Gone Fishing

A few of our members created an interactive digital installation called “Gone Fishing”, now on display at the CU Museum of Natural History in Boulder. As you enter the museum you will be greeted by a school of virtual fish swimming on the floor. Step onto their virtual pond and the fish will swim away from you.

How it works:

Directly above the fish display attached to the ceiling is an XBox Kinect next to a projector. The Kinect is essentially a motion sensing webcam. The Kinect is calibrated to detect where you are within the 2-D fish matrix. The system is constantly updating as you move, and the virtual fish are programmed to avoid your virtual “shadow” within the system (the Kinect sees you, not your shadow that is cast by the projector). The projector projects the image of the fish onto the floor, with the magical result that the fish flee from you as you move.

The installation opened on Friday April 27th 2012 at the CU Museum of Natural History in Boulder and was spawned by the imagination of CU students / CU Hackerspace Club members Todd Bernhard, Jess Garrett, Peter Klipfel and Anne Gatchell. (Todd, Jess and Peter are members of Solid State Depot.) You can drop in and see the fish swimming in their virtual aquarium through the summer and beyond.

Watch it in action:

Arduino Class at Communikey Festival

On Friday April 27, Solid State Depot teamed up with SparkFun and the CU Hackerspace Club to offer an Intro to Arduino class as part of the Communikey Festival. The class was held at the CU-Boulder campus in the ATLAS building. About 15 students attended. Dave from SparkFun led the instruction and did a wonderful job getting everyone set up and enthusiastically programming Arduino ProtoSnaps to blink and fade LEDs, measure light with a sensor, read minds, etc. About a half dozen or so helpers from the 3 organizations assisted the students in getting set up to program and troubleshoot missing semicolons and the like in their code.

The curriculum for the class was similar to that used in the workshops we’ve put on at SSD. (We’re about due for another one of those, aren’t we? And we’ll try to give a little more advance notice next time!)

Presentations tonight at DLC Bechtel Collaboratory on CU Campus

We’re having an event August 10th to present some projects that members have been working on and also to make new friends in the community. The event is open to the public and should run about 2.5 hours. We’ll have a brief introduction and then each presenter will have the floor to talk about their project(s) and do a little Q & A.

Location: DLC Bechtel Laboratory, CU Campus.
Time: 6pm-9pm

Contact: dan@dan-db.com

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