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I’m Killing Myself Sitting All Day

I’ve had this feeling that sitting at my desk and staring at a computer (hour after hour) cannot be good for my health. Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic confirmed this and proved the benefits of walking while you work.

To start the new year, I took a bold move and purchased a treadmill desk like Dr. Levine’s. I was nervous that the desk would make me less productive and that I couldn’t do many of the tasks that require a steady hand, but I jumped in anyway. The desk took me only 20 minutes to set up on my own, although I would recommend doing this with help. Once my computer was on board, I was ready to start. After the first 20 minutes, I forgot I was walking and proceeded to walk through the last two hours of my work day. One mile an hour for two hours equals 2 miles, 15 email responses and 2 articles read. Not bad for the first day.

I’m still getting use to walking and working, but I am surprised at how easy it is and how much I can accomplish without sitting. If you have thought about doing this or are curious to know what it’s like, please come by and give it a try. My bookkeeper is a convert after one walking session while closing my books for the year. I hope this is a start of a standard for our industry. And yes, this was written while I walked.

 

The River

On a recent trip to Paris I discovered this video installation at the MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY by artist Charles Sandison from Finland.  The installation is projected using perhaps 10 or more projectors on the floor and walls of the very long ramp that leads to the main exhibits.  I like the exhibit for its story and the way it sets a mood for the rest of the museum by connecting a river of words with the cultures that live, work and play along the rivers banks.  I am sure we will see more of these digital exhibits in the future and not just as digital signage.

Obscura Digital and the Guggenheim Museum showcased

I just can’t get enough of architectural video mapping.  This is a stunning project that wraps the Guggenheim Museum both inside and out in video.

Toyota takes projection mapping to a new level

This is how to launch a new product.  This launch takes projection mapping to new level, 3D. I know this took a ton of money, but it really is jaw dropping and mapping a three dimensional object is perhaps the coolest effect of all. Also take a look at the making of video it is equally fascinating.

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Experimenting with SHOWWX laser projectors

Last week Miquel from Microvision http://www.microvision.com/ dropped by the Mind Opera studios with four of their tiny laser projectors to conduct a few visual experiments.   The idea of these experiments was to combine the WATCHOUT technology with these ultra portable laser projectors to see how they would work projecting muti-screen or widescreen content.   In this first phase we used pre-made content and kept the layouts loose, just to get a feel for what was possible.   We were able to easily build muti-projector configurations, but things got real exciting when we took an old lamp shade and used three SHOWWX projectors to cover the entire cylinder.  Since the projectors are lasers they do not lose focus as the image falls off the edge of the lamp shade and using WATCHOUT’s geometry correction we were able to create a blend that was close enough to see how this concept might work.  Granted we did not use content specifically designed for our projector configurations, nor were the projectors exactly lined up based on mathematical calculations, but what we learned has sprouted new ideas and potential uses for the SHOWWX projectors.   I’m looking forward to the next experiment.

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Microsoft and Mind Opera use WATCHOUT to run Imagine Cup 2010 event

I’m backstage working on this years Imagine Cup, 7,000 miles from Seattle at the Grand Opera House in Warsaw, Poland hoping that I might see some daylight and a little of the city before I leave.  There are a lot of smart kids here.  http://imaginecup.com/Default.aspx

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ACDC and Iron Man Destroy Rochester Castle!

Even if you’re not a big fan of AC/DC music you’ll love this technique called Architectural Projection Mapping.  On the site of a thousand years of violent history, ACDC were pitted against Iron Man in a ground breaking architectural projection mapping project.  The front facade of the Great Keep at Rochester Castle, was brought to life using the latest in 3D animation techniques. This onslaught of the senses, saw the castle confront its ultimate challenge. Warping, morphing, spewing and collapsing before the audiences eyes. Let there be rock!

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A video reel of all of our good stuff.

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