Autopano tutorial | Patching the nadir

ImmagineThis tutorial explains how to use the Autopano masking tool .
The tool allows to define constraints in order to keep or remove objects from a panorama. [link]


Centro Studi di Etnografia Digitale

logo_centrostudiThe “Centro Studi di Etnografia Digitale” is a nonprofit organization aimed at bringing together research sociologists, marketers, and experts of the Web. Through the strategic use of new digital media and widespread, it aims to study and understand the new cultural forms of life emerging on the Web and in society. Thoughts, communications, emotions, and identity which were privates and hidden, with the new media became visible and accessible. Qualitative and quantitative methodologies are used to exploit this new opportunity and reach a deeper understanding of identity, tribes, and life forms which are emerging in contemporary society networks.

City of Chicago’s Data Portal

chicago-dataportalThe City of Chicago’s Data Portal is dedicated to promoting access to government data and encouraging the development of creative tools to engage and serve Chicago’s diverse community. The site hosts over 200 datasets presented in easy-to-use formats about City departments, services, facilities and performance. The catalog presented below lists datasets alphabetically and links back to each set on the Portal.

Hello, again | 360° immersive performance

HalloAgain150x150px360° cameras, 360° binaural audio, and facial tracking navigation… amazing!

A performance created by Beck and Chris Milk
Performed by Beck
Featuring “Sound and Vision”
Arranged by David Campbell
Originally by David Bowie

360Cities | georeferenced panoramic photos

360Cities_02_150x150 360Cities is an online collection of georeferenced panoramic photos from all over the world. Reviewed and high quality selected panoramas will be shown on a map. Selected fully spherical panoramas are also available in the Google Earth default Photos layer. Pan title and author credits are showed on the images and each photo can be commented by everyone. A dedicated blog connected to website is also available. [link]

Urban energy consumption and winter warming

urban heat islandThe heat emitted into the environment from anthropogenic loads in large cities contributes to the increase of temperature at the global level. This is the result of a study conducted by Ming Cai, Florida State University and published in the journal Nature Climate Change, which involved 86 cities in the northern hemisphere. [link] – Exploring and understanding the city of Detroit is a webplatform that shows “what is happening to the people and the city of Detroit”. Through urban explorations and the use of photography detroiturbex makes some urban conditions evident, and in doing so it contributes to focus the attention on specific problems, especially on abandoned buildings. The comparision of “Now and Then” on the same image (as in the one posted here) is particularly effective. [link]

Streaming Smart City Exhibition 2012 29-31

Streaming of all the presentations and interviews given at the Smart City Exhibition (Bologna, Italy, 2012 29-31) promoted by FORUM PA and Bologna Fiere.

Responsive Environments Group (MIT)

 “Current Group Theme: The Responsive Environments Group explores how sensor networks augment and mediate human experience, interaction and perception. Transitional Group Theme: The Responsive Environments Group explores sensor architectures for ubiquitous computing. Early Group Theme: The Responsive Environments Group develops new sensing modalities and enabling technologies that create new forms of interactive experience and expression.” [link]

UrbanLab, Architecture & Urban Design

UrbanLab is an architecture and urban design firm with a reputation as a professional practice known for its innovative solutions. Design work is informed by intensive research and an experimental approach. UrbanLab is also a research laboratory actively engaged in examining American cities and American-style megalopolises. The broad goal is to re-conceptualize the design of buildings and the public-way urban infrastructure grid in order to reduce reliance on non-renewable, sustain water resources, and  design more effective uses of community assets. [link]