Recent project developments

Virtual Cycling in Real Places

Virtual Cycling in Real Places

via Hackaday: Two bike trainer projects; one connected to Google Street View, and the other capable of a number of different visualizations (including Google Earth and Second Life). In their use of Google Street View and Google Earth, they demonstrate the collection of freely available…

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USGS pipes Twitter into location/time/magnitude of earthquakes

USGS pipes Twitter into location/time/magnitude of earthquakes

The BBC reports that the US Geological Survey (USGS) is making use of Tweets for providing Earthquake data. Yahoo Pipes has a collection of Twitter pipes available, and could definitely be used to process real-time, geo-coded data from Twitter, Flickr, et al. to give a…

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The Rotating Kitchen

The Rotating Kitchen

via Beyond the Beyond / Rhizome.org: rotating kitchen from Zeger Reyers on Vimeo.

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FireEagle in J2ME (on a Blackberry Bold)

FireEagle in J2ME (on a Blackberry Bold)

I’ve recently compiled and deployed a modified GPS FireEagle location updater for my Blackberry Bold. The process was not as straightforward as I’d hoped for, and I provide the following to aid anyone else attempting the same. The FireEagle J2ME page points to two resources…

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Using FireEagle for Location Sharing

Using FireEagle for Location Sharing

Recently, I have been exploring fine-level location tracking using mobile devices. The idea is to have a fairly robust platform for sharing location accurate within metres, and seconds. I’ve been using Google Maps on my Blackberry for months, and was always pretty impressed by its…

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Bringing reality closer to gaming

Bringing reality closer to gaming

I recently found Marc Owens’s work Avatar Machine. The work successfully reproduces the 3rd-person viewpoint used in some computer games, and feeds it back to the “player”, who sees their body as an avatar. For me, it’s a great stepping stone from the considerations of…

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3D scanning with a webcam

3D scanning with a webcam

Qi Pan, a 3rd year PhD student at Cambridge University Engineering Department, has developed a system for on-line (constructed in real-time) webcam based reconstruction of textured 3D models. The video shows off the potential for this best: Even better news is that a demo may…

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Time, Transcendence, and Performance Conference Notes

Time, Transcendence, and Performance Conference Notes

Time, Transcendence, and Performance was a three-day conference held at Monash University, Melbourne and focussing on the title fields, through Philosophy, Performance Studies, Architecture, and Film Studies. Presenters included Stelarc, Brian Massumi, Alphonso Lingis, Erin Manning, Anthony Steinbock, Jeff Malpas, Peter Snow, Jack Reynolds, Ian…

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Google Books wordcloud

Google Books wordcloud

In case you hadn’t realized, Google Books is pretty fantastic. Here’s one bit of helpfulness that I hope we’ll all be taking advantage of (and for granted) soon; the wordcloud. This one from Critical Architecture By Jane Rendell.

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Two great mapping systems

Two great mapping systems

Russell Lowe pointed me at the Digital Urban Blog, and in particular two (very different) mapping methods featured recently:   Google Building Maker This is a functional hybrid of Google World, Google Sketchup, and photo-based 3D architectural reconstruction. It’s brilliant to be able to tap…

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