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Zach Lieberman is one of the smarts behind the openFramework software. Here he is talking about some of his projects. The main reason I have posted this video is for the project that is introduced 6mins in.Zach has been collaborating with an old school graffiti artist who goes by the name of Tempt. The twist is that Tempt now suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease and is paralysed. Zach Lieberman and a few others created a system for tracking Tempt’s eyes and relaying the movements back to a drawing package. The accuracy is really quite amazing and the project is very inspirational.

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A morning spent murdering Nirvana – come as you are.

A couple of months ago a good friend bought me a stylophone for my birthday. I had a blast snarling out noises that were close to songs we all know and love. unfortunately due to my clumsy inaccurate nature I have never managed to play a whole song at the correct tempo with out playing wrong notes. The novelty soon wore off and the stylophone was left to gather dust on a shelf in my office.

I have a list of tasks as long as my arm to do at work but this morning when I got in the motivation levels were at an all time low. Instead of doing anything useful I decided it was time time to put the stylophone to good use. Knowing that my ability to  manipulate the stylus over those circuit board keys was never gonna improve I decided I would cheat and automate the circuit connections that are made when the stylus connects with one of the keys.

The video attached shows the result of todays procrastination. So far I have only automated 10 of the keys direct from the arduino.if I get time in the near future I will extend its functionality using an 8bit shift register so that the arduino can play all the keys. I also intend to write a processing sketch interface so that inputting songs is easier and more intuitive (and not murderous to classic rock songs).

Written using swype on htc feature hd

There are three main reasons why i love this project. Firstly the switches are ingenious. They look to be made out of washers cut in half and separated then as the ball bearing is placed down it connects the two half’s and joins the circuit together. Its so simple that is brilliant.

The second reason i like this project so much is that it uses the old CRT type screen. If you ever go to a dump you will see plenty of these thrown to waste replaced by the more convenient TFT monitor. Its nice to see the old monitors being put to use, i have always thought that the CRT screen would make an awesome base to a coffee table (project coming soon).

I also love that the interface is placed directly above the screen making it possible for the interface to react and change colour throughout the experience. I found this project on the MAKE magazine blog. The Make blog has more information on the build and techniques used for communicating with the computer so if this interests you take a look there as well.

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Peter Bennet

Video of BeatBearing Tangible Rhythm Sequencer

Found this video of laughingsquid.com. Some of the effects used are mind blowing. I especially like the leaking TV its just a really nice concept. There are a few cheesy moments but these can be excused as overall the footage is awesome. The video is a show reel from the french design company EasyWeb.

I have recently been looking for the best way to visualise data and make it come to life. I came across an amazing piece of software. processing 1.0 (BETA) has a very simple interface which is so similar to the arduino interface that it must have something to do with arduino. As soon as i realised the similarities i felt very at home with processing. There are so many good examples of how to use the software that i know the learning experience should be smooth and exciting. I really liked this example.

I also found some really nice examples of processing being used in the design world. Ole Kristensen produced a video entitled ‘Body Navigation’  which has some brilliant examples of how processing can manipulate what a camera sees and then project a reaction on any surface. Check out the video HERE

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