This week we have five things to get you feeling like everything is aglow: a programmable t-shirt, a light beam that stalks, brainwaves that levitate you, mood-tweets of the London Eye, and a glow-in-the-dark billboard.
1. tShirtOS: This t-shirt, created by Cutecircuit, is basically threadless.com on crack and is most likely the future of our clothing. With the ability to program the shirt’s LED display, camera, microphone, speaker, and accelerometer with an iOS app, the creative possibility are endless. Who wouldn’t want a t-shirt that is web-connected to display tweets, has sound & video to play YouTube, and can be responsive to digital signals?! Incredible and yes please.
2. Walk the Light: Don’t fear the light, go into it and walk with it at this art installation from this year’s London Design Festival. A light beam, created with thermal tracking cameras and LED lighting mounted to a moving monorail creates a “living expression of the space” by tracking each visitor as they walk through the Exhibition Road tunnel to the entrance of the festival.
3. The Ascent: An interactive installation created by artist Yehuda Duenyas to help humans levitate through the power of brainwaves, mediation and extreme focus. All you’ll need is a harness, an EEG brainwave sensor, flying cables and a launching pad. No big deal. Once your concentration slowly lifts you into the air, a colored light indicator will inform you of your shifting mental state, from blue (focused) through green (less so) to red (distracted). The bluer the readout the higher you rise, and once you get to the top (if you do) you’ll get a grand finale of fireworks, confetti and explosions. Oprah should get on this artsy meditation ride… super mega cool.
4. London Eye Twitter Moods: EDF Energy and the agency Ignite have come up with the cool idea to light the popular ferris wheel in London with colors according to the mood of the UK. Basically, it utilizes twitter sentiment analysis from the tweets surrounding the London Olympic Games through. An emotion algorithm determines the feeling contained in each tweet and translates that into a color on the Eye to represent the overall mood at that point in time. The Eye glows yellow if the crowd is positive, purple if negative and green if they are neutral (the worst).
5. Life After Dark Billboard: In the daylight this billboard looks more like an homage to the classic “Think Small” Volkswagen Beetle ad campaign, but at night it comes alive with glow-in-the-dark graffiti. Entitled “Life After Dark”, Chicago-based street artist Pose concepted and illustrated the billboard with UV paint for the South Australian brewing company Coopers. This tactic could also be really cool for other late-night endeavors such as Taco Bell’s Fourth Meal.
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