El Molino Burlesque’s Beautiful Video Facade — Barcelona, Spain

I was in Barcelona back in November of 2012; I posted some photos of that very busy trip, but I didn’t really have time to go out and do some sightseeing because of the show schedule.

There is one thing I did get though, I filmed it on the last night I was there.  We were staying at a hotel called Hotel Barcelona Universal, and from my room, I had a great view across the Paral Lel, the street out in front.  Across the street was this beautiful building facade, all made of video, that had a big windmill attached to the front of it.  The name?  El Molino, or “the Mill.”   Check it out:

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Not really much to look at from the outside, right?  I mean, it’s fun and all, and obviously there is something happening of fun inside of the building.  However, El Molino has an enormous video wall outside that is pretty beautiful, and there is some very fun content that is displayed on the video wall.  It’s huge in comparison of the other parts of the facade!

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This building underwent a major renovation after a 1997 closing of the theatre, which from what I found was the first time it was ever actually closed.  The venue has a pretty interesting history; from the El Molino website, translated from Catalan:

The story of the Mill began in 1898, when the owner of the task The Aviary, a modest cabin located in Vila Vila Rosal corner, sold his business to 100 pesetas. The new owner will change its name to The Aviary Catalan and mount a small empostissat. After three years with a musical program stable, the local had already found its place in the world of entertainment Parallel.

After a brief flirtation with the movies under the name Grand Salon Siglo XX, in 1908 there was another change of owner and renamed Petit Moulin Rouge, in imitation of the famous Moulin Rouge in the Montmartre district of Paris.The new business is designed to bring the nightly entertainment cabarets of Paris “in Spanish”. It is the time of the Music Hall, which appropriates the same time, he sees as his fame avenue that the highest number of shows in Europe grows.

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So the entire point of this post was to show the video I recorded of the video content of the video wall outside of El Molino.  Check it out, this is some fun architainment!

Zeiss OLED Cinemizer Glasses

I just found this crazy article on Engadget about the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer glasses.  Have you seen these things?

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So these are OLED, HD glasses with some pretty interesting specs.  They’re only pre-ordering now, but they’re pre-ordering for 649 Euro.  That’s about 851.55 USD.  I’m guessing that they’re gonna be about 850 bucks cool.

A video demo of the Zeiss Cinemizers:

From the pre-order site – for $850+ you get:

Cinemizer OLED with battery
Cinemizer HDMI adapter – 720p / 1080p (2D / 3D)
Nose pads plus 2 matching items
USB cable
AV video cable
Quick Guide and safety handling
Headset
Travel case
HDMI to Mini-HDMI Cable Adapter

Some tech specs on the Cinemizers:

Compatibility:
HDMI: 720p, 1080p and 3D (Frame Packing)
video-capable iPod and iPhone models (component, composite)
AV-in: yellow RCA cable (composite video, PAL / NTSC)

Diopter adjustment:
each eye separately adjustable from -5 to +2 diopters
the lens supporting a pupil distance of 59 – 69mm

Screen resolution:
High resolution 870 x 500 OLED display for each eye

(FOV engl.: Field of View):
30 degrees – equivalent to a 40-inch (102 cm) large image in 2 meters distance
16:9 widescreen

Power supply:
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, USB charging
voltage : 5 V, current consumption: 450mA

Light source:
LED class 1

Battery life:
Battery life of up to 6 hours when fully charged Battery charge time 2.5 hours

Weight:
battery box 80 g weight on the nose 80 g glasses total about
120 g package approx 1000 g

Ports:
Mini-USB for charging the internal battery
3.5 mm audio jack for external stereo-headphone jack
3.5 mm AV (4-pin) for connecting external video sources

environmental conditions:
Operation at 5 ° C to 35 ° C storage and transport at -20 ° C to 60 ° C
humidity 10-90%, noncondensing

I always get such a kick out of product marketing imagery.  For example, I like to call this next one “Hey sweetheart, we’re gonna yank out several of your teeth now, here’s some Cinemizers to help you ignore the fact that you have a dentist standing on your shoulders trying to yank your toofs out!”

Very cool.

Thanks for the original article, Engadget!

 

Curioser and Curioser

Curious Displays from Julia Tsao on Vimeo.

Julia Tsao’s Curious Displays are just plain neat! The proposal for a display that goes beyond set dimensions and aspect ratio is in itself fascinating, but then the augmented reality functionality shown in section 2 shows a whole new level of possibility. I would just LOVE to get my hands dirty programming some art on these little buggers!

Light and Optics Work Together to Make LCDTV Possible

My old (and still awesome) friend Derek Heckler sent me this video that you all have to watch – seriously, watch this video! Bill Hammack (from Engineer Guy, also a professor at the University of Illinois) made this video, and I have to say that it is one of the best videos on breaking down the internal working components of light and optics in LCD monitors!

Also, make sure to check out Bill’s videos on Youtube, too – hours and hours of awesome watching there!

Lumarca for a Monday Morning

Good morning, everyone!  I hope that this is the start to a fantastic Monday, and an even better week.

Today’s phrase is “volumetric video.”  To explain what I mean by “volumetric video,” take a look at this video:

This project is called Lumarca – and it’s the brainchild of Albert Hwarng, Matt Parker, and Elliot Woods.  From the Lumarca website:

Lumarca is a truly volumetric display which allows viewers to see three dimensional images and motion. The system requires only a computer, a projector, and common materials found at most hardware stores. This provides an affordable platform for artists to design compelling content that conveys information, narrative, and aesthetic information in a new way. Lumarca is a collaboration between Albert Hwarng, Matt Parker, and Elliot Woods.

Lumarca was entered into the World Maker Faire’s contest, sponsored by Red Bull, called Create the Future.  Long story short, they won – and are now looking for venture capital to make this project into something even more awesome than what they have.

Awesome project.  JimOnLight.com salutes you!

LDI 2009 – Daktronics’ Booth

Have you heard of Daktronics?  They’re a video, display, scoreboard, and audio company out of South Dakota, and they had what I thought was an interesting video display hanging above their booth.  You could see it from many vantages in the conference hall – cool display, Daktronics!

Check out some images:

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I love this picture below, although it’s overexposed – it just makes the display look ethereal!

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3D Sand Projection – Amsterdam Filmmuseum

I just discovered this video about the official beginning of construction ceremony of the new Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.  The project won’t be completed until about 2011 (it’s officially the END of 2011).  Theo Watson and Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam produced a beautiful projection surface of sorts – it’s a 3D sculpture built completely of sand, around five meters by six meters (so approximately 16 feet by 19 feet).

Check out this video:

Art Lebedev’s Optimux Maximus Programmable OLED Keyboard

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I have written about a few really cool devices and gadgets to come out of Art Lebedev’s studio in past months.  My friend Tatiana from the KTH program just recently told me about an Art Lebedev Studio design called Optimus Maximus – a programmable, fully customizable OLED keyboard that gives you the ability to have kazillions of keyboard layouts at the touch of your finger.  Video on a key, images on a key, text on a key – whatever you can dream up.

Want to have a Photoshop shortcuts keyboard?

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How about an Asian keyboard?  Cyrillic?  Greek?  Arabic?  How about a magical new language that you invented from pictures of a sumo wrestler from thin to fat to thin, or a series of photographs of various stages of a Cheeto in digestion?

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Art Lebedev’s Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard is pretty awesome.  I can imagine what my HogPC keyboard layout would be, and how many different layouts I would have on that thing in the first day – AutoCAD, WYSIWYG, Illustrator, all of the Office products that I use regularly – the ability to switch from one layout to another easily makes my designer mouth water.

The Optimus Maximus keyboard also comes with a manager/creator software that allows you to customize your layout and save them as formatted files – resolution is 48X48 pixels at 10 frames per second (if you’re doing video).  The keyboard itself has an SD slot on the rear for storing layout files, two USB ports, a mount for a K-lock, USB power and DC power inputs:

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How much would you think a virtually unlimited collection of keyboard layouts cost?  Well, it’s about 44,000 Rubles, $1692.31 USD, or €1257.14 Euro.  But it is pretty awesome.  Someday I will be able to afford one.

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