I get the sense that one day very soon we might squash a bug beneath our shoe, or hit something while driving our cars down dark and lonely roads, only to discover suddenly that we’ve unknowingly ruined a billion dollar DARPA project. Check out these new fantastic creatures we now share our world with.
By Daniel Sierra, this animation was created “to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison.”
Before I take a trip, I spend hours on Google Street View getting familiar with the destination, in the hopes that when I arrive I’ll have the familiarity of a native. This works out pretty well, so I love any tool that automates navigating GSV. The creative team of Geoff Teehan and Jon Lax have taken Street View automation to a whole new hyperlapse level (see examples in the above video).
Hyper-lapse photography—a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest—has been a growing trend on video sites. It’s not hard to find stunning examples on Vimeo. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations. We aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid, but quickly discovered that it could be used as the source material. It worked so well, we decided to design a very usable UI around our engine and release Google Street View Hyperlapse.
You can use their tool to create your own hyperlapse of GSV. For example, here’s one I made in a few seconds that follows the path of a hike I took last summer over the Golden Gate Bridge while visiting San Francisco.
Tibetan calligrapher Tashi Mannox mixes art with Buddhist philosophy to create art as a meditative practice.
As dependency on the Internet grows, so does the need for a backup, is the premise of this TED Talk by Danny Hill.
Welcome, kindred spirit, if thou dost laugh at these jokes.
The “Water Light Graffiti” is an interactive art project by Antonin Fourneau. On a surface made of thousands of LEDs that react to the contact of water, viewers are invited to make graffiti with water guns, spray bottles, or just their fingers. The result is a brilliant ever-changing light display that mimics street art. From Digitalarti:
Water Light Graffiti is a wall for ephemeral messages in the urban space without deterioration. A wall to communicate and share magically in the city.
Time-lapse of the space shuttle Endeavor’s three-day journey through the streets of LA to the California Science Center where it will be put on display not that it is retired. Not something you see every day, even in Los Angeles.
Watching the live feed of the first ever parachute from space. It sometimes seems like it’s all been done before and, to me, it’s amazing to be reminded that we’ve only scratched the surface and can still watch history unfold in real time.