November, 2010

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft Store in my Windows Phone



    I was searching the Zune Marketplace today and happened across the Microsoft Store app for Windows Phone. It’s actually a pretty nicely executed app and though I don’t see myself using it a ton it was handy to check prices of gear at our store, opening times and see what classes are on. I shouldn’t admit this but I may actually attend a class or two – to see what’s being said but I expect I’d learn something I don’t know on topics like Windows Live Essentials 2011. I know that’s tantamount to admitting I’m not a geek but honestly, that suite is chock full of chachka.

    The most fun part was seeing my partner in crime, Kim Stocks right there in the middle of the application. Task for 2011 – get my mug shot in there. Ha ha…

    Anyway you can grab the app if interested – reviews are pretty good but I agree with one comment that it’d be cool to have a daily tip or something like that to give me a reason to check back.

  • Steve Clayton

    Technology meets the football…at last


    The video speaks for itself – this ball could change the game of football and usher in an era of transparency…and statistical overload.

    The obvious features are the ability for the ball to highlight when it’s crossed a line for a goal, corner, or throw in. Perhaps even more interesting is the stats that could be generated from this thing – we’d get very accurate details of time in play, speed of travel and if players had RFID in their boots we could see who had spent most time with the ball at their feet. Huge potential.

    Of course the naysayers will say it’ll be hacked and start flashing for goals in the center circle – for a moment though, lets just rejoice that innovative minds out there are thinking up such things. Mexican studio Agent just won the coveted Red Dot concept award for this work.

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  • Steve Clayton

    Your mileage may vary



    Great to see British Airways have now embraced mobile boarding – alas not on Windows Phone 7. We seem to be doing a decent job of getting some of the most popular apps on to WP7 though so hoping this one makes it across soon.

    Meantime, my friend John Caswell has been road testing the app already. Your mileage may vary it seems Smile

  • Steve Clayton

    Killer artwork of The Killers



    I remember having to do a detention essay back in school when I was 16 on pointillism…it was boring. I can’t tell you the reason for the detention…far too cheeky I was…but it’s no longer boring.

    The Killers IE9 website was art in itself but now I may have another reason to bolster my fledgling art collection. Oooh, is it Christmas?

    Paul Normansell is the man behind the album cover for The Killer’s latest album, Day and Age which won him critical acclaim from Rolling Stone who voted it the best album cover of the year. I’d never really taken that much notice until I heard a limited edition collection of the cover and band portraits was being issued to commemorate the anniversary of the album’s release. I did a little digging…


    When you look a little closer at Normansell’s work, you can see there is huge attention to detail. Check out the techniques section of his site and you’ll see why his work has attracted so much attention as his use of dots to create a final image can take weeks. The work has led to some impressive assignments, most famously with Kate Moss. Needless to say, that work is sold out.

    As of late last week though, this new series went on release. It’s officially endorsed by the Killers and the work is available in an traditional paper serigraph or aluminium serigraph. Best of all, they’re all authenticated, numbered, and signed by Normansell which makes them even more collectable.

  • Steve Clayton

    Kinect - Dancing with invisible light

    Dancing with Invisible Light

    The Kinect redirection continues – Herb Kim pointed me to a Flickr gallery by Audrey Penven who has been busy taking infrared photos of the “dots” that Kinect creates. Here’s how Audrey explains it

    A series of interactions with Kinect's infrared structured light

    With these images I was exploring the unique photographic possibilities presented by using a Microsoft Kinect as a light source. The Kinect - an inexpensive videogame peripheral - projects a pattern of infrared dots known as "structured light". Invisible to the eye, this pattern can be captured using an infrared camera. The Kinect uses the deformation of this dot pattern to derive 3D information about its subjects (an ability which has already spawned an explosion of incredible digital art).

    As a photographer I am most interested in the nature and quality of light: how light behaves in the physical world, and how it interacts with and affects the subjects that it illuminates. For this shoot my models and I were essentially working blind, with the results visible only after each image was captured. Together, we explored the unique physicality of structured light, finding our way in the darkness by touch and intuition. Dancing with invisible light.

    Check out the full gallery.

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