T(ether)

http://kiwi.media.mit.edu/tether/

T(ether) is a novel spatially aware display that supports intuitive interaction with volumetric data. The display acts as a window affording users a perspective view of three- dimensional data through tracking of head position and orientation.

3D Digital Art: Drawn Together: Stubbins Studio Gallery

Until around the end of this month there is a 3D Digital Art gallery exhibition in the Stubbins Studio Gallery in the Architectural Building.

Drawn Together is an interactive 3D digital artwork by the OpenEndedGroup. It is an artwork in which participants interact with a digital intelligence to create unforseen and original drawings and music in 3D – a drawing performance whose form is in equal parts physical and virtual (taken from pamphlet)

Holoflector – an interactive augmented-reality mirror

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Holoflector uses a translucent mirror with a LCD panel behind it. The kinect camera is used to get the depth data, while the phone is used to as a form of positioning device.

This is not in any sense a traditional ‘augmented reality’ application, but  its worth while watching to see where AR technology might be heading.

Panorama Sticher by Microsoft

I know that most are using photosynth to create as it was shown in class. Microsoft has a full proper sticher that can create Panos out of huge collection of image. Currently I am generating high resolution Panos using 200 images and just wanted to share with everyone as it can aid in their future projects in this class.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice/

Below is a high resolution panorama of tech square.

http://www.dermandar.com/p/cLJMXZ/tech-square

AR Graffiti on Sony Vita

Check out the video for the graffiti game for the PS Vita. You would want to do more than this (conceptually) in your project!

http://www.gamerevolution.com/news/tg-ar-game-for-vita-lets-you-do-graffiti-with-risk-of-jail-time-11069

Groups and Project Pitch Next Week

Folks, there still are people who have not added their group information to the t-square wiki page for Groups.  Please do that now;  I understand that folks may have forgotten, but the fact that there are still folks listed as not being in a group implies to me that you are not working on your project idea.

Speaking of pitches, we answered some questions about the requirements at the start of class this morning.  If you were not there, please talk to your class mates to find out what we said.

More AR for social change

The intent here is great, but two thoughts occur to me. 1) This ad is kind of ridiculous. It could have been done in such a more tasteful and effective way. I can actually see some young guys looking this up with their friends just to laugh, reinforcing sociopathic behavior instead of curbing it… that said, 2) until the interaction is more spontaneous — less steps/hurdles to make it work — very few people will ever experience it. Very likely NOT the folks who most need to. The most effective AR “social change’ experiences will be ones that are spontaneous and unexpected, like the Dutch billboard mentioned in my last post.

How AR can fit into social change

Interesting article (with video examples) of how some are using AR as a tool for social change… just in case anyone gets inspired. 🙂

Political Activism, Social Change, and Augmented Reality

Reminder: set the “content-type” on your web program

As I pointed out in class, you need to make sure that the HTTP response you send from your server includes the correct type, so Argon interprets it correctly.   To set the content type of the response in Python in App Engine, I did this:

self.response.headers[‘Content-Type’] = ‘application/vnd.google-earth.kml+xml’