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20/20 Talk at AIGA Conference 2007

I’m at the AIGA Design Conference in Denver this weekend. Tonight I will be sharing my 60 second vision of what is coming “Next”. Simply put, I think it will be Architecturally-integrated urban screens.

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Here are links to projects referenced in the talk.

Urban Echo (Past Iterations, Other Facades, etc) by Christopher Baker, J. Anthony Allen and Laura Baker
Duality by ART+COM
de Pong Gameâ„¢ by BNJMNâ„¢ GAULON
Light Sculptures by ANTIVJ
Interactive Architecture by Graffiti Research Lab
Augmented Sculpture v 1.0 by Pablo Valbuena
Kunsthuas Graz by Realities:United Architects
TXTual Healing by Paul Notzold
Pixile by ENESS

Here are some links to my other recent projects …

Every Toy

Patent Database Visualization

American Toys

UPDATE: I.D. Magazine Visitors — more images can be found here.

American Toys

This sketch was created by combining images from every United States patent containing the phrase “toy pistol”. The earliest image dates back to the mid 1800’s.

Several other compositions are currently in the works. More later …

Immersive Projections

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Ben Myrick and I experimented with immersive projections and sound this weekend. Visitors were invited to step through the door into the shallow chamber where they were met by ascending or descending natural textures.

Why can’t my cell phone be smarter?

  • I want a cell phone that knows where it is.  Good Ubicomp design is all about context right? Most cell phones already have the ability to know where they are (GPS onboard).  The phone should …
    • Allow me to set certain zones (based on coordinates etc) and times of day when the phone will not ring (i.e. in a church, in a classroom, during a meeting on my calendar).
    • to be continued …

Dirtquarium

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Here are a few ideas that Laura and I talked about last night. Each of the cases is made out of glass or some other clear material and is partially full of earth. Text and other graphics would activate the upper portion of the glass cases — perhaps at times emerging from the earth.

Urban Echo

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Urban Echo (working title)
ArtsMosis 2006 Project Proposal

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I Wear Your Heart on My Sleeve

I would like to create a completely portable battery-powered device that sniffs wireless chat conversation in public places such as a coffee shop and displays theose conversation on a custom garmet.  I desire to continue my exploration of public/private, the everyday, technology/communication etc.  Previous (documented) work to this end can be found here, here and here.

The majority of the wireless sniffing will be done with one of my Gumstix 400xm-bt computers.  Much of that programming work is already done.  The more difficult part of the project is figuring out how to power and control an interesting output device.  I will also have to figure out how to move Gumstix-generated i2c commands down to the controller (most probably a pic processor).  Here's a list of parts I am looking at.

The Serial LCD is only 0.56" x 1.75".  This is not really large enough to make a dynamic display that would be viewable by any kind of audience in a public space such as a coffee shop.  Perhaps some sort of a magnification strip would be needed?  The LED Matricies vary in size.  The large tri-color matrix is 2.38" x 2.38", while the two color matrix is only 1.25" x 1.25"  I would need several of these smaller ones.  I would like the entire display to be wearable (and readable hopefully) on my upper arm.  That puts my target display dimensionsat about 2.5" x 5".  In this case 2 x the three color LED matrix could work.  2 x the Red LED matrix would also work and might be easier to tackle as a first LED matrix control project.  Could also create a matrix of cloth-embedded LEDs such as this tank top by Leah Buechley.  But that might be a bit more difficult to read.