In the Summer of 2013 Suns approached me with the idea of developing a music video for their track 'Bells' and upon listening to the track -which I loved- I immediately had thoughts of an astronaut travelling alone through space. With this initial image in mind I began experimenting with various visual effects using After Effects.
I used two AE plugins: Plexus 2.0 and Trapcode Form, I started to develop my ideas which involved generating the thin line aesthetic and dots that I was after. The majority of the 3D models used in the video are based on real objects from Space; the Hubble Space Telescope, Progress and Voyager 1. The planets and moons in the video are generated using NASA imagery, and helped to create a formal aspect to an otherwise abstract piece. Once I'd settled on the visual look for the piece, I began to think about how the structure will be developed in relation to the journey of the astronaut and the emotion of the track.
Due to popular demand, the Omniversity are running Elliot’s VVVV + Projection Mapping courses again. VVVV is powerful toolkit of media technologies, boasting a glut of built in functionality, tools and examples. You can safely presume that you can get it to interface with almost anything you want, it can generate almost anything you want. There aren’t any other media toolkits that can perform so much ‘out of the box’, having you projecting kinect tracked video onto buildings or controlling robot arms from twitter in days rather than weeks.
VVVV is powerful toolkit of media technologies, boasting a glut of built in functionality, tools and examples. You can safely presume that you can get it to interface with almost anything you want, it can generate almost anything you want.
Elliot Woods is ½ of international interaction design studio Kimchi and Chips, with works featured in Wired, Engadget and the BBC. He is a European and international hero of the projection mapping scene, creating tools and techniques that have been employed in multi-million dollar marketing campaigns and niche art projects alike. Elliot taught a full time projection mapping course at NODE 10 (VVVV’s own forum of the digial arts) and has taught primary school students to top university students (Seoul National University) the art and techniques of projection mapping.
In this first test we combine a stepper motor controlled turntable with a realtime projection mapping. The motor, turntable and projection are controlled by VVVV (Using "pade" by kimchiandchips.com) .... and Arduino (Using "AccelStepper" - Library by Mike McCauley open.com.au/mikem/arduino/AccelStepper/index.html).
As stated in the end of the movie it is possible to project on more complex objects. It takes about two hours to calibrate the system inclusive the mapping. The system is able to control bigger industrial stepper motors as well.
It has always been our mission to make designing and experimenting with electronics accessible to as many people as possible. With circuits.io we already made a big leap in this direction. But for people getting started with electronics, schematics and layout are often still daunting. Over the summer we partnered up with Autodesk to fix this.
We are proud to announce the new version of circuits.io making it even easier and more intuitive to design electronics: 123D Circuits.io. Here are some of the most important new features:
- virtual breadboard based design, allowing to build and experiment with circuits just as you would in real life
- you can add an Arduino to your design, and edit the code right in your browser
- real-time and interactive simulation of both your Arduino code and the circuit attached to it
- full collaborative editing (think of Google Docs for electronics)
- powerful yet easy component editor, making it super easy to add new components to the shared library
- easily create beautiful circuit boards with: free text, b-splice silkscreen art, arbitrary board shapes, …
- ability to embed your design, including simulation on your blog or in an instructable
123D Circuits.io enables beginners to easily get started with electronics. Instead of blowing up a component, you can now experiment freely in the live simulated virtual breadboard environment together with friends without being afraid of breaking something. 123D Circuits.io even allows you to simulate Arduino code along with your electronics to control it all or to learn about programming and Arduino. Let’s admit it, even pros could make good use of such a tool.
But don’t be fooled in thinking that 123D Circuits.io is just a toy. The underlying engine is still the powerful technology of circuits.io: easy to use circuit board layout tool, one-click PCB manufacturing service, live DRC, multi-layer boards, smart copper pours, large component library, Eagle import, auto 3D enclosure generation, modular design and much more!
We created a number of Instructables to help you get started with 123D Circuits.io and have extensive help pages, even including pointers to learn the basics of electronics.
Best of all is that 123D Circuits is still free for open designs, and affordable plans are available for those wanting more. I hope you are as excited as us about 123D Circuits.io. Head over to 123D.circuits.io and give it a try.