Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12: Guest Nels Long

     Today, an architecture student, Nels Long came to visit the class. He introduced the students to the possibilities that technology allows in the near future. He began the class with an introduction to how 3D Images really weren't 3D, but simply 2D. A video was shown explaining the idea of using set markers that can allow the viewer to see digital images in an empty physical space, such as railings and stairs that are not really there. He then discussed his current project on building a library based on digital imagery, and his attempts at discovering how to essentially bring holograms worldwide. His plans were to someday have the capability to allow a person to sit on a bench in a park in America and, using a marker that one would program an algorithm in, have a meeting with someone in France "sitting" right next to him or her. This ability to do this would come from the programmed marker, and the person in France could, via holograph, be in the same place. The class also went over how white rooms are an absense of space, because one cannot see shadows or different color allowance, yet these white rooms are best for digital imagery.
     The class also discussed multiple technologies in current times that allow digital imagery to seem to come to life. One program was String, which is a website that is compatible with iPhone apps. One downloads the String app, and the ability to bring imagery to life occurs. The pictures on the website are drawn, 2D, still images. When the iPhone camera is placed over it, the picture becomes lifelike, moving and visually popping out of the screen. iPhone users can control the movements of the characters or draw on the screen, interracting with this program. Glasses that "place" a person in a room were also used by the students, showing them how virtual reality is already around just through simple glasses. The more students moved or looked around, the more they moved through the virtual world presented in the glasses.
     Future technological advances were also discussed. The ability of Windows 8 to connect with Kinect in the upcoming years shocked some students. Online shopping would gain a whole new meaning as the person shopping could use the Kinect to "try on" the clothing before purchasing them. Google Glasses often got brought up throughout the class period, as explanations of how they are meant to work and the future possibilities that they bring were discussed. The advertisement was played, sparking discussions on how the glasses could and most likely would be used for so much more than advertised.
    The remainder of the class period was spent watching videos using 3D projection techniques and manipulations of technology. Discussions on the future possibilities of ads popping up on Google Glasses throughout walks through towns and the future of advertising took place, highlighting all the possibilities that can and more than likely will take place before this generation is gone.

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