6/6 rambling paraphrased summaries of the talks given at the Under Tomorrow’s Sky public think tank, June 16th in MU. Each speaker introduced their ideas for the workshop session on the 17th, which will shape the model city for the exhibition.
Self proclaimed “basic network society dilettante”. No introduction should even be necessary. Deliverable for this project is a story set in the city to be outlined the next day.
So that’s the Leap Motion. Like most of us Bruce was skeptical about this video after first seeing it, but his colleagues at Wired checked it out and it’s legit. Volumetric technology being sold as a game controller as that’s the surest way to get their money back. The potential applications of this device are huge.
When we’re talking about 3D architectural cyberspaces we’ve got to move beyond the superficial visual aspects and ask deeper questions. Who are building these spaces? Why are they building them, what problems are we trying to solve?
The problem the Leap technology potentially solves is registration, an issue core to the success of Augmented Reality. There have been 6 or 7 ways tried to solve this previously, none of which actually really work. They just produce these annoying kind of MS Clippy like entities that jitter around on screen.
That video is based on a Kinect hack. The Leap has 200x better resolution than Kinect, though unfortunately it only registers within a small box of space. Assuming this limitation will be overcome, what would a city be like if it was mapped out in 3d on micrometer scale?” If we can watch & map everything, what would that mean? What happens if we strap one of these onto a seagull? Or all of them? Eventually you’d have a model of the city so good you could just print out another city. It has more weird implications than we can figure out. The city should definitely mash up this idea with others like Rachels.
And now, neologisms! What do we call this new space? Interspace? Predator Lidar? Bruce rattles off a long list of name, some names are actually already in use, others are made up, it’s up to us to spot the differences. My terrible note taking couldn’t keep up but fortunately part of the list has since been posted up on Beyond the Beyond:
“Augmented Ubiquity.” “Spatial Operating Environments.” “Dematerialized Urbanism.” “Interactive Spatiality.” “Everted Cyberspace.” “Interoperable Voxels.” “Fine-grain geolocativity.” “Realtime 3d Battlespace Surveillance.”