Awesome “Big Head” Gaming Mode Self Portrait

This Papercraft Self Portrait was made by Eric Testroete as his Halloween costume last weekend.

Eric is a 3D artist in the Vancouver game industry and he was inspired by the big-head mode seen in videogames. You can find more photos in this Flickr set.

Have a look at the whole project here.

UPDATE:

This thing has lit Twitter up today. People love it.

Fellow gluer Dom blogged about it too but found this cool ‘low res’ halloween costume. Extra points.

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Proof of Concept: The Brain To Brain Internet

YouTube link.

This is a BCI experiment whereby one person uses BCI to transmit a series of digits over the internet to another person whos computer receives the digits and transmits them to the second users through flashing an LED array. The encoded information is extracted from the brain activity of the second user.

This shows true brain-to-brain activity. This is done as a proof of concept – to show that B2B *is* possible – which it is, as we show here.

It doesn’t look particularly glamourous but what they’ve done is pretty amazing.

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Hand From Above

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Hand from Above from Chris O’Shea on Vimeo.

Hand From Above is an interactive installation by Chris O’Shea. He was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Liverpool City Council for BBC Big Screen Liverpool and the Live Sites Network to create something for the BBC Big Screen. Hand From Above interacts with unsuspecting pedestrians, it can tickle, stretch, flick or remove entirely them on the big screen.

Chris used openFrameworks and OpenCV to build this software.

Follow http://twitter.com/chrisoshea for project updates

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Getting Creative with Google

As clicks on banners diminish, the challenge for agencies is to find new and interesting ways of engaging people in their different spaces. Recently there’s been a definite move towards taking an application / service and wrapping a creative experience around it.

I’ve picked out 3 new(ish) bits that I’ve spotted… all using services provided by Google.

1 – Google Wave

Launched on a wave of hype (geddit), with people scrambling on Twitter to get invites. Google Wave is meant to be a gamechanger. I got an invite. It’s not that great with only 5 people to talk to.

To show off the potential power of Wave – Joe Sabia (a person who may have a bit too much time on his hands) recreated Samuel L Jacksons’ epic Ezekiel 25:17 speech from Pulp Fiction.

Have a look at this:

YouTube link.

2 – Google Maps

Next up is a nice hack of Google Maps. The Editors created a microsite where you whizz around London finding places of interest to them, unlocking content from the new album as you go along.

This kind of stuff used to be mindblowing but there were some interesting comments on Adverblog about it.

I very much like the idea of integrating real and virtual life. But to be honest, my feeling about this execution is “smart, cool, well done” but not “wow” in the sense that this kind of wise approach to digital tools should be the norm (and maybe it’s beginning to be the norm) and not the “wow” exception. What do you think?

I feel the same way. Nicely done, enjoyable, but lacks some of the wow.

However since 14th October, when the campaign went live, 35,000 people have engaged with the app. What’s more, each visitor has spent an average three and a half minutes interacting with it, dipping in and out of an average number of three tracks.

Have a look for yourself:

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The Editors – Google Street View Hack / Mashup

3 – YouTube

As Google continues to try and monetise YouTube, opportunities to do something a bit different are popping up regularly. To highlight what’s possible Google Creative Labs send out a doc called 87 Cool Things.

Spend some time looking through this. It’s bound to trigger some ideas:

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87 cool things, even a few from us. (Google Docs link)

So there you have it.

I’ve written this pretty quickly so haven’t had time to fully expand on all the ideas, but if you’ve read this site a bit you’ll be used to that.

UPDATE

An hour after I posted this, Tom Ajello from Poke NY sent this link round Twitter.

Goolery: A Gallery of awesome Google-related projects from around the world

http://www.goollery.org

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Configure Your Car By Touch

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Audi Car Configurator on Surface @ IAA 2009 from Neue Digitale / Razorfish on Vimeo.

Audi A4 Car Configurator by Neue Digitale / Razorfish in collaboration with Realtime Technology AG.

Simple gestures allow the user to alter virtually anything on the A4, with instant results. Microsoft Surface doesn’t provide the appropriate hardware, so the application is connected to a dedicated render-server via network. The speed is quite good for a high-quality rendering and it can be easily improved by switching to a more powerful server.

Say goodbye to the 100-page optional extras book.