I attended the Bootstrapper’s Breakfast event on Wednesday. There was a good number of people there and we split into tables of 6-8 people. It was good to see a mix of different industries and share ideas. I would recommend this event to any small business.
Electronic Visualization Laboratory
This week, the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at UIC hosted their monthly demos event where they showcased work being done by Masters and PHD students. I got to see their over-sized touch screen displays, some head tracking and 3D developments, and some medical imaging software. They are running a pretty cool operation and I will definitely be visiting again in the future.
Pumping Station: One
Also this week, I made my first hackerspace visit to Chicago’s Pumping Station: One. Pumping Station: One is a hackerspace where people come together to learn new skills, hack, and build. After getting a tour of their facility (meeting room, electronics area, 3D printers, woodshop, classroom) we attended the formal meeting and then had time to socialize. I will make it a goal to attend an Arch Reactor meeting during my time in St. Louis.
Continued testing some ideas around video interaction using Processing.org, this time getting into color detection & tracking. Found this video from the awesome James Alliban. I was happy to use the sample code he provided to create the same for myself. We are now developing some ideas for interactive art / video / sound installations.
Check out this incredible water projection show put on by Michael Jordan’s shoe brand to celebrate the release of Carmelo Anthony’s new shoe and his arrival in New York. I especially like the explosions used to spray water when he jumps in & out of the river.