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.