Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:
Animating the incredibles: Andrew Gordon on 15 years at Pixar
Since joining Pixar in 1997, Andrew Gordon has been an animator on numerous feature films, including A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Toy Story 3. Gordon also supervised animation on Pixar’s Academy Award nominated short film Presto. In this exclusive interview he reveals all about his career so far, how life has changed at Pixar over the last 15 years and his secret room. Read the article here.
A First Video of the Instagram Socialmatic Camera
A few weeks ago they released the updated design of the all new black version of theInstagram Socialmatic Camera. The design and the functionality have been updated in the meantime, and the camera looks quite a bit slicker than in its first version. ADR Studio, the guys behind the much-anticipated camera, have released a first video, giving you a better look at the camera and at how it works. See the video here.
After decades of pixel painting, Chuck Close goes truly digital
Chuck Close has been painting the same people for decades: Philip Glass, for example, and, of course, himself. But as he’s often said, what fascinates him is how he paints, not what he paints. Indeed, over the course of his 40- year career, Close has used oil paint, airbrushes, paper pulp, colored pencil, cameras, and his own fingers to create his familiar large-scale portraits. This week at Pace Gallery, Close will introduce us to his latest medium: the inkjet printer used on a trio of canvases that represent his first serious foray into digital imagery. Read the article here.
Disney Research develops capacitive touch that detects multiple users through their fingertips
Creating a truly multi-user, multi-touch display is a tricky prospect. How do you know who’s who short of turning the screen into one giant fingerprint reader? Chris Harrison, Ivan Poupyrev and Munehiko Sato at Disney Research have suggested in a paper that fingerprinting on a capacitive touchscreen isn’t far off — it’s just what we need to fingerprint that matters. Read the article and see the video of how it works here.
A vest that hugs you when you get Social Media love
It’s easy to see why people think haptic feedback is a little bit creepy. We like our gadgets to be responsive to our touch, but typically we don’t want them touching us back. Melissa Chow’s Like-a-Hug–a vest that gives you a squeeze when a friend likes something of yours on Facebook–sits somewhere between harmless smartphone vibration and creepy gadget caress on the haptic spectrum. And that’s exactly the point. Read the article and see the video of how it works here.
The alchemy of light
Using projection mapping onto street furniture, a dandypunk travels through various fantastical worlds, interacting with strange characters and treacherous landscapes, in the hope of unfolding the secrets and learning the techniques from the book of “The Alchemy of Light”. See the video here.
I rarely go to Starbucks but when I do always enjoy seeing all the different ways they can mis-spell Stephen. This new Facebook app called Starbugged will do it for you any time you want. Just pick your drink, your size, enter your name and watch to see all the ways you should be spelling your name. Try it out for yourself here.