Yes. Evelien Lohbeck takes metaphors seriously (but with humor).
Yes. Evelien Lohbeck takes metaphors seriously (but with humor).
The video below is featuring a computer-generated replica of actress Emily O’Brien’s face at high-definition resolution. The Image Metrics process takes a captured video and automatically applies the facial parameters to animation. Precise colors and characteristics can be calculated (and manipulated) at hundreds of measurements per square millimeter. The resulting CG models provide unprecedented detail of natural facial expressions – down to skin pores and fine wrinkles – with perfectly aligned shading information that allows photo-real faces to be rendered under any illumination and viewpoint.
Be ready for the next Hollywood revolution; actors will be able to act forever, whithout plastic surgery.
Its simplicity is one of a kind and it takes my breath when I realize that this little drawing is actually the internets Big Bang point of origin. It shows the first node on the ARPANET at the University California Los Angeles (UCLA) on the 2nd September 1969. The diagram is taken from Casting the Net: From ARPANET to INTERNET and Beyond by Peter H. Salus and was drawn by Alex McKinzie who worked for BBN.
Student work from Central Saint Martins in London. All the credit goes to Henry Hadlow and Ed Cornish.
Artist Max Kor, built himself a World of Warcraft Night Elf from scratch. Check his tutorial for an inside peek in surreal beauty construction. We are waiting for night elves to appear on the catwalk and in magazine cosmetic advertising.
Videogame players celebrated this week as a hotly anticipated sequel to the popular online video game World of Warcraft hit the shelves.
The nine million gamers can now play a video character playing their favourite character in the very addicting game World of Warcraft.
Voodoo is an ancient religion, originating from Africa, who’s mystical practice is believed to bring reward to those who are willing to place their destiny in the hands of loving spirits. The practice of Voodoo involves the blessing of a Voodoo doll, which allows the possessor of the doll to contact the spirit of a specific person. Once the spell is in place you can address the doll as if you are talking to that person – sort of a spiritual phone call – influencing the person to act in accordance with your wishes, your desires, requesting a change in attitude, fulfillment in love, finance, career, family matters, etc.
Taiwanese/American designer Yu Yu Chien now combines ancient Voodoo beliefs with modern digital technologies. The ‘Lovers voodoo kit’ is a digital-spiritual communication device that, bonds two lovers spiritually and physically in order to enrich their relationship by providing various ways of connection between the two.
Some weeks ago we pondered over the oddity of a space race in cyberspace. Rockets and jet-packs –so cool in the previous century– don’t make sense in a virtual environment. The advent of VR-technology introduces new perceptual spaces where the laws of physics aren’t given, but have to be programmed. Although the space race is over, researchers in well funded institutions all over the world are still trying to invent techniques to transport people at the speed of light: It’s called telepresence.
According to John Thackara we are currently caught up in a fake-space race. “Telecommunications companies have invested heavily for years in telepresence systems with the aim of reproducing as closely as possible the sensation of “being there.” Thackara claims that “it’s an insult that telecoms should expect us to meet in hideous sterile rooms in front of huge screens.” Yet “sustainability demands that we compromise”.
Thackara argues for a more artful telepresence: “There are more interesting tasks for design than the use of brute bandwidth to achieve ‘being there’ verisimilitude. The communication quality of cyberspace can be enhanced by artful and indirect means.”
Beauty and the Geek jeans by Erik de Nijs. The trousers offer a full Querty keyboard layout as well as a mouse, speakers and a little joystick. As he calls it: “Beauty is skin deep, Geekness is to the core…”
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Earlier we reported software that predicts how a wine will rate in reviews even before it is made. Now, for puber-geek delight, lets try that for women. Tel Aviv University student Amit Kagian, for his master’s thesis in computer science, created software that can spot female beauty. Next a 3D cutter that automates the plastic surgery procedure accordingly?
The organisms – plants, weeds, trees – exist as a light-projection on the walls of the MoMA building. Their behaviour – growth, movement, pollentation or plant generation – is influenced by actual circumstances – weather and human movement – outside. Measured by sensors, the data directly influences the behaviour of the projected organisms.
“Nature is becoming rare in our daily life, as we pass most of the day in perpetual spaces with conditioned climates and 24 hour lighting that mute the relief of the day and year. When unplanned natural elements like a lifting breeze, a sudden shower or a setting sun are planned out of our surrounding, the timeline of our every day is lost.”
Simon Heijdens is a designer and artist, currently living in London where he teaches at the Interactive Design Department of the Royal College of Art.
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Long after Second Life servers have been shutdown, Augmented Reality is a common place. Thanks to our bioengineered eyes, or our electronic contact lenses, and years of data collected through social websites and our google powered brains, Life became like a game.
‘The LED Dog Tail Communicator’ is an initiative of James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, and it is part of the larger ‘Augmented Animals’ project. Its focus points to technological innovations which are equally appreciated and used by animals’, according to the artists.
“When animals are domesticated they enter an uncertain territory between the natural and the artificial. They must live within human terms and conditions, dislocated from their original environment, often leading a frustrating life. Many animals have developed ingenious mechanisms of defense, and with the help of technology they can overcome evolutionary shortfalls.” The LED Dog Tail Communicator spells out in human words the different messages that a dog wants to convey via the different speeds of its wagging tail, enabling new forms of communication between animal and humans.
After having build nightclubs, shopping malls and natural resorts, second hype residents have constructed a spaceport in their metaverse. They sure have a lot of different rockets gathered there. Looks like they’ll soon leave their world in search of new worlds beyond the beyond?
No seriously, who needs rockets in a virtual environment where you can freely fly & warp around with no need for a car, jetpack, let alone a space shuttle!? These rockets must have been gathered there for some other reason than transportation, maybe as a hobby, a symbol or for education purposes. And indeed; the spaceport is a museum. The space age is just so previous century – at least from the perspective of the second hype residents.
Humans become web-banners. Click me! By Irina Blok.
“I think we are all “work in progress”, this necklace is featuring a cool progress bar to indicate that.”
Nice work Irina!
The Telepresence Frame is a domestic object which utilises the fact that one’s bodily functions are digitised in order to create a new form of telepresence. Allowing loved ones to be constantly aware of your physical state. Link
These iconesque web images of shopping carts and bag icons where gathered by Ro London. I guess soon we will see ‘Buy Now’ buttons appearing in real life shops?