Apple's Lightning Output Leaps Backward in Quality; Watch it Ruin Thicket

One of these things is not like the others. Images courtesy Josh Ott. Apple’s iOS has at times shown tremendous promise as a portable canvas for art and visual performance for projection. But the “upgrade” to the Lightning port has brought an unfortunate step backward in fidelity – enough of one to make you hang onto an iPad 3 for now, or simply switch back to laptops. And while the image output from the iPad has gotten murkier, at least the reason why is getting clearer. The good news: Lightning itself seems isn’t to blame, and a fix seems both …

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Apple’s Lightning Output Leaps Backward in Quality; Watch it Ruin Thicket

One of these things is not like the others. Images courtesy Josh Ott. Apple’s iOS has at times shown tremendous promise as a portable canvas for art and visual performance for projection. But the “upgrade” to the Lightning port has brought an unfortunate step backward in fidelity – enough of one to make you hang onto an iPad 3 for now, or simply switch back to laptops. And while the image output from the iPad has gotten murkier, at least the reason why is getting clearer. The good news: Lightning itself seems isn’t to blame, and a fix seems both …

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iPad 2 Goes Native: 1920×1200 Output with Thicket; Devs, How to Add This To Your Apps

Joshue Ott, media artist and designer and the visual developer of Thicket for iOS, joins us for a special guest post. First, he shows off the ability of the iPad 2 for full-blown, better-than 1080p HD output, at native 1920×1200. For developers, he also demonstrates how to get the same results. Why does this matter? Tablets achieving desktop-like output means they could work as ultra-portable live visual performance instruments. If we can finally start to see HDMI mixers, a tablet could join a computer onstage as a visual instrument. And lastly, this kind of high-quality output means wonderful things for …

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On Toys, Music and Visuals, and Code: Thicket’s Creators Talk iOS Artmaking

What could audiovisual art made for tablets look like? Some dismiss the results as “toys.” The creators of Thicket embrace that very role. Thicket, the product of electronic A/V artists Morgan Packard and Joshue Ott, is intended as a kind of immersive distraction, filling the screen of an Apple handheld or iPad with clouds of abstract color and ambient sound. Free of controls or widgets, playing with Thicket is a bit like sticking your hand into a mist, more gently responsive than overtly interactive. It’s also lovely, and – for the moment – free. As an experiment, Josh and Morgan …

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Mobile Motion: iPad VGA Output Explained, Live in an App

Apple’s iPad-to-VGA Dock Connector adapter hasn’t exactly been a home run for consumer end users, who have been disappointed to discover that applications don’t mirror to the output automatically and DRM-ed content won’t play. That has caused the device’s ratings to plummet on the Apple Store, and Engadget had this to say: Apple iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter not accomplishing the simplest of tasks But for visualists, it’s something beautiful: it turns the iPad into a usable visual performance device. And even if you’re not a fan of the iPad, this is reason for hope: it sends a clear …

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