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Mazda’s pixel board for Rogers Cup

Mazda’s sponsorship of Rogers Cup allowed online visitors to create  mosaics online: https://www.mazdaallinthedetails.com/en

Chosen designs were exhibited at the Rogers Cup event and granted free tickets to the creators.

Too bad the the mosaic display wasn’t automated. Would of been so much cooler!

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The Lab by Verge and HP – digital art festival

This is a great collaboration of artists, designers, developers and musicians. It also helps to have some sponsor commissioned work by The Verge and HP. Check out the link below for individual installations.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/9/11890080/panorama-festival-the-lab

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VR Tron-like game looks awesome!

https://youtu.be/xLdZYq0w3I0

The game looks great and I wonder how it would feel like on the HTC Vive where you can actually move away from the object.

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Control any pixel with anypixel.js

This code library is brought to you by Google and allows easy control of many real world “pixels”. These could be buttons, led lights etc. There are much older frameworks out there such as http://blinkenlights.net/ but this anypixel.js can be used by any web developer. The referenced hardware is also very easy to setup.

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Stare down strangers for a KitKat

https://youtu.be/WkR4io51xLE

We’ve seen kiosks that have to be stared down.  We’ve also seen 2 way video communications via kiosks. This execution effectively combines both and brings a great entertainment value to passersby.

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Burger King’s Facebook messenger AI

https://youtu.be/MJjxzIuto4Y

This is how many different brands will be engaging their consumers in the near future. It looks really simple and natural. Using Google’s or Apple’s voice recognition could make this ever so simple. Rogers is using Facebook messenger as well but I’m not sure if it’s based on AI or live human interaction.

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This robot is safe to interact with kids

Disney’s R&D team created this great proof of concept. It reminds me of the Da Vinci robotic surgery but used for entertainment and probably at a 1/10000th of the cost.

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Sensors and Unity make a great match

This is SO cool! Sensors are very cheap and integrating them into software is very simple.

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HoloLens spatial mapping

If this demo is real then am I ever impressed. Getting, storing and plotting the depth information real-time with a $3k device is VERY neat.