Wearable Web

We love this bookmarklet app.

go to this URL


drag the icon that looks like this into your tool bar

then go to any website and click the new bookmark on the toolbar.


you can buy any image on the website as a TSHIRT!

It’s a lovely idea, and really innovative execution of a bookmarklet.

Creepy Kinect stuff!

It’s difficult to explain what exactly this project does… but it is really creepy stuff! The author simply called it “Body Dysmorphic Disorder” and whilst recording himself using Kinect he changes and morphs his body. You can read more about the project over here. It basically uses data recorder by the Kinect camera and transforms it in such a way that the controller can change the size of the “blobs” that form the 3d object. Thanks to this effect, the person that get’s recorder by the camera can be displayed as someone really obese.

The future of advertising

The future of advertising – an interesting article by Danielle Sacks showing how the internet and the digital world is influencing advertisement.

“Advertising is on the cusp of its first creative revolution since the 1960s. But the ad industry might get left behind.”

Ice touch screen

It’s cold outside, so how about..  the world’s first ice touchscreen! It is interesting to see how touch based technology becomes ubiquitous, and also what kind of surfaces can be used for visual displays. I can’t think of anything useful that could be achieved by using ice instead of any other material, but still, it is very cool to watch. Perhaps this could be incorporated in a ice-sculpture contest?

“The team commissioned a firm in nearby Oulu to retrieve a tonne of 25-centimetre-thick river ice, and used a chainsaw to cut it into 50-centimetre-square slabs. They used these to make a 2-metre by 1.5-metre ice wall and then blasted the surface with a heat gun – more typically used for stripping paint – to create a smooth surface.

The team made their wall an interactive one by using digital projection technology, rather than peppering the ice with sensors that would raise the cost of the installation, Virolainen told the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conference in Saarbrücken, Germany, last week. The icescreen uses rear-diffused illumination (RDI), a technique first used by Microsoft in its table-based interactive touchscreen, Surface, launched in 2008.

A near-infrared light source mounted behind the “screen” bathes it in invisible light, and an array of near-infrared cameras, also behind the wall, are focused on the front surface. A hand placed on the ice reflects the light towards the camera array and the signal each camera receives helps a nearby PC establish the hand’s position, size and motion. The PC is also connected to a projector, which uses the data to project imagery – such as flames – beneath the user’s hand.”


Here’s a good idea…

It’s a mashup that visualises how long it takes to travel from your position using public transport.

You change the time variable in the bottom right.

It also has an API that you can tap into to augment your maps with this information.

No high technology here, but just a clever use of data and nice visual representation.

More Uniqlo Innovation

Lovely little campaign by the inimitable Uniqlo – I want to be doing stuff like this!

Live 3D Modelling with a Hacked Kinect

Yet another Kinect hack.
This is truly amazing. Imagine the possibilities… live 3D view… some stuff we’ve been looking at with Haagan Dazs could work really well with this.
See the 2 videos below.

“20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web”

20 Things I Learned About Browsers And The Web


Google has released an interactive book (created using HTML5!) describing all the magic behind the Internet. Cookies, Javascript, TCP/IP, HTML5, malware & ‘phishing’, everything explained in a clear and easy to understand way, with illustration by Christoph Niemann. Works on modern browsers, degrades gracefully on older ones, however if you’re still using an old browser, the book explains why you should urgently update your software!

“What’s a cookie? How do I protect myself on the web? And most importantly: What happens if a truck runs over my laptop? For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, read on.”

AR Death Star game

Death star screenshot

For all those Gorge Lucas fans out there, the first Star Wars augmented reality game! Shoot Tie Fighters attacking your neighbourhood, defend your fellow citizens from the Imperial attack from outer space, save million of lives… on your phone, yes, but still!

“The first Star Wars game to ever use augmented reality is only compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and the fourth-generation iPod Touch, but if you’ve been debating whether to trade up from your iPhone 3G, I’d say this app is worth it alone. The app takes advantage of the camera, gyroscope and accelerometer so you can literally see TIE Fighters invading your premises. Your duty, of course, is to shoot them down while hurtling through space.

There are over 20 levels in the arcade game, including one where you must escape from the Death Star. Quit dreaming of Leia and download now.”

Agent 008 Ball

Once again showing the power of HTML5 and modern browsers, a game of pool created entirely using JavaScript and HTML. It even works on an iPad (well, it’s pretty slow at the moment, but future tablets will definitely support these kind of games). Who needs Flash when you have HTML?

“The International Billiards tournament is being infiltrated by the terrorist organisation CHALK. Do not let them win! Sink as many balls as possible before the timer runs out.”

Interactive Puppet with Kinect

Interactive Puppet Prototype with Xbox Kinect from Theo Watson on Vimeo.

Theo and Emily take the idea of “shadow puppetry” a bit further using a projector and a bit of Kinect magic. You can animate the goofy looking bird by moving your arm and opening and closing your hand. The “Kinect hacking” community is growing pretty fast, releasing many interesting projects every day. I am looking forward to seeing many other projects like this one.

“A quick installation prototype by Theo Watson and Emily Emily Gobeille (design-io.com) with the libfreenect Kinect drivers and ofxKinect (openFrameworks addon). The system is doing skeleton tracking on the arm and determining where the shoulder, elbow, and wrist is, using it to control the movement and posture of the giant bird!”

Augmented Reality Teaches you Guitar

An interesting vision of how learning instruments, and, well teaching in general may change in the future with the help of augmented reality

Tadpole Marketing

Now very quickly.. Remember this tadpole action?

Well check this funny bit of reactive fun:


3D? 4D!

Did anyone manage to get down to the Imagination building round the corner on Monday for this projection mapping by the Vienna Tourist board? Not only it uses 3D visuals, it also uses smell to indulge its viewers in the visual experience.

or.. even Bond Street for this video mapping which also included SMELL - We’re gutted we missed them :(

Dragon’s Palace

Actually.. talking of Christmas (sorry!) Time Magazine have already noted their 50 best inventions of 2010:


3D 3D

3D 3D 3D! iPhone and 3d peripherals seem to be getting popular.

And if that’s not good enough… how long till these things find their way into our lives?

Mobile (Web)Apps

Talking of mobiles, here’s a nice stash of stats for you:

and here’s a great, if slightly technical apps vs web apps presentation, well worth your time.

Happiness? There’s an App for that

If you’re concerned about getting S.A.D. this winter, researchers at Harvard have been engaging people over mobile to help them understand what makes them happy. Apparently, daydreaming makes you sad…


Kinect Launched

Kinect, Microsoft’s new motion controller has launched. We’re very excited about this.. especially as people have already hacked it and have been doing some cool things with it.