Archive for March, 2010

Just published a set of photos from the party we held in Rome for Angel_F’s book

you can find it here:

Once again, thanks to everyone who attended and to all of you that couldn’t make it. It was wonderful.

Thanks to for the pictures.

Soon to come: the video of the party and the technologies used in the concert.

and a surprise :)

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A web project featuring found Post-it® notes collected from the street and read by anonymous online workers.
* 335 notes from 21 cities and 6 countries, if you're into numbers

This very second, someone, somewhere, is busy jotting something down on a Post-it® note. A phone number, a grocery list, a reminder. And there is someone who has just finished dialing, just finished buying, just been reminded; and is now tossing the pastel-colored square on the ground.

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Scientific Data is Transformed into a Unique Visual Language in “Data Baby,” directed by MTh’s Mathew Cullen

Director Mathew Cullen and MTh designers and code artists partnered with global ad agency, Ogilvy & Mather/New York to create innovative generative art techniques for IBM. The :30 spot, “Data Baby” is part of IBM’s “Smarter Planet” campaign and incorporates data-driven design derived from a newborn’s vital signs to convey that IBM’s technologies help analyze data to build smarter hospitals. The team built custom code that translates spreadsheets of raw numerical data –– derived, in the case of “Data Baby,” from a newborn’s respiratory, heart rate, blood pressure, EKG, oxygen saturation, and temperature readings –– into motion paths that move and evolve design elements organically across image sequences. In the spot, patterns gently float up in-frame, seemingly from the surface of a newborn baby resting in a neonatal ward. Ethereal CG life patterns, fractal-like shapes and other visual expressions flow upwards to form a stylized mobile that is captured as a reflection in the baby’s eye. These beautiful design elements warmly envelop the baby, delivering an authentic visual representation of the myriad pieces of data made available to doctors with the help of IBM technology. This is data, as the spot conveys, that helps doctors treat babies more effectively and build smarter hospitals. R&D included bringing on board a medical consultant, developing custom code to process and visualize data, implementing a workflow for importing camera motion paths, and tracking curves and models of the baby to match the exact movements of four infants filmed live on set. Cullen directed and oversaw a three-day live-action shoot in LA, teaming up once again with Academy Award-winning DP Guillermo Navarro, a longtime Motion Theory collaborator.

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here are some beautiful infographics built by creating the visualizations directly on their subjects:

by Benjamin Schulte

some examples:



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nature by numbers


From their own site:

mixare (mix Augmented Reality Engine) is a free open source augmented reality browser, which is published under the GPLv3. At the moment mixare is available for the Android platform. It works as a completely autonomous application and is available as well for the development of own implementations.

<div align="center"><script type="text/javascript" src=”; ></script><p>mixare Demonstration in Appiano (South Tyrol)</p></div>

mixare will be the first open source augmented reality browser on Android, and we think on any mobile platform. All others; Wikitude, Layer etc… allow users to create additional layers, but do not actually open up their code.

Using mixare

Because mixare opens up all of their code, it may be applied in many different ways; from using it as a standalone application and utilising its own POIs, to embedding it as an engine in your own application (under GPLv3), an literally everything in between!





We certainly look forward to hearing about mixare’s plans for the future and to see whether they will be supporting any other platforms in the future. In the meanwhile, you can find full details and downloads on mixare’s website.

Related posts you may like:

  1. Gamaray AR Browser – Get The Source Code
  2. Wikitude 4 For The Android With Video
  3. GetFugu Logo Recognition For Android And iPhone
  4. Layar & Wikitude come to the iPhone
  5. MWC highlights and the next Augmented Planet event

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Art is Open Source and FakePress just released Knowners a link sharing plugin for WordPress.

Knowners screenshotKnowners screenshot

Knowners is a WordPress plugin developed by FakePress and Art is Open Source to setup an effective link publishing website.
The plugin is still in beta, but it already offers interesting possibilities.
It is thought as a large scale widget, usable inside your WordPress websites to setup a link sharing area on your web page.
You can publish links, categorize them with tags, automatically create relationships and taxonomies.

a screenshot of Knownersa screenshot of Knowners

This plugin is in its 1.0 version. It still has limited functionality. We are working on it. We would love to hear from you, with your suggestions on the features you would like to have.
Please check back soon for updates: we are releasing a new version in just a bit, with an enhanced link editing scheme (the current one is quite limited).

[ Download the Knowners plugin here ]

[ Download the Knowners Test Theme for WordPress here ]

[ Knowners plugin on WordPress ]

Listen, Angel_F data sculptures by Salvatore Iaconesi

Listen, Angel_F data sculptures by Salvatore Iaconesi

click here to open installation

At Angel_F’s party we presented “Listen” an interactive installation featuring generative data sculptures visualizing the AI’s relationships on social networks.

Social graph data was inferred through Facebook and FriendFeed APIs and relevant data was fetched, buinding monolithic data scultpures people could interact with.

More info on the party here.

More info on Angel_F here.

Angel_F’s generative blog is here.

The installation is by Salvatore Iaconesi.

Made using Flex, ActionScript 3 and several server side technologies.