Augmented with Violence

Posted by on April 29th, 2010

If you’re like me, you really wish there were more ways for a guy to pull off looking sexy in a saree.  But also, you’ve probably already gotten a little blasé about Augmented Reality. However, this video-billboard in the Netherlands really caught my eye.

An interactive billboard placed above crowded Amsterdam and Rotterdam thoroughfares displays, in real time, a view of the street below. Passers-by can see themselves live on the massive screen, but though the curb space in front of them is empty, on the screen there’s a tense confrontation unfolding as they stand there and gawk.

[Via @GreatDismal and]

AC/DC rock Rochester Castle

Posted by on April 27th, 2010

We’ve featured these architectural projections before. This latest one, an animation of an AC/DC song, at Rochester Castle, England is impressive. It is also a strange promo piece for the sequel to what I called Grinder Movie of the Year, Iron Man. Enjoy:

ACDC Vs Iron Man 2 – Architectural Projection Mapping on Rochester Castle from seeper on Vimeo.

The Facebook Tomorrow

Posted by on February 24th, 2010

At this year’s DICE 2010 Expo, Carnegie Mellon’s Jesse Schell gave a fantastic presentation that starts with why Facebook *shouldn’t* work in the way that it does and extrapolates forward into a half-creepy and half-inspiring vision for the embodied internet, the network of things, the culture of games and the SPIMEworld to come.

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Toshiba’s Armchair Ad

Posted by on November 16th, 2009


Cute Circuit’s Galaxy Dress – World’s Largest Wearable Display

Posted by on November 16th, 2009

24,000 color LED, plus a couple of ipod batteries guarantees you’ll stand out in the crowd:

Special effects typically are a feature of the runaway show — not the dresses themselves. The Galaxy Dress, on the other hand, is one spectacular special effect — the most dramatic evolution in 21st-century fashion.

24000 full color LEDs, measuring a mere 2 by 2 mm in size, were used to create this mesmerizing dress. The circuitry itself is hand embroidered on a layer of silk in a fashion that permits it to stretch, allowing the LED bedazzled fabric to drape with fluidity over the body.

To fuel the LED fabric, a few iPOD batteries illuminate the silhouette for 30 minutes to an hour.

Additional layers of silk chiffon diffuse the light, giving the gown a colorful jellyfish-like transparency .

When the digital patterns fade and the silhouette grows dark, more than 4000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals add sparkle and glitter to the gown.

Take a look at the dress in action:

Link and video from Syuzi at Besides a very pretty pattern to display, a person could run a personalized message or potentially sell advertising space.

Nokia N900 Advertisement

Posted by on November 10th, 2009

The Nokia N900 ad, creepy future and all. Via

Designer IV Bags

Posted by on August 28th, 2009

Link and photo via

Denim-On-The-Go: Jean Vending Machines

Posted by on August 26th, 2009


Closed, a jean brand that provides designer styles based in Hamburg, has launched a denim vending prototype machine in Florence, Italy to see how people embrace jeans-on-the-go. If the concept seems to take off, the idea is that it will be setup in train stations, bus stations and airports around Europe so those jet-lagged and unclean can find themselves in a new and clean pair of jeans.

Barcodes for the rest of us

Posted by on July 28th, 2009

From MIT news:

The ubiquitous barcodes found on product packaging provide information to the scanner at the checkout counter, but that’s about all they do. Now, researchers at the Media Lab have come up with a new kind of very tiny barcode that could provide a variety of useful information to shoppers as they scan the shelves — and could even lead to new devices for classroom presentations, business meetings, videogames or motion-capture systems.

The new system, called Bokode, is based on a new way of encoding visual information, explains Media Lab Associate Professor Ramesh Raskar, who leads the lab’s Camera Culture group. Until now, there have been three approaches to communicating data optically: through ordinary imaging (using two-dimensional space), through temporal variations such as a flashing light or moving image (using the time dimension), or through variations in the wavelength of light (used in fiber-optic systems to provide multiple channels of information simultaneously through a single fiber).

Video: Ultra-thin digital booth babe

Posted by on July 9th, 2009


Spotted at the International Stationery and Office Supply Fair, this eye-catching digital signage system consists of a 0.3-millimeter-thick high-luminance rear-projection film (Vikuiti Rear Projection Film developed by 3M) applied to a 3-millimeter-thick glass substrate cut into the shape of a woman. A rear projector beams video onto the film, whose microbead-arrayed surface produces a crisp, brilliant image viewable from any angle, even in brightly lit environments.

Advertising At Its Best

Posted by on June 5th, 2009

From the movie ‘They Live’

How to Win (at Internets) and Influence People

Posted by on May 15th, 2009

Yesterday’s Buzz Bin Blog has a pretty interesting article about applying the rules from Dale Carnagie’s “How To Win Friends and Influence People” to social networking.  I think it’s of particular interest because the rules they lay out echo my own oft-repeated mantra of “treat conversation on the internet like you treat conversation in real life”.

Of course there’s a focus on marketing and conversation as marketing to both the blog entry (and the book itself) but as much as I sometimes get grumpy in the presence of a marketing-based approach to communications, the same rules that help you sell yourself and your ideas to others can also create better and more stable lines of communication — maximizing the bandwith of your “Friend” connections on various social networks.

Also?  I want “It’s 140 characters, not a debate club” on a goddamned t-shirt.

Win People to Your Way of Thinking
10.The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
11.Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
12.If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
13.Begin in a friendly way.
14.Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.
15.Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
16.Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
17.Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
18.Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
19.Appeal to the nobler motives.
20.Dramatize your ideas.
21.Throw down a challenge.

Actions to Win: LinkedIn & Facebook

  • Create a group to engage thought leaders, interesting parties. Ask their opinions.
  • If logic/position is not factual, ask them how they came to that position.
  • Don’t say they’re wrong, yet state your facts. Ask them what they think.
  • Socratic method is a great way to engage. Sometimes writing out logic in an online group helps expose and address weaknesses.
  • Admit & amend wrongs
  • Challenge people to come up with answers.
  • Acknowledge and seriously weigh responses on any of these issues.
  • In areas of conflicting opinion, ask people to find a compromise.
  • Give credit to anyone who contributes to ideas used.
  • Actions to Win on Twitter

  • Engage in a dialogue on meaningful issues.
  • Remember, Twitter is public. Let folks save face.
  • Admit and amend wrongs.
  • Don’t flame, rather ask and state your dialogue.
  • Give people an out. It’s 140 characters, not a debate club.
  • Look for the positive result, and celebrate it. Laud your conversation partners

  • NY Activists reclaim illegal billboards

    Posted by on April 27th, 2009

    From Urban Prankster:

    This past Saturday over 120 illegal billboards were white-washed and covered with art in New York City by a team of volunteers and artists. The guerrilla operation was organized by The Public Ad Campaign over the past four months.

    via Laughing Squid

    Spending time with Poster Boy

    Posted by on January 20th, 2009

    Improv’ed poster mash-ups armed with just a razor and his mind; meet Poster Boy:

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    via MAKE | Wooster Collective

    The Britney photoshop adbust

    Posted by on January 17th, 2009

    From GIZMODO:

    Messing with ads in subways is becoming an artform, but this “Photoshopping” of ads in Berlin takes things to the next level by creating a Photoshop interface with stickers. This is pitch-perfect adbusting right here.

    That’s just brilliant..

    More photos here.

    Second Glance

    Posted by on December 2nd, 2008

    An innovative marketing scheme or a life-saving advertisement? All of the above:

    Link via

    Swimming Above a Submerged City

    Posted by on November 27th, 2008

    Quite a powerful image, produced for HSBC by Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai ad agency in India.

    via Neatorama


    Posted by on November 13th, 2008


    Water Park Illusion

    Posted by on October 28th, 2008


    Esozone Reminder

    Posted by on October 8th, 2008

    From the Origonian’s coverage of Esozone:

    They call “Esozone: the other tomorrow” a festival, but don’t expect corn dogs and Ferris wheels. Fringe thinkers, visionary artists and occult musicians from around the world will gather at Watershed, a rambling, ramshackle building near Sellwood for a weekend of … well … the inexplicable.

    Noah Mickens, who will take part in the festivities, defines it this way: “Esozone is an exhibition of scientists, philosophers, magicians and performance artists, gathered together by a subculture of young radicals who don’t recognize the distinction between the four.”

        Esozone: the Other Tomorrow opens Friday in Portland, Oregon.   Where else can you participate in a “show and tell” of Mad Science and Occult Technology  one day and discuss 2012 or hear Hecate perform the next?  It promises to be an interesting event.

        Also:  I note because people keep asking me, I won’t be there to cover the event, sadly.   But I’m sure there will be at least a few of our readers there.