Robot Helicopters Playing Tennis

This is not human-piloted. The vehicles/ball are tracked by an overhead motion capture system and controlled by a pair of computers.

This amazing ball juggling experiment with quadrotors is at the ETH Flying Machine Arena, by Mark Müller, Sergei Lupashin and Raffaello D’Andrea at IDSC, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

http://www.flyingmachinearena.org

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Some Cool Visual Interface Stuff

Computer vision technologies for manipulating digital interfaces with gestures are already here and mature; now it’s simply a matter of designing creative applications around them. And as with many design tasks, presentation is everything.

ActionScript programmer Peter Kaptein has done some brilliant creative work to mimic the infamous gestural interface in the film Minority Report using only Flash, FLAR toolkit, a webcam, a printer.. and his fingers.

YouTube link.

Jeremy Bailey created this project to promote the programmes and services of Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center. He wrote his own physical interface presentation software from the ground up to help me accomplish this task. This video is the result. Mad.

YouTube link.

Chris O’Shea found this demo of the upcoming game Your Shape for Wii. The camera vision itself is fairly simple, but the software is being clever about mapping foreground motion to some pre-determined 3D model of the body.

http://www.viddler.com/player/a5db88df/

And here’s the Your Shape trailer.

YouTube link.

Chris also wrote this fascinating post at the mysterious controller for Project Natal. Worth a read.

via Create Digital Motion.

Interactive Window Display

This installation includes tracking devices and low-resolution LED displays which is capable of showing different visualisations based on the presence and movement of people.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5229770&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=c9ff23&fullscreen=1

La Vitrine – Montreal from steven bulhoes on Vimeo.

Moment Factory developed the interactive system and content. Photonic Dreams created the LED video wall.

What’s In The Box?

Right – stand by for this.

This film was made by Dutch student (yeah another one) Tim Smit on a unbelievable budget of $150.

He shot the footage in his local village then used After Effects and 3D Studio Max to create the look.

Apparently the Hollywood studios are sniffing around already.

YouTube link.

‘What’s In The Box’ also has an official site with a puzzle you need to crack to get in.

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YouTube link.

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They’ve also created a website for the mysterious Babel Industries. which showcases some of the technology seen in the film, such as the Involentary Stomach Discharger (ISD).

Because the story (so far) seems to connect with gamers who love Half-Life there’s a lot of buzz being generated.

I’m expecting to hear a lot more about this.

Fantastic work.

I spotted the video on Harry Northover’s site. This fella could be a star of the future based on the work he’s doing. And he’s only just sitting his GCSEs. Scary.