05.01.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions / January

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Here is the first monthly reader submissions post for 2015! Thanks to everyone who submitted work to the December Submissions post, and for an incredible year of submissions. A lot of the great work I featured the past 12 months was pulled directly out of these posts. I’m blown away by the talent we have in the community of Booooooom readers. Keep the submisisons coming!

For those that don’t already know, this is the best way to submit your work to be considered for a post on Booooooom. Thanks again to everyone for up-voting work you like and leaving the positive comments to each other, it really pumps people up, and helps me see what work you like. I encourage you to share your work here because these posts get a lot of traffic and even if your work is not a fit for Booooooom it still gets seen, and definitely sends traffic to your own websites.

Please share your work here this month. The comments allow images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.

 

Submission guidelines:

1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.

3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.

4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.

 

 

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05.01.15 by Jeff

Best Album Packaging: Moldover Album Also A Fully Functional Theremin

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Before I go any further, yes, I realise I am posting about a CD in the year 2015. After I posted about DJ Qbert and “The World’s First Interactive Album Packaging” last week, Facebook user Ray Doeksen was quick to point out that back in 2009, musician Moldover released a self-titled album in which the CD packaging itself was a fully functional theremin! The artist learned how to make custom circuitboards, so the track titles were actually written into the circuitry!

So it would appear DJ Qbert’s Extraterrestria album is not deserving of the title. Actually, to be fair, I’m sure there have been lots of examples of interactive album packaging over the years (depending on your definition). The Rolling Stones album, Undercover, had removable stickers, and my favourite of all time, Radiohead’s Kid A album had the hidden booklet you had to remove the CD tray to find! I think what Qbert meant was album packaging that doubled as an instrument, but it looks like Moldover did it years ago.

Watch the video below to see just how next level this packaging is!

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02.01.15 by Jeff

Future Technology: “Face-Hacking” Real-Time Face Tracking and 3D Projection Mapping

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Nobumichi Asai and a team of digital designers and make-up artists return with a new video expanding on their “Omote” real-time face tracking and 3D projection mapping idea. They now refer to this as “face hacking”. This kind of technology will be amazing for live performances, watch the video below.

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02.01.15 by Jeff

Future Technology: DJ Qbert’s Extraterrestria is World’s First Interactive Album Packaging [VIDEO]

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Extraterrestria is DJ Qbert’s long-awaited follow up to his groundbreaking debut album, Wave Twisters (2001), and it features a pretty next level album cover. The printed cover is actually a set of functional Bluetooth MIDI decks and DJ controller that connects to iOS and OSX, making it the world’s first interactive album packaging.

QBert’s company Thud Rumble collaborated with Algoriddim and Novalia to create an album cover that allows fans to manipulate the album (or any mp3s) by moving their fingers along the surface. Apparently most of the copies will be going to those that funded the project on Kickstarter, with a small number made available through Thud Rumble.

Watch the video below to see it in action!

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29.12.14 by Jeff

Future Technology: Google’s New Self-Driving Car

google-selfdriving-car-booooooom1Google’s functional self-driving car with steering wheel.

Google has unveiled their functional self-driving car and it looks like a friendly man wearing a really tiny hat. Unlike the prototype (seen below) that was announced back in May, this one has a steering wheel and headlights. The electric two-seater currently only goes 25 mph but Google says it will eventually travel up to 100 mph.

Google is still testing the vehicles but hopes to have them actually on the roads in Northern California in the new year.

 

google-selfdriving-car-booooooom2Google’s early prototype without steering wheel, announced in May.

I have to admit I like the design of the prototype a lot more (the face is hilarious) but it’s really cool to see Google actually making this a reality. If you haven’t already seen them, take a look at the videos of the early prototype below.

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29.12.14 by Jeff

Interactive Installation: OUTSIDE

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OUTSIDE is an interactive installation of a projected frame floating in space. Everything that goes through the frame modulates the frequencies of an FM radio and controls the projected visuals.

The work was developed by Montreal-based studio, Iregular, as part of the Human Futures program of artistic exchange between Canada and Europe. The work explores how technology is making us more and more reclusive.

Watch the video below.

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23.12.14 by Jeff

Michael DeForge

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Poster designs by Toronto-based artist Michael DeForge. More below.

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18.12.14 by Jeff

Best of Kickstarter: The Perfect Keyboard for iPhone

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The folks at Toronto-based Next Keyboard claim to have designed the perfect keyboard for iPhone users, and based on their Kickstarter video it looks like they’ve might have. At the very least they’ve addressed all the most common complaints people have. Things like: Actually being able to tell whether you’re in uppercase or lowercase, easier access to emojis, and what appears to be an auto-correct system that adapts to your typing over time. Watch the video below.

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