Saturday, 31 January 2009

3d Snake Robot

by Brian Thompson

Similar: One, Two

Friday, 30 January 2009

Pseudo-3D Video Conferencing with a Generic Web cam

Chris Harrison and Scott Hudson have developed a method;

"for producing a pseudo-3D experience using only a single generic web cam at each end. This means nearly any computer currently able to video conference can use our technique, making it readily adoptable. Although using comparatively simple techniques, the 3D result is convincing. "

This idea seems like an interesting step towards immersive telepresence, but behind the scenes, it relies on a clever illusory trick (motion parallax) and head-tracking.


Thursday, 29 January 2009

Abysmal Depths Are Flooded

This video documentary represents a frozen capture of a media art installation by Colin Leipelt @ Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO, in May 2006.

The work is a self-referencing or cybernetic object; Live self-producing analog sound generator, built as sheik monoliths, epitomizing obtrusive aural/visual statement.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Antarctica Diving with Stacy Kim & SCINI

Dr. Stacy Kim is a Benthic Ecologist and diver who studies sea floor creatures in Antarctica waters that are below freezing. Her research team developed SCINI (Submersible Capable of Under Ice Navigation and Imaging) for deployment beneath the ice to study depths below where divers can go. In this video, Stacy tells about diving the extreme cold water beneath Antarctic ice, and how SCINI makes possible even greater capabilities to explore and record the sea floor life in polar regions. Videographer Henry Kaiser captures the footage of Stacy with SCINI diving beneath the Ross Sea ice near the Antarctic Base, McMurdo Station.

ThermaVolt: : Solar hybrid system Harvests the Sun’s Light & Heat

Traditionally there have been two types of solar panels, a type that can produce clean electricity or heat your water. Entech Solar has developed a new type of panel that does both.

"The solar unit has both photovoltaic (PV) cells to convert the sun’s light into usable energy and a fluid-filled pipe to trap the sun’s heat and use it to warm water. The device is efficient and economical due to a Frensel lens that concentrates sunlight to 20X its normal power. With such intense light, the amount of PV cells required is 95% less than that of a traditional solar panel. The lens also serves to increase the amount of heat that reaches the fluid-filled pipe."

Check out this video detailing how the ThermaVolt™ system works: ThermaVolt Video.

Brightphase Energy is another company building products that produce both electricty and heat. Their Photensity panel contains silicon solar cells rated at 18 percent efficiency for electricity generation. They also contain a fluid filled pipe that can be used to heat the building’s water. In addition, because the cells are mounted on seperated strips that look like venetian blinds, the panels can let light into the building, which reduces the need for artificial light during the day.

Sources : One , Two

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

The Entire Internet in a box

Here the IT Crowd introduces us to the internet a device which contains the entirety of the internet ... and it has a power switch ... which should under no circumstances ever be used!

Monday, 26 January 2009

Solvatten: makes unsafe water drinkable using solar heat.

Access to clean drinking water is a major problem for many of the world’s people. Now a relatively simple device called the Solvatten hopes to provide a solution to the issue.

The Solvatten combines heat, UV and built-in filter in a specially designed container to clean contaminated water by filtrating macro-organisms which cause diseases.

"Similar to a standard jerrycan, the Solvatten can hold 10 liters of water, divided into two 5 liter compartments, each with a clear face. When you open the device and place it in the sun, exposing the two chambers to sunlight. This heats the water to 50-60°C, killing any pathogens which are present in a few hours. An indicator signals when the water is safe to drink (it changes from red to green). The whole process takes 3-4 hours in sunny conditions and 5-6 hours if it is cloudy."

Here, inventor Petra Wadström provides a thorough demonstration of the Solvatten device. Otherwise you may prefer a quick intro.

Solvatten means sun and water. This video reportage was made on the cleantech innovation in Nepal.


Sunday, 25 January 2009


In this video Lee Kuiper visually harmonizes with Steve Jablonsky's composition, "Starweather" to the tune of:

"A collection of random shots; most of which involve weather, nature, or natural elements."

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Art Evokes by Catalyst Studios

"Here we, (Catalyst Studios) tell a new story of art through the fluid and almost mesmerizing movement and interaction of delicate dancers and flowing glass."

Friday, 23 January 2009

Green Cloud and the Unplug Effect

Apart from winning a prestigious art award for the Nuage Vert, or “Green Cloud” speaks volumes of how the relationship of community can work with a practice of art not quite prevalent in contemporary times. The French art duo HeHe (Helen Evans and Heiki Hansen), projected a green illumination onto the chimney emissions of the Salmisaari power plant. The illumination adjusted its shape and size to the contours of the vapor, reflecting the electrical consumption of residents in Ruoholahti and neighboring Lauttasaari (Finland). During the week long installation, local residents were asked to consume less, unplug their electrical appliances, and then watch the green cloud grow!. Hence the graphic on the right illustrates the net effect of the electrical consumption of residents using less electrical power during a week from the Salmisaari power plant.

"The physical dimension of the Salmisaari site, inhabits a special position in Helsinki; physically, visually and metaphorically. The vertical vectors of the architecture connect the underworld with the sky: the underground coal storage tunnels descend to 126m below sea level (the deepest point in Helsinki) whilst it’s chimney reaches 155m into the sky with its cloud disappearing into the lower atmosphere.”

Go here to read further and see more videos of the "Green Cloud" as it happened.


Thursday, 22 January 2009


nuage pixel masse

by jamil mehdaoui


Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Minimix Video Projection on to Architecture

This video is the Minimix Showreel of Monumental Video Mapping on 3d Objects projection by Easyweb

Tuesday, 20 January 2009


is a song by Kirsty Hawkshaw and is about

"A cyborg from the outside, in charge of monitoring the avatar way of life, falls for a virtual celebrity and traverses the metaverse to find her."

The animation, set somewhere in Second Life was created by The Martin Brothers using Reallusion iClone software.

Monday, 19 January 2009

LoopLoop: : A very long panoramic sequence by Patrick Bergeron

LoopLoop (5 mins.) is an "image" built from a 33 seconds video sequence.

"in a train going to Hanoi in Vietnam, I filmed the houses boarding the railroad. The 1000 images of this sequences have been stitched into one long panoramic image."

LoopLoop is also a "video" loop.

"Into the long image, I integrated other moving elements and builted smooth transitions over it. The soundtrack have been built using the original video sound. "

Bergeron produced this work using Final Cut Studio, Sound Edit and some Perl, he says

"In my present life ... I'm video artist and researcher, I modify and manipulate the image and its details. I’m interested about the concepts of speed, memories and the image components. My work is a mix of animation, abstract film and documentary. For the last 15 years, I’m working in special effect for the film industry. I’m a “digital compositor”. I worked on some of the most challenging shots on films like The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix."


Sunday, 18 January 2009

PowerBeam Demos Wireless Charger Energizes Many Devices

The more gadgets we have, the crazier the tangle of chargers we collect. Here is a convenient wireless alternative to mobile phone, computer and appliance chargers. The system uses magnetic induction to transfer energy to almost any device.

The charging plates produced by PowerBeam can be embedded in walls, counter tops, or furniture to turn them into power stations for recharging or powering any gadget or item placed upon them.


Saturday, 17 January 2009

Experimental dance/video by Isabelle Preuilh & Bottega Bologna

Accado da Capo is an intense experimental game played between dancer and videographer as much as by the music and the video editor.

The body of the dancer rolls as the camera itself rolls and cavorts as we are aurally and visually captured with an anxious anticipation of what might happen and are persuaded by the audio track to keep focus on the action.

You are rewarded with a close up image of the dancer if you are cool enough to experience the work beyond the credits.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Solio: : the Itinerant Solar Power recharger for Hand-held gadgets

Solio is the world’s smallest, smartest and most environmentally friendly solar charger for recharging almost any handheld gadget you may have in your pocket and some.

"The compact Solio features a fan-blade design that allows it to achieve maximum solar area when in use. Just spread out the blades, expose them to direct sunlight either outdoors or affixed to a window. An internal battery stores the power for whenever you need it, day and night. Charging Solio’s battery takes 8-10 hours of direct sunlight, and a fully charged Solio provides up to 14 hours of additional standby time for your iPhone, iPod, GPS, Camera, etc..."

Solio ceo (Chris Hornor) is tele interviewed here by Dr Kiki Sanford.

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Gravity of Love by Enigma

Enigma are the brainchild of Michael Cretu from Bucharest, Romania. They achieved commercial success after popularizing a new age brand of chill-out music utilising Gregorian chants and dance music rhythms.

The video was made with excerpts from Kingdom Hearts, which

"is an action role-playing game developed and published by Squaresoft (now Square Enix) in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 video game console. Kingdom Hearts is the first game in the Kingdom Hearts series and the second in chronological order. It is the result of a collaboration between Square and The Walt Disney Company." continue

More and more Enigma

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Cyclones on Saturn

"The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn recently drifted in giant planet’s shadow for about 12 hours and looked back toward the eclipsed Sun. Cassini saw a view unlike any other. First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. Next, the rings themselves appear dark when silhouetted against Saturn, but quite bright when viewed away from Saturn and slightly scattering sunlight, in the above exaggerated color image. Saturn’s rings light up so much that new rings were discovered, although they are hard to see in the above image. Visible in spectacular detail, however, is Saturn’s E ring, the ring created by the newly discovered ice-fountains of the moon Enceladus, and the outermost ring visible above. Far in the distance, visible on the image left just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot of Earth."

Here is a composite video made with new images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealing a giant cyclone on Saturn's north pole, and show that a similarly monstrous cyclone churning at Saturn's south pole.

Sources :: One, Two, Three, Four

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Internal Heat

French visual media artist c_cil has created in this video a "cinépoèmes musicaux" (or cinematic musical poem) of a walk in an urban environment with graphics, whose style and inspiration are the poetry and the nature of dreams.

Music track An exercise on the wrie, is by David Thierry

See more of c_cil

Monday, 12 January 2009

The trouble with Crimson

Although this video (crimson) by dorota janecka was originally meant as a a "visual response to Ken Nordine lyrics on the subject of color" its message rings with much contemporary meaning.

"Ken Nordine (born April 13, 1920) is an American voice over and recording artist best known for his series of Word Jazz albums. His deep, resonant voice has also been featured in many commercial advertisements and movie trailers. One critic wrote that "you may not know Ken Nordine by name or face, but you'll almost certainly recognize his voice."

The voice in the video may seem to have an uncanny likeness to Ken Nordine's voice, yes ?

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Objectified : : Designers talking about design

“Objectified is a feature-length independent documentary about industrial design. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the people who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and, by extension, the people who design them.”

A designers job is about whats going to happen not whats already happened. Here is a documentary film by Gary Hustwit and the voices belong to Jonathan Ive, Andrew Blauvelt, Marc Newson, and Karim Rashid. The song is 'I Like Van Halen Because My Sister Says They Are Cool' by El Ten Eleven, from their new record; These Promises Are Being Videotaped.


Saturday, 10 January 2009

Cansei de Ser Sexy - Alcohol

Bunnylicious characters star in this unique use of paper as a metaphor for the way digital existence spills over our physical life.

Video directed by Jared Eberhardt through a video contest via an Italian video portal on qoob tv.

And 'the official video for "Alcohol" from indie rock band Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS)..


Friday, 9 January 2009

Lensbaby Composer; Tilt shift photography made easy

Intrepid reporter Cali Lewis from GeekBrief tv interviews Craig Strong, Lensbaby's president and co-founder who introduces a Lens Baby attachment for any contemporary wide body SLR.

Lensbaby is a lens that swivels on a ball and socket connection

" ...that delivers smooth selective focus photography with unparalleled ease. The Composer retains its position after being bent and is easy to use even with one hand. The Composer stays in the desired bent position without requiring a locking mechanism and features a new Lensbaby Optic Swap System. The Composer features a unique manual focus design which requires more rotation to move the optic as you approach infminity. This makes it easier to focus on objects at intermediate and distant depths than regular manual focus lenses."

Towards the end of the video Cali Lewis's Canon5D HD is used to demonstrate how easy the Lensbaby is attached to any compatible SLR.

In order to see the video go here and download the video type of your choice. It's worth noting that the small size video was surprisingly clear even watching it full screen on my 20".

Go here for a comprehensive analysis and overview of the Lensbaby lenses.


Thursday, 8 January 2009

Enormous undersea wall discovered

"A giant rock formation resembling a city wall has been discovered under the Taiwan Strait.
The 220m stretch of basalt rock was found by biodiversity researcher Jeng Ming-hsiou. He said it was likely to have been formed by a volcanic eruption up to 1,800 years ago."

Although this latest geological discovery looks as if it was man made there is nothing unusual about how volcanoes seem to have for millenia manufactured man made forms. We often forget how we humans perceive and read the world around us. We have merely reproduced objects based on the inspiring natural forms around us like the basalt blocks on the coast of Hong Kong or the tall square columns in Ireland.


Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Kite Buggy Surfing

Whether you call it Kite buggying or Fly surfing it looks to offer its users occasional lift as seen here:

"The kite buggy is a light, purpose-built vehicle powered by a traction kite (power kite). It is single-seated and has one steerable front wheel and two fixed rear wheels. The driver sits in the seat located in the middle of the vehicle and accelerates and slows down by applying steering manoeuvres in coordination with flying manoeuvres of the kite.The kite buggy was probably invented in China around the 13th century. It was rediscoverd by George Pocock in the UK in 1827 and kite buggies were available commercially in US and UK in the late 1970's. Peter Lynn is generally attributed with the modern popularization of buggies and kite buggying with his introduction of strong, lightweight, affordable buggies in the early 1990's." (continue reading)

The activity is very popular and requires large flatland geographical locations. Some video makers of this activity are sometimes very creative as seen in this one.


Tuesday, 6 January 2009


Videographer Nick Trivundza uses Adobe Photoshop and other Video graphics softwares to produce videos like Illusive, go here to see more of his ideas.

The music accompanying the video is Combustion's "Illusive."

Monday, 5 January 2009

Schwebezustand or (state of suspense)

is much more than just a piano improvisation, its a audio visual feast

I found this work to be so favorable that its difficult to resist its appeal

go here for more of sebastian merk's activities

Sunday, 4 January 2009

The Yoshimoto Cube: An Intriguing Geometrical Toy

is the transformation of two stellated rhombic dodecahedrons from a cube.

Naoki Yoshimoto (1971) discovered this cube when he was searching for a way to divide a cube equally in three-dimensional space. The result is a peculiar polyhedral dyad consisting of eight interconnected cubes that can be opened in multiple ways. The cube can be divided into two cubes and then transformed into two rhombuses, one silver the other gold with twelve faces each.

Here's a neat demonstration video, or you can see a line-art animation of the toy's action here at The World of Geometric Toy.

If you would like to make your own paper version then for the Origami enthusiast, download this file. Or if you prefer easier methods of getting a quicker model, then print and fold one of these.

Alternatively you may simply want to buy one !

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Poppy Trip

Videographer oh! aka na_du->da, shot this video of a hard-working bumblebee psyched by poppy blossoms in his garden, using a Sanyo slick palm-fitting Xacti HD2 camera.

Friday, 2 January 2009

2009; the International Year of Astronomy

just look up experience, learn, and enjoy the changing sky.

2009 was chosen by the International Astronomical Union and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization because it occurs 400 years after Galileo turned one of the first telescopes toward the heavens. Peering through that small window, Galileo discovered that the Moon has craters, Venus has phases, Jupiter has moons, and Saturn has rings.

Here is a short compilation of stills from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA, and multiple ground based observers. The music is "Conversations" by Freddie Ravel.

The Opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy will officially take place in Paris, January 15-16, 2009, under the aegis of the UN, the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), the IAU (International Astronomical Union).

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year from Sydney 2009

A technically proficient panorama of last night's New Years Eve fireworks by Peter Murphy beside the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

"Noteworthy this year were amazingly bright coloured spotlight effects and startling strafing sequences of fireworks along the length of the bridge."

Go here to see heaps more photographs of the night sky.

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