I’ve often thought about having a tattoo. Apart from the pain, the reason I’ve never got one is because what if after a year or two I don’t like it anymore. Yes you can have them removed these days but then there’s the added expense as well as scar tissue. So I’ve been toying with the idea of having some kind of augmented realty tattoo. Something that I could change on a whim or maybe for a giggle. Well, I think I’m now at the point where I can show the world the project. I’ve had a bar code tattooed on my right arm and using Processing I can scan it and display pretty much anything I want. so far I’m just displaying phrases. Obviously over time it will fade and hopefully I might get a bit of a tan but I can cater for that in the code.
For this visualisation I’ve taken the literal translation of the feed. There’s a site in the States that provides a feed of GPS data on various routes throughout the country. I decided to use the data for the LA Metro route for no other reason than it seems to have the most amount of data and is updated fairly regularly. So, I extract the GPS coordinates along with the heading and every 4 seconds show the potential view that the bus driver will see……assuming that he happened to be at that point the same time as the Google Streetview car was 🙂
This week I’m using another i-DAT feed. This is from the Eco-OS project. The feed consists of data from ecoids installed around north devon. I’m using a humidity reading from one of them with multi-coloured drops to visualise the moisture in the air. The smaller the reading, the less drops there are.
So for a change I’ve gone back to using the Arch-OS feed, this time taking the current wind speed. I read an article on how if you draw a line perpendicular from the midpoint of each of the sides of a pentagon, you get 6 sub pentagons. The article had a really nice tutorial for displaying this. I took it one step further and added some animation.
This is something I had running on the GreenScreen for a while and is a visualisation of the Arch-OS feed (www.arch-os.com/livedata/). The sketch reads the feed and uses the values to change the colours. If you click and hold the mouse down you will see the negative version……which i happen to think looks quite nice 🙂
This is probably even lazier than my word cloud. I’m using i-DAT’s ecoid feed again (http://www.eco-os.org/livedata/) and getting it to seed one of the basic 3D examples from processing.org with a couple of parameters changed.
This visualisation is unashamedly lifted from matt pearson’s 100 abandoned artworks and whilst he dedicated it to his wife, to me it looks like a poppy and so I dedicate it to the soldiers world wide fighting some politician’s war and hope they all make it home safely. I again make use of the Arch-OS feed (http://www.arch-os.com/livedata/).
I really wanted to do something a bit scientific so thought a feed on the Large Hadron Collider could be fun. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any interesting ones around (unless you know otherwise) so I used this one – http://rss.sciam.com/sciam/topic/large-hadron-collider. The visualisation is trying to look like atoms being agitated but now I’m not so sure lol.
This week my creative juices are running a bit low so I’ve gone for a simple word cloud and not even formatted at that. So, I’ve taken the Independent’s news feed (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/rss) and used that as the basis for my cloud. Well, when I say cloud i guess i mean “mass of words”. Anyways, feel free to pull it apart 🙂
This visualisation is very similar to the previous weeks. ECO-OS is a project from i-DAT which is collecting ecological data and publishing it via an RSS feed (http://www.eco-os.org/livedata/). The visualisation is affected by the total number of light sensors being logged.