We did it. Our Project titled “Bowwave” presented at this years Beakerhead where art meets science went off with a resounding success.
Our team of talented Artists, Engineers, Lighting Experts, Engineers and Musicians brought our concept to fruition. Our inital goal was to utilize some ancient circuits and button pads from an old science centre exhibit to control a lighting array on a sand rock bar that had formed from the flood in 2013. When the buttons, which were electric field sensors, were triggered they would play a sound and light up a line of lights. The idea was that it would take many hands to fully activate both the sound and light components, in this case 10.
To read some more technical details of this project keep reading.
A Few years ago I stumbled on some interestingsites that used GLSL programs to create some neat visuals.
A bit of an introduction. There’s many libraries for making graphics in computers but one that has been around for quite a while and is used in many places is called OpenGL. It takes care of a lot of the underlying details so you can specifiy a box or a cube or just triangles and have it draw something on your screen in a 3D world. GLSL is a subset of OpenGL written specifically for GPU’s, ie your graphics card. This allows you complete control and very low level control over exactly how those triangles get converted to colored pixels on your screen.
I got a last minute invitation to do visuals at beaker head. The NEST dome guys from Montreal that were out at motion notion this summer were being brought to town to showcase the full dome. Time was tight so we only ended up jamming for an hour while Essete played some nice beats. Was still a fun nite and great to see everybody’s faces as we took them on a journey through our imaginations.
To be able to keep up with rendering 2k or 4k video I decided I needed a new computer. Laptop’s weren’t really cutting it these days, I can’t put new Nvidia cards into them. Plus mac’s are overpriced for what they contain. I’ve been following along with mackintosh’s for awhile and even managed to boot up an old Pentium 4 shuttle box I had at one point, but it sounded like now things have started to stabilize. After many hours researching on tonymacx86 I took the plunge and started ordering. For roughly $1200 CDN I could put together a pretty powerful unit, Core i7, 16gb ram, 250gb SSD drive, Nvidia Geforce 960. There was relitively few snags on setting it all up. My main problem was because I was trying to triple boot, Windows 10/ OSX/ Linux (Mint). It seemed every time I installed a new OS it would blow away the boot manager from the previous ones, I’m looking at you windows. After some trial and error I have it all up and working. Now which OS will I find myself in more 😉
It’s been awhile (3 years) since the first raspberry pi, the $35 computer, came on the scene. Three years is a pretty long cycle not to have any major significant change in the computer industry . Sure they doubled the ram and added a few usb ports over the year, but original processor that drives these beasts was definitely showing it’s age. Then just recently they dropped a full refresh from what appeared out of nowhere. I’ve bought both of the last two significant upgrades and was about to drop money on the third but thankfully I hesitated that weekend and much to my chagrin the announcement came out. So I quickly ordered up a couple with some wifi dongles, it’s really too bad they didn’t include wifi but, it’s only a $35 computer for pete sake’s.
Here is some great new prints utilizing slic3r’s spiral vase mode. Printed on an i3 Wilson using diamond age translucent blue filament at .2mm layer height and .5 mm layerwidth with 1 perimeter and 3 bottoms using a Jhead .35 nozzle