Recent Projects

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Openframeworks is a c++ library designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation.

The library is designed to work as a general purpose glue, and wraps together several commonly used libraries under a tidy interface: openGL for graphics, rtAudio for audio input and output, freeType for fonts, freeImage for image input and output, quicktime for video playing and sequence grabbing.

The code is written to be both cross platform and cross compiler. The API is designed to be minimal and easy to grasp. There are very few classes, and inside of those classes, there are very few functions. The code has been implemented so that within the classes there are minimal cross-referening, making it quite easy to rip out and reuse, if you need, or to extend.

Simply put, openFrameworks is a tool that makes it much easier to make things via code.

OpenFrameworks is actively developed by Zachary Lieberman and Theodore Watson along with help from the OF community.

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With the creation of BoozBot, Eyebeam Fellows David Jimison and Jeff Crouse have now added the bartending robot to that list of creative roles for automatons. The birth of BoozBot opens a fresh chapter at the intersection of technology, human interaction, and the science of personality. BoozBot converses with the wit and wisdom of your favorite corner barkeep, pouring drinks, monitoring sobriety, and engaging patrons one-on-one.
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This project started out as the Milkscanner (as described on instructables). The basic idea behind this process is that you can capture the silhouette of an object easily when it is surrounded by a high contrast fluid, such as milk or ink.
When lowering the object into the fluid, the silhouette changes gradually, as the fluid obstructs more and more of the objects shape. By capturing the silhouette of an object at different stages of submersion, one can generate slices, that, if properly stacked together, can be interpreted as 3D data.

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The Great Wikimarathon is a one-day event that unites art lovers around the world in an attempt to collectively fill in the gaps of contemporary art knowledge found on wikipedia. The WikiMarathon is is a recurrent and uncentralized, happening everytime a weekend lands on the 26th of a month, since marathons are 26 miles long. Participants gather locally, at house parties and coffee shops in their neighborhood, to brainstorm and create content on contemporary and new media artists and programs. These small local groups then gather online in an open chat to streamline productivity and help each other edit their Wikipedia posts.

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"The Queensboro Bridge is a beautiful artifact of the industrial age and this project represents the transition that can and must be made from the industrial age, dependent on fossil fuels, to an industrial era that lives off of solar income...wind is solar energy too, and all sustainability is about getting the income to expense ratio on solar income to something that can be sustained by living systems." - Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism in response to The Queensbridge Wind Power Project video The Queensbridge Wind Power Project presents a vision of a future when meeting energy production needs can actually enhance the beauty of a city. Queens generates half of New York City's energy, and the power plants in Queens are affecting the environment. The project investigates how clean, renewable wind power might be integrated into the landmark architecture of the Queensboro Bridge. This art project is designed to engage urban communities in a dialogue about the potential of wind and other alternative energies.

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Freewear is an ongoing project that explores the possibilites of create garment out of free materials provided by the city. The Postal Gown is the first 100% free product of Freeware which was made using Postal Tyvek envelopes than can be found in any postal office for free. All the notions needed to sew the dress were freecycled in its totality, using a network of gift-economy named Freecycle.

Along with the exchange of goods, Freecycle also have an exchange of stories, you are open to encounters with strangers and the city which may have been otherwise foreclosed by dominant modes of exchange and consumption. Hacking the Postal Office to get the main resource, enables the user to detour the purpose of the public infrastructure to their own benefit.

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The Lightcoder is a symbolic object that explores the possibilities of survival in an urban environment, bringing attention to the vulnerability of digital technology and embracing its entropy through alternative interaction that don't rely on dominant technologies. The Lightcoder is an analog communication device. A "rebozo"-style bag, made out of reflective mylar that use natural or artificial light to encode messages into morse code.

The Pocket LightCoder is a free tool. If you need one for your survival kit, shoot an email to: jerry@eyebeam.org

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Installed for the Eyebeam 10th Anniversary. Dirt Party gathers salacious information on guests at the party, both via online research and undercover journalists. This informations is combined with photographs to create real time tabloids.

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Moviesandbox is a graphical filmmaking tool in progress for the Unreal Tournament engine.
It allows you to easily create your own characters, sets and poses and direct them in the way you imagine.
Please visit the Moviesandbox webpage for more information,
downloads, news, video tutorials and the development wiki!

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Hello, Weather! attempts to de-mystify the collection and use of weather and climate data by bringing artists, technologists, ecologists and environmentalists together around public weather stations.

Two Professional Weather stations are currently in operation in New York City as part of this project, one at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and one in partnership with the SP Weather Station project in Long Island City.

The Eyebeam site is on the West side of Manhattan, near the Hudson River and the SP Weather Station site is in Queens near the East River. Both stations are on rooftops. The stations are wireless and solar powered and transmit data to an indoor receiver that logs the data and uploads it to a computer.Data from both stations is being saved locally for archiving and use in projects.

The Eyebeam station currently participates in three volunteer weather observer projects: Weather Underground, Anything Weather and The Cooperative Weather Observer Program (CWOP), providing data that is used in local and national government and commercial forecasts and scientific research.  In addition, there is a live webcam of the station and updated online custom-formatted data.

CWOP provides a site for each station with several comma-delimited tables, rss feeds and graphical representations of the station data at various time scales: daily, weekly and monthly. They also locate the station on a variety of different maps including acme mapper, aprs, findu.com, googlemaps, pdb, teraserver, topographic and topozone.

Weather Underground provides data tables and graphical representations, and also provides a comma-delimited file of data, xml and html objects that can be placed on websites to provide quick access to the data.