got you covered with its “100,000 Stars” Chrome experiment, visualizing our stellar neighborhood in a way you’ve never seen.

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Using either your mouse or a trackpad, “100,000 Stars” lets you fly around in a sophisticated 3D graphic of our galaxy, taking a close look at the stars that are relatively close to Earth. Try zooming way out, where you can peer at the edge of the Milky Way, and see if it makes you feel like we did, finding ourselves wishing we could zoom out even farther.

Or you can click the “take a tour” button on the upper left to be swept away to the most interesting stars in our galaxy, or click on a star to get more info. And don’t miss the variety of views you can get, showing you the actual density of the stars in our galaxy. It’s spectacular.

Beyond its value as a fascinating toy, “100,000 Stars” is a demo of current web technology. It shows you 3D graphics and plays music by Mass Effect composer Sam Hulick. It accomplishes this magic using an alphabet soup of cool browser tech, including WebGL, CSS3D and Web Audio. And, you don’t need to be using the Chrome browser either. We noticed it works just as well in Firefox.

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Via Mashable

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Bad Trip: Navigate My Mind

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Bad Trip: Navigate My Mind from KwanAlan on Vimeo.

Bad Trip is the creative project of Alan Kwan. He decided in November 2011 to film every moment of his life with a camera mounted on his glasses then embedded in a program he designed and structured. For an immersive experience between memory and dreams, the video is to be discovered in the future.

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Firewall an Interactive media installation

A stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and create fire-like visuals and expressively play music.

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Firewall from Aaron Sherwood on Vimeo.

The original concept stems from a performance piece I’m currently developing as Purring Tiger (with Kiori Kawai) titled Mizalu, which will premiere in June 2013. During one scene in the performance dancers will press into the spandex with the audience facing the opposite side. Mizalu is about death and experience of reality, so this membrane represents a plane that you can experience but never get through. As hard as you try to understand what’s in between life and death, you can never fully know.

The piece was made using Processing, Max/MSP, Arduino and a Kinect. The Kinect measures the average depth of the spandex from the frame it is mounted on. If the spandex is not being pressed into nothing happens. When someone presses into it the visuals react around where the person presses, and the music is triggered. An algorithm created with Max allows the music to speed up and slow down and get louder and softer, based on the depth. This provides a very expressive musical playing experience, even for people who have never played music before. A switch is built into the frame which toggles between two modes. The second mode is a little more aggressive than the first.

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Filmic Map of a Country – MAFI.tv

A new generation of Chilean filmmakers joins forces on this online platform with snapshots of everyday goings-on in Chile.

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Chile is an emerging country when it comes to film, and the new generation switches easily from fiction to documentary, like a chameleon changing colors. Jose Luis Torres Leiva, Christopher Murray, Pablo Carrera, Maite Alberdi, Cristián Jiménez and other filmmakers have joined forces on the online platform MAFI.tv – Filmic Map of a Country, where you’ll find snapshots of what’s going on in Chile today. The short documentaries last from one to two minutes, always consist of one shot, and only feature the natural sound of the recording. We see two tourists goofing around by a lake in a snow-white salt desert, a little boy in a hospital waiting for a risky operation. curious goats wandering about in an inhospitable landscape, and an imitation horserace at a theme park. Different events at different places and times. MAFI.tv isn’t a story with a beginning and an end, but a mosaic of story fragments, as ragged and scattered as reality itself.

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via IDFA Doclab

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