Saturday, November 2, 2013

change body temperature instead of wasting energy treating air

article by: WIRED
Wristify, as they call their device, is a thermoelectric bracelet that regulates the temperature of the person wearing it by subjecting their skin to alternating pulses of hot or cold, depending on what’s needed. The prototype recently won first place at this year’s MADMEC, an annual competition put on by the school’s Materials Science and Engineering program, netting the group a $10,000 prize, which they’ll use to continue its development. It’s a promising start to a clever approach that could help alleviate a serious energy crisis. But as Sam Shames, the MIT senior who helped invent the technology, explains, the team was motivated by a more prosaic problem: keeping everyone happy in a room where no one can agree where to set the thermostat.

animation turned up to eleven: audience participation required

it's up to the viewer to actively watch and follow the action with there personal viewing device. animation will be composed inside a 360 degree world of view adding to the list of various material using a panorama presentation as their medium. Google is one example of a company incorporating 360 degree visuals to help the viewer's experience with understanding a location at street level before actually traveling to that location. Video games seem to be one of the first variations to use a 360 presentation with participation as other entities, such as; Maps/streets, star gazing, animation/video/film, virtual tours, and large format photography are becoming more user friendly with the new medium. Can you think of other entities that I missed?

(article related)
Google/ Pixar: Changing Storytelling

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Call for Placemakers: MKE Rejuvenation project

Call for Placemakers for West Wisconsin Avenue

Tents: Pioneering Public Space
Pioneering Idea Submissions due November 13, 2013

A rejuvenating weekend of overnight urban camping to make Wisconsin Avenue feel like home.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) along with ART Milwaukee and beintween received a generous grant from ArtPlace America for ‘Creational Trails: A Placemaking Experience in Milwaukee. As part of ‘Creational Trails, we are pioneering public space on West Wisconsin Avenue in Downtown for the summer in 2014 as an extension of the many gorgeous existing recreational trails and an expression of the inspiring cultures throughout Milwaukee.
- Idea Statement: 500 words or less

- Audio-visual Expression: 1-3 digital images, 3 minute of video  or audio footage and/or 1 website link

- Bio: 300 words or less

- Budget:
We have $50,000 in total funding to provide approximately 2-4 Placemaking teams for labor, supplies and other costs associated to production. Exact funding awards will be determined once the TOURNAVATION is complete. Once the finalists are selected, we will seek further support from our community partners.

- Timeline:
October 9, 2013: Tournavation Begins
October 21-30, 2013: Tournavation Public Information Sessions
November 13, 2013: Pioneering Idea Submissions Due
November 22, 2013: Semi-Finalists Announced
December 2, 2013: Refined Presentations Due
December 10, 2013: Tournavation Pitch at City Hall with Finalists Announced
January-June 2014: Placemaking residencies along West Wisconsin Avenue
June 14-15, 2014: Tents launch with overnight camping
June-September 2014: Tents installations and events (TBD)
October 1, 2014: Tents closing with deinstallation to follow

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Focal Length Simulator

cameras' order of importance: LIGHT > LENS > PIXELS/Film/CardRec

a visual representation of zoom/cropping with lenses.

Sony’s New Mirrorless Cameras: Full-Frame Sensors

The Sony Alpha 7R is priced at $2,300 for the body only, while the Alpha 7 will sell for a slightly more-modest $1,700 or $2,000 with a 28-70mm/F3.5-F5.6 kit lens.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Prince Rupert's Drop

Prince Rupert's Drop's_Drop
"The very high residual stress within the drop gives rise to unusual qualities, such as the ability to withstand a blow from a hammer on the bulbous end without breaking, while the drop will disintegrate explosively if the tail end is even slightly damaged." - wiki