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Meet the Trail Blazers. This is amazing. This is the future.

Curious by nature, we love all things digital and emerging technologies. This is one to watch. Read more.

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Meet the Trail Blazers. This is amazing. This is the future.

Curious by nature, I love all things digital and emerging technologies… and this is definately one to watch out for. Introducing Pixelstick - Light painting evolved, a kickstarter iniatiave.

What is it? Designed by Brookyln-based BitBanger Labs, the Pixelstick is a fancy new gadget for creating long-exposure light paintings.

How does it work? The device reads digital images created in Photoshop (or any other editor) and displays them one line at a time through an array of 198 full-color RGB LEDs. The images can be any height up to 198 pixels tall and many thousands of pixels wide creating huge possibilities for visual effects.

Where did it come from?  Pixelstick began as a proof of concept using an arduino and some off the shelf LED strips. It moved quickly into custom LED circuit boards, a more powerful ARM microcontroller and a sturdier design made of lightweight aluminum rather than plastic tubing. With the ability to control the density of the LED count while at the same time refining the custom aluminum extrusion, the current version of pixelstick began to take shape.

Early controller prototypes were bare circuit boards, followed by a rather quaint wooden handbox (which we still quite like), and eventually on to higher and higher fidelity 3d printed enclosures. Each iteration performed better and was tweaked as we logged more hours with the pixelstick.

 

What next? We are investigating its usability in our THERE studio's own image making. It's one small step-forward for pixel imagery, one huge unique leap-forward for image creators.

Posted by Paul Taboure in Environmental, Insights, Design, , and Motion.
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The Sydney Opera House as a living mural

Universal Everything creates a living mural out of the Sydney Opera House. Read more.

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The Sydney Opera House as a living mural

Universal Everything creates a living mural out of the Sydney Opera House.

I've been intrigued by the work of Matt Pyke since his early days at The Designers Republic through to his current work at Universal Everything.

His work for Universal Everything extends outside of standard design application with a multi-disciplinary style applied through various technologies. It’s been interesting to see how his curious and playful style adapts to a range of forms and spaces.

This year he has been commissioned to create animations which will be projected onto the Opera House as part of the Vivid Festival. The animations will include collaborations from 22 different animation artists from around the world.

It’ll be great to see Universal Everything’s unique approach and what visuals he’s dreamt up, turning the iconic landmark into a living mural.

Posted by Dave in Art, Branding, Digital, Environmental, Motion, People and Play.
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Everbright - Lite-Bright gets enlarged!

Everbright is a huge, digital lighting display, 42 times as large as the original 'lite-brite' - a classic toy by hasbro.  Read more.

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Everbright - Lite-Bright gets enlarged!

A simple turn of any of the boards 464 dials presents users with every colour under the rainbow, including black and white thanks to LED technology. When done creating, a press of a button erases the canvas and resets dials to their default.

Designed by Hero Design, ‘everbright’ uses custom LED boards and a high-color contrast surface that looks great, regardless of time of day. Hero Design realized the piece with a focus on direct control by users, however, it is also capable of displaying customized animations and other interactive elements.

Perfect for workspaces, events, dorm rooms, cars, bathrooms, laundromats, gyms, and lecture halls — it is the ultimate toy for creative teams and individuals alike.

Everbright from Hero Design on Vimeo.

All images by Hero Design. More info here.

Posted by Simon Hancock in Environmental, Digital, Interiors, , Motion and .
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gravicells

Interactive space from Seiko Mikami and Sota Ichikawa. Created in 2004 and it still feels current and relevant today! Read more.

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gravicells

This interactive space constructs a virtual mechanical field in a room and from this conveys the presence of gravity around persons inside that room. It's the kind of experimental piece that wouldn't feel out of place in the Vivid festival.

More about gravicells below:

"Artist Seiko Mikami, who has been showing numerous interactive installations re-examining human body sensation, and Sota Ichikawa, head of the architectural group “doubleNegatives Architecture (dNA)”, collaborated on an installation project with a focus on the “sense of gravity” as an addition to the five senses, the results of which were introduced in this exhibition.

The force of gravity works between all kinds of substances in the universe. Through their dynamic work expressing this correlativity by means of video, light and sound, the artists reminded the audience of the presence of gravity that we normally aren’t aware of in daily life, and highlighted at once the basic function of the sense of gravity as an interface through which the human body defines its subjective perception of space."

Posted by therestaff in Art, Digital, Environmental, Motion and Play.
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Kinetic Rain

A kinetic sculpture besed in Changi Airport, Singapore. Read more.

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Kinetic Rain

I stumbled across a number of kinetic sculptures recently, however this centerpiece in the Changi Airport, Singapore is particularly fascinating and a nice contrast in a fast-paced environment.


Kinetic Rain is an installation created by by Art+Com, a German design firm led by Jussi Angesleva. It is the world's largest kinetic sculpture made up of 1,216 polished copper raindrops. Controlled by 1,216 individual motors the drops transform elegantly to depict the forms of flight and experiences of travel.

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Mesmerising Sci-fi Surrealism

We all love a good GIF, but these elaborate sci-fi inspired ones by digital artist and animator Carl Burton are beautifully cinematic and out of this world.  Read more.

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Mesmerising Sci-fi Surrealism

NYC-based Burton's personal experiments really raises the bar when it comes to the humble GIF. 

The compositions are amazingly atmospheric and reminiscent of eerie alien worlds from science fiction blockbusters. There's something so arresting and hypnotic, that they really lure you into an out of this world meditative trance. 

Burton creates these artfully complex GIFs primarily with Cinema4D, Photoshop and After Effects. Clearly requiring a bit more effort and skills than our usual still-frame GIF variety. 

Head over to Burton's website to see the full breadth of his talent and his tumblr for more GIF-tastic creations. 

(via Colossal

Posted by Jon Zhu in Art, Design, Play, Motion and Digital.
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