An interactive timeline of history

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Histography is an amazing interactive timeline of every single historical event that’s there is information for on Wikipedia. So that is pretty much everything from the big bang up until today.

Each dot on the timeline represents an event. You can also use the scrollbar at the bottom tho move through timeframes like the Stone Age or the Renaissance.

If only specific events from a particular period interest you it’s possible to filter by category.

Histography is a final year project by Matan Stauber at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

Histography currently only works on Chrome and Safari.

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Virtual Reality as a Tool

The VR hardware market exploded after Facebook deemed VR investment worthy with its 2 billion acquisition of Oculus in 2014. A lot of serious players entered the game and Q1/2016 is gonna be the culmination of this. All major players Oculus, HTC/Valve, Sony and Microsoft with their AR headset, announced the public release of their consumer products for the beginning of next year. What still seems the most interesting to see though is what Magic Leap can come up with.

I always thought that the real magic of VR and AR technology doesn’t lie in entertainment but in its great potential as a tool for engineering and creation in general. So far only one company, HTC, lets this idea reflect in its marketing leading up to the big battle of the platforms next year. The following video is an example for this.

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Amazing Kinetic Installation

Just recently stumbled upon a video of this amazing kinetic installation called Hyper-Matrix. It was created for the Hyundai Motor Group Exhibition Pavilion in Korea at the 2012 EXPO. The installation consists of a specially made huge steel construction to support thousands of stepper motors that control 320x320mm cubes that project out of the internal facade of the building. The foam cubes are mounted to actuators that move them forward and back by the steppers, creating patterns across the three-sided display.

Comprised of what at first appear to be three blank white walls, Hyper-Matrix installation quickly comes to life as thousands of individual cubic units forming a field of pixels begin to move, pulsate, and form dynamic images across the room, creating infinite number of possibilities in the vertical, 180 degree, landscape. In addition, as the boxes are arranged at only 5mm narrow intervals, the wall can also be a nice moving screen for the images projected on to it.

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150 Gigapixel Tokio Panorama

There have been quite some large images been produced and published. But this 150 Gigapixel panorama of Tokio definitely stands out with its amazing detail and technical perfection. I have yet to find a significant stitching error. Captured from the top of the Tokyo Tower it is 600,000 pixels wide and allows to zoom into an amazingly detailed Tokio frozen in time. So detailed that wired even created a  photo essay with it.

Make sure to use a WebGL capable browser for a smooth performance.

Here is a video with a “fly through” of the image.


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Template Designers Inspiration

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A bunch of links for template designers taken from silverstripe.org

http://kuler.adobe.com – Kuler is a great color scheming tool
http://blog.html.it/layoutgala/ – 40 super cool CSS layouts for you to use
http://designmeltdown.com – Great gallery of websites. Browse through and get inspired.
http://validator.w3.org/ – Your template must pass ‘or get near’ validation.
http://famfamfam.com/lab/icons/ – free, beautiful icons.
http://cssremix.com – Another CSS site gallery for inspiration.
http://www.maxdesign.com.au/presentation/process/ – a good process for creating a design

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Globalexplorer

Sorting through my archives i stumbled upon a CD with some pictures from an old project I did during my studies back in 2004, called globalexplorer. The main feature was a 3x9m projection screen we put up in the stairwell of our university.

A ticket equipped with a bar-code would allow you to “log in” at a virtual globe that allowed to select from a wide range of travel destinations around the world. This triggered  a slide show of that destination on the main projection screen synced to some fitting local music score. The color of the lighting in the whole room was linked to the images as well.

As some well thought through marketing scheme 🙂 the number that was linked to the bar-code on your ticket would allow you to log in to a website to review the images of just the destinations you visited on the virtual globe. You could leave your address get some additional information or book your journey.

Looking back it seems amazing what we pulled of with six people a lot of sponsors but altogether zero budget.

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