Making Things Interactive

May 14, 2008


Filed under: 1: Post Something Interesting,Gaku Sato — ponkotsu @ 9:01 am

dies ist mein spiderbot.  i worked on it all semester.  i think it came out real good and i just wanted to show everyone.


April 10, 2008

URBI Studio

Filed under: 1: Post Something Interesting,Gaku Sato — ponkotsu @ 1:51 pm

This is fantastic.  It’s hard to explain.  It’s basically a prototyping framework.  Check it out.

– You can graphically create a state diagram and it’ll convert the logic to code automatically.  Each state/node has code in it to execute and you can obviously set the conditions for state change and such.  All this is dynamic (realtime & pause/resumable) and you can set nodes within nodes.  This executes in exactly the same way it would had you coded all this manually, as I’ve been having to do.
– You can sequence motion graphically as well as record motion for repeat.  Again, code is automatic.  So if you want the camera to pan left<—>right at various speeds, it would be insanely simple.
– You can create a control panel with specified widgets to control things.  This is also dynamic.  You can use a slider gui to manually control a servo or something.
– It also has its own parallel-execution language but it can interface with other programs as in it can be used in conjunction with some other coding structure.

It’s really hard to explain in words.  I met with a guy from URBI that demoed (sp?) it for us using an Aibo and it really made everything from control/actuation to debugging to editing incredibly simple, visible, and IMMEDIATE.

Other logic/control gui programs may already be out there that I totally don’t know about, but this one looked excellent.  If no one else, I really recommend Mark and Jet check it out!

February 28, 2008

1: Post Something Interesting

Filed under: 1: Post Something Interesting — jmarshman @ 5:08 pm

So I am finally able to post to the site…

1: Post Something Interesting


Installation artist Olafur Eliasson does work that explores the relationship between nature and technology through rebuilding fragments of the environment in the gallery.

“His materials are elemental and ephemeral: light, heat, moisture, steam, and ice are manipulated by the artist towards aesthetic ends and in response to a specific site. His work navigates a space between nature and technology, the organic and the industrial. For Eliasson, immaterial sensations such as temperature, smell, taste, air and magnetic waves become sculptural elements when presented in an art context.”

Some examples:

Your Negotiable Panorama, 2006



Notion Motion, 2005



The Weather Project, 2003


Beauty, 1993

February 12, 2008

reminder on posting source code – update

Please remember that wordpress is very picky when it comes to the tag. It seems that Windows is being “helpful” by giving you left and right single quotes like this: `’ using the grave accent and the apostrophe. This will break the sourcecode tag, and your code will not be formatted properly.

What you need to do is make sure that both quote marks are the apostrophe character: ‘ . The easiest way to do this is find the single quote before “cpp”, delete it, and manually type in the apostrophe character.

It’s the difference between these two lines:

Edit: It would seem that my browser is also being “helpful”. When I view this page, a single apostrophe — ‘ — is rendered differently than how two apostrophes around text — ‘foo’ — are rendered. The lesson being, don’t cut-n-paste the tag, type it in directly.

Edit: Also, remember that spaces aren’t allowed around the “=” sign.

January 30, 2008

New* Automatic Door (*may be old)

Filed under: 1: Post Something Interesting,Gaku Sato — ponkotsu @ 2:21 am


I forget when or where I saw the video for this but I still think it’s an interesting idea.  It’s an automatic door that opens just enough for you to get through.  In words that sounds somewhat terrible but the pic does a better job at promoting itself.  Sorry the site’s all in Japanese: it says that by not allowing for any excess open space, this allows for better insulation and security of the building as well as help to keep bugs out.
I think this makes the building feel more alive.  Similarly, what if lights turned on and off depending on where you were?  What if the elevator knew where you were going, or knew that you were coming and came to get you?  What if my house made coffee for me since it’s 2AM but I’m still working on figuring out my project so I’m probably going to be up and need to be productive for a few more hours?

January 29, 2008

Pouring Light Example

So i know that someone in class mentioned the light transfer project as something interesting. This is a video i found of something very similar i.e., it uses plastic cups instead of vases for the container of the light.

 Also, here is the link:

January 28, 2008

Flow 5.0

Artist Dan Roosegaarde’s latest installation consists of a 10-meter corridor of ventilator fans controlled by sensors, which react to the sound and motion of visitors passing through them. Following is a statement from the Studio Roosegaarde:

Flow 5.0 is an interactive sculpture made out of hundreds of ventilators which are reacting to your sound and motion. By walking and interacting an illusive landscape of transparencies and artificial winds is created. Moving through Flow 5.0 the visitor becomes conscious of himself as a body, in a dynamic relation with space and technology.

Wish I can find more information on the circuitry and sensors that are working the fans. Other than that, it looks like pretty neat response installation.

Customize your Gadget

Filed under: 1: Post Something Interesting,Assignments,Hyun Cha — hjcha @ 6:45 pm

American technology company Bug Labs has developed a system where consumers combine modular electronic devices to build their own ideal gadget (via Protein OS).
Called BUG, the system consists of a BUGbase with four connectors so that different elements can simply be snapped onto the sides. It was unveiled at the International CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Four modules will be available to start with: GPS, digital camera and videocam, touch-sensitive colour LCD screen, and accelerometer and motion sensor.
Pretty neat idea but its rather burky shape and platic shell makes the product less appealing.

January 27, 2008

Lightspace Design


Lightspace® Design is an ambient, color changing, and dynamic interactive display system that transforms everyday spaces into unique and highly personalized interactive works of art. By combining our cutting edge and energy-efficient, L.E.D. pressure sensitive tiles with the control of the Lightspace® Management System, architects and lighting designers can invent highly customizable interactive structures and/or visual effects. Lightspace® Design offers a complete diverse range of applications, high-end design and modern cutting edge technology that ensure your custom designs never go out of style and remain a true one-of-a-kind creation.

As much as space is concerned this product can change our conception of a public/social space. There’s possibility for a room of this design to influence its occupants in a more reactionary way instead of interactive. Plus theres an almost phenomenon-like aspect to inhabiting an ever changing and responding room.

Information Ring!

Filed under: 1: Post Something Interesting,Gaku Sato — ponkotsu @ 2:14 am

Another interesting idea. I think this is brilliant.

“The Information Ring concept by Hideaki Matsui holds your personal information and captures others’. By shaking hands with someone, you exchange your data with them – data that can be reviewed at a later date on a special card.”

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