Keyboard island, ho! Although what looks at first like random keystroke skyscrapers is actually much more purposeful; each button visualizes how often you use it. We are an E-crazed people, indeed.
Unlike traditional mood ring voodoo, Poker Face measures bodily conditions like pulse and galvanic response to assess your mood, revealing it on the iPhone's display—and a wristband vibrates when you're starting to feel like a prick.
The Life Dress is a glowing dress made out of dragon skin, LEDs, wires, and Arduino hardware that models the life and death of cells. It is squishy. I imagine Milla Jovovich wearing it out with Bruce Willis, killing aliens.
Data empowerment through iPhone apps. That seems to be the running theme. Project Noah—for networked organisms and habitats—is a location-based eco-field guide, submission-powered wildlife spotter, and mission dossier. And it's pretty slick.
The way it moves, it's unnatural—it made me want to jump out of my skin.
The idea behind Mobile Logger is simple: Logging and analyzing trip data—particularly from bikes—via open source iPhone app that collects a ton of data, from route and noise level, to speed and altitude, aggregating it for cool visualizations.
Joon Moon's Augmented Shadow might be his graduate school project. Users manipulate encoded cubes that generate light and shadows, with the screentop's flattened, vaguely tribal-but-gothic little world feeling almost Burtonesque. But with a crazy physics engine. Be afraid, little villagers:
The age of cheap, plentiful sensors, tracking everything from heartrates to the noise pollution slowly driving everybody insane is here. Joe Saavedra's modular neuroid is a wearable, reconfigurable sensor system that monitors pollution we probably don't wanna know about.
Yahui Gu's @twitter project lets us do something everybody wants to do, at least a few times a day: Vaporize pointless tweets. The moral is something about information overload, but I was too busy shooting Twitter to ponder it. [Parsons]
If you've never been to one of the twice-a-year shows held at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, you're missing the weirdest, coolest, most insanely inspired geek projects around. We'll be highlighting the best stuff, but you can check it out yourself:
Here's something beautiful: a mechanical garden that responds to your step. It makes me feel like I'm in Wonderland.
This is what you look like wearing Robert Carlsen and Andrew Styer's BlindSight, which induces "visual hallucinations with photic stimulation," aka flashing red lights you control by waving your arms. It made me dizzy.
Irregular Incurve started as an attempt to design a new acoustic instrument puny humans couldn't wrap their hands or mouths around—the result is a robot dinosaur rib cage that plays music. It's mezmerizing:
Mario Diamantis spent a lot of his childhood hanging upside down from trees. But in a tree, you're stuck. Skybike is the solution to his eternal childhood dilemma: Freedom.
I found a little glen amongst the cold glass and steel of the ITP projects. In it, a sprite or tree spirit or alanis morissette clonette was wearing these thrumming, bark-covered, tree-loving, meditation boots.
The historical rupture of the atomic bomb makes the moment it was dropped almost ahistorical—Hidezaku Furuya's videogame documentary forces you to inhabit it as a crewmember of the Enola Gay. It's quite startling.