Laser Cut Phono Record

August 6th, 2010

Back In” from Laser is probably the first laser cut plexi phono record. A few weeks ago, Niklas Roy and Jari Suominen had the chance to use a laser cutter at timelab’s fablab. So they decided to make a record with 8 track loops.
They used a vector program to draw the actual record. With different line colours they could modulate the laser’s intensity. They also experimented with different depths of the groove within one loop like in track 6. Track 2 is something like a random noise experiment where the needle  jumps in a different way over the grooves, each time the track is played. So every track has a different idea.
In the video, Jari explains the whole project and at the end you can listen to all 8 tracks.

The vector design:

The laser cur plexi phono record:

Speed of Light

April 14th, 2010

Speed of Light” is a series of immersive light installations by UnitedVisualArtists, it was commisioned by Virgin Media to celebrate the tenth anniversary of broadband in the UK. The installations explore the themes of communication and modernity. UnitedVisualArtists decided to use fibre optics as it’s a perfect fit to the broadband theme.
At the entrance, the visitors are asked a question, they can speak their answers into a microphone. That input is then used by several parts of the installation to guide the lasers. I’m pretty sure that it’s impossible to capture the whole experience with some photos. So if you’re in London, you can go and see “Speed of Light” at the Bargehouse till April 19th.

found at the Creative Review Blog

Reflectius Clock

April 11th, 2010

The Reflectius is very interesting clock concept by Art. Lebedev Studio. Reflectius features sixty rotating mirrors that successively reflect a single laser beam at precise angles to draw numbers. It’s also very nice to see the design process.

The design process:


March 19th, 2010

CHROMAesthesiae is an installation by SOFTlab at the Devotion gallery in New York. It’s made of laser cut photo glossy ink jet paper and every panel has a unique color gradient. They’ve choosen for very simple technique to build the funnels: binder clips. Colorful!

found at designboom weblog

Sticky Light & scoreLight

August 3rd, 2009

Sticky Light is a project by Alvaro Cassinelli, Kuribara Yusaku and Stephane Perrin of the Department of Information Physics and Computing at the Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory of the university of Tokyo. Indeed, this should already spark you interest.
Sticky Light is a 3d tracking technology using a laser diode (low power), a pair of steering mirrors and a single non-imaging photodetector. The big difference to other tracking technologies is the fact that the Sticky Light doesn’t use a camera or projector. So what could you do with? It can track the contour of objects and even augment real-time drawings. Or you could build games like air hockey or a pinball game. Or … just watch this video, after 2 minutes they show you the games demo.

Sticky Light

Sticky Light

Daito Manabe visited the lab recently and added some functionality to the system: sound. soundLight can now generate sounds based on the movement of the laser.

found @daitomanabe

Syn Chron by Carsten Nikolai

May 6th, 2009

“Syn Chron” is an installation designed by Carsten Nikolai back in 2004. He wanted to create an integral sculpture of light, sound and architecture. The crystal-shaped object has a translucent skin on which lasers beam animations insync to the sounds. You can also go inside the object to get the whole light, sound and space experience. Indeed it’s that big.
Gestalten.TV has a video where Carsten Nikolai talks about his work, more precisely about grids and his book Grid Index. You can watch it here.

Syn Chron by Carsten Nikolai

Syn Chron by Carsten Nikolai

Syn Chron by Carsten Nikolai

Radiohead – House of Cards

July 15th, 2008

This new music video for ‘House of Cards’ by Radiohead is quite different. This video wasn’t shot with video cameras or even lights, but with a laser device and some sort of scanner which delivered 3D data.

Two technologies were used to capture 3D images: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne LIDAR. Geometric Informatics scanning systems produce structured light to capture 3D images at close proximity, while a Velodyne Lidar system that uses multiple lasers is used to capture large environments such as landscapes. In this video, 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute produced all the exterior scenes.

So far so good, the cool thing is that is an open source project on Google Code. Even the 3D data was composited with Processing, an open source programming language and environment, to make the final video. You can also download that data and make your own remix and submit it to the YouTube ‘House of Cards’ group. Here is an interactive Flash 3D data visualisation to get you excited.

Here is the making of video:

Diamond Chair

March 10th, 2008

diamond_chair.jpgThis is the Diamond Chair by Nendo. On the first picture you can see a step in the production process, indeed it’s a rapid prototyping technique called selective laser sintering. It’s very similar to the 3D printing that Front Design used for their Sketch Furniture.
Unfortunately this technology isn’t ready for mass production yet, it takes 5 to 6 days just to print 1 chair.
More info and images at dezeen.

Hussein Chalayan – The Making of SS/08

October 5th, 2007

chalayan_making_of.jpgI can’t guarantee you that this will be the last post about Hussein Chalayan latest crystal-layer-dress. Swarovski Sparkles TV just posted the making of. Worth watching!

Readings 2

October 4th, 2007


So here is the deal with the Hussein Chalayan spring / summer 2008 show. There was no live catwalk last night in Paris, they just screened the film that I’ve posted this morning. Of course Moritz Waldemeyer was part of the whole project and he was resposible for the dresses with hunderds of servo motor driven lasers. These lasers are integrated in the garments, illuminating the Swarovski crystals and extending the dresses visually into space.