Physical Space Tweets: Pst! microCONTROL

Pst! is the surreptitious beckoning of attention and the acronym for Physical Space Tweets. It is a small Ardunio storyteller installed in public space giving an audience a glimpse into a geo-tagged community’s topic feed.

For the Leeds Pavillion at Mediamatic’s Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Pst! chronicled life in Leeds through it’s twitter feed.

Pst! microCONTROL from Megan Leigh Smith on Vimeo.

The piece locates a public social narrative by pulling an information feed from Twitter User profiles geographically aligned to Leeds with Twitter’s geocode API and then prints this information onto a mini LCD screen. By removing the peripheral of the computer a Pst! device can be placed in a non-space providing a window directly into a geo-located public space.

See http://megansmith.ca/blog/?tag=arduino for more info.

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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Progress and Streaming Fish

At the moment we are working on a model of Newham as well as carrying on with our panoramic image capture.

Tomorrow we will have a series of panoramas of the London Lighthouse, captured in High Dynamic Range.

We are also setting up a streaming camera for future CASA seminars. At the moment its pointing at the fish tank in the office.. so while your waiting for updates sit back and watch the fish (Edit – this should now be working (?) 13.41pm October 10th)

Note this is a test using Windows Media player, we are not sure it works outside of UCL at the moment due to firewall issues.. if not the link takes you to the CASA site which contains a number of working papers which are well worth a browse….

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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  1. eAi - October 9, 2006

    Doesn’t appear to be able to connect to http://128.40.111.225:1437

  2. Anonymous - October 9, 2006

    When can we expect at least a couple details (modeling programs, etc) on this workflow?

  3. Andy - October 10, 2006

    The cam should be sorted in 12 hours or so we need to reset our firewall and open a few ports.. sorry about that.

    In terms of work flow at the moment it is rectifying images then modelling in Sketchup. The model is then imported into 3DMax and saved as a .nif file for Oblivion.

    We are hoping to be able to lose the 3DMax part and then we will post up a work flow..

    At the moment we are working on a first trial of this technique on a larger area in Newham, the location of the London Olympic site.

    More updates should follow, but if you have any questions leave us a comment 🙂

  4. Andy - October 12, 2006

    After a succesful test of streaming the CASA lecture series the Cam is currently moving machines to become a permanant feature..

    The fish will be back later today and lectures will be announced as and when.. The first one is next Wednesday 5.30 GMT 🙂

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Paper Tools in Softimage: Skoda – Curriculum

Here at digital urban we are picky, we like the best and this is why we are especially pleased to of found ‘Skoda – Curriculum’ by weareflink. Although not the most stand out title for a short 3D movie, it is amazing:

One of the greatest challenge was to create animations where pages of paper should fold to different geometrical objects. So they developed some “PaperTools” in Softimage ICE. Head over to Christian Schnellhammer . TD Blog for full details.

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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Here at digital urban we are picky, we like the best and this is why we are especially pleased to of found ‘Skoda – Curriculum’ by weareflink. Although not the most stand out title for a short 3D movie, it is amazing:

One of the greatest challenge was to create animations where pages of paper should fold to different geometrical objects. So they developed some “PaperTools” in Softimage ICE. Head over to Christian Schnellhammer . TD Blog for full details.

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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SketchUp is almost custom made for creating fantasy cityscapes and continuing our series of SketchUp Cities we feature a movie uploaded by shady110:

We like its style, also nice to see the Bank of China crop up in the model – possibly one of our favourite buildings – see our Flickr Pool for a panorama of the Bank of China we captured last week.

You can download Sketchup from http://www.sketchup.com

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Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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