Crystal zoetrope 2009

Shade Pixel is an interactive display that uses flexible Spandex to represent information. It can be used as an ambient display for its peripherality; non-luminescent nature and simple appearance. The main difference from other displays is that Shade Pixel is applicable to the surfaces of everyday products or to the environment as an interactive skin.



The neat artistic display comes courtesy of Woohun Lee and JinHa Seong of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). They first created hundreds of animated geometric objects using 3-D animation software, and then engraved those object models into a crystal disc by using sub-surface laser engraving.

That crystal disc ended up sitting on a motor that spins at 120 rpm, in a circular bar stool configuration. A group of 25 LED lights surrounding the crystal disc help create the animation by blinking on and off at 80 hertz. People can play with the device based on a touch sensor array, which allows users to control the direction of the spinning spiral and its brightness.

Design Media Lab at the KIST

Fils Sound Film is a flexible, light transparent sound technology which can be used to create speakers pretty much anywhere you’d ever want. The speakers are actually produced using piezoelectric film which can produce sound waves when electrical current is applied. Sound quality isn’t stellar, since the low-end drops out at 200Hz, but the highs range all the way to 25kHz.

Fils



AntiVJ, a media performance group of European artists, recently took over the façade of one of New Songdo City’s recently constructed buildings, projecting onto it, an awe-inspiring audiovisual presentation.




An inspired homage to technology and construction itself, Songdo is a futuristic masterplan city being built on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land in South Korea, along Incheon’s waterfront, and AntiVJ’s work explores a similar theme to the development, that of the “importance of technology, the coexistence of the ancient and the new and the presence of the sea as both a calming and menacing element”.

AntiVJ






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