Preview: Interactive LED Balls, from the Olympics

Our Zygote Interactive Balls at the Olympics from Alex Beim on Vimeo. I’m such a terrible blogger. Here are giant, glowing balls, and I can’t think of a cheeky, snarky, tasteless way to describe them. (Heck, I don’t even know of anything to do with those inflatable beavers at the Olympics.) Happily, the balls themselves are quite magical. (Wait, maybe I don’t have to do anything to make this post sound funny.) No, seriously — they are. The Arduino-powered devices go beyond just being raver toys to being something quite lovely. I look forward to hearing more about them. And …

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Digital Graffiti, and Olympic OpenFrameworks for the Gold!

Digital Graffiti at the Olympic Village from Alex Beim on Vimeo. Live, interactive visualist performance has made its way to the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Thanks to Alex Beim for the tip. Now, am I the only one watching pairs figure skating and wondering what an algorithm would look like that would generate those arcs? (If I get really advanced, I can start doing matrix transforms for a triple lutz-triple toeloop, but … that may require practice.) Chairman Ting’s digital graffiti art performances at the Salt Building inside the Athlete’s Village were commissioned by The Vancouver Organizing Committee for …

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Music for an Olympic Bid: Making of Antipop’s Madrid 2016 Songs

My own President Obama is this week off making his pitch for why Chicago should host the Olympic Games. Correction. Oops. I need to read the news. Chicago was eliminated first. But look out – our friends at Antipop (slogan: “antipop music for a pop music”) are using a different tool in their arsenal: music. Watch the video for some fun gear spotting, plus one vintage arcade cabinet. I could point out stuff I see, but that’d spoil the fun. Shout out in comments. There’s definitely a commercial gloss on this, but it’s nicely executed, and felt so absurdly Olympic …

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