Augmented Space

September 29th, 2008

Last weekend was TodaysArt Festival in The Hague (The Netherlands). The festival is all about creativity and audiovisual experiences. Pablo Valbuena was one of the artists who presented his work, he is known for his video projections on 3D objects. In The Hague he showed this projection called ‘Augmented Space’ on the city hall. As always the visual experience is amazing, just watch these 2 videos.

both video by Ri Ra Robbie

Augmented Space by Pablo Valbuena

Augmented Space by Pablo Valbuena

photos by Wilbert Baan

Desktop Fireworks

September 1st, 2008

I’ve been following the development of FLARToolKit for some time now and it’s getting more interesting day by day. What it is? FLARToolKit is a Flash Actionscript port of ARToolKit, a software library for building Augmented Reality applications. Huh? Maybe you’ve seen some really cool Augmented Reality videos before. The FLARToolKit will bring all of this to your webbrowser when you have a webcam and a recent Flash Player.
This is one of the most exciting Flash things I’ve seen for a while now. Saqoosha, a Japanese Flash developer, made this little demo: Desktop Fireworks. You will need a the Flash Player 9, a webcam and you’ll need to print out this marker. I’ve already did some tests together with Papervision3D and I can say we’ll probably see more of this soon. This is Flash at it’s best baby!

timbap digital DJing

July 30th, 2008

Timbap is a platform-independent application for augmented DJing. It was developed by students and assistants of the University of Ulm (Germany). It provides a rugged tangible interface for browsing your music collection and manipulating playback by scratching, pitching, skipping etc. Like many others it is based on an acoustic timecode signal recorded to vinyl records. In contrast to existing digital solutions however, it completely releases the DJ from mouse, keyboard and monitor. Instead it relies on physical interaction with the standard club turntable only.

It still sounds quite strange, right? So basically it is a projected video interface for selecting mp3’s. Maybe this video will make it all clear to you.
Guessing from the amount of student DJ projects, there are a lot of bedroom DJ’s among the students out there.

found at MAKE: Blog

Augmented Reality on the iPhone

July 22nd, 2008

Augmented Reality is nothing new, but till now it was mostly a nerdy webcam demo thing. But when you use a mobile phone like the iPhone, where you can move the camera and the display in one device, the user experience could really become enjoyable. Just think of all the possible applications with this technology. ARToolworks developed a version of the free ARToolKit (a software library for building Augmented Reality applications) for the iPhone. In this video they show us a preview, unfortunatly they only managed to get 10 frames per second. But maybe with some help from Apple they could boost the speed over 20 fps.

Warning, mute the sound of the video right away! Believe me!

Slit-scan Cam

July 1st, 2008

Slit-scan Cam by Casey PughThis project called ‘Slit-scan Cam‘ by Casey Pugh has exactly the same video effect as ‘Chronotopic Anamorphosis‘ by André Mintz. The only difference is that Casey build it with Flash, so you can try it out for yourself if you have a webcam.

Chronotopic Anamorphosis

June 26th, 2008

This video ‘Chronotopic Anamorphosis’ is quite simple but the effect is just amazing. It’s part of André Mintz his Marginalia Project. He wrote this piece of software with Processing, which can slice up a video feed horizontally in real-time and display those pieces with a one frame delay. It’s based on Zbigniew Rybczynski’s “The Fourth Dimension”.
Make sure you see the effect when he opens the door!

Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground

May 29th, 2008

This music video for ‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’ by The Whites Stripes was directed my Michael Gondry. It has a very similar look and feel as the Displacements by Michael Naimark.


May 28th, 2008

Displacements is an immersive film installation by Michael Naimark. He filmed 3 people in an archetypal Americana living room. The camera was standing in the middle of the room and rotated sowly. Afterwards he spray-painted the whole room white and placed a projector at the same spot of the camera. The result is a strange augmented reality effect. He did this for the first time back in 1980, this version is from 2005.

Displacements by Michael Naimark

Displacements by Michael Naimark

Displacements by Michael Naimark


March 18th, 2008


Pablo Valbuena made a name last year with his ‘Augmented Sculpture Series‘, they are a combination of 3D objects with precisely mapped video projections. Here he had full control over the composition of the 3D objects. But in his latest project called ‘Entramado‘, he took his concept outside to an urban environment in Madrid. The result is …
As always, watch the videos!

The Early Aughties

March 8th, 2008


Unfortunately this record cover for FuckALoops ‘The Early Aughties’ isn’t really that animated. Design by pipiparade.