Game of Thrones stunt wants you to kill the king

This is a very elaborate stunt that promotes the new season of the Game of Thrones. Using Twitter and a unique hashtag, participants are able to tighten the rope around King Joffrey’s statue and bring him down from the pedestal. I hope that no one is around when it falls…

Carlsberg introduces Beer Time 2.0

Bars serving Carlsberg receive a dongle of sorts that turns their TV into a digital sign which counts down to a specific Happy Time at which the beer is sold at 1/2 price. Patrons of the bar can use a special hashtag to to extend the countdown and enjoy the cheaper beer.  This sounds like major smoke and mirrors. The dongle would have to have internet, power, HDMI unique hashtags generated per bar and HDMI. It was probably a stunts that took place at one bar and was filmed. Neat idea.

Smart Basketball

Wilson has presented its new app-enabled smart basketball. Expected to launch winter 2014, the basketball will feature performance-tracking sensors inside its core. The technology is being developed by Wilson in partnership AI company sportIQ, which will allow players to connect the ball with a smartphone app to use for tracking in-game data such as running distance, speed, heat maps, shooting accuracy through make or miss detection technology, automated shot recognition and shot distances. The intelligent system will also provide automated video overlays, allowing one to see the player controlling the basketball at the moment using cameras.

TED’s Interactive Sculpture

If you’re not familiar with TED, it’s a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading ideas in the form of short powerful talks. This year’s conference in Vancouver, featured a large outdoor sculpture which was a collaboration between sculptor Janet Echelman and data artist Aaron Koblin. At night, people were able to interact with the sculpture using their phones to draw lines, webs, water drops, squiggles etc… onto the sculpture.

The data artist Aaron Koblin described the way it works in the article:

“The lighting on the sculpture is actually a giant website,” Koblin says. “It’s one huge Google Chrome window spread across five HD projectors. The content is being rendered in WebGL. It uses Javascript and shaders to render particles and sprites based on user motion, which is transmitted from mobile browser to our rendering browser via websockets. There are a lot of moving pieces here, from the local area network to the server (written in Go), to the sound system (also running in Chrome with Web Audio API) all the way through the LED light control system, which pulls pixel data directly from the browser.”

I highly recommend you read the entire article on the TED blog here & watch the video’s as well