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.