After losing an eye in a car accident, Tanya Vlach is trying to raise money to have a webcam fashioned like an eye installed in the non-functional eye socket. The prosthetic camera-eye is designed to be waterproof, capable of wireless HD video transmission at 720p, and will include zoom and still-capture features, activated by blinking. On Vlach’s wishlist for the eye — expected to cost at least $15,000 to design and embed — is facial recognition, geotagging, and infrared viewing.
“Persistence of vision” is a phenomenon that allows our eyes to experience a continuous moving picture when confronted with a series of still images or frames that pass by in a fast sequence.?? Recently,? experiments on “closed eye visualization” have been used for advertising purposes,? as when BMW’s Dutch ad group flashed the BMW logo in a dark movie theater,? then asked the audience to close their eyes so they could experience the residual “retinal noise” — a bright spot at the back of the eyelid.
From Slashdot: NYU Professor Wafaa Bilal is having a camera surgically implanted in the back of his head. Described as an art project, the camera will take a photograph every minute for one year, and a curated selection of shots will be exhibited in a new museum opening in Qatar. Bilal will also release a live stream of images from the camera.
Both NYU administrators and students have expressed concerns about privacy issues with respect to the project.
One possible outcome: “There won’t be any cheating in professor Wafaa Bilal’s class anymore. “
Green explores processes found in nature and in other large and complex systems, and the potential of computer programs to model or simulate such systems within time-based artworks. Within recent interactive installations and performances, patterns of behavior are fixed and defined only by the algorithmic process specified within the computer program embedded within the micro-controller which is part of each work. These algorithmic processes are designed to simulate the manner of operation of physical and natural systems. In particular, Green isolates the elements of rhythm and spatial orientation, using many small speakers as sound sources, with only the most basic of sounds (small clicks and pulses) to create a spatially and rhythmic studies that are based on the natural soundscapes of insects and other organisms found in meadows and fields.
Green uses home-made and custom programmed microcontrollers – single chip computers – to generate all sound that is heard. The piece is driven by algorithms coded into each board, with all sounds being produced by these algorithms. Each loudspeaker is powered by a micro-controller. The piece gains volume and complexity through the multiplicity of speakers (32) and through their synchronization (provided by the algorithms within the microcontrollers).
“Container architecture” refers to a global movement to make use of the huge steel containers that carry shiploads of merchandise around the globe.? These containers are sturdy,? spacious,? and enticing to green architects who are looking to re-use materials that otherwise would go to waste.
There are numerous websites now that display “container architecture” in theory or in practice.?? In theory,? shipping containers are relatively cheap, durable, and provide open space that could be “loft like” in the right hands.?? They can also be stacked to provide multi-story options.? They provide several advantages over the ‘mobile home’ construct, in that they are made to stand up to almost anything.? However,? they don’t, at first glance,? appear “home like.”
The Marfa Ring project is an experiment in colonizing the virtual geography of the small town of Marfa, Texas by creating a “Web Ring” of sites about it. Due to the Ring’s interlinking, Google search results are skewed in favor of the ring sites (which vary in levels of veracity and intent) as opposed to Marfa’s legitimate web presence.