Posts Tagged ‘video’

The Dead Weather

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

This might be old news to you, but I still wanted to mention that if you’re just remotely interested in dirty blues rock and bands like The White Stripes and The Raconteurs you should definitely check out The Dead Weather.

It’s a supergroup consisting of:

Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs)
Alison Mossheart (The Kills)
Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs)
Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age)

Their first album “Horehound” was released on July 13 here in Europe. This video is from the song “Treat Me Like Your Mother”.

First Skills Upgrade

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Ouch. This stuff actually happened before Christmas… I’m not that good at updating regularly. I’ll be back soon with a post about the TUI course we just finished, and hopefully that will make this site a bit more up-to-date.

Well, the last week before Christmas was dedicated to “Skills Upgrade”-courses. The class was split in two, one half was working with James Tichenor and Joshua Walton from Rockwell Group, on different proposals for interactive installations for SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The other half (which I was part of) worked with games and computer vision which was taught by Yaniv Steiner.

The scoreboard featuring "pebernødder"

We spent the week experimenting with different small things within the field of computer vision. The first project we did, was the game “Style Wars” – a reaction game, where you use your hand as the game controller. The game is very simple: you and your opponent face each other like in a classic western duel. When you hear a specific bang-sound, it’s all about being fastest to draw your gun (gun = pointing hand). If you react too early (before the right sound), you lose. The name “Style Wars” doesn’t really make much sense – but the reason for the name is, that in the game, one player has the role of a flamenco-dude, the other player is a hip-hopper. I am assuming that it’s common knowledge that flamenco-dancers and hip-hoppers don’t get along very well.

Dave Mellis captured me and Erlend dueling in the video above. After making “Style Wars” which was based on simple Flash-motion tracking, we moved on to reacTIVision, where we made our own lo-fi reactable with a standard camcorder, a window and a desklamp. We used the table for testing and having fun with both Flash and Processing.org. One of the applications were a “body-mixer”, that made it possible to build your own custom CIID student (or freak) by mixing the legs, torsos and heads from all of us. The controls were three “dials” with fiducials underneath.

Playing with the body-mixer

I uploaded some pics from the skills upgrade on Flickr – you should check them out if you want to see some of the other cool stuff people made, like the Dancing Game, for instance… The thumbnails are here:

The last minute light solutionDaveErlend wonScoreboardJacobFiducials
Danger! Dutch techno aheadDanger!A wallA wallStyle WarsThe camera we used for Style Wars
The camera we used for Style WarsJacob and his thingTired peopleEline explainingEline's light installationEline's light installation
Eline's light installationEline's light installationKevin catching the ballKevin catching the ballUjjval explainingUjjval's sketch with fast shutter
Ujjval's sketchYves explainingAsh checking out Jacob's thingJacob's graphics projected on the wallPlaying with Jacob's thingreactable
A view through Jason's glassesFrancesco againThe dancing gameFrancesco dancingThe dancing gameSimona
1-day reactableFast shutter = Funky colorsYves shooting fiducialsMagnus and the scoreboardSkills upgrade exhibitionIt's in the hair

The new MacBook!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Again, Apple has introduced a fantastic new product: The Macbook Wheel! A revolutionary laptop with no keyboard and amazing battery life (thanks to the new Hummingbird technology). Goodbye keyboard, hello wheel!

Strangely enough, only The Onion‘s reporters have seen it.

It’s been a long time… again!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

I’ve been quite busy for the last month or so, meaning that I have neglected my blog. Again. But hey, now it’s christmas and I’ve got loads of spare time for updating this blog. I guess I should get started then, but first – a little song.

This time it’s “Really wanna be in LA” by Eagles of Death Metal, one of my favourite bands (just listen to that Josh Homme-ish guitar!). There are two versions of the video for this song, a “normal” one with some fancy graphics, and then this one with the pins. Being a geeky engineering-student I picked the pins-version :-)

PythagoraSwitch

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Why don’t we have tv like this in Denmark? Warning: The song will stick in your mind.

Dear Blog…

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

It’s been a long time. I know. To make it up to you, I promise to write two posts today. One about the progress at CIID, and then this one. So what will this post contain? Lots of awesomeness! Not in the sense of great writing or the recipe for the world’s best cookies, no. That’s too boring. Instead I will post a YouTube video by The Hives, it’s the song “Won’t be long” and it is just one of many many extremely cool songs by The Hives. Enjoy! I will.

Video from the first week

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Alex put together this video summing up the activities from the first week of the pilot year. It’s going to be great to watch again in September 2009. :)