Archive for 'General'

History of the Australian Web

I really love the timeline element present here, this is something I really want to explore with my project. I am very interesting in how the addition of time as a dimension in visualizing data can be used effectively in interactive data projects. I think that this is the big separation between traditional data viz and computer based visualization, and all interaction past basic navigation should affect this in some way.

Incredible Physical Data Vis Interactive

This thing is amazing, just watch the video!

virtual gravity – the physical weight of data from Sillenet on Vimeo.

Multitouch Home Entertainment

This setup, featured in Wired magazine (found online through Engadget), is at the very least really amazing conceptually. It basically takes a live video feed of your living room and combines it with a multi-touch interface coffee table to allow you to control everything from your media (sent to tv), your lights (swipe lights in room to dim and turn off on), and even program a path for your Roomba!

Check it out here

Cool Multitouch App

Here is a multi touch application which is basically a tribute to ben fry and casey reas. While the app in general isn’t super amazing, I think that the interface ideas are pretty cool and the way its tilted towards the user is really awesome

Another cool page of links….

Here is a goldmine of sports visualization stuff that I found by doing some google searches. One thing this has revealed to me is that while I plan on concentrating on baseball because its what interests me the most and has the greatest possibilities as far as numerical data (that may not be true but I’m thinking it is…), its foolish for me to look for inspiration/precedence just within the realm of baseball. There are several awesome visualizations listed here which are for many other sports. One of the most intriguing that I see is the basketball vis showing where all shots from last seasons where taken from on the court. I plan on going through this page a lot more thoroughly in the near future.

Visualizing music linearly

I am currently reading John Maeda’s “Creative Code” as part of my thesis research, and one project in particular, “The Shape of Song” by Martin Wattenberg has grabbed my attention. In this project Wattenberg creates very interesting visualizations of songs by analyzing patterns within them, which in turn creates visuals that show the emergent patterns.

The project can be viewed Here

Here we go with Thesis

Ok so this is going to be the first post of hopefully a whole lot pertaining to exactly what I want to do for thesis. I have a lot of ideas about the types of things that I want to investigate from both a technical and conceptual standpoint, and I think that putting these all down will be a great step in working towards realizing exactly what I want to do for thesis.

Areas of Research/Domains:

The main domain of research that I want to research as of now is sociological internet based research. What I mean by this is finding/recognizing and visualizing social patterns which exist on the internet today, as well as giving people a unique, interesting, and enjoyable way to interact with the data that is collected. While the internet will be the main catalyst for data collection, the data does not have to specifically pertain to the virtual world of the internet. Some examples of things I would love to explore are:
-Baseball, through both a statistical perspective as well as the social interactions and mindsets of the fans. How do people associate their happiness with how their team performs? How do fans from different regions interact? How do people associate their cities and themselves with their teams?
-I am very interested in the recently available New York Times API and how the plethora of information available through this new service can be used for data visualizations, as well as how this information can be arranged in a way that is useful and beneficial to everyone.
-Along the lines of data visualization, I am also very interested in how data can be used to create more abstract, visually pleasing interactions, as well as how it can be used to generate abstract visual and audio systems that people can interact with.

Technical Interests:
The technical things that I would really like to explore during the thesis process are more concrete, and I feel like they can all be used to create something great after a solid, cohesive concept has been established:
-Computer vision/projected interaction for installation display
-Multi-touch: Both touch tables and iPhone applications. I think this is the main area I’d like to research and create something that works across both platforms
-Data parsing, storage, scraping, etc. to get the information that I will need and organize it in a way that I can make it both useful to myself and possibly open to others

This is a lot to think about for now, and I’m currently writing this post from China, but I intend on investigating all of this as the summer goes along and hopefully I can have a solid idea to begin working on as the new semester begins.