patterned by nature

Patterned by Nature is an installation in North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It feature600 LCD screens that form a ribbon through the building’s atrium and display various natural patterns. Since the project wanted to utilize the natural light in the space the LCD screens aren’t back lit and use a very low power Liquid Crystal Display pixel to render the images. The most interesting thing is that the entire thing runs off just 75 watts of power.

Project Idea

The idea I have been thinking about for the final project is to visually represent the intensity of sound made by a person through an array of dots that either increase or decrese in size. Sound could be detected by a series of SPL sensors located at the corners and perhaps midpoints of the array that would sense sound intensity. A gradient would be made from the sensor detecting the higher sound level to the sensors with the lower sound levels. The same idea could be accomplished by using the Kinect and representing the persons position in front of the array, similar to this project…


This is an interesting project I stumbled across. It’s called forms and is by visual artists Memo Akten and Quayola and generates 3D forms based on the movement of Olympic athletes.  It doesn’t state explicitly, but I’m betting their using some form of motion tracking and using a code to generate the shapes along the athletes’ trajectories.

I found this really intriguing, because of the visual quality and because of how the distorted the original objects, the athletes, become using more linear and particle based elements. I’ve watch versions of this that show footage of the actual athletes in action and ones that don’t, and without the raw video as a point of reference I personally found it difficult to piece together what each form is.

If you check out Quayola’s website you can see the video without the raw footage, as well as a video that starts to break down the process.


New Social Networking Technology Connectibles

This is similar to social networking sites like facebook. The users are doing similar things. However, this project is rooted in more of physical interactions rather than graphical interactions on the computer. The connectibles are object based interactivity and have different definitions and tasks. I do not see this as a very convenient method as the objects are not as portable as computer graphics and websites do.

Future Story Book and Drawing Book

This is a paper-based platform that blends physical and digital techniques for story creation.It allows to view, edit, and share information instantly. It is done by projecting on the paper surface. This project would be great for kids learning environment. A lot of the things kids already do at schools such as drawing, reading, and story telling, all could be done with this digital book using interactivity. The projection also creates less mess for art projects and it is easier to share.

After dark

Explore the museum late at night with After Dark in the Modern Wing. Check out cutting-edge art in the contemporary galleries; then rock out to Bridget Marie, DJ A-Cup, Le Sprite, and DJ Mother Hubbard and performances by acclaimed theatrical ensemble Collaboraction. Complimentary appetizers with cash bar. After Dark—see the Art Institute in a new light.

Nice thing to do on the 13th of may now that we have a lot of free time to enjoy.

Sixth Sense Technology

Pranav Mistry explains his innovations which connects actions in the physical world with the digital world. I found some of his ideas very convenient, especially having the pen that transfers 3d drawings in the physcial world to the computer models. As an architect, that would be very convenient for us.  I assumed this similar technology was already out there, for example when doctors perform virtual surgeries. However, he took the same idea to another level and made it for everyday life friendly.