Bono’s Laser Jacket on the 360° Tour

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Hey Bono, quit shining your darned jacket into my eyes!

Ah, I kid.

Have you seen Bono’s laser jacket?  As if he wasn’t cool enough, Moritz Waldemeyer designed a jacket for the latest 360° Tour that has 240 lasers embedded in it.  Apparently they have been defocused for additional safety, because wouldn’t it suck to drop a kidney on U2 tickets and leave blind?

What? Photocopy Your Butt In This Chair

What?

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Tomomi Sayuda may have a nice bee-hind, but I have to say that I’d need a bit bigger of a scanner.  Tomomi has designed a chair, referred to as the “iBum,” that essentially scans and photocopies the sitter’s tushie as they sit in the chair, then spits out the copy for them to scowl at stare at in amazement.  Tomomi says that “the arse is the window to the soul.”  In my case, it is the sliding glass door.

From Apartment Therapy:

I believe that human buttocks are one of the less discussed and focused part of human body. In this “iBum” project, I would like to reveal the visual of this less popular part of body without notice. The chair reveal human unconsciousness and reality. When audience sit down on the chair, a scanner on the top of chair start to scan people`s buttocks automatically.  Then the scanned image is printed out from the right hand side of the chair. A sensor is detecting people`s existence all the time. So people will not realize the existence of the scanner. Without notice, the photocopy of the bum will arrive next to the chair.

Here’s some video – whereas Tomomi looks kinda bored as she waits for her buttcopy, one woman goes as far as to smell her copy, just to “make sure,” I guess:

HILARIOUS Ad for the NKK OLED Switch

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One of my most trusted OLED sources posted a video from NKK switches about their fully programmable OLED SmartSwitch a few weeks ago – I’m just now getting to see it.  Specs on the switch from OLED-Info:

The OLED SmartSwitch and SmartDisplay are programmable pushbutton switches and displays that feature a programmable and changeable OLED module with 65,536 colors in 16 bit mode, and 256 colors in 8 bit mode. Both devices are capable of displaying full-motion video.

The OLED SmartSwitch and SmartDisplay are emissive devices operated by commands and data supplied via the SPI communications protocol. The switch is capable of 64RGB x 48 pixel resolution and the display 52RGB x 36. The wide viewing area of the switch is 15.5mm x 11.6mm (horizontal x vertical) and the display is 12.9mm x 9.9mm (horizontal x vertical).

I also found a product video on the OLED SmartSwitch on the NKK website, but it’s a little less hilarious:

Frosted Glass VS Scotch Tape

Okay, this is one of the neatest tricks – frosted glass + Scotch tape = clear glass.  You have to see this:

Is this magic?  Is this some kind of interstellar phenomenon?  It is certainly cool and mysterious, but it makes sense if you think about the way that light, reflection, and refraction work together.  This is a very simple analogy, but imagine a stretch of blacktop on a highway – when the sun is shining on it on a dry day, the blacktop is rough and not reflective at all.  The matte surface of the blacktop, if anything, has a diffuse surface that takes a beam of light and turns it into many beams of light, all separate and at less strength than the original – just like velour or a busted piece of porcelain.  I made a few images to express this phenomenon – the first shows a beam of light (incident light) hitting the surface of a matte object:

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In the case of a frosted piece of glass, some light makes it through the glass (is refracted), but nothing in its original beam form – it is very diffused and spread, like so:

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The Scotch tape trick is pretty cool, as it basically fills in the rough surface of the matte glass with the adhesive and whatever other goodies are in the glue on a piece of Scotch tape, allowing the light to pass through the frosted glass without a lot of extra refraction and diffusion.  The tape acts as a filler, in other words, giving less spread to the frosted glass, as below:

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Now obviously in the image above I have not accounted for real refraction, the normal angle of the glass, or any of the factors that would basically make the smarty pantses of the world say “a beam of light would never just pass through the two materials without SOME kind of refraction and diffusion!”  Well, you’re right.  My illustration was more to show that the diffusion would be less.  But does the overall point make sense?

The NIN/JA Tour and the Chamsis MagicQ

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I just got a press release from PRG about the latest Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction tour – yes, they’re calling it the NIN/JA tour. Roy Bennet and Jason Bullock have decided to give the Chamsis MagicQ lighting console a go on the show – this is a console that I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on quite yet, but every single person who has had their hands on it says it’s fantastic. Check out the press release below, and check out the Chamsis products here.

ChamSys MagicQ takes control of the Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction summer tour

Las Vegas, NV—July 30, 2009—For the current Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction tour, NIN|JA Summer Tour 2009, lighting designer Roy Bennet and co-designer Jason Bullock, who is also the lighting director/programmer, chose the increasingly popular ChamSys MagicQ console.

“Both shows were originally written on a single desk,” said Bullock. “It was around 900 cue stacks before they were separated.” Bullock had used other consoles on previous NIN tours but this was his first experience with the ChamSys. “I’d been looking for a new console that could combine the attributes of other desks. After some investigating, the ChamSys looked the most promising. I downloaded the offline version and got a general feel for syntax. The intuitive way the syntax is constructed made me confident that this was a risk I felt comfortable taking.”

PRG Distribution North America sold the two ChamSys MagicQ+300 consoles and wings to Upstaging, Inc., who provided the lighting for the tour. “When I opened the road case at the shop and actually was able to map out all of the things that I had created in the MagicQ offline editor, I knew that I had made a good decision,” commented Bullock. “Within an hour I had built new fixture profiles, patched the desk and begun to build palettes. For a system with 1,850 different heads, that was impressive.”

The MagicQ console continues to find favor with Bullock. “I still find new things I like about this desk everyday. Just a few of my favorites include Live Timing when using the programmer; Live FX manipulation, I can’t state how great this feature is, you are able to tweak all functions of FX during show without entering into edit mode. Plus the familiar cue structure let’s you walk up to this desk and immediately begin to work in a style you are accustomed to.”

For Bullock the pixel mapper in the MagicQ is one of its key features. “This console is a generation ahead of all the others in dealing with the growing amount of media that lighting is now controlling. This includes media servers and large configurations of LED fixtures. I really like the fact that the desk can create an entire media server-type control interface for any fixture in the system, while still retaining the light as a light. The two don’t interfere.”

Chuck Spector, tour support for Upstaging, believes the ChamSys is an ideal touring console, especially for Bullock. “Jason is very cue intensive; he puts a lot of information into the desks,” Spector said. “Also, his style often puts a lot of wear and tear on a desk because of the way he programs. He runs through so many cues—that for a desk to keep up with the way he runs a show—it’s really put through its paces.”

Spector is pleased with the addition of the ChamSys consoles to the shop noting, “The product is pretty damn solid so far. And the support from PRG Distribution was great, particularly product specialist Esteban Caracciolo. It’s a pleasure to be doing business with people who understand the importance of supporting shows.”

For more information on PRG Distribution, please visit www.prgdistribution.com.

Solar Eclipse in China – Longest of the 21st Century

On July 22 of this year, China and part of Asia saw the longest solar eclipse of this century – six minutes and 39 seconds long.  The next longest solar eclipse?  I certainly won’t see it, as it’s supposed to take place in 2132.  Maybe Bernie Madoff can see it when he gets out of prison.

Boston.com’s The Big Picture blog has some absolutely stellar (bwahahaa) images of the eclipse – I posted 3 smaller ones, but the blog has such better shots, if I do say so myself.  Also check out a small video below.

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Bill Gurstelle Pays Tribute to Sir Humphry Davy

Everyone knows about arc lights – well, let me say that if you work with light, you know about arc lights.  Sir Humphry Davy gave birth (not literally, obviously) to the first arc light back somewhere between 1802 and 1809.  An excellent nerd and science man, Bill Gurstelle, made a video on how to create a little arc light – check it out!

By the way – if you’ve never read up on Humphry Davy, I highly recommend just checking out his wikipedia entry.  He had a really well-known assistant, Michael Faraday, who also went on to contribute to the way we think about electricity today.

Thanks, Bill!

Christopher Moulder’s Shade in All of Its Halogen Glory?

Okay, before I say anything about this fixture that Christopher Moulder has designed, just remember that I love halogen and incandescent sources, and I know their places.  Meet Christopher Moulder’s Shade lamp:

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First and foremost, the Shade fixture uses 28 of the 10W halogen Festoon lamps, for a total of about $83 bucks in lamps alone.  I am sure that this lamp also isn’t a “value-priced” piece, either.  It does come in three shade colors, and it only needs the single lead down from the receptacle for power.

It’s a very interesting design, I mean that!  If you’ve ever burned the crap out of yourself on a little halogen minilamp, you can imagine how much heat this thing must output – and since it’s got 28 lamps at 10W each, and if you can add or multiply, you know that the Shade fixture has a 280W power consumption.

Chris, this is a darned cool lamp.  Why not utilize something other than halogen?

FYI, check out Christopher Moulder‘s other works, because they are all extremely lovely designs.

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Thanks, DVICE!

Hey Detroit – You Should Listen When Broken City Lab Talks to You

In September to November 2009, people in Detroit, MI and Winsor, Ontario will be seeing messages like this projected in the night sky:

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Broken City Lab – a “creative research group” – will be shining these kinds of messages on the CIBC building for all of Detroit to see.  Broken City Lab is from Windosr, a city that is also bearing the brunt of the really excellent business dealings of the “big three” auto giants.  BCL uses art as a means to “tactically disrupt and engage the city, its communities, and its infrastructures to reimagine the potential for action in the collapsing post-industrial city.”

Broken City Lab calls this project “Cross Border Communication:”

Cross-Border Communication an interventionist performance series based on the desperate need to communicate with Detroit, Michigan from Windsor, Ontario.

Using a 6000 lumens projector, Broken City Lab will transmit a message to Detroit once a week for 45 minutes from September to November 2009. Each week will feature a different message that we write and project onto the CIBC building, located at Ouellette Avenue & Riverside Drive in Windsor and clearly visible from downtown Detroit.

I think this is a pretty great idea beyond its artistic implications. Isn’t it a shame though that people have to communicate with the “forces that be” in this way?

Thanks, PSFK!

Pablo Picasso, The Light Graffiti Artist

This is extremely awesome – light art blog Light Paint posted some Life Magazine images from 1949 of Pablo Picasso creating some light graffiti.  Talk about way before his time – can you imagine what the world would be like if that guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Niels Bohr were still alive?

Check out these images – this is one of the coolest things I’ve seen:

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