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Most shops close and thats the end of it; the lights go out, the staff go home, and the premises is left lifeless till the next day. SNIFF is an engaging, interactive installation which pulls in customers even after hours when the shop is closed. An interactive dog is projected on to the window of the shop and is programmed to react to people walking by and interpret their behavior as aggressive or calm and react accordingly. The project was thought up by Karolina Sobecka and developed by Jim George.  I wont go into too much technical information as Sobecka has been very generous as to how the project was created here.

Bring out the old school platform games like Mario and Alex the Kid and immerse yourself in them. Ok not quite but it does show some serious potential.  This automated floor adapts as the user walks and makes sure they don’t go any where. Its pretty impressive but i feel at the moment it is a bit slow at the moment!

I recently visited the ICA to see an art installation produced by Luke Jerram. Dream Director is a very interesting investigation into the realms of sleep and dreaming. The work builds upon work already out by psychologist Chris Alford at University of west England.

I am particularly interested in the technology around this project. People were invited to stay over night in a gallery theirs beds were custom designed pods.  Each pod was loaded with it own set of sounds and the sleeper was asked to wear an eye mask designed to measure rapid eye movements. As the sleeper entered the dream stage of sleep the different sounds stored in the pod were used to try and shape the way the person dreamed. In the morning everybody that took part in the investigation was asked to fill in a questionnaire about the dreams that occurred while they were in the pod. I thought this investigation/installation was very interesting. The exhibition is very worth visiting as the whole thing has been well documented with a documentary moving image piece screened at the ICA as well.

A little more info on sleep:

“rapid eye movements occurred periodically and in conjunction with a number of physiological changes. For example the brain waves exhibited low voltage and fast activity, and heart and pulse rates seemed to speed up. As Kleitman later described it, “These changes suggested some sort of emotional disturbance, such as might be caused by dream.”

quote and table found here

I would be very interested to know how the rapid eye movement detecting goggles are actually made if anybody out there knows!

To find out what else is on at the ICA go here

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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