Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
from the showdown-on-the-console-floor dept.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
AXIS 210 and Axis210A IP Camera
Includes 4mm lens for indoor use and power adapter
AXIS 210 Network Camera provides superior video quality for professional indoor applications.
The Axis 210A adds integrated two-way audio and Power over Ethernet capability.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Flickr Tools on Flickrbits » The definitive collection of Flickr tools, plugins and API applications
"Spivack gave the first public preview of Twine (I posted about it here). Twine is about knowledge networking, rather than social networking, Spivack said. “The semantic graph is a superset of the social graph.” Rather than just relationships, Twine makes connections between everything based on underlying semantic Web technologies. Twine is currently in the invite-only beta phase."
Dash now plans to ship its GPS product for cars, the Dash Express, in early 2008. Its key differentiator from other GPS units is that it will always be connected to the Internet, which will enable cool features like peer-to-peer (with other Dash devices) traffic reporting, and the capability to program routes on to your device from your Web browser.
The new news is that the Dash will have an open platform, so people can build interesting apps for it. The Dash team will demo the platform with its own apps, including one that links into a Zillow API, presumably so you can drive down the street and see on your device just how much the houses you're passing by are worth (see also: Realius).
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Quartonian was the first mac os x vj mixer to fully use the power of core image tech that Apple introduced in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). To this day Quartonian is still the fastest VJ mixer available for Mac OS X, mixing 720p or even 1080i HD video is possible on a Mac Book Pro. It is also the most flexible and customisable vj mixer available. Because it is written using Quartz Composer and the full composition is available you can rip it apart and build your own fx chains, your own screen layouts or even build a custom mixer to suit a large multiscreen installation or custom shaped screens. Eg see the screen shot below for an example hex layout for hexagonal screen clusters.
It’s fast and easy to adapt Quartonian to any custom screen layout, even multi screen layouts. This is difficult or impossible with most VJ programs.
Guitars, basses, microphones, keyboards, digital music players, home stereos, and speakers—these are just a few of the devices that you can connect to your Mac. Whether you're a musician or a music fan, here's how to connect some audio and music devices to your Mac, and how to set them up for use.
Attaching an Audio Interface
If you want to record instruments on your Mac, using USB or FireWire audio interface devices is the easiest and fastest way to get started! A variety of products are available to hook up your music gear, such as XLR, 1/4 inch phono, RCA jacks, and MIDI.
This USB controller (the M-Audio Ozone) features a built-in audio interface,
and supports a wide range of connectors.
For the serious musician, check out the USB and FireWire audio interface devices from M-Audio, Edirol, MOTU, and Digidesign. If you're more of a hobbyist, Griffin Technology and M-Audio have audio interfaces that are affordable, Griffin even has a few that connect to your computer's audio input port—if your Mac has one).
Once you've got an audio interface device, here's how to connect it to your Mac and set it up for use.
- Follow the setup instructions that came with your audio interface device and install the software drivers first.
- If you have a USB audio interface, connect it to a USB port on your computer, using the cable that came with your device. If you have a FireWire audio interface, attach it to your computer's FireWire port, using the appropriate FireWire cable.
- Turn on your audio interface, if it needs to be powered.
- To make your Mac use your interface as its audio input, open System Preferences from the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
- Click Sound to display the Sound preferences pane.
- Click the Input tab.
- Click your audio interface in the list to select it for use. Note: Don't see your interface in the list? Be sure that you've installed the driver.
| The FireWire 18/14 is an 18-in, 14-out audio interface complete with ADAT Lightpipe for multi-channel communication with other digital devices. It features 8 x 4 analog I/O at up to 24-bit/96kHz, and boasts 192kHz on the first two inputs and all four outputs. Channels 1 and 2 also include high-quality microphone/instrument preamps. S/PDIF optical digital I/O provides 2-channel PCM, as well as pass-through of surround-encoded AC-3 and DTS material. Flexible internal mixing allows input and output routing, including an aux bus for effects send or monitor mix. A front-panel momentary switch allows DJ-style headphone auditioning between two assignable sources. Other features include two headphone amplifiers, assignable level controller, S/PDIF coaxial/optical digital I/O, 1 x 1 MIDI I/O, and BNC word clock connectors for synchronization to other digital devices.|
FireWave Q & A
What is the port configuration?
FireWave outputs six channel audio through three 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo mini-jacks: Left/Right, Center/Subwoofer and Right Surround/Left Surround. FireWave also includes a FireWire 400 passthrough for connecting external devices like hard drives or iPods.
What audio formats are supported by FireWave?
FireWave supports Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II in addition to routing any configuration of up to six discrete audio channels, such as quad and hex arrangements.
What type of amplifier does FireWave use?
FireWave is not an amplifier and only supplies line level output. It is designed to be connected to self-powered multichannel speakers or to an amplifier/receiver with discrete inputs.
Is it suitable for four-channel output?
Absolutely! Practically any number and/or arrangement of speakers (up to 6 channels) can be designated in Mac OS X's Audio MIDI Setup utility.
Make a Video Feedback Screen Saver in Quartz Composer
|Quartz Composer is an easy to use tool that lets you create amazing digital art, even interactive digital art, without writing a single line of code. You might already have it: Quartz Composer is included as part of developer tools package (Xcode) that comes with Mac OS 10.4 Tiger. In this tutorial, I'll show how to get started with Quartz Composer. No prior programming experience is required. As an example, we'll build a video feedback screen saver that can take input from an iSight camera.|
What would it be like to navigate immersively within this time cube?
What does time look like?
This web site is about seeing time. From this site you can experiment with the Video Streamer, a tool for exploring time and motion in video.
Sometimes the edges of pictures are more interesting than their middles. The Video Streamer tips video on its side to look at its edges, revealing flowing images of time. The Streamer stretches time into gooey imagery that suggests alternatives to the usual timeline way of working with video.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
After indicating just how serious they were about leveraging Croquet by joining the Croquet Consortium, Intel takes another more tangible step:
Miramar, a 3-D information space technology originally developed by Intel Corporation’s research labs, will be brought to market by Qwaq Inc., the secure virtual workspace company.
The agreement between the companies announced today at the Intel Developer Forum enables a new desktop visualization edition of Qwaq Forums that will integrate 2-D desktop applications and shared 3-D information workspaces for large numbers of users to easily visualize and manipulate enterprise information. Qwaq and Intel plan to work together to integrate Miramar technology into this new cross-platform edition of Qwaq Forums, which is expected be available next year.
… Originally developed by Intel Architecture Labs, Miramar was designed to increase the productivity of distributed enterprises by enabling new information visualization capabilities across distributed teams. The Miramar technology leverages immersive 3-D environments and enables users to transition seamlessly among virtual environments and traditional 2-D desktop applications.
A demo of Miramar was done during a keynote by Intel’s by Justin Rattner at the Intel’s Developer Forum today. The presentation is entitled Virtual Worlds – The Rise of the 3D Internet and should be available shortly.
Update: The webcast on Intel’s site seems to only work with IE 6 but there’s a link to the video on David Smith’s site and the slides are also available. However, it really is worthwhile to find an IE6 machine to see them together on.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
DisplayLink solves the problem of adding extra displays to a computer without the hassle and cost of adding additional graphics cards.
By reducing the connection process to standard wired and wireless interfaces, DisplayLink enables an inexpensive and simple solution to clone or extend a desktop onto another display.
DisplayLink technology can be integrated into several potential applications, wherever a display is required over a standard wired or wireless interface at a low cost, including:
• Wireless monitors and projectors
To find out more, click the above links.
Wireless monitors and projectors