Interactive installation from South Korea by Team 464 is a Kandinsky-inspired pinball game made with wall-mounted shapes and projected balls, a mix of the physical and the virtual – video embedded below:
You can find out more about the project here.
A Way To Go is an impressive online experience that demonstrates the potential of future creativity, combining interactive 3D video, animation, illustration and (if you have a headset), virtual reality, recommended to everyone.
Put together by Vincent Morisset, Caroline Robert, Édouard Lanctôt-Benoit and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, this work was included in the interactive section of the most recent Sundance Film Festival. You are an anonymous character who can either walk or run in a woods setting, maybe stop to look around and examine the surroundings. From scene to scene, your mouse clicks perform various effects from the visual to the audio. Here, animation is not a passive experience and you have some sense of agency, all of this put together using current web technology.
You have to check this out for yourself – you need to use the Google Chrome web browser, put look around, play around, and have fun here.
Interactive installation by Dan Rosenfeld is a small playful game featuring little people who live in a wall. Installed at the Urban Putt indoor miniature golf course, participants place their ball into it and have to work out how to get it back, interacting with the holographic dwellers – video embedded below.
This app made me a little emotional; it’s so beautiful. Be My Eyes allows volunteers to lend their eyes to blind people! A blind person simply requests help, a volunteer helper receives a notification, and the two are connected via live video. The request may be for help identifying the expiry date on a carton of milk, or assistance reading a street sign.
Be My Eyes is non-profit, and exists solely to help make a difference in the lives of blind people. Watch the video below.
Dillon Markey, an animator for Robot Chicken and PES (he co-animated that incredible short “Fresh Guacamole”), took an old Nintendo Power Glove and turned it into the ultimate tool for making stop-motion animations! I thought this was going to be a joke, but it is entirely real and practical (okay, minus the sound effect). How long until this ends up on Kickstarter?
Watch the video below.
Back in 2012 I posted about Thomas Poulsom’s Lego birds, and at that time he was hoping Lego would one day turn his creations into an official set via the Lego Ideas platform. Well that day has finally come! As of January 1st, Thomas’ set of birds is available over on Lego’s website.
The video below shows Thomas’ original idea, a set of British Birds: a puffin, a kingfisher, a woodpecker, a blue tit, a goldfinch, and a robin. You can see lots of images of this series on Thomas’ Flickr page. The set that Lego ended up producing includes a robin, a bluejay, and a hummingbird.
Congratulations Thomas! See the finished set and the video below.