Sketches by Pop Music

September 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Programming | No Comments »

Jake Elliott‘s pop sketch series translates pop songs into doodles by translating pitch into angles and volume into length. [launch applet]

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Making Visible the Invisible

September 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Programming, Social | 1 Comment »

“Making Visible the Invisible� is an installation consisting of 6 large LCD screens located on a glass wall horizontally behind the librarians’ main information desk in the Mixing Chamber of the Seattle Central Library. . .The screens feature real-time calculated animation visualizations generated by custom designed statistical and algorithmic software using data received each hour. This data consists of a list of checked-out items organized in chronological order.

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Mid-Air Human-Computer Interface

September 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Mapping, Products, Technology | No Comments »

Alvaro Cassinelli, Stephane Perrin & Masatoshi Ishikawa’s Smart Laser Scanner uses off-the-shelf technology to create a high resolution human interfaces that tracks one’s bare fingers as it moves through space in 3-dimensions. The systems tracking technique is sophisticated, yet simple and elegant, permitting future possibilities of embedding this entire system into a variety of portable electronics. Imagine writing or gesturing in mid-air as your cell phone or laptop beams a laser directly to multiple fingers and even multiple users as it interprets motions into letters and words. [demo videos]

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Urban Nomad Shelter

September 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Mapping, Products, Social, Sustainability, Urbanism | 7 Comments »

Urban Nomad Shelter, designed by Cameron McNall and Damon Seeley of Electroland, acts as both a “humanitarian act and as a social provocation.” The neon colored inflatable shelters stand as beacons or plot points as they are scattered across a landscape, commodifying and exhibiting those whom are often neglected. [I.D. Magazine 51’s Annual Design Review (Winner, Concept category)]

See also Michael Rakowitz’s paraSITE.

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August 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 1 Comment » meshes physical locations in a virtual network of nodes. The project takes its que from the expanding use of cellphone cameras as barcode readers as users not only read existing barcodes, but place custom encoded barcodes into physical locations. These tagged locations are then store in a database allowing users to play with the territorialisation and re-appropriation of public spaces.

GAs for Water Systems Optimization

August 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Programming, Technology, Urbanism | No Comments »

Optimatics has conducted over 80 genetic algorithm studies to optimize passage and flow of water through cities, towns and new urban developments world wide. The company returns results in less time and claims 20%-30% savings over simulation-only solutions. [case studies] [article]

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Color Code: A Color Portrait of the English Language

August 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Programming | 1 Comment »

Martin Wattenberg‘s Color Code beautifully maps the world of 33,000 English nouns from Wordnet and their associated colors based on a Yahoo image search of each noun. [launch Color Code]

Manhattan Air Flow Mapping

August 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Health, Mapping, Urbanism | 1 Comment »

Urban Dispersion Program‘s 180 “tracer” boxes and 6 vans have been/are tracking air flow patterns of deliberately released harmless gas in NYC to create a computer simulated model in preparation for chemical attacks. [real-time VRML simulation (West Village)] [gallery]

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Vital Signs : nARCHITECTS

August 9th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Internet, Mapping, Science | No Comments »

Vital Signs, by nARCHITECTS, is a mobius strip (LED) display streaming breaking news at the Liberty Science Center.

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Cities, Satellites and Weather

August 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Health, Mapping, Science, Urbanism | No Comments »

Just how does society’s desire to live in densely populated areas have the potential to change our Earth’s climate? According to a new paper, satellites can help us answer that question.

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