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MINI Augmented Reality Ad

It’s quite a bit of user involvement before he/she can ‘get’ the ad – but the concept is an interesting one. The steps are as follows:

  1. User sees the ad on magazine, follows instruction to the MINI website.
  2. User holds the magazine in front of his own webcam.
  3. MINI website detects the orientation of the magazine, super-imposes a 3D model of the MINI car on the magazine on the monitor.
  4. User plays around, taken by the interactivity of this augmented reality.
  5. ???
  6. Profit!

[via designboom]

Google Earth

new-york-google-earth

Wow!

That’s not a picture of New York city, but rather, Google Earth’s rendering of it. From satellite images, to building maps, to rough 3D block models of the building, the next layer is now in progress: mapping those buldings with photorealistic textures.

Sim City version GOOGLE coming through!

Chess Claymation

Awesome piece of clay stop-motion video depicting a chess battle…

Christmas Greetings with Microwaves

A big warehouse.

A whole bunch of power cables.

A whole bunch of microwave ovens.

To make the most intimate and interesting Xmas greetings video I’ve seen (so far). Doesn’t quite correlate? See it here:

[by AKQA]

World War – Animation by Vincent Chai

(Click on the video if you want to watch the wide-screen version)

Vincent Chai, a Malaysian(?) animator did the above trailer as his degree project at University of Hertfordshire. Wow, is this the level of work students are capable of nowadays?

Absolutely Amazing!

[More projects from other students here]

Seadragon for iPhone

I was somewhat surprised that Microsoft has decided to launch for free (for the first time) Seadragon Mobile, a very interesting zooming-user-interface, on Apple’s iPhone. Check it out:

I was first captivated by Seadragon some years ago when it was shown in a demo – the way it can (infinitely) zoom down smoothly and still be sharp (without first opening a gigazillion-byte file), the way it has almost zero UI element on screen for it to work (so nothing is blocking you from the things you actually do want to see)  – is something inherently suitable for mobile application, IMHO.

Wonder if this’d take off to one day become a dominant way of accessing information. While currently it’s very much just browsing through static images, some day it may be interactive elements: links, bookmarks, videos, opened and running applications, etc.

The Tetris Song

Sing along!

One, two, one two three four
Shapes made of four colored blocks like a T or a box
Come down like falling bricks
You can set them in rows, but everybody knows
That they made this game for chicks (HEY!)

Mom just loves to flip and stack
Grandma says this shit is like crack! (Well it is!)

This is the game girls deserve, there is no learning curve
Which makes it great for noobs
It will fill you with glee, especially if you have a vaj and boobs (HEY!)

Your mom loves it
Mine does too
Call me sexist, bitch it’s still true (just kidding about the bitch part)

Deep in a girl’s dainty brain, there’s a spot near a vein
Which regulates their bliss (The T-spot)
Once they see falling blocks, the T-spot unlocks
And they start to sing like this (SING!)

LA LA LA LA LA LA LA
WE LOVE TETRIS, LA LA LA LA

Here is a trick I have learned
To avoid getting burned
When you piss off your chick

If you sing this on key,
Immediately shell forget that you’re a dick (Try it!)

LA LA LA LA (Im still mad.) LA LA LA (Is that the Tetris song?)
LA LA LA LA (I love tetris!) LA LA LA (Im happy now.)

Tetris helps when chicks want to neuter us (Snip, snip, snip)
If you love it, you probably have a uterus!

Ecofont

Could this be the David that takes down Goliaths like HP, Canon and Epson?

Architects have been using perforated metal panels like this for a long time. The holes are spaced and cut in a way that does not compromise the overall strength of the material, while removing a substantial portion of the weight, making it easy to use these panels for applications from facade to railing panels (with the bonus of allowing some light through and sometimes making interesting patterns from).

perforated-panel

What happens when the same spirit is taken to typefaces? That’s what happened to Ecofont (a free font), designed with minute perforations in its face without sacrificing legibility:

eco-fonts

The Ecofont is developed by SPRANQ, based on a hunch of Colin Willems. We tried lots of possible ink-saving-options. From extra thin letters to letters with outlines only. We have ommited various shapes: dashes, squares, triangles and even asterisks. In the end the circle was choosen as the best candidate for the job.

With the Ecofont SPRANQ hopes to increase environmental awareness too. Increasing customer awareness about printing behavior: is printing really necessary or (partly) a waste of ink and paper? We also hope to inspire software giants and printer manufacturers to innovate in an environmentally conscious manner.

Would this be a small catalyst that dramatically reduces printing ink needs? Probably not – but still, I liked the interesting thought and cross-field application of the same concept!

What’d you do when you leave art school?

What happens after you graduate?

Have a Good Day!

A light-hearted animation (done as an ad for V water) – if only there’s someone up there taking care  of my life like this, smoothening every crease and catering to every whim…