My friend Allan Lavell let me play with a new build of his Hyperspektiv app. Allan has made many cool visual apps like Glitch Wizard, but the newest build of his Hyperspektiv app allows you experience a real-time effect while keeping your iPhone in a simple plast headset. So of course yo-yoing in augmented reality was the first thing I tried.
Yo-yoing through an AR headset was crazy hard, but really fun. I wonder what it would be like to organize a booth at the World Yo-Yo Contest where players could experience something like this. It’s an outerbody experience. Continue reading →
I recently blogged about the significance of June 19th in the weird Youtube series, Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared. (That 6th episode did come out, and you can watch it here.) In celebration for this special day, I wanted to share my homemade Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared sweater. Continue reading →
edit: The 6th episode is out now and I’ve added it to the bottom of this page… but now I’m wondering if it’s a two-parter. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.
In the opening scene of Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared we see a calendar prominently displayed over the three main characters. It says June 19th. Throughout episodes one through five, the astute observer can spot the some variation of 6/19 appears dozens of times… once even on a “still missing” poster which shows all 3 of the main characters. So, fans are asking what “happens on June 19th in Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared-land”?
DHMIS is an online video series that features 3 colorful puppets. The characters are all unnamed and little is given about their backstory. In fact, the show comes across mostly as just a dark parody of popular kids shows like Sesame Street and Blues Clues, but there’s definitely something going on under the surface.
If you haven’t watched the shows yet, I’ve embedded them all at the bottom of this post, but if you are just wanting to watch one and see if you like it or not, I highly recommend watching episode 4… the episode about computers. It’s glitch, it’s silly, and it gives many clues as to what’s happening below. Continue reading →
Whenever I’m giving a workshop on fun mobile photography apps, Seene is always at the top of my list, but today I learned that Seene has quietly been acquired by Snapchat. The deal actually makes a lot of since for both parties… Snapchat’s bizarre filters could get even weirder with Seene’s 3D mapping technology and Seene never really managed to get a critical mass of users to keep itself sustainable.
These news articles keep referring to Seene as a “selfie app”, but it’s face scanning mode is a relatively new addition to the app. It’s cool, but not all that useful. Plus it never really worked with my glasses on… The real great use for Seene was for having a unusual way to capture landscapes, architecture, or even food. Adding a slight element of depth to an otherwise static photo really made the image pop.
Aside from the 3D tech, the app was also built around a community aspect. Sort of like an Instagram for 3D images. Within the app, images could be viewed by moving your phone around to get a feel for the depth of the image. Though the community never really took off, it was a very close knit and supportive group of users at it’s core. Though my images went up in my Seene timeline, most of the time I would just export them as a 15 second looping video that I’d share on IG, Twitter or wherever.
For me, Seene was a great tool for creating unique images and I have a feeling that Snapchat is not going to maintain it for long. My hunch is they’ll shutter the app within the next three months and just use their face scanning tech within the existing Snapchat app. So my suggestion is to download Seene right now (for iOS or Android) and give it a try. Hopefully if the app does get shuttered, the 3D image capturing tech will continue to work.