[B]izarre, visage-covered garments designed specifically to give Facebook’s facial recognition software the runaround.
“Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.
3-Sweep: Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo. I still have a hard time believing this is real.
Maybe you’ve already seen the Phonebloks concept that’s been making the rounds for the last few days:
While I appreciate the work on a purely conceptual level and for its production values, I found the prevailing assumption that this concept is actually feasible rather depressing. Well, it’s not, as Co.Design helpfully explains. Snip from the article:
Phonebloks appeals to the many facets of the modern ego-id at once: the part of us that wants the universe to be neatly ordered and precisely aligned, the child within us that wants technology to work more like Legos, the guilt that follows from throwing hundreds of dollars of electronics away every year because they are “obsolete.” Phonebloks makes us feel good about technology, not confused, covetous or remorseful. Practicalities aside, it’s easy to see why the Phonebloks concept went viral. But the whole point is that practicalities can’t be put aside. They need to be dealt with and overcome.
Flexpad is a highly flexible display interface. It introduces a novel way of interacting with flexible displays by using detailed deformations. Using a Kinect camera and a projector, Flexpad transforms virtually any sheet of paper or foam into a flexible, highly deformable and spatially aware handheld display.
Ubi Interactive uses a Microsoft Kinect to turn any surface into a multitouch display. Unfortunately only available on Windows.
There’s hardly anything surprising in here, just confirmation of prior hunches. Nevertheless, interesting to see these cultural differences quantifiably analyzed.
The Guardian recently asked several authors for their rules for writing. This one by Neil Gaiman struck me as surprisingly relevant for interface and interaction design as well:
Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
I think Peter Capaldi will be a magnificent Doctor Who.
But he’ll always, always be Malcolm Tucker first and foremost to me.
Can we PLEASE get a bit of Malcolm Tucker in our next Doctor Who?
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna watch Malcolm Tucker supercuts for the next hour or so. Come the fuck in or fuck the fuck off.