Painting with light & balloon animation



The video you see here, was shot live. No post production effects were used. The artists are literally painting with video projection. The software has been created in MAX and uses the green LED's on the brush head, to track the movement of the artist and determine where to paint. 



In Whip It, Sweatshoppe create an audio visual collage from balloon sculpting, balloon sounds and some editing. Inspirational.


An iPod Touch for every student?


For many of the reasons mentioned in the above video, it is inevitable that at some point, every student will use a device like the iPod Touch in the classroom.

However, for it to really take off, it needs to be as easy for teachers to create interactive teaching materials for it, as it is for students to use.

So let's reinvent Hypercard, include a multi-user voting system and collaborative tools.... now where can we get the funding?


More information about the iSchool Initiative here.

This is Lancashire : iPods for ESSA pupils here.

Ubiguitous Mobile Computing at Abilene University 

Friezland iPod Touch Project


Handheld Physics Fun :

 Touch Physics

While reorganising the application windows on my iPhone, I found this fun physics app again. And now I remember why it was hidden, it's so addictive.
Touch Physics Lite (Free) on iTunes : Touch Physics Lite

50 years of space exploration


Image not to scale.  Original image source : National Geographic 

A really nice info-graphic from National Geographic, that shows where every space mission has gone in the last 50 years. The interactive version can be found on their site here.

Apple Macintosh II still performs important function at LHC CERN



As we were leaving CERN shortly before the initial switch on of the LHC last year, I spotted this Mac II box at the main entrance. If the box looks this good after 20 years, what is the Mac still doing?

Our visit was research for a new 3D school show we are working on in collaboration with Pete Edwards, Durham University (aimed at S3/Yr10 and up). The working title is "LHC3D : It's all down to gravity!"

Present3D now supports CLUT with DICOM Volumes!

As part of the ongoing Joint Medical Visualisation Project with Aberdeen University, Present3D has now been updated to use Hounsfield Units and allow Colour Look Up Tables (CLUT) to be used. A full version of the above clip in side x side stereo can be downloaded from here:

More information about this project can be found here:

Gravity Challenge : Southern Tour Best Movie


Best Movie : 1st Place 

team :     Hawking 28 Jan 2009

location : Magna / CENT / Rawmarsh CLC

school :   Maltby

The Gravity Challenge is a full day activity that includes a 3D show, hands on experiments, building a roller coaster and creating a movie from the footage captured during the activities.

The rest of the Gravity Challenge Southern Tour results can be found here : 


Stereo Movies available to download :

This is a short clip from a side x side stereo movie created with Present3D from a dicom series of CT slices.

A number of full screen stereo movies are available to be downloaded here :


Gravity Challenge



Large Hadron Collider 2008 Gallery - The Big Picture

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometer (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is preparing for its first small tests in early August, leading to a planned full-track test in September - and the first planned particle collisions before the end of the year. The final step before starting is the chilling of the entire collider to -271.25 C (-456.25 F). Here is a collection of photographs from CERN, showing various stages of completion of the LHC and several of its larger experiments (some over seven stories tall), over the past several years.

Assembly and installation of the ATLAS Hadronic endcap Liquid Argon Calorimeter. The ATLAS detector contains a series of ever-larger concentric cylinders around the central interaction point where the LHC's proton beams collide. (Roy Langstaff, © CERN)