Archive for December, 2008

Touch Fingerprint

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

An in-class exercise in trying to convey the sense of touch on-screen. Given a matrix of white points on a black field, we had to rework the project with our own “fingerprint” in about 30 minutes. (more…)

Visualizing (proxemic) space

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

In conducting research for the CycleSense bicycle traffic proximity system I gathered data about the amount of space behind a bicycle rider traveling through typical New York City traffic at various times and locations. The initial visualization of this data was to graph the distances over time to look for specific events that the system would need to detect in order to be useful. I cross-referenced the space data with video taken on the same rides


ITP Winter Show 2008

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

This evening is the first night of the 2008 Winter Show at ITP. My Cloud Reader project has been included, and I’ll be attending to it each night in the main hallway – surrounded by other really interesting work. The atmosphere on the floor last night was energized…almost like a festival. I’m excited for the show, having come full circle from one year ago when I visited ITP just before applying to the program.

It doesn’t really feel that long ago; it also feels like a long time ago.

It’s going to be a long and exciting day.

elmo hacking

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

this saturday i participated in the elmo hacking workshop at eyebeam. adrianne wortzel , a resident at eyebeam, has a project which involves synchronizing the movements of 50 tickle-me elmos. mike gazes and soyoung park realized adrianne’s idea by reverse engineering the elmo’s and creating a new control unit based around an atmel atmega168, using the arduino development environment. wireless communication is through xbee radios (so many (more…)

that’s right…it’s on!

Friday, December 12th, 2008

the payoff after updating my linux dvr wouldn’t be so great if the struggle wasn’t there…anyway, added a SATA card, 1.5 terabyte drive, nvidia 8400 video card…and upgraded the SATA card’s and motherboard’s bios’ for good measure (well, actually the SATA card wasn’t letting the system POST while a drive was connected….lame…it had a really old firmware.)

copying the media over to the new drive now.

M5 Bus : Mashup

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

I’ve wanted to try another geocode mashup since the Where We Were project I ran at Moore College. I recently picked up a GPS unit, which got me thinking about it anew.

For the M5 Bus trip assignment for our Applications class I worked up a mix of Twitter, GPS location, digital photos and Google Maps. I had previously synchronized the clocks for the camera, phone and TomTom GPS unit…and used these timestamps later to literally mash the Twitter XML and TomTom GPX files together with a custom Java application. Geocoding the photographs was done using the gpsdings java application.

Google Maps will display carefully formed KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files, which is nice because Google Earth can open the same file.

The project is available at Although this entry is focused specifically on the technical side, I welcome comments here on the thoughts presented on the project page.