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Coding in the News

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/02/23/google-boys-girls-clubs-americorps-vista-computer-science-middle-school/23742089/

This article is about Google bringing a new program called CS First to Boys & Girls Clubs of America all over the country. The program teaches kids ages 9 to 14 how to express themselves and their interests through computer code.

Interactive Art

SPIN, created in 2001, is an invention that bridges the gap between digital and physical environments. It consists of a ball that is made out of special plastic and a projector from outside showing virtual spaces. People can walk inside of the SPIN and move in different directions, making the ball move itself. There are sensors which are placed in the base detect the person’s motion and the information is forwarded to the software; the images on the sphere are adjusted according to the movements. The user is equipped with a small body pack called the BODY SPIN which allows real-time measurement of the necessary body functions. The user’s muscle activity, breathing frequency, and heart rate are projected onto the sphere. The SPIN has three different environments; a brain maze which consists of a labyrinth based on stress level. The more stressed the user is the harder it gets for them to escape. The SPIN relates back to Rokeby’s notion of models of interaction. The model that represents the interaction between the SPIN and the user is the Navigable Structure Model. Rokeby states that “navigable structures have some of the characteristics of a maze or labyrinth”.

“Roots” is an interactive installation for the Brick Table tangible and multi-touch interface. Multiple people can collaborate in making music in a physically responsive environment. When a person presses their finger on the surface, a vine-like structure branches out and moves around the surface; this triggers different sounds and loops. This allows the user to create sound collages and compositions by pressing their fingers anywhere on the tables surface. This installation uses the “Invention of Media” model in Rokeby’s essay because the artist is enabling the interactor to express themselves creatively.

Self Portrait

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 10.39.05 PM

 

//block of code
void setup(){

//size of screen
size(500,500);
background(237,201,255);
}

void draw(){
//ellipse(x,y,w,h);


//hair
fill(#000000);
stroke(#000000);
ellipse(250,235,200,250);
ellipse(250,98,50,50);

//head
fill(219,188,168);
stroke(219,188,168);
ellipse(250,250,200,250);

//cheeks
fill(#E589A0);
stroke(#E589A0);
ellipse(191,273,50,50);
ellipse(310,273,50,50);


//hair
//fill(#000000);
rectMode(CENTER);
//stroke(#000000);
//rect(250,150,251,70);
//rect(149,250,50,150);
//rect(350,250,50,150);

//shirt
fill(#6F8FE5);
stroke(#6F8FE5);
triangle(345, 500, 148, 500, 250, 370);

//neck
fill(219,188,168);
stroke(219,188,168);
rect(250,380,70,70);

//eyes
fill(#6A3311);
stroke(#6A3311);
ellipse(210,221,10,15);
ellipse(290,221,10,15);

//lips
fill(#C65E78);
stroke(#C65E78);
ellipse(250,300,30,5);
ellipse(250,305,30,5);

//nose
fill(#B4A07F);
stroke(#B4A07F);
ellipse(250,260,20,7);

//ears
fill(219,188,168);
stroke(219,188,168);
ellipse(172,240,12,20);
ellipse(328,240,12,20);




println(mouseX, mouseY);

//rect(x,y,w,h);


}

.fluid

.fluid is a concept study of an interacting, changing surface. When you put your hand on the surface, it gets input from your hand and changes from liquid to solid and creates 3D symmetric moving patterns. More than one person can use it at once which creates a collaborative experience.

http://cargocollective.com/hnx/fluid

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