PING! Augmented Pixel

July 5th, 2011

“PING! Augmented Pixel” is Niklas Roy‘s latest project.

“PING! – Augmented Pixel” is a seventies style video game, that adds a layer of digital information and old-school aesthetics to a video signal: A classic rectangular video game ball moves across a video image. Whenever the ball hits something dark, it bounces off. The game itself has no rules and no goal.

You could say that it’s just an augmented reality version of Pong. But Niklas just did a little more than just that. PING! – Augmented Pixel doesn’t use a computer to process the video signal and display the game. Niklas made a read hardware box with its own micro-controller. Impressive work!

Bounce Room 1 & 2

March 12th, 2010

Bounce Room 1 & 2 are 2 paintings by Michael Guidetti. They’re not just normal paintings, I would call them augmented paintings. Together with the paintings come projectors which add animation to the sceneries. This is probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen lately, just watch the videos below.

An other painting is called Untitled, here Michael added virtual sunlight which wanders through the during during the course of the day.

Augmented Reality Avatars

December 11th, 2009

Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader created these Augmented Reality Avatars gifs for Spiral Mag. Just as awesome as their Clowns.

Augmented Reality Avatars by Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader

Augmented Reality Avatars by Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader

Augmented Reality Avatars by Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader

Augmented Reality Avatars by Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader

Augmented Reality Avatars by Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader

They even have more excellent stuff in their portfolio like these Glitter Bots.

Glitter Bots

Glitter Bots

Glitter Bots

found at Trend.Land

Hand From Above

October 15th, 2009

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.

Hand From Above by Chris O'Shea

Augmented Sand Sculpture

September 11th, 2009

Last Friday was the official start of the construction of the new Dutch Filmmuseum in Amsterdam. The new building was designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects and will be ready by the end of 2011. To celebrate this event, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam and Theo Watson developed an augmented sand sculpture. It’s a 5 by 6 meters large scale model of the new building made with a material available at the construction site … sand.


found at It’s Nice That

555 KUBIK Facade Projection

July 23rd, 2009

555 KUBIK was the title of a facade video projection at the Kunsthalle in Hamburg (Germany), taking place last May. The idea behind it was: “How it would be, if a house was dreaming”. Daniel Rossa was responsible for the art direction and decided to use some visualisations of the inside of the building together with other animations. The facade isn’t that exciting itself, but the projection takes it to a new level.
Maybe you remember the facade projection “Augmented Space” by Pablo Valbuena, which he did in The Hague (The Netherlands) last year. It’s very similar, but the animation is much more reduced. And I think the building in The Hague is actually more interesting. You can see some videos here.
But you should watch the 555 KUBIK video first.

555 KUBIK Facade Projection

555 KUBIK Facade Projection

555 KUBIK Facade Projection

BMW Z4 Augmented Reality

April 9th, 2009

At the end of last year, MINI had this print ad where you could see the new MINI Cabrio in 3D on top of that ad. BMW now released a more interactive augmented reality tool for its current “An Expression of Joy” campaign for the Z4. In the normal TV ad, the artist Robin Rhode uses the BMW Z4 as a paintbrush. With this augmented reality software you can now create your own virtual version on your desk. When you’re happy with the result you can submit your piece to a gallery on Facebook.
Unfortunately the MINI and BMW tools are Windows only, so I can’t try them out myself. But you can download the BMW software here. I guess I’ll have to believe that everything works as smooth as advertised in those demo videos.

The normal TV ad.

found at Fubiz

Puma Lift

March 13th, 2009

A while ago I posted a video called Displacements by Michael Naimark. He basically filmed a room, then he spray-painted it completely white and in the end he projected the video back on those white objects in the room.
I was always wondering when this visual gimmick would be used for a TV commercial. Well, the waiting is over: “Puma Lift“. The New York ad agency Droga5 made this film where you can see a couple moving through different virtual sceneries. In the end they reveal that the whole room and the clothing was actually white and that it was a projection.
I think that the film is great, it was probably a lot of work to get the movements and the projection in sync. But they could have presented this film to any other brand, it is very generic.
You should watch it anyway!

Plug Into the Smart Grid

February 3rd, 2009

It’s been a while since I posted a website, but Caio Lazzuri from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners San Fancisco pointed me to their Plug Into the Smart Grid website. It is a campaign website for General Electric Smart Gird, it’s all about energy management. The 3D infographics are just stunning!
But the bonus is the augmented reality feature. Ok, it’s just a visual gimmick, but it’s one of best online implementations I have seen till now. You can choose between 3D wind turbines and 3D solar panels. A 3D scenery expands in your hands and is completely animated. It’s nice to see this technology in a corporate website without any weird plugins besides the Flash Player.
They’ve used the opensource Flash library FLARToolKit, which really deserve its credit.

Plug Into the Smart Grid

Tuttuki Bako

October 23rd, 2008

Tuttuki Bako is probably one of the strangest electronic games I have ever seen. It has low resolution LCD screen and one button. The only way to play with it, is to insert your finger. In some sort of augmented reality way, your finger appears on the display to interact with the games.

Tuttuki Bako

found at pixelsumo