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Face tracking coupled with projection mapping

Projection mapping — the use of projected images onto physical objects to turn them into something else — continues to grow more impressive. Nobumichi Asai and team combined it with…

FuelBand Fibers visualizes daily activities beautifully

Leading up to a Nike women's 10k run, design studio Variable made FuelBand Fibers, an artistic interpretation of a week of activity from seven individuals. To celebrate effort of preparing…

Wi-Fi strength revealed in physical space

Digital Ethereal is a project that explores wireless, making what's typically invisible visible and tangible. In the piece above, a handheld sensor is used to detect the strength of Wi-Fi…

Editing photos as if they were audio files

Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu for the Washington Post applied a technique called databending to a bunch of photos. The idea is that computer files — even though they represent…

Voter approval rates as butt plugs

From a couple of years ago, but still relevant, I think. Matthew Epler took candidate approval ratings (again, this is from a little while ago), tossed them in a 3-D…

Filing cabinet follows people around, like a data trail

Jaap de Maat, a graduate student at the Royal College of Art, rigged a filing cabinet to follow people around for his final project. It reminds people of the data…

Data Cuisine uses food as the medium

Ditch the computer screen for your data. It's all about the food. Moritz Stefaner and prozessagenten, process by art and design ran a second round of the Data Cuisine workshop…

Bass Shapes visualizes sound in hand-drawn style

Media artist Nick Hardeman's audio visualization app Bass Shapes was rejected by the Mac App Store because "it's not useful." So Hardeman released the software as a free OS X…

Crystal clusters of world data

Artist Scott Kildall generates what he calls World Data Crystals by mapping data on a globe with cubes and clustering them algorithmically. He then produces the result in physical form…

Interactive visualization used as music video

George & Jonathan used an interactive audio visualization for their recent album George & Jonathan III. This is a fun one. You can rotate the camera as you like, as…

Audio visualizer made with matrix of fire

The Pyro Board is a matrix of 2,500 flames that have controllable intensity, which can be used as an audio visualizer. Yeah, really. Just watch the video below. [via Colossal]…

Human heartbeat

Jen Lowe tracks her heart rate with a Basis watch, and she's showing the last 24 hours of that data in One Human Heartbeat. Basis doesn't provide an open API,…

Before and after lot vacancy

Justin Blinder used New York's city planning dataset and Google Streetview for a before and after view of vacant lots. Vacated mines and combines different datasets on vacant lots to…

An exploration of selfies

Selfiecity, from Lev Manovich, Moritz Stefaner, and a small group of analysts and researchers, is a detailed visual exploration of 3,200 selfies from five major cities around the world. The…

What a computer sees while watching movies

Benjamin Grosser visualized how computers "watch" movies through vision algorithms and artificial intelligence in Computers Watching Movies. Computers Watching Movies was computationally produced using software written by the artist. This…

Bird flight paths

Dennis Hlynsky, an artist and a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, recorded videos of flying birds and in post-processing shows previous flight positions for less than a…

Highway traffic reorganized by color

In the video above, filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker reorganized midday traffic by color. No computer-generated elements required. In this new video I took a four minute shot of state highway 163,…

Your life in jellybeans

Using the effective jellybean method, Ze Frank describes the finite time we have. Each bean represents a day in the life of an average person. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.…

Roomba traces

We've seen what happens when you turn on a Roomba and track its vacuum path with long-exposure photography. The LED on top provides a point of focus, and the visual…

Beauty of mathematics

Betrand Russell: "Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music." Yann Pineill and Nicolas…

Impressive exploration of projection mapping

Projection mapping is the art of using physical objects as display surfaces and turning them into something else visually. This video of Box is an impressive demonstration of the technology.…

Treemap art

Ben Shneiderman invented the treemap in the 1990s to visualize the hierarchical contents of his hard drive. In the Treemap Art Project, Sheiderman approaches the tool from an artistic perspective.…