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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QRCodes, Augmented Reality, ARK, Unity and the iPad

Stuart Eve here in CASA has been working away in the Unity gaming engine in terms of Augmented Reality applications for the iPhone and iPad. As Stewart himself notes it is surprisingly successful and with at least 3 different ways of getting 3D content to overlay on the iOS video feed (Qualcomm, StringAR and UART). He has been attempting to load 3D content at runtime, so that dynamic situations can be created as a result of user interaction – rather than having to have all of the resources (3D models, etc.) pre-loaded into the app. This not only saves on file size of the app, it also means that the app can pull real-time information and data that can be changed by many people at once. 

The preliminary results can be seen in the video below, linked to the Archaeological Recording Kit (ARK)
This example uses the Qualcomm AR API, and ARK v1.0. Obviously at the moment it is marker-based AR (or at least image recognition based), the next task is to incorporate the iDevices’ gyroscope to enable the AR experience to continue even when the QR code is not visible.
It is well worth keeping a watch on Stuarts blog for further updates….

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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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The Global Lab Podcast Teaser from CASA

A early heads up that the trailer for the forthcoming podcast from CASA – The Global Lab is now available on iTunes. Global Lab is a podcast about cities, global connectivity and the impact of technology produced here at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. Each episode features the latest news and perspectives from urban analysis, social complexity and innovation, as well as interviews with cutting-edge researchers from UCL-CASA and guests from further afield.

This podcast is an opportunity for researchers to discuss their work in a way accessible to a wider audience, and to involve people from UCL and the wider community. Martin Austwick of http://sociablephysics.wordpress.com/ fame and Steven Gray from http://bigdatatoolkit.org/ are planning to get researchers from all the major projects at CASA to talk about their work in the next few months, and give people the opportunity to present and edit in the long term. The first episode, featuring Martin De Jode, from TalesofThings, will be out in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, you can listen to the teaser trailer and subscribe via iTunes…
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-global-lab/id445573792
We view this as an exciting development in our outreach at CASA and part of a new plan to ramp up tutorials, blogging and general communications. As part of this a new website showcasing all of CASA’s research is coming soon, and as for Digital Urban, we are about to be back in play after some juggling of workloads…

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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. Tomasz - July 11, 2011

    why not allow simple mp3 download? I dont want no iapple iapps on my pc 😛

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A early heads up that the trailer for the forthcoming podcast from CASA – The Global Lab is now available on iTunes. Global Lab is a podcast about cities, global connectivity and the impact of technology produced here at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. Each episode features the latest news and perspectives from urban analysis, social complexity and innovation, as well as interviews with cutting-edge researchers from UCL-CASA and guests from further afield.

This podcast is an opportunity for researchers to discuss their work in a way accessible to a wider audience, and to involve people from UCL and the wider community. Martin Austwick of http://sociablephysics.wordpress.com/ fame and Steven Gray from http://bigdatatoolkit.org/ are planning to get researchers from all the major projects at CASA to talk about their work in the next few months, and give people the opportunity to present and edit in the long term. The first episode, featuring Martin De Jode, from TalesofThings, will be out in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, you can listen to the teaser trailer and subscribe via iTunes…
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-global-lab/id445573792
We view this as an exciting development in our outreach at CASA and part of a new plan to ramp up tutorials, blogging and general communications. As part of this a new website showcasing all of CASA’s research is coming soon, and as for Digital Urban, we are about to be back in play after some juggling of workloads…

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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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The 37 minute film below by D-Fuse and Illustrious Company has been commissioned to make a new immersive visual and sound installation, to be presented as part of the opening of the revitalised and refurbished National Film Theatre, BFI Southbank. Designed as a large scale piece of public art, the work will be projected onto the exterior wall of the National Theatre, and along the entire length of the façade of the new BFI SouthBank building. The audience will be enveloped in a three-dimensional soundscape.

With the interplay between moving image and 3D sound, and the juxtaposition of old with contemporary, 2007 FPS – A London Conversation creates a series of unlikely dialogues that span the history of London on film, its wonderful:


2007 fps – A London Conversation from D-Fuse on Vimeo.

A London Conversation began as an exploratory journey through the BFI’s London Calling programme. D-Fuse and Illustrious were seeking a way to bring to the public realm via a large scale outdoor installation an intimate association with films that explore London. The purpose of which was to create a dialogue between the disparate pieces and to find a common thread other than the obvious geographical locations.
It is often said that cities are places of isolation and fragmentation yet within the urban sprawl we find emotion and a sense of belonging. This is more predominent as urban dwelling grows. “At some point this year, our species will prove Darwin wrong. For the first time since the dawn of civilisation, the human being is about to become a predominantly urban creature: humans have not evolved to fit our habitat, we have changed our habitat to suit ourselves.” Jonathan Watts- The Guardian
One of the themes examined and juxtaposed over the timespan is London as a refuge, both to immigrants and to those who have gravitated to the metropolis from far flung corners of Britain. The stories and struggles of characters from London films making their way in the city are interwoven, and from this, a new intimate tale is drawn onto the Southbank.
The close-up story of the changing face of our city, architecturally and culturally, and how we interact with it is explored within the work. London cuts from being the star in the frame to acting as a backdrop for a million nights out, break ups, and family days out. Through the process of sampling, spooling and phasing, the snippets of conversation and their condensed meanings are amplified. 
From these disparate moments we take with us a sense of belonging to London, and it to us.
Via the BFI [Stuart Brown] and film makers in the London Calling programme they allowed the reinterpretation of the following films and soundtracks.
01 Finnisterre – Colour
02 London1993 – Colour
03 Street Scenes Silent – B/W
04 John Krisch_The Elephant Will Never Forget – B/W
05 London Suite_London Suite – Colour
06 London Suite_Latifah+Himili’s Normadic Uncle – B/W
07 John Krisch_Return of Life – B/W
08 We Are The Lambeth Boys – B/W
09 Brief City – B/W
10 London Suite_Sundial – Colour
11 This Year London – B/W
12 Colour on the Thames Silent – Colour
13 Together – Colour

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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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