TechTasters: noun – def: Techie fanatics taking on the Internet of Things one byte at a time in pursuit of innovative ideas, and new forms of digital storytelling with serious app-titude!

Musings by TechTaster, digital artist, educator, storyteller, strategist Kelli M. Anderson as she documents life in the cloud.

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Mike Knowlton co-founder of @storycode gave two very insightful #immersivenarrative presentations (#theaterofwar and #immigrantnation) he helped create through his work @murmurco last week at our @StorycodeDC chapter September Meetup at #weworkdc 
 (at Wework Dc)

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Mike Knowlton co-founder of @storycode gave two very insightful #immersivenarrative presentations (#theaterofwar and #immigrantnation) he helped create through his work @murmurco last week at our @StorycodeDC chapter September Meetup at #weworkdc

(at Wework Dc)

art-directter:

Ceremonies of Dark Men billboard on MLK Jr Blvd @the5x5project #5x5DC powerful by sassysarahmassey http://ift.tt/1qz7WGD

CoDM 5x5 Interactive Public Art Project
Designed to be interactive, the CoDM 5x5 billboards when scanned using the LAYAR Augmented Reality App reveal a video featuring more of the artists works, and the full poem featured on each the billboards performed by the well known Philadelphia actor, Frank X. 
The CoDM 5x5 Public Art Project is a participatory social awareness campaign and we invite you to create and share new ceremonies at any our five interactive billboards located in Washington, DC. 
Connect and share the CoDM 5x5 experience using the social connections also revealed through LAYAR. The app can be downloaded by users for free. 
Visit the5x5project.com/a-m-weaver/ to learn more about the talented artists and poets featured on these works.
#CoDM5x5 #5x5DC

art-directter:

Ceremonies of Dark Men billboard on MLK Jr Blvd @the5x5project #5x5DC powerful by sassysarahmassey http://ift.tt/1qz7WGD

CoDM 5x5 Interactive Public Art Project

Designed to be interactive, the CoDM 5x5 billboards when scanned using the LAYAR Augmented Reality App reveal a video featuring more of the artists works, and the full poem featured on each the billboards performed by the well known Philadelphia actor, Frank X. 

The CoDM 5x5 Public Art Project is a participatory social awareness campaign and we invite you to create and share new ceremonies at any our five interactive billboards located in Washington, DC. 

Connect and share the CoDM 5x5 experience using the social connections also revealed through LAYAR. The app can be downloaded by users for free. 

Visit the5x5project.com/a-m-weaver/ to learn more about the talented artists and poets featured on these works.

#CoDM5x5 #5x5DC

250 posts! I’ve made a milestone! Yay! 

250 posts! I’ve made a milestone! Yay! 

smithsonianlvm:

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How to make a VR headset with a pizza box, smartphone and $21 worth of tech

Google is bringing virtual reality to Android phones with cardboard — literally.

The Cardboard project is Google’s attempt to bring inexpensive VR to its operating system using items you can find around home or buy at a hardware store or order online. Those include actual pieces of cardboard (an extra large pizza box will do), lenses, magnets, velcro, a rubber band and, if you like, an near-field communications (NFC) tag, which will launch Cardboard automatically. Combine those ingredients with a ruler, glue, scissors and an X-acto knife, and you’ve got yourself a makeshift virtual reality headset. Detailed instructions are available on the Cardboard corner of Google’s developer site.

(Link to the full story)

Google’s Cardboard project is a great summer DIY activity for youth, and an inexpensive way to bring VR experiences into the classroom. With creative, economical solutions like this it won’t be long before immersive VR experiences are a part of our everyday lives. Below are a list of Google platforms viewable in virtual reality using the Cardboard App with the DIY cardboard viewer:

• Earth: Fly where your fancy takes you on Google Earth.
• Tour Guide: Visit Versailles with a local guide.
• YouTube: Watch popular YouTube videos on a massive screen.
• Exhibit: Examine cultural artifacts from every angle.
• Photo Sphere: Look around the photo spheres you’ve captured.
• Street View: Drive through Paris on a summer day.
• Windy Day: Follow the story (and the hat) in this interactive animated short from Spotlight Stories

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Virtual Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badge at Smithsonian LVM

Why is Immersive Education Important?

Immersive Technology: Oculus Rift

Céramica de Los Ancestros 3D Basecamp

Eco Explorers 3D Interactive Games

Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community.  Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.

This might be the only way I’ll be able to afford to test and create using the Oculus Rift technology. This could be an interesting project my students though! Hmmm…..I’ll keep you posted.

smithsonianlvm:

Featured Video: Chroma 3D Artist Roya Adjory

Grab your Chroma Depth 3D glasses for this video! 

Chroma 3D artist Roya Adjory is adding new dimension to 3D art outside of the digital plane using print magazines, paint, and vision rooted in spirituality. In this featured video Roya leads us through her process of creating these visceral illusions on canvas. Visit RoyaAdjory.com to discover more about her Chroma 3D artworks. Visit her Facebook page to view photos posted of her iED summit 2014 exhibition.

Related Topics & Educational Resources:

Web 3-D Interactive Books

3-D LVM Augmented Reality

Eco Explorers 3D Interactive Games

Target Corp. Sponsorship Press Release

The Immersive Education Initiative

Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community. Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.

Go grab your Chroma Depth 3D glasses! Really! It’s worth it to view this video if you have them. This video doesn’t do the artwork justice in terms of the experience, you really have to see it up close in person. The images float beyond the canvas at you! Details in the image are beautifully enhanced through Roya’s Chroma art techniques, and are mesmerizing to look at. Enjoy the video!  - Kelli (@sojournals) 

smithsonianlvm:

Featured Video: The Oculus Arcade Immersion 2014

The “Oculus Arcade” was an interactive feature of the Immersion 2014 Summit at LMU that allowed participants to demo the Oculus Rift technology through a range of immersive virtual reality experiences. This interactive component was made possible by OC(Orange County) Virtual Reality Meetup. Member developers who participated in Orange County’s first VR hackathon designed many of the VR experiences demoed in the “Oculus Arcade”.

Lots of VR experiences are being developed for the Oculus Rift, and Smithsonian LVM has created a virtual reality version of Céramica de Los Ancestros, an exhibition and online simulation in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian for exploring artifacts. Read more on our discussion of immersive education below.

Related Topics & Educational Resources:

Smithsonian LVM Interactive Archive

Virtual Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badge at Smithsonian LVM

Why is Immersive Education Important?

Immersive Technology: Oculus Rift

Céramica de Los Ancestros 3D Basecamp

Eco Explorers 3D Interactive Games

Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community.Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.

iED Immersion 2014 Recap

I created this video using my iPhone 5.  I confess I had my Zoom hand recorder with me, but was without the extra hands to hold it while I was shooting. I ended up using the mic on my iPhone earbuds as a lapel mic. Considering the alternative of using the built-in mic on the iPhone I think it came out okay.  

I gave the Oculist Rift a spin through several demos of the viral reality experience available in the oculus Arcade, and I was impressed with how real a 360 view makes a virtual reality experience! Truly immersive! But I couldn’t take more than 15 minutes of that before nausea set in. It takes some getting use to, but wearable 3D VR experiences are making immersive media, mainstream media.

Read more about my immersive musings on the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum’s Tumblr blog where I blog daily.

smithsonianlvm:

A recap in photos of the Immersive Education (iED) Initiative’s Arts and Culture Council (iACC), beginning with a sunset cocktail reception and guest musical artist and ethnomusicologist Alessandro Hernandez, at The Getty Center  before kick-off of the 2014 summit with Keynote, Smithsonian’s Melissa Carrillo. Melissa and a team of Smithsonian experts led a discussion about  ” key challenges facing museums today around issues of authority, authenticity, digitization, ownership, social networking, materiality, virtualization and user-generated content”  in their collective presentation, “Exploring The Impact of Immersion on Arts & Culture” . 

View more photos and happening from the iED Immersion 2014 Summit on our Twitter and Instagram channels @Smithsonian_LVM.

Related Topics & Educational Resources:

Web 3-D Interactive Books

3-D LVM Augmented Reality

Eco Explorers 3D Interactive Games

Target Corp. Sponsorship Press Release

The Immersive Education Initiative

Connect with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on Twitter and Instagram @Smithsonian_LVM and become a part of our growing online community. Learn more about the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum on the Latino.si.edu website and view more of our cultural and educational resources.

Back in June I had the pleasure of documenting the iED Immersion 2014 Summit for the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum (I blog there daily if you want to see where I’ve been hiding the past few months) and it occured to me that I hadn’t updated blog with all of the wonderful experiences I had. So the next few posts will be a recap or more simply, reposts from their blog of all the I content created to share those experiences. Enjoy!

#tomthecat watching #hulu

#tomthecat watching #hulu

#karawalkerdomino people are not subtle about viewing her rear, posing in front of it with big smiles. I wondered what they were experiencing. What provokes this?

#karawalkerdomino people are not subtle about viewing her rear, posing in front of it with big smiles. I wondered what they were experiencing. What provokes this?

Had the #karawalkerdomino experience today…still reflecting on it.

Had the #karawalkerdomino experience today…still reflecting on it.

#instasound Just the app I was looking for! @kokayi #zazahey

Featured Video: DBT(Double Bubble Trouble) Directed by M.I.A., from the album MATANGI 

BANG! BANG! (In my best Oprah voice) And you get a gun, and you get a gun, and you get a gun! Did you see the 1984 reference? Is this maybe M.I.A. response to “Big Brother” watching, and a totalitarian future? The Internet, 3D printing and protection of your rights. Controversy! 

Follow the link to read audience responses in the comments about the video. 

The #CutPatterns Project 
A line of #AfricanInspired interactive print fabrics and wallpapers I’ve created in response to Female Genital Cutting to support awareness campaigns working to end the pattern of this horrifying act against women in the name of virtue and honor. For the fashionable and #sociallyconscious - Stay tuned as this project evolves!
CutPatterns fabrics and wallpapers are available for sale on Spoonflower.com

The #CutPatterns Project 

A line of #AfricanInspired interactive print fabrics and wallpapers I’ve created in response to Female Genital Cutting to support awareness campaigns working to end the pattern of this horrifying act against women in the name of virtue and honor. For the fashionable and #sociallyconscious - Stay tuned as this project evolves!

CutPatterns fabrics and wallpapers are available for sale on Spoonflower.com

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