Recent Projects

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"Mr. T1" is a bandwidth meter detector that runs as a standalone, cross-platform (OSX, Linux, Windows) application. The project constantly checks the current speed of the connected network and if it reaches that of a standard T1 line (1.5mbit/sec) or higher then a Mr.T sound sample is triggered in the form of "I Pity The Fool" or one of Mr.T's other various sayings. The project playfully examines the metaphorical connection between fictional characters from mainstream entertainment media and the naming conventions of modern communication systems such as the Internet

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GPS-HOG is an open-source toolkit to allow its user to ensure they are the only one occupying any single location on Earth. The idea is presented as a critical approach to the multitude of consumer devices with integrated GPS hardware that allow for people to keep track of their locations through a global network of satellites. As international population levels rise, crowds are becoming more common in public spaces to the point where solitude is often hard to find. Even with specified waypoints that allow for near pin-point accuracy in location determinism, the system is continually over-burdened with multiple devices attempting to receive coordinate data in similar locations. The project is presented as a step toward enabling solitude through coordination retrieval.

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We are developing and researching design techniques inspired by the degraded aesthetic of the hobbyist, amateur and geek. This work re-imagines the original spirit of the Internet before the dotcom gold rush. The "Summer of HTML" Tour took Dirt Style Design on the road.

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Pizza Party was commissioned by Eyebeam R&D for media artist Cory Arcangel as part of his work in the work in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and implemented by R&D Fellow Mike Frumin. It is a free text based software package for ordering pizza, or for throwing pizza parties. It has many features to make ordering pizza easy:

  • Can order pizza with only a few keystrokes.
  • Can save pizza preferences.
  • Can use batch files for ordering many pizzas.
  • Has easy to use flags for ordering different toppings.
  • Runs on most UNIX-like operating systems.
  • Supports most currently popular topings like "mushrooms", and "pepperoni"
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Noderunner is a game that transforms a city into a playing field. Two teams race against time to access as many wireless Internet nodes as possible. To prove that they have successfully connected to an open node, each team must submit photographic proof to the Noderunner weblog. During game play, the weblog becomes a busy scoreboard tracking the competing teams in real time. After the game, the photos provide visual documentation of the path taken by each team and public spaces that have free wireless connectivity. Winner of the 2003 Golden Nica award for Net Vision from Ars Electronica.

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ACCESS lets you track anonymous individuals in public places, by pursuing them with a robotic spotlight and acoustic beam system. The work provokes questions about surveillance technology, contemporary advertising, and the entertainment industry. ACCESS was created by Eyebeam resident Marie Sester and is the winner of the 2004 Webby Award for Net Art.

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Based on the EARTH dataset, individual terrain sections are printed with the 3d Systems solid object printer. These rapid prototyping prints then become the molds for archival plaster casts. The casts then become a projection surface for digital data from the specific locations.  Using only a single 35mm slide projector, "Discrete Terrains" are the absolute simplest technological reduction of the "EARTH" and "Terrain Machine" projects.

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ReBlog is a web site republishing the best blog posts from around the web utilizing the ReBlog software hack created by Eyebeam R&D. This program allows users to filter and republish relevant content from many RSS feeds, in effect curating information online. The ReBlog software is available as an open-source download and allows individuals and organizations to tap the contributions of members, friends, strangers, employees and communities-at-large in order to easily redistribute relevant content. Eyebeam's ReBlog web site features a constantly updating look at art, technology and popular culture selected by guest curators sharing their view of the best blog posts in the world.

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Eyebeam hosted an interdisciplinary panel discussion entitled Social Network Soiree: Discussion, Champagne, Experiment. The discussion addressed the social dynamics that drive fashion trends, enable salacious gossip, fuel Internet crazes and sustain corporate power structures. Panelists used social network analysis to explain a transformation in art, technology, or culture. A cocktail party followed the discussion, where guests wore wireless badges called meme tags that track and analyze social interaction in real time. To participate in the experiment, guests mingled, listened to freshly spun electronica, and sipped complimentary mini-Moet champagne. Panelists included Malcom Gladwell, Natalie Jeremijenko, Josh On, Jonah Peretti, and Rick Borovoy.

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VGMap is a library that allows designers, developers, and mapping geeks to overlay data on top of Google Maps in a richer way than is possible using their standard system. The Google Maps API enables point and line data on their maps in the form of markers and polylines, which has yielded a lot of great mashup applications, but precludes its for more sophisticated GIS applications. Flash technology, on the other hand, provides vector drawing, as well as well-worn interactive and animation functionality. This VGMap library is simply the glue between Google Maps and Flash, which we hope will help to provide baseline technology for building open, web-based GIS applications using Google Maps as the base layer. The first application we developed with VGMap was an interactive New York city Subway Map.