Musicians getting Meta, Light Cones and Augmented Reality

Getting meta. Meta is one my favourite words of the moment. Along with Tek. Reminds me of the classic, “Musican enters look a like content of themselves and comes second” meme.

The idea of a light cone is amazing, I am sure you could build a new religion around it. You can even track your own. It’s always useful to know your local area.

Finally, someone has done Augmented Reality right. The use of an Anglepoise– one of my British design classics, is lovely.

Daito Manabe, Y’all So Stupid and PTAM

Daito Manabe is an artist from Japan. He caught my attention recently with his facial animations and new take on body popping. A wealth of videos are available at his YouTube site.

Y’all so stupid is the creation of Devin Flynn. The intro graphics alone justify admittance.

Finally, PTAM (Parallel Tracking And Mapping) is a technology from Oxford University that allows three dimensional data to be gleaned from a two dimensional input. I have been involved in projects using custom 3D cameras when I worked at UnitedVisualArtists, and am fascinated to see how much can be done with more conventional systems.

A related pair of projects:

A research project from Adobe and the University of Washington, all to do with how to use this kind of technology to edit videos in some intriguing ways.

A great Google Tech Talk, entitled “Simple interactive 3D modeling for all“.

The possibilties for new interfaces are obvious, I am particularly interested in applying them to experiences and art installations. Imagine combining these technologies with the projection tek behind projects like Laser Tag.