Immaterials: Light painting WiFi

A team of designers in Norway have shed some light on the complex web of digital signals that penetrate and surround us by a visual representation of WiFi signals in Oslo. For their ‘Light Painting WiFi’ project, Timo Arnall, Jorn Knutsen, and Einar Sneve Martinussen constructed a four meter tall rod covered in blinking lights. The stronger the WiFi signal around the rod, the higher the blinking lights rise. By taking slow-exposure video footage of the rod, the team captured a one of the many digital signals in our lives.

Thanks Joey (from Sweden)

Fields of dreams

With yesterday being Opening Day of the Major League baseball season (my Cardinals lost 5–3 after being one out away from a win in the 9th  inning), here’s a look at some technical improvements being made at ballparks around the country.

Houston Astros – Minute Maid Park

The Astros join the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins as the only MLB teams to feature a scoreboard with a 1080i display format. “Fans are watching games on high-definition [television], so when they come out to the ballpark we want things to be in high-definition, as well,” Kirby Kander, the Astros’ senior director of creative services, told Where once stood a 26-by-45-foot scoreboard in right field, there’s now a 54-by-124-foot Daktronics behemoth that ranks as the fourth-largest scoreboard in the majors.

The 2.66-million pixel scoreboard was part of a $13 million project which included a 24-by-40-foot video board stationed in left field and 1,185 linear feet of ribbon boards spanning from one foul pole to the other. A state-of-the-art, two-level control room comprising 1,500 square feet was built at the suite level in left field to manage the new ‘boards.

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The BendDesk – Touchscreen interactive desk

What would tables be like in the next few years? Recently the Media Computing Group from Germany offered a possible answer with their BendDesk. It is a clever combination of common tables and computers, featuring a vertical display and a horizontal larger one. Frequently used devices like mouse, keyboard, paper-based documents and others are all built within the two areas, which promise an effective interaction with the users based on multi-touch technology.

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