Category Archives: Dome

Project Fringe: Pioneering Social Landscapes – Prologue

This project is focused on developing new means of visualizing and interacting with social data parsed from multiple social platforms (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.). Over the next six months I will focus on integrating many pre-existing technologies both hardware (computers, projectors, wireless headsets and controllers) and software (Max/MSP, Grasshopper 3D, vDome, Google Earth) to develop an interactive, immersive software platform that will provide users with new insights about the data on both local and global scales.

My three-month goal is to complete a software platform that can gather, parse, and store data from several social platforms. The six-month goal is to complete the interface so a user can engage with the social data in a meaningful way. This will include visualizing the data on a research dome and interacting with it using a gesture based control system.

In preparing for this project, my preliminary research has led me to some exciting finds. Phototrails is a cutting edge project along the same vein as my own. They are doing some pretty cool stuff with aggregates of photos from Instagram to visualize cultural patterns around the world. Here are some examples from their Instagram Cities page.

San Francisco

San Francisco

New York

New York

Bangkok

Bangkok

Tokyo

Tokyo

Mind Chimes

Today I debuted my new interactive dome piece, Mind Chimes at ARTS Lab, UNM. The piece generates visuals and music from a live brainwave feed captured by a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile headset. I coded the entire piece with MaxMSP and used vDome, an open source Max based dome player, to skin it to the dome. The audio is generated by sending MIDI notes from my brainwave synth to Camel Audio’s Alchemy MIDI synth instruments. The visuals are generated by the notes played from the audio. They change colors based on your state of mind. This is a great first iteration and I look forward to building it out further.

There’s no good way to capture a dome piece with standard video but here’s a little clip I shot of my friend going to town with his mind.