Four 35ft Interactive Installation Art Screens Adorn Microsoft Campus

September 25, 2009 · Print This Article

Mode Studios designed and installed four 35ft long Interactive Installation Art Screens throughout the International Headquarters of Microsoft. The screen is made up of a horizontal series of hanging vertical tubes with LEDs built into them to create a solid image. The visual display is completely procedural without any prerecorded interactions or video. Everything that is shown is a byproduct of multiple variables from room traffic, weather, noise and heat in the focus locations in the room to create the movements or subjects on the screen with the potential of never showing the same interaction twice. The video of the installation is below and apart from the promotion hard sell it is a good example of art installation tech that is growing now.




Entire City Rendered In 3D Using Nothing But Flickr Photos

September 18, 2009 · Print This Article

What was Archimedes famous quote? “Give me a place to stand to take enough photos and I can map the world” no but he might have

University of Washington’s Graphics and Imaging Laboratory, the researchers who built a lot of the code that went into the original Microsoft Photosynth software, have devised new algorithms that take the existing ability to create a rough 3d map from multiple photos up by a order of magnitude. Now it not only can do basic depth perception and skinning with photos but create pinpoint 3d skeletons if given enough data to pull from. The uses and implications of this are vast.

We just need to use the v1.0 and start rendering gallery openings in 3d :)




A Touchless Rube Goldberg Performance Art Piece

September 16, 2009 · Print This Article

Some people know a Rube Goldberg by the game Mousetrap but the idea is how can you take a simple action like turning on a lamp or closing a door and make it the most complicated elaborate and complex action posible where you still only do one human action and momentum takes care of the rest. Countless diagrams and art pieces have been made with that idea or goal in mind but what if you took it into the 21st century and made nothing touch from start to finish but used magents, RFID & fans to get the job done. Then you would have this:

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Duncan MacKenzie, Hacker?

April 28, 2009 · Print This Article

ESPN Homepage Hack Screenshot

ESPN Homepage Hack Screenshot

It is unknown when exactly the hack was added but on Monday 4/27 it was discovered that entering the Konami cheat code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, enter) at the official ESPN Web site made glittery pink unicorns with rainbow manes and tails pop up all over the site. And more clicks led to more unicorns.

In addition to this visitors also got their headlines in hot pink and the Comic Sans font (every designers fav font).

We at Bad at Sports want to officially deny any rummer that Duncan MacKenzie was behind this in any way whatsoever. Yes we may be horrible at everything ESPN reports on and yes we all love some glitter loaded unicorns but that by no means implicates Mr. MacKenzie in this act. As for the mountain of MySQL & Javascript training books that were found at his residence after tracing an IP address to his billing address we have been informed to say “No Comment” and hope this suffices.

The hack has since been removed but Cnet caught a screenshot of it before the takedown.




Advancements in TV Technology

March 28, 2009 · Print This Article

Yes it’s an official LG video, and yes it is a joke/viral campaign but imagine an engineers meeting where they would try to quantify “cuteness”.