Kinect or Not, the Gesture Web of Things is Coming

"Kinect is to multitouch user interfaces what the mouse was to DOS."

Jad Abumrad on the Neuroscience of Sound, Art, and Creativity

I was lucky enough to be present during this presentation and his insights were like a mental bolt of lightening. I'm glad Jesse Thorn of The Sound of Young America could share it with us.


NASA to Hold News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery

"MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. PST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe."

Motion Picture Academy Working on Image Interchange Framework

"The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is developing an architecture and supporting tools for digital motion picture mastering applications.

Music Video Shot Using Just The Lights of New York City.

"Shot on Canon 5D II and Canon 40D. Finished in After Effects."


Image Mapping and Tracking for AR Apps

"Projects like Microsoft’s Photosynth illustrate the capacity of image databases to define 3D space. More recently, AR researchers have started to use image recognition/mapping metaphors to create fluid “glyph-free” applications. The team at the University of Graz’s Christian Doppler Laboratory have just posted some exciting new videos of their work in this field."



Disney to Open Source Universal Particle Exchange Format

"Particles are an important part of effects work, because they allow free-form information in 3D space. Unfortunately, there is no standard format for particles akin to Wavefront .obj."

The Visual Effects Society has been working toward an Open Particle Format for several years and encourages others the work with Disney to expand and develop this useful software solution.

IATSE Formally Announces Visual Effects Organizing Drive

"For over a year IATSE has been working with members of the Visual Effects community to establish an organizing campaign for artists. To that end they are formally and publicly announcing that effort. In addition they have hired Jim Goodman as a full time representative whose sole responsibility will be to organize VFX artists into IATSE.

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