Recent Videos

Tools for the end of the world: LightCoder

Pocket LightCoder: In case of disaster point it to the sun and ask for help. Or just send a secret message.

Cast: ChocolateRobot

10 Steps to your own Virtual Sweatshop

Original Concept by:
Jeff Crouse
Stephanie Rothenberg

Created by:
Jeff Crouse
Stephanie Rothenberg
Andrew Mahon
Morgan Cooper
Nix Sands

Video Directed by:
Annie Ok
Jeff Crouse
Stephanie Rothenberg

Annie Ok

Live Footage:
Stephanie Rothenberg
Broken Branchez Productions

Double Happiness Employees:
Lailu Loon
Leena Blackadder
Corvin Tao
Economic Mip
topher Skinstad
Jorden Bellios
Keenan Yengawa
Cassandi Gossipgirl
Kristy McBride
Fpady2 comet
MoMo Felwitch
Relentless Roux
Isidro GossipGirl
Arrn Blanco
MalieDornan Telling
Pandesmos Xi

Double Happiness Models:
Joanna Raczkiewicz
Geraldine Juarez
Sonia Ahn
Taj Banks
Simon Jolly
Glen Moore

Additional Thanks to:
Disco Meisch
Astrud Sands
Zach Lieberman
Shivaun Korfanta
Shari Frilot

Invisible Threads installation at New Frontier on Main at Sundance ‘08

Invisible Threads was made possible by the kind support of Eyebeam and Sundance

Large Format Printer provided courtesy of Hewlett Packard

Song by Kraftwerk

Second Life® and Linden Labs are trademarks of Linden Research, Inc.
Invisible Threads is not affiliated with or sponsored by Linden Research.

Cast: Jeff Crouse

inkscanner @ eyebeam Mixer

An installation in which people can scan their own body in 3D using a cheap pool, a webcam, some ink and some custom software.
Through submerging your body in ink-dyed water, a camera mounted directly above the pool can take photographs at different time stages that can be converted into silhouettes and then later stacked on top of each other for a 3 dimensional representation of your body.

thanks to Eyebeam center for Art and Technology for making this happen!

For more information see:

Cast: Friedrich Kirschner

Real Costs screencast

Real Costs is a Firefox plug-in that inserts emissions data into travel related e-commerce websites. The first version adds CO2 emissions information to airfare websites such as,,, etc. Following versions will work with car directions, car rental, and shipping websites. Think of it like the nutritional information labeling on the back of food... except for emissions.

Project by Michael Mandiberg
Documentation by Simon Jolly
Soundtrack by I am Jen

Cast: Michael Mandiberg, iamjen and Simon Jolly

How to Close Every McDonald's in Manhattan

Ronald McDonald, who had fallen in love with the food of New York and become frustrated with the corporate agenda of McDonald's, stepped into action closing every McDonald's store in Manhattan.

Cast: Steve Lambert

Bright Idea Shade

Compact Fluorescent Lights are good for the environment, but the light, oh the light.

The Bright Idea Shade is a project of the Eyebeam OpenLab, by Sustainability Action Group members Michael Mandiberg and Steve Lambert, with Simon Jolly, Peter Duyan, and Oscar Torres. We are converting all of our silver tipped incandescent bulbs into CFL bulbs (as they burn out.) The problem is a bare CFL bulb gives off very harsh light. So we set about designing a lampshade for the bulbs. We took several existing designs and customized the design to fit a CFL bulb, built it out of heat resistant photo diffuser material, found a diffuser material that could be laser cut, and built a laser cutter template. We just posted an instructable with all the templates and other goodness. Plus DIY kits are available at Eyebeam.

Steal this idea:

The Bright Idea Shade is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution license. Our goal is to get these kits into the hands of decision makers at retailers and manufacturers like Target, Walmart, Kmart, Ikea, Home Depot, Bed Bath And Beyond, etc. We have no interest in doing the long term manufacture & distribution of this project. We are not business people. The promise of the CC-BY license is that it can go out in the world and be reproduce by others who have much better distribution channels and manufacturing expertise.

Project by Steve Lambert and Michael Mandiberg, with Simon Jolly.
Production and design assistance from Oscar Torres, and Peter Duyan.

Cast: Michael Mandiberg, iamjen, Steve Lambert and Simon Jolly