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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:
inkscanner.moviesandbox.net

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 Orbitz.com, United.com, Delta.com, 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.

therealcosts.com

Project by Michael Mandiberg mandiberg.com
Documentation by Simon Jolly
Soundtrack by I am Jen iamjen.com

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. visitsteve.com/work/ronald...

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.

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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

Oil Standard screencast

Oil Standard is a web browser plug-in that converts all prices from U.S. Dollars into the equivalent value in barrels of crude oil. When you load a web page, the script seamlessly inserts converted prices into the page. As the cost of oil fluctuates on the commodities exchange, prices rise and fall in real-time.

transition.turbulence.org/Works/oilstandard/

Project by Michael Mandiberg
Documentation by Simon Jolly
Soundtrack by I am Jen iamjen.com

Cast: Michael Mandiberg, iamjen and Simon Jolly

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 Orbitz.com, United.com, Delta.com, 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.

therealcosts.com

Project by Michael Mandiberg mandiberg.com
Documentation by Simon Jolly
Soundtrack by I am Jen iamjen.com

Cast: Michael Mandiberg, iamjen and Simon Jolly

"Better Than the Real Thing"

From an open-call, Eyebeam have...

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littleBits workshop

In this video, 3 industrial designers and 1 design researcher from Smart Design make something with littleBits.

littleBits is an opensource library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards. Just as Legos allow you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are simple, intuitive, space-sensitive blocks that make prototyping with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together. With a growing number of available modules, littleBits aims to move electronics from late stages of the design process to its earliest ones, and from the hands of experts, to those of artists, makers and designers.

ayahbdeir.com/littleBits

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a project by Ayah Bdeir and Smart Design (www.smartdesignworldwide.com)

supported by Eyebeam (www.eyebeam.org)

many thanks: Jeff Sturges

Cast: ayah bdeir