Monthly Archives: November 2015

Brandalism: 600 ad takeovers in Paris before the COP21 Climate Conference

Challenging the corporate takeover of the Paris climate talks. Two days before the launch of the UN COP21 Climate Conference, 600 posters were installed by the Brandalism project in outdoor media spaces across Paris. 82 Artists from 19 different countries made artworks to challenge the corporate takeover of COP21 and to reveal the connections between advertising, the promotion of consumerism and climate change. The artists included Neta Harari, Jimmy Cauty, Banksy-collaborator Paul Insect, Escif and Kennard Phillips — many of whom featured at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition in England this summer.

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Wireless DMX Lighting Control Using Arduino and Vixen

A step-by-step tutorial on how to control and sequence wireless lighting effects – either for installations, displays, or wearable designs. It’s based on the Arduino board (or Freaklabs’ Fredboard) using Vixen software (v3). Everything you need – from scratch right through to code and working examples.


Pi Zero computer so cheap it comes free with magazine


The Pi Zero is a fully fledged computer which measures just 6.5cm by 3cm. Made in Wales, it sells for just £4 in the UK and $5 in the US. Raspberry Pi is also giving the device away for free with the purchase of its £5.99 monthly magazine, The MagPi.

However, it’s not the only kid on the block. The C.H.I.P. (from Next Thing Co.) launched earlier this year has a similar form factor and similar price. Here’s a blow-by-blow comparison – but it’s different strokes for different folks.

Either way, these sub £10 computers will disrupt many existing business models (and create a few new ones, as well).


Smart products, smart makers


The internet of things will strengthen manufacturers’ hands in the battle for customer loyalty. A commodity ought to be “a very trivial thing”, Karl Marx argued in Capital, and “easily understood”. But in fact it is the opposite: “a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.”


Light Painting Enters The 21st Century

The Air Pencil from Adtile lets anyone capture freeform movement in space using their mobile device. Air Pencil taps into a smartphone’s native micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) – namely the three-axis magnetometer, three-axis accelerometer and three-axis gyroscope. It then calls on sophisticated Adtile-designed algorithms to reliably infer the precise movements of the user based on sensor data.


A 3D Fractal Artist Is Building an ‘Interstellar’ Inspired VR World

Filmmaker Julius Horsthuis, the frequent explorer of fractalized caverns and endless alien planets, has begun a line of computer-generated experiments that could let us explore our own Interstellar-like multidimensional realities. His impressive series of sweeping fractal vistas, beginning with Geiger’s Nightmare nearly a year ago, has given him a wealth of knowledge about making gorgeous fractals. Now, he has channeled that experience into building Hallway 360VR, the first in a line of 360-degree virtual reality animations.


Lightpainting with Pixelsticks

Pixelstick consists of 200 full color RGB LEDs inside a lightweight aluminum housing. The mounted controller reads images from an SD card and displays them, one vertical line at a time, on the LEDs. Each LED corresponds to a pixel in the image.