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what’ll you makey? — November 17, 2015

what’ll you makey?

Makey Makey is a kit that turns conductive objects into computer keys and buttons so you can play around with techy stuff without getting too highbrow.

Check out It’s a super fun way to play and create using unusual materials and learning lots at the same time. Alphabet soup becomes a drum kit, bananas transform into piano keys – you can even draw a game controller on to a piece of paper using a pencil, and use it to play Pac-Man. It exploits the fact that by touching things you complete electric circuits. The circuit board connects to your computer via a USB cable. Then you attach any object to the board by a crocodile clip. When you touch the object, you complete the circuit, and the circuit board sends a message to your computer, which thinks that MaKey MaKey is a standard keyboard or mouse. Apparently you can assign up to 18 mouse and keyboard inputs to any object. So if I haven’t confused you as much as I’ve confused myself you should get your hands on one and see what you can make of it.

virtual reality sounds even better — November 13, 2015

virtual reality sounds even better

take a look at this article or have a quick look at this vid. What’s the future gonna mean for bands??

funky flowers out of this planet? — November 10, 2015

funky flowers out of this planet?

I reckon these flowers would look unreal projected onto the planetarim and the ponds at Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.#BigBrightBrisbane

Freaky Flowers: Echinopsis Cacti in Bloom from Echinopsis Freak on Vimeo.
Very groovy!  Digitally mastered with the help of Mother Nature, of course. Essentially they are made up of eight hours of flower-opening action, crushed into just a few seconds.



or maybe they’d look brilliant beamed (giant-sized) onto the Cliffs at Kangaroo Point. How cool would it be to have rock climbers or abseilers emerging from the stamen and petals? Hovering like bees or Spiderman?

Or maybe some funky flowers on the lakes at the University of Queensland?UQ_Lakes

techno birds get even funkier! — November 9, 2015

techno birds get even funkier!

This is fun to watch. It’s sort of like techno origami meets primitive jungle! The bottom movie explains the technical dedication involved in the creation.

BIRDMASK Visuals from Neal Coghlan on Vimeo.

And more recently from the same artist:

3Arena // ASZYK – The Pink One (Super-Wide) from Neal Coghlan on Vimeo.

I really think this style of animation would translate brilliantly as projection mapping installations…Similar to the Empire State Building Endangered Species campaign.

BIRDMASK Visuals // Live Setup from Neal Coghlan on Vimeo.

it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a printer — October 30, 2015

it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a printer

Although this invention is clearly a progression from making plasticine models, I’m still to be persuaded about the validity of this bird-looking thing right at this very moment.

Apparently though, the Leonar3Do does provide the easiest and cheapest way to create, demonstrate and visualise virtual 3D objects in real space.

It’s still in it’s relative infancy at the moment but it can print some fairly simple objects and gadgets. Although they mainly look plasticiney, I imagine the sophistication will start improving quickly. Also, I could see it’d be awesome for students trying to grasp 3D interactivity…they just grab the 3d mouse (the BIRD), and start drawing in the air, just like with a magic pen. A bit of a plug-and-play, out of the box experience, which encourages kids to improve their skills and creativity quickly.

I didn’t believe it at first then I watched the video at this link. I’m not sure if I agree with kids drawing crazy satanic looking monsters, but the principle of it is fairly amazing. Have a look.

oculus rift – so many uses —

oculus rift – so many uses

OculusLogo_LongWhen our lecturer brought his newest tech-toy into the classroom we were all pretty excited! The Oculus Rift is absolutely out of this world. The general gist, in case you’re as unfamiliar as I was, is that you pull a helmet-like contraption over your head and suddenly you’re inside a virtual world that seems completely lifelike. You can run around, fight, race and fly or in my case, go gaga, about the beautiful apartment that was right there and touchable. All of us in class had 5 or so minutes exploring the penthouse apartment. It’s contemporary, sophisticated and it looks amazing! European style with wooden floors, industrial-style ceiling lamps, ambient fireplace, groovy paintings, designer lighting…just the sort of holiday house you could like to get acquainted with!
This technology will open up amazing opportunities. Interior designers maybe? Real estate sales brokers are said to be loving it. Using the Rift, prospective buyers can “walk through” an off-the-plan apartment at their own pace. They can poke around it, inspect all the detailed finishes, open doors and even lean out the window to check out the view. Though supervision might be a good idea! I’m also interested to find out more about maybe more humanitarian uses that would do well to incorporate the oculus into their pursuits. I saw a little vid which looked at couples using oculus as a way of trying to better understand each other’s point of view. There could be a valuable opportunity for relationship therapy. I was also thinking they would oculus-rift-gender-gender-swap-testbe great for patients in hospital particularly children who might have their spirits lifted by experiencing out-of-this world fantastical scenarios…like being at a theme park without having to actually go there.

There are probably hundreds of reason to have an Oculus. It’s a great way for people to learn, or visit places they never would have gone. Anyway this is another one of Facebook’s acquisition so they’re certain to want to progress it…and if you wanted to purchase one, they’re only recently available for a mere $1500!

Oculus Rift and a virtual apartment (Credit: ArX)

meet henry…he’s virtually real! —

meet henry…he’s virtually real!

henry_vr_oculus_1For me, this is a exceptionally clever use of VR. It shows its potential for emotional connection through character-driven storytelling. The key concept is ’empathy’. When you’re immersed in the ‘rift’ you can’t help but be really touched by ‘Henry’ and all his little dilemmas . He’s an oh-so-cute but lonely hedgehog that has trouble making friends because of his prickly body. He’s celebrating his birthday and he wants to hug people, but his quills keep everyone away. He does befriend some balloon animals, but as soon as one of them is touched by him they burst. Ohh Henry! The others pause for a moment, and then run away, evhenry_vr_oculus_2lentually escape, leaving him alone with his birthday cake. There’s a really endearing moment where Henry makes eye contact with you, and those sad eyes of his make you feel genuine compassion. The balloon animals eventually return with a solution that keeps him safe from the quills. As soon as Henry looks at you there’s that moment of empathy because he’s all alone. His eyes are in sync with your eyes. While you’re in the rift your eyes determine his following actions. As the viewer you experience a real feeling of connection that you’re right there with him, at his table, sharing time and space with him and understanding his woes. Almost like you’d be happy to be his friend and hug him and share his birthday cake!?

The creative and technical team describe it as a ‘heartwarming comedy’ of immersive cinema. Meet Henry from Story Studio in the latest release. And meet the VR team behind him!

Henry’s Premiere Virtual Reality film from Oculus’ Story Studio.

oculus rift…90% knowledge retention via virtual reality — October 17, 2015

oculus rift…90% knowledge retention via virtual reality

Feedback so far shows that knowledge retention of the key messages is around 90% compared with traditional methods, which only return around 10-20% recollection. Read the article below to see what the experts are saying…
is it possible to use virtual reality for more than gaming? I’ve been trying to think of a few other ideas…such as: is it possible to use virtual reality for more than gaming? I’ve been trying to think of a few other ideas…such as:
MINING: an educational experience for miners to ‘venture’ into so they could get a feel for the real thing. eg: the traumatic experience of Todd and Brant at Beaconsfield mine in Tasmania, 2012. Learning safety implications could be invaluable to miners by immersing them in examples of real life predicaments.
HEALTH: imagine that a medical student could practice an operation before actual surgery. They could get up-close familiarity with a body in a way that was much more life like than a text book or cadaver and wouldn’t be limited by all the usual technicalities of medical research, like having a dead body!
EDUCATION: if kids were learning about outer space, they could experience the enormity of the universe and learn the distances between the planets. And learning to drive. 17 year old kids could clock up a percentage of vr driving hours to get familiar with being behind the steering wheel.
LANGUAGES: learning a new language needn’t leave us feeling like we’re on another orbit. By being immersed in the actual culture and conversations of a country could improve our chances of retaining the language.
LANGUAGES: learning a new language needn’t leave us feeling like we’re on another orbit. By being immersed in the culture and conversations of a country would improve our chances of retaining the language.
In terms of the psychology of learning it holds the attention of the learner, a necessary condition for learning, rarely achieved for long periods in lectures and classrooms. You stay on-task (it’s impossible not to), providing a pretty intense and involving learning experience. Safe failure is possible, taking the learning experiences beyond what can be done in the real world. In terms of memory, these experiences result in deep processing in memory, increasing effective storage, recall and retention. Importantly, given transfer is a huge problem in learning and training, it results in the superior transfer of skills from the learning experience to their application in the real world. It is literally a learning machine.

makey makey fun fun — September 24, 2015

makey makey fun fun

Makey Makey is an invention kit for everybody that’s curious about making things. For example, you can play Mario on play dough, make a piano out of bananas, play a piano keyboard on a staircase or choreograph dancing balloons. Use alligator clips, connector wires and maybe a lead pencil and get makeying. For a quick peek at some fun interpretations and groovy ideas, check out this. Typing on a standard qwerty keyboard can be dull. Typing on a ripe mango, however…that’s infinitely more interesting.

In our recent class, we connected our Makey Makey board with different objects such as an apple, copper tape, lead pencil drawing and a chocolate bar. Each wire corresponded to a letter on the computer keyboard which is set up through the Makey Makey console. Rubbuzzes when you're doing it wrong!!ber or even ‘people’ can earth everything together. Pressing the objects activated the digital keyboard in GarageBand and created sounds. We all had heaps of fun experimenting, though I was impressed with Nevada’s game which seemed to be a combo of the board game ‘operation’ and a piece of alfoil sculpture.

As part of the class exercise, we were encouraged to think about an interactive exhibition idea which could be installed at the college’s next open day. I thought of making some music paintings or maybe a concept involving the floor game of Twister. The exhibit would be built using copper tape and conductive paint and connected to the computer through Makey Makey. By using GarageBand to create cool sounds on one and hip-hop beats on the other would encourage people to interact and form a funky tune together. It seems that anyone can be an inventor. You can buy your own MaKey MaKey and consider giving some big kid (like me) an awesome Christmas gift.

electronic twister
i wonder how on earth i would makey this work?
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