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One of the nicest data visualisation projects I have come across in my research so far is designed by Moritz Stefaner using the AS3 framework Flare. Moritz has tapped into the massive database created by and produced some very beautiful and intuitive Flash applications. The Flare toolkit is very comprehensive, versatile and capable of producing some very nice visuals I can’t wait to start playing with it.

Recently I have spent a considerable amount of time researching data visualization techniques using Flash and AS3. The main driving force for this research was to inspire first year Digital Media students without allowing them to be intimidated by AS3. To make the process of visualizing data in AS3 less daunting I have started writing a toolkit of classes the students can use to bypass some of the fundamental and structural elements of visualizing data. This way the students can concentrate on the creative and experimental aspects of the visualizations and achieve results at a much faster rate.

Here is one of the classes I have completed that I believe to be quite useful. The purpose of the class is to convert time into units along an axis. The class takes the start time and end time for a period of data collection and maps that across either the x or y axis. The class has a getPoint method which you can pass any time within the data collection period and it will return the point in pixels along the specified axis.

Once an instance of has been defined only two lines are required to start utilising the class for example:

converter.setAxis(“12:00:00”, // The start time
“12:05:00”, // The end time
“x”);       // the axis to apply the units to

trace(converter.getPoint(“12:02:00”)); //get a value along the defined axis

Anybody is welcome to use this class I just hope other people find it as useful as I do.  However I would love to know any improvements that could be made to the class and how it has been implemented.

DOWNLOAD class and examples

cleverbot is a product of Jaberwacky lets you create a robot and then teach it to chat about what ever you would like it to chat about.  The idea is that insurance companies and other commercial sites could teach the robot about what they do and then the robot could be placed on their website to help customers with questions and advice.  That’s the practical side of it but for me i just enjoyed chatting absolute nonsense to it and reading its random responses. At one point it asked me if i tasted of cheese and it also told me the the giant pyramid with the eye is watching me. Perfectly normal conversations! The idea behind the site is pretty amazing! It would be good if they published an API for the service so that people could link Arduino and other hardware to the site and have actual AI talking projects.

Ever woken up from a day dream and found that you had been subconsciously tapping the beat of the last song you heard frantically on to the nearest available surface? I think people inherently have rhythm obviously some more than others. Recently this weird beat thing that we all seem to have seeping sneakily through our subconscious has been trying to surface in the design and hacking world. I alone have found 3 very blatant examples in a space of hours. Check these examples out and if  you are aware of the inner beat surfacing in any other shape or form i would love to know. cheers and gone (its ridiculous how asleep i should be right now).

complete solenoid orchestra:

Yuri Suzuki and Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad “tip tap”:

and the creme de la creme of automated tapping – Automated drum kit by Resonance studio and Arcattack:


Yuri Suzuki:

Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad:


Resonance Studio:

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