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Arduino Based Interactive Sculpture

Arduino Based Interactive Sculpture | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

AuraFlora Beta 1 is a scaled down version of AuraFlora for development purposes. The micro controller is an Arduino Uno R3. The purpose of this device is to be a first prototype for AuraFlora, and provide a platform on which to develop code. AF B1 has 2 inputs and 3 outputs. Inputs are in the form of a PIR motion detector and a Pingback distance sensor. If a servo was added to the ping back sensor, the machine may be able to “see” by using SAR – synthetic aperture radar.

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Fractalnoia- interactive data installation

Fractalnoia- interactive data installation | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The collection of data is increasing exponentially and it is more and more available to the general public as private databases are opened up. This Big Data holds promises of new insights, unparalleled innovation, even articifical intelligence. However, the ubiquity and availability of data connected to our human desire to see patterns where none exist means that humans have to deal with increasing amounts of meaningless data analysis, “fact-based” conspiracy theories and click-bait infographics. As the data is all digital, it morphs easily into whatever we want, releases itself from the context and appears on fashionable graphs that may look nice, but carry no meaning.

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An Interactive Musical Art Installation for Kids

An Interactive Musical Art Installation for Kids | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The weekly post on the Arduino Micro,  made in collaboration with Adafruit, is dedicated to an installation for kids made by Scott Garner, a designer, developer and craftsman:

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Interactive video: Typhoon Haiyan's aftermath

Interactive video: Typhoon Haiyan's aftermath | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Super Typhoon Haiyan caused massive loss of life and destruction of property when it smashed into the Philippines. Several thousand people died and millions of others were left homeless. On November 19, staff from Global DIRT, using technology from Immersive Media, put a 360-degree camera on a truck and drove through some of the worst-hit areas, around the city of Tacloban. The videos, shot to help the aid and recovery operation, have been made available to CNN so that this tragedy continues to receive worldwide attention. Use your mouse to click and drag to change the view.

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Should Good Interaction Design Be Legally Defensible? - Co.Design

Should Good Interaction Design Be Legally Defensible? - Co.Design | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

SMART INTERACTION GESTURES WILL INEVITABLY BE COPIED. AND THAT'S A GOOD THING, RESULTING IN MORE CONSISTENCY ACROSS SERVICES AND BREEDING MORE COMPETITION TO COME UP WITH THE NEXT BIG INNOVATION.

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Thoughts on Interaction Design, Second Edition

Thoughts on Interaction Design, Second Edition | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Some books about design focus on web sites or specific products. Some texts explore the aesthetic and emotional value provided by various elements of design. However, there are few texts that explore the semantic connections that live between technology, form and people—"interactions."

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Email Guitar | Interaction Design Umeå

Email Guitar | Interaction Design Umeå | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

David Neevel of Wieden + Kennedy has created an email guitar. That destroys the very idea of usability, but in a good/clever way!

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FLUIDIC – A Sculpture in Motion: An Interactive Field of 12,000 Spheres Illuminated by Lasers

FLUIDIC – A Sculpture in Motion: An Interactive Field of 12,000 Spheres Illuminated by Lasers | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

FLUIDIC is the result of a unique collaboration between Hyundai’s Advanced Design Center and Berlin-based studio WHITEvoid. The interactive light sculpture is made from 12,000 suspended spheres that act as three dimensional pixels, or voxels. Surrounded by 3D cameras the piece can sense viewer’s motions which are then translated into light patterns, but amazingly the light supplied to the individual voxels is fully external. An array of high-speed lasers project into the cloud to create the dynamic visuals in real-time.

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Hardi: Help Fund the Future of Magazine Publishing

Hardi: Help Fund the Future of Magazine Publishing | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

"Three years ago, I was talking about making pictures that moved, but I didn’t know how it would turn out,” said Sébastien Rouchon, CEO of the of the eponymous Parisian studios, at the April 2013 launch of the interactive magazine Hardi. “Then the iPad came out and everything became much clearer.”

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Mechanical Mirrors by Daniel Rozin replicate images using objects

Mechanical Mirrors by Daniel Rozin replicate images using objects | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

These interactive installations by artist Daniel Rozin use sensors and motors to rearrange objects into a mirror-image of whoever stands in front of them.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 10:21 AM

This is some fun, interactive art!

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Can You Teach Programming With Plywood?

Can You Teach Programming With Plywood? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In a world where everyone is expected to learn to code, why wait until kids can read and type to start teaching computer science? It’s an important question a startup called Primo is asking, and if their Kickstarter campaign is successful your child will have her first exposure to algorithms right after nap time and just before recess.

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The petting zoo full of ROBOTS: Cyborg animals with light-up tentacles have 'personalities' that react to touch

The petting zoo full of ROBOTS: Cyborg animals with light-up tentacles have 'personalities' that react to touch | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

A petting zoo featuring light-up 'cyborg creatures' instead of the usual rabbits and miniature goats has opened in France.

The robotic animals have bright, flexible tentacles and react when touched, much like a living animal, as each arm has features and 'personalities' that change according to the activity of visitors.

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Robotics and Art Combine in Latest Viral Video “Box”

Robotics and Art Combine in Latest Viral Video “Box” | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Last December, we visited two very cool companies at the intersection of high tech and art—Bot & Dolly and Autofuss. In an industrial space behind their café, Front, the companies use robotic arms, clever software, and cameras to produce multimedia experiences the likes of which you’ve never seen.

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Jen Lewin: Artist dazzles with light-and-sound installations (video)

Jen Lewin: Artist dazzles with light-and-sound installations (video) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
Jen Lewin is known as a new media interactive artist who works on large-scale installations that utilise lights and sound. Her art is designed for to encourage human interaction and play.
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Inventing the Medium | The MIT Press

Inventing the Medium | The MIT Press | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Digital artifacts from iPads to databases pervade our lives, and the design decisions that shape them affect how we think, act, communicate, and understand the world. But the pace of change has been so rapid that technical innovation is outstripping design. Interactors are often mystified and frustrated by their enticing but confusing new devices; meanwhile, product design teams struggle to articulate shared and enduring design goals. With Inventing the Medium, Janet Murray provides a unified vocabulary and a common methodology for the design of digital objects and environments. It will be an essential guide for both students and practitioners in this evolving field.

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'Inkscapes' installation livestreams iPad drawings across a 120 foot display (VIDEO)

'Inkscapes' installation livestreams iPad drawings across a 120 foot display (VIDEO) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

"Inkscapes" is a sprawling installation that turns tablet doodling into something more profound. Created by Adrià Navarro and DI Shin, the system streams live iPad drawings across a giant, 120-foot-long display, located inside New York's InterActive Corps building. The result is a hypnotic, undulating mural that's equal parts painting and performance.

As Navarro explains, the piece's contours are determined by three artists, each drawing simultaneously on an iPad. Their sketches are scaled up and streamed in real-time on the 11-foot high video wall in front of them, which is composed of 568 LED screens at a combined resolution of 11,520 x 580 pixels. At certain points, some of these screens flicker on and off, creating a glitchy aesthetic, while others fade into gray, distorting or gently swallowing the superimposed sketches.

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