Public interactives Digest

By annebalsamo | Emergent Media, New Technologies, and the transformation of human experience in urban spaces.

Dalek, Buff Monster Present Spaced Out: A Psychedelic Collaborative Art Gallery In New York

The two artists will collab on an art gallery for the first time this spring.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>There are always great art galleries in New York City year round …

Street Art

SureFire's ARON ecosystem enables augmented reality without Wi-Fi

SureFire is laying the foundation for a post-Wi-Fi world. Its new platform, ARON, is a communications system designed to transmit real-world data via infrared light, allowing users to access an augmented reality view of their immediate surroundings. It's a lot like Google Lens -- but it doesn't …

Wi-Fi

12-meter

OSAKA--The classic Tetris tile-matching puzzle game just got bigger, at least in Osaka.<p>Through projection mapping technology, visitors can play the …

What are those tall kiosks that have replaced pay phones in New York?

<b>Q. Tall kiosks labeled “LinkNYC” are replacing phone booths, offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls. The thing is, I have never seen anybody using one. What gives?</b><p>A. Compared with the pay phones they often replace, LinkNYC kiosks, known as Links, get plenty of use, even if no one is …

Nonprofits

A Giant Interactive Glass and Gold Picture Frame Sculpture That Stands 150 Meters Above Dubai

The city of Dubai is known for its devotion to opulence and its newest addition to the skyline is no exception, though not without its own …

Burj Khalifa

How 'projection bombing' blew up on Twitter HQ

From Gail Porter being beamed on to parliament to #refugeeswelcome lighting up the cliffs of Dover, this nifty visual trick has become a go-to viral hit for activists. As Twitter boss Jack Dorsey can confirm, it’s simple, eye-catching – and you can’t rub it off<p>By the standards of a guerrilla …

Jack Dorsey

$500K Toronto subway digital art installation kept offline over hate speech fears

Toronto's transit authority is refusing to turn on the $500,000 interactive digital art installation it commissioned for one of its new subway …

Censorship

'Astrocyte' explores how architecture can interact with humans

Philip Beesley's <i>Astrocyte</i> aims to show that architecture can be more than just ornamental. Built from acrylic, mylar, sensors, custom glasswork, 3D-printed lights and using AI, chemistry and a responsive soundscape, it not only invokes emotional reactions but reacts to participants' movements and …

InterAct

Making your own waves in the 'Vortices' art installation

Technology allows you to experience art in a direct way by physically becoming part of the exhibition, and TeamLab is on the forefront of that movement. The Japanese art collective is at it again with a new exhibition at Melbourne's NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) Triennial called Moving Creates …

Physics

Surprise! Digital space isn't replacing public space, and might even help make it better

You’re on the train on your daily commute, head bowed, peering at your phone. A cavalcade of news stories, friends’ holiday snaps and random promoted …

Want to live in a futuristic smart city today? Take a cruise

The cruise industry is rapidly evolving to integrate the Internet of Things — with sensors, connected devices, artificial intelligence, and cloud …

Experience Interrupted: Social Media’s Takeover of Sacred Spaces

By David Schwarz, Partner at Hush<p>Artists and architects have always leveraged the boundaries of physical space for maximum effect. In almost all cases, the design of these inspirational spaces has been driven by a desire to affect the human senses, provoke an emotional response, or to deeply …

Social Media Marketing

Can Magic Leap Deliver on Its Big Hardware Reveal?

Rony Abovitz has never been one for direct information. Over the past few years, the Magic Leap founder has confounded people with …

Augmented Reality

7 Trends That Augur The Future Of Urban Design

From autonomous vehicles to algorithmic design, the new forces shaping urban design are poised to forever change our cities and suburbs.<p>Cities are, and always have been, an evolving organism. However, today’s social, environmental, and technological forces are making the evolution more volatile and …

Urban Design

Swarm Compass: A Sea Change in Visualizing Events by Swarm Intelligence - Ars Electronica Blog

The basic concept behind <i>Swarm Compass</i> is to navigate people by utilizing swarm intelligence and to present a totally new medium in the entertainment …

Innovation

Alien frightens life out of New Yorkers, thanks to 'X-Files'

Commentary: To get viewers primed for a new season of the famed sci-fi series, an alien invades a New York Post newspaper dispenser.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>If you've ever picked up the New York Post, you'll be aware that it can …

The X-Files

Paying With Your Face

Shortly after walking through the door at Face++, a Chinese startup valued at roughly a billion dollars, I see my face, unshaven and looking a bit …

Dystopia

Fun Maps: Discover 34,000 Historic NYC Buildings With Interactive Map

New York City is known for its stunning architecture, but much of what you will pass by on a daily basis holds little known or hidden histories. To …

GIS

Magic Leap finally unveils augmented reality goggles, says it’s shipping next year

After more than three years, Magic Leap has unveiled what it describes as a “creator edition” of its augmented reality system. The Magic Leap One consists of a pair of oversized cyberpunk-y goggles, a puck-shaped external computer called a Lightpack, and a handheld controller. It’s supposed to …

Augmented Reality

The 11 best, worst, and weirdest robots of 2017

I was busy thinking ‘bout bots<p>2017: bad in general; pretty good for robots. That’s my summary anyway, and while I understand if you feel like I’m glossing over one or two important events, I would ask you to remember what those important events actually were. Not great, right? Best to concentrate …

Robots

Romanian hackers infiltrated 65% of DC's outdoor surveillance cameras

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Two Romanian hackers infiltrated nearly two-thirds of the outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, as part of an extortion scheme, according to federal court documents.<p>In a criminal complaint filed last week in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, the US …

Surveillance

Virtual Reality Companies Are Changing How Athletes See Practice

Stanford kicker Jet Toner drags his right foot on the ground, then taps it twice. He looks down at the football in front of him and visualizes a line extending to the white poles 40 yards ahead.<p>Defensive players shake out their quads and bend into squats in front of him, their hamstrings screaming …

Virtual Reality

teamlab transforms fukuoka castle ruins into immersive light festival series

<b>art and technology collaborative teamlab presents a multi-part installation at the fukuoka castle ruins in japan.</b> the design team was inspired by the …

Lightform raises $5M to turn old projectors into augmented reality machines

In Blade Runner 2049, one of the more interesting stylistic choices was how the film imagined futuristic augmented reality. While the Microsofts and Googles of our real dystopian world are currently approaching AR tech with headsets and smart glasses, Blade Runner 2049 relied entirely on external …

The UK’s First VR-only Public Arts Festival

VR producer, Focal Point panellist and regular speaker at XR events, Catherine Allen, has launched a new start-up focused on bringing ‘artistic’ VR …

Royal Caribbean’s Newest Cruise Ship with Interactive Content Gives Passengers Fun Way to Play on High Seas

We’ve reached the time of year when the temperature has a lot more people thinking about heading to the high seas for a sunny getaway to… well, just …

What would Twitter look like in AR? With TweetReality, you don’t need to imagine

If the future entails everyone clad in glasses mixing reality and digitizations, what will future social media platforms look like? That’s the …

Starbucks launches interactive coffee experience in Shanghai as it boosts presence in China

Starbucks has launched its interactive coffee and retail store, Reserve Roastery, in Shanghai as the brand looks to expand its presence in its …

Researchers 3D-print WiFi-connected objects that don't need power

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way for 3D-printed plastic objects to transmit information via WiFi without the help of batteries or electronics. And they show that it can be done with commercially available plastics and WiFi receivers. "Our goal was to create something …