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Transit status information

I've written something that uses [1] together with Festival to give announcements about BART trains approaching 16th Street. I intend on setting this up with a cron job to run around the time of the scheduled last trains every night (and maybe the first train in the morning if we think people may frequently stay until around 4:00 a.m.!), using the music server once it's stable. To avoid annoying people this should probably not be configured to make regular announcements at other times. Two extensions to make this more useful: (1) if we can get or make a USB-to-buttons/switches or parallel-port-to-buttons/switches adapter, we can have a big button somewhere that causes an announcement to occur (for use when people are thinking of catching BART and want to know when it's coming). (2) If we can get a big scrolling LED sign with computer control, we can have it constantly display train status -- as well as Muni bus announcements with data from NextBus, perhaps using a library to get it. Schoen 23:30, 9 October 2008 (PDT)

RepRap

RepRaps are a kind of homemade 3D printers capable of self-replicating, as well as being used for rapid prototyping and manufacturing. There is interest in constructing a RepRap at NoiseBridge. See RepRap.


Ambient Activity Mutating Space

Place properly signed microphones in part of the space. Pick up conversations, feed them to voice recognition software. Extract nouns and phrases from the results. Render the top results from searching these phrases on displays in the space, twitter them on the Noisebridge twitter stream, and do other fun things. Maybe also do gesture recognition, too. See Ambient Activity Mutating Space.


Pancakes

there's a saying to the effect that the first batch is always ruined. a similar saying says don't buy any software with a rev of 1.0. is there such a saying about wikis? should there be? what about refactoring this wiki so's to make it easier to navigate (e.g. don't have two separate "infrastructure" sections)? --Jstockford 16:38, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

This falls very much into the category of Just Do It. That said, it's a fairly big job that I personally have not found time to take on. If anyone wants to collaborate on wiki reorganization I'm up for that (I like Organized). Rachel 16:49, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

see discussion page for collaboration. --Jstockford 21:59, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

Hologlyphic Video Art Project

Basic project proposal:

  • Create extension of existing True 3D video art performance system
  • Existing system is monochromatic and 6” or 19” in size
  • New system would be much larger and full color


Existing Hologlyphics system:

  • Viewers see true 3D stereoscopic moving images without special glasses
  • A viewer can move left to right and see multiple perspectives of the same object, and multiple viewers can each see their own unique view, as in the real world
  • All movies can be pre-recorded animations, generative volumetric movies or real-time controlled by musical keyboards, sound input etc.
  • Sound and music are integrated into the system, synchronous with the animations
  • Sound can be spatially distributed with multiple loudspeakers
  • Technical process is not holography, but the visual result is the same as a white light hologram
Spiral Animation on the Hologlyphics system, only a 2D photo of the stereoscopic image seen by a live audience
Hologlyphic Green Fire, only a 2D photo of the stereoscopic image seen by a live audience


There is video with sound, downloadable from my site, big files and just a demo of the true stereoscopic images the audience views. People are stopping by to see it in person this weekend, update on the place and time soon-

Videos:

http://www.hologlyphics.com/holo_videos.htm

If you don't want to download big files, lower quality streaming videos are available, but don't convey the depth as well as the bigger files:

http://www.youtube.com/hologlyphics


Collaboration proposal:

Several designs for a larger system have been worked out, after a few people see the 3D video art system, we can discuss the various methods, to asses which approach we may take. Besides increasing size and adding color, the new system design will take into consideration performance and creative applications. Two main phases to the project, the technical development and then creative content development stage, although there will be some overlap, in a good sense

Technical development will most likely be done by a smaller core group, with various technical skills, working to make a reliable, robust system. Any of the systems will require the development of hardware and software, it will be within the software development where most of the creative work lies. Once the hardware is robust and the basic software structure is in place, work can open up to a larger group of people. At first people with programming skills can develop content, and also develop content creation tools for those without programming skills.

I have been programming computers for sound and visuals since around 1982, currently work with Max/MSP/Jitter, Csound, RTCmix, Processing ect. Can offer hardware design, physical implementation and construction, programming, plus many oddball creative images generation techniques. I‘m an artist with strong engineering skills, specifically specialized in 3D video, movies, ect without glasses, this is something I understand very well. Assistance with various technical issues will greatly accelerate the development process, and none of it is rocket science, more specifics on this next week after we meet and discuss this in person. In the end we will produce a collaborative volumetric movie and show it in public, this is where the fun really starts, there is enormous creative potential

Possible Funding is available, if not I will self fund the project. More info on this soon after a few details are worked out.


In person demo if the Hologlyphics: This weekend, time and place TBA. --Wfunk 19 November 2008

Electronics Essentials

seems likely that people working on electronic projects would find a variable power supply and a function generator handy along with some other basic test gear (e.g. pink noise generator, resistance bridge, LC measuring device...). many such things are available as kits. i've got one or two myself and would like to build them down there and leave them for people to use. what cautions wrt other peoples' careful use? signs or brief instruction sheets helpful? --Jstockford 16:38, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

anyone want to collaborate on building kits and devices? OtherElectronicProjects --Jstockford 16:38, 19 October 2008 (PDT)

I brought some random retro gear along those lines, they're on a shelf labeled as donated by Skory. If they look of use please take them and have your way with them. --elgreengeeto

I bought a bunch of cheap but universally useful components: about 1000 resistors, 300 capacitors, diodes, wire, etc. I'm taking suggestions for other cheap but handy electronics I aught buy in bulk. dstaff.


Python classes

Proposed at Python classes. Schoen 21:20, 26 October 2008 (PDT)


Pimping up the lights

I want to pimp up Noisebridge's lights with a digital web-controlled interface. (Don't worry, there will still be switches that just-work.) See Lighting. Once I have enough work done, I'll bring it up at a meeting. If anyone wants to help with construction or software, let me know. I think I have the electronics under control. -- Dstaff

how about LED lights on a 12VDC circuit? --Jstockford 08:55, 14 November 2008 (PST)


Gastrohacking SOE

We are enough mad food hackers that we should make sure that a SubOrganizational Entity with regular food hacking meet-ups, events, workshops, cook-offs, and participation in TGRWT challenges. We would like to work our way through the recipes or ideas from the great scientific chefs: Ferran Adria, Heston Blumenthal et.c. Make things like: Blue cheese / chocolate souffle and lemon tempura with licorice. Build and use a sous vide bath and a computer controlled automated bbq.


Wiki Watch

the wiki is getting wacky. over time it may get so crufty as to be unhelpful. this "concept" suggests some of us pay attention to our wiki to keep it useful, something like managing a garden:

  • some items are old and no longer useful, like weeds, they should be removed. if an audit trail or history is needed, move old stuff to an antiquities section.
  • there are redundancies which should be consolidated (move all the gardenias to the same bed).
  • it might be nice to use the discussion (talk) pages more and the article pages less so the text on the article pages reflects concensus of the discussion (and reduces the amount of words the reader must slog through).
  • wiki technologies offer some features that might be good to promote. an example is "categories": if you look at special pages, you'll see a categories page listed; click it and you'll see the categories, one of which is "projects". it might be nice that we're aware of the projects category and tag some articles as projects. the benefit is easier wiki navigation. the downside, of course, is that all humans, even enlightened intelligent and well-meaning humans, are at times douchebags and won't bother to read about how to do things in ways other than what the current feelings dictate.

if you have feelings about watching the wiki, add your voice, please. perhaps we can get up a wikiwatch group to encourage each other to manage the mess. --Jstockford 09:13, 14 November 2008 (PST)


Getting and Giving Stuff

if we get stuff, where to put it? there are the sharing and hacking shelves, probably incoming should go on one of those two sets.

it would be nice to have an outgoing shelf, a place to put stuff that we no longer want. maybe the very bottom shelf in the hacking set? other?

how about trips to take stuff to ACCRC? a trip to ACCRC could be just to take stuff, just to see the place, just to spend time working as volunteers, or some combo. --Jstockford 10:35, 17 November 2008 (PST)

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