Hand From Above

October 16, 2009

Hand From Above by Chris O'Shea

Hand From Above is an interactive installation by Chris O’Shea. He was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Liverpool City Council for BBC Big Screen Liverpool and the Live Sites Network to create something for the BBC Big Screen. Hand From Above interacts with unsuspecting pedestrians, it can tickle, stretch, flick or remove entirely them on the big screen. Chris used openFrameworks and OpenCV to build this software.

Watch the video here

Quoted from today and tomorrow


SanDisk Launches 32 GB Solid-State Drive

March 14, 2007

Following on from this blog,  SanDisk is offering a 2.5-inch flash hard drive drop-in replacement.

You can now swap your existing Sata drive with a new SSD drive.

What does that mean?

  • Windows will boot up faster
  • Reading files on your hard drive will be faster
  • these discs are more reliable than traditional hdd because there are no moving parts
  • they use less power so your Laptop battery life will increase

read the whole article here


Amazing Flash sites showcase: The FWA

January 24, 2007

The FWAIt’s not new and most designers use it regularly, but the site (and the sites it showcases) are so impressive it’s definitely worth blogging.

The number one place to start when seeking inspiration for designing Flash based sites has got to be…

www.thefwa.com


Coke Light calorias queimadas

January 9, 2007

If you can be bothered waiting for the thing to load, this banner has a well executed use of video interaction:

http://www.bannerblog.com.au/2007/01/coke_light_calorie_b.php


EMI music boss: “The CD is dead” – long live Google!

November 13, 2006

http://www.lloyds.com/dj/DowJonesArticle.aspx?id=251014

Even though CDs still account for 70% of music sales, the long term future for the old CD is on shakier ground than ever given the latest comments from the major record labels.

Personally I believe that the labels have failed to address the real issue… “value” – I’m not talking about price ($) I’m talking about what the CD stands for and what it gives the consumer as a tangible product.

Anyone remember when VHS came out..? “CINEMA IS DEAD!!!” were the cries heard echoing around the world. But cinema succesfully reinvented itself. I ask the question ‘what has CD done to reinvent itself’?

CD needs to be reinvented. It is not a “dead” medium, but as a brand and a product it is failing to offer the value it used to when compared with other


Exercise your brain – Neurobics

September 27, 2006

This site is actually trying to sell a book, but this page has a few interesting examples of brain exercises – ‘keep your brain stronger for longer’. It is aimed at older people, although has been proven to be beneficial for everyone. The exercies simply involve you doing everyday things totally different, which results in you using parts of your brain which are not regularly exercised.

http://www.neurobics.com/exercise.html


Anime Studio 5 Release

September 12, 2006

Anime Studio 5 is now out from efrontier (makers of Poser). 2 flavours – standard and pro. USD49 and USD 199.
EDIT: Just posted a mini review as a comment on this software below. (It’s actually a little dissapointing).

  • Bone-Based Animation Technology – Using Anime Studio’s bone rigging system, you can add a skeleton to any image by simple point and click, then bring it to life!
  • Ready to Use Content – Choose from pre-made Anime style characters or create your own using Anime Studio’s drawing and coloring tools.
  • Import Your Own Artwork – Import 2D imagery, 3D imagery or video files.
  • Vector Graphics – Resize your images with no loss in quality using Anime Studio’s vector-based layer system.
  • Intuitive Timeline – Anime Studio interpolates through your Timeline so you avoid the tedium of frame-by-frame drawing and save time.
  • Audio Support – Add audio soundtracks to your animations. Anime Studio supports WAV and AIFF formats.
  • Adobe Photoshop Integration – Import layered PSD files using a Photoshop plug-in that converts files to Anime Studio format, included free with Anime Studio.
  • Pen Tablet Support – Draw naturally with a pen tablet and recreate the sensation of drawing on paper.
  • Publish for Multiple Media – Output your animations to video, TV, and web formats.

That’s a lot of jeans…

September 11, 2006


http://english.people.com.cn/200607/15/eng20060715_283371.html


Shinybinary v2

September 11, 2006


http://shinybinary.com/

Swanky work here.


Make your own stuff…

September 5, 2006

OK, this site is a little grubby. But the web always has a place for sites that let you make stuff like this:

http://www.says-it.com/


Farewell Steve.

September 4, 2006

It’s fair to say that the whole Amnesia Office felt really REALLY shocked and saddened today. The rest of Australia reeled, and we watched many large AU news sites grind to a standstill as people went looking for information.

Please visit Australia Zoo if you ever get the chance – it’s a legacy he can be really proud of.
A great Aussie through and through. Crikey, you’ll be missed.
http://www.crocodilehunter.com/


Heavy traffic made fun.

September 4, 2006

Step 1) Play the racing game Trackmania Sunrise 1000 times in a row and record your games.

Step 2) Combine ALL of the recordings into one and turn it into a video.

Step 3) http://www.gametrailers.com/umwatcher.php?id=12321


Inventive Print ad

August 30, 2006

Pretty neat.
http://www.cpluv.com/www/feeditem/1572/


Nice brushes for Photoshop

August 30, 2006

Free to use commercially, big enough for print.

http://designfruit.com/jasongaylor/blog/?p=18


Motion graphics reel goodness

August 30, 2006

http://www.geraldmarksoto.com/

Haven’t seen anything in a while as nice as this. A bit long, but there’s some definately nice stuff in there.


Illustration blog

August 30, 2006

I find this place pretty handy to see what’s going on in the world.

http://drawn.ca/


The awesomeness of nature

August 30, 2006

I don’t know if anyone else is fascinated by nature, but i sure do like this site.

http://www.forests-forever.com/


New Apple towers

August 30, 2006

http://www.apple.com/au/macpro/

Mac towers are out too, also looking very swanky. The twin processor with dualcores is going to be very nice for rendering (4 threads! Woohoo!)


The Nikon D80 is out

August 30, 2006

Looks like one swanky piece of kit.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/nikond80/


Not Too Late to Reverse Global Warming

August 30, 2006

An MIT/Technology Review article. The technology exists to decrease the future impact of CO2 emissions and can implement them now, all that is standing in the way is governments and big business (and in most cases, both!).

http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17055&ch=biztech