Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
So far I was able to control a camera node inside a jMonkeyEngine application using data received from DWI's Organic Motion stage. Additionally, I connected video goggles to the computer that renders 3D scene and now a user inside the stage can manipulate the camera and see the environment around wearing goggles. I started to work on the visual content. Right now I have a very simple scene where I have several obstacles (holes in the ground with fire and smoke coming through) and the final point (portal) that the user should reach to complete the task.
Here is a screenshot:
The next step is to check for collisions between character's feet and the holes (what?).
Friday, May 28, 2010
For my project I will be learning website design and executing a website. Though simple by todays standards with so many templates and platforms available to put a functional website up in minutes, I hope to delve in depth and develop robust web programming skills. Already for the past couple of weeks I have been working through tutorials in dreamweaver. Here is my list of milestones:
continue training with tutorials
further flesh out site layout
mock up site design in photoshop
continue tutorial training
have basic site functional
finish working through all tutorials
have site fleshed out with interactive elements
have working shopping cart on site
I am researching how various image search engines work. It's really fascinating and big business. One company working on this that I found particularly interesting is idee. I'm contacting them to ask a few questions about interaction design not found on the website.
I am not abandoning my original project. Rather I plan to have script ready by Tuesday that is a discourse on design as well as performance art. This script will be set up for a performance in the REVE and I want to use pd to control the visuals.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
A British scientist says he is the first man in the world to become infected with a computer virus.
Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a computer chip which was then inserted into his hand.
The device, which enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone, is a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets.
In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems.
If other implanted chips had then connected to the system they too would have been corrupted, he said.
Before i post my milestones i feel i should first post an update in my projects direction. Originally I had planned to create a horn that when blown into would measure the alcohol content on your breathe and broadcast that message to facebook or twitter. Although I still plan to create this object it will be more so in my spare time as I have decided to use class time to develop a more "practical" skill. As an artist I have always been in need of a personal website, in addition my father is in need of a new website for a line of guitars he plans to bring out this fall. I feel this class focused on interaction design would be an ideal time to finally teach myself web development skills as websites inherently contain some component of interaction and design. Although creating a website is not as exciting or innovative as some of the projects I have done in the past I feel it is an important skill to have and if I do not set it as a class goal i doubt I will gain proficiency in web design.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I have identified another design problem. While in Professor Pagano's class I was searching for images to use in collages as well as videos. I had a hard time finding textures of a high quality that are free to use. When I did find places where people had provided them, it was hard to search for them or they were not organized well. For example, if you use flickr to find them, you have to wade through what everyone else has posted - it is not specialized enough.
So my idea is to make a website with tags where people could come and search for various textures. These would be all creative commons licensed. This site would be aimed towards students, artists, and designers.
It is also widely accepted that the current computer interface is not the information display we need to reach the full potential of interactive media. Cinema and television are good storytelling devices, but will always fall short of providing a believable interactive experience. In my opinion, cinema couldn't become immersive without a deep transformation of its content's structure and development, and if it did it would have to be called something else.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Here is what she looks like:
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I am in a class this summer called interaction design. I can do anything in this class as long as it involves....interaction and design. So, that's basically anything. And that freaks me out.
I am a fan of guerrilla style performance art used to subvert. At the same time, performance art terrifies me so much that I have trouble coming up with my own ideas. Fear blocks the process. But I wanted some of my friends that I interacted primarily digitally with to participate. The best art is created using a series of constraints or limitations. Since I would be defining constraints arbitrarily, I am soliciting restrictions from others.
Please do not ask any questions about whether your suggestions are good enough or whether it is appropriate. I will attempt interpreting and achieving your suggestions to the best of my abilities. What would you have me do?
I have less than a month. Please respond soon.
The results will be displayed with the original suggestion text.
You will be identified using your relationship with me.
And here are some of the responses so far:
For you, something with yarn, and possibly explosives. In formulating the idea behind your piece, I recommend meditating on the Aristotelian unities of time, place, and action, and reading as many ancient Greek plays as possible, especially the Oresteia. Read that several times. Also, get somebody in the audience to film this, as I want to see the result.
You could burn 1000 mix CDs.
You could tie something up with Christmas lights.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Performance art has been on my mind ever since I recently read a very long and beautiful article on Marina Abramovic who is currently having a major retrospective at MoMA. Abramovic's work tends to be endurance based. Some of it is not easy to look at since it involves physical pain. Since issues of performance often come into discussion within digital art, I think that this is entirely relevant. I'm not interested in doing things that harm myself or others but in areas of digital performance their is this ambiguity that could be exploited.
Monday, May 17, 2010
- Guitar notes to Tablature Converter
- Temperature and Water control/indicator for faucet
- Picture Presentation to Computer
- Next Step to Clapper using voice recognition
- Gesture Fountain and Light Control to be used as a show
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I love the idea of subverting the regular life and making everything a little more playful. Playing with art world trops is something I would like to explore.
From the interaction point of view, this article made me think of a game: The Sims. In this game, players interact with virtual characters through a computer interface, the emotions and relationships are simplified and represented in a value. Each time the sim performs an action on another sim, it will get a brief feedback in a sentence or a plus/minus sign as the result/summary of that interaction.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Robocoaster is a 'BIG' robotic arm which has a chair or bench which is attached to the end effector of the robot. The Robocoaster idea is implemented using virtual reality to create the next generation of motion simulators.
The nearest Robocoaster to us Floridians is the land of Mickey Mouse. It is part of the attraction called 'The Sum of All Thrills' located inside the innoventions pavilion at EPCOT. It is a technology that will bring new thrills and is considered as a fairly new development. The next step of Robocoaster design will be unveiled with the opening of the new Island at the park of "Island of Adventure" with the Wizarding World of Harry potter. It is rumored to incorporate the basic Robocoaster design along with the incorporation of a track which will push the limits even further as far as thrill rides are concerned.
In Italian there is one inclusive word for design and engineering - la progettazione; a designer or an engineer is "il progettista." Translated literall "il progetto" is the plan. In English, too, the word "design" is defined as "the plan".
One of my passions is avant-garde fine art. I like art that challenges, that tells a story even if it is not an easy one to tell. This is not Thomas Kinkade. Art has long been how humans interact with the world, I think that humans are lacking art with one of the most powerful ways to interact with media - the computer. I think that's pathetic.
My problem is how to make art and the process of making art more accessible. This does not mean dumbing down the art. I'm not interesting in explaining in some sort of pedantic way. I would like to envision new ways of displaying and viewing art combined with new media practices. This would help artists as well as viewers.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I'm a fun of Id's Quakes. Because this game is a 3D shooter, there is not much interesting about interaction: WASD + mouse control.
Yet there is one element of the user interface in the first version of the game that is interesting for me. To choose the level and the episode that you want to play, you do not use a standard menu or drop down select. You actually control a 3D character and the door you choose to walk in identifies a difficulty level, and the next door identifies which episode of the game you are going to play. So the "menu" is a 3D scene.
There are other examples of using a 3D environment as an interface to a system. In several movies about "hackers", a character uses 3D virtual environment to "administrate" the system.
I have been sceptical about usability of that kind of interface in real life, yet I would like to investigate and, probably, create a prototype of an interface that uses a 3D environment as an interface to a system (I have not decided yet what kind of system it might be... may be just an operating system).
If you have interesting examples of 3D environments used as user interfaces, please, give me a link or a brief description.
Have a good semester!
Monday, May 10, 2010
"Most of the world is self-assembly. We are self-assembled systems."George Whitesides