Sunday, July 27, 2008

Videogame + Toy Theatre?

There's a whole burgeoning world of augmented reality technology and new ways to interface with computers these days. As you've read about here so far, there's Johnny Lee's Wii white board, the Reactable collaborative musical instrument, and the amazing 3-D rotating textured stage in the Cirque du Soleil show, KA in Vegas. What do all of these have in common? Tracking.

This morning I found this video of levelhead, an installation game where the player's only interface is one or more plastic cubes on a pedestal. The game itself and the player are shown on a projected screen, and the sides of the cubes are replaced by tiny virtual rooms with a little avatar.

Yesterday I went to a Dorkbot event where we learned about RoboRealm, a free Windows toolkit for adding Computer Vision to your projects. It takes care of a lot of the complicated linear algebra and programming for you, essentially turning your webcam into an eye for your robot, a tracker for your interactive art piece, or whatever you can come up with. There are modules to send data out to your own electronics or robotics kit or your own software.

Besides this kit, there is the software library used in levelhead called OSGArt. Lots of other tools out there too.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Go see FLATLAND: A Miniature Opera

My friend Jenny sent this along:

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Information is pleased to announce:

FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions
A Miniature Opera by Randall Wong
Performed by Dina Emerson and Randall Wong

Adapted from Edwin Abbott's celebrated 1884 geometric novel, FLATLAND is a miniature opera about the multiplicity of dimensions and the discovery of what exists beyond the seen. Flatland is a two dimensional world peopled by geometric shapes -- points, lines, squares, and circles -- who learn that the universe consists of more than their single plane. In the tradition of the Victorian Toy Theater, the opera is staged upon a large tabletop, giving the effect of a performance viewed through the wrong end of a telescope. FLATLAND, composed and co-performed by esteemed male soprano Randall Wong, juxtaposes the grand and the microscopically absurd, and collides Victorian stagecraft and illusion with modern toys and technology.

Friday, January 26th: 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 27th: 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 28th: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Nota Bene: FLATLAND will be staged in the Tula Tearoom.
Due to the unique restrictions of the space, we shall not be able to seat latecomers once the performances have started.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

$15 General admission
$10 Museum members, students, seniors, active service personnel

Please address queries & reservation requests to events (at)

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