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Category Archives: Technology
LSO Play / Sennep, 2013
The site allows you to watch & interact with HD footage of the orchestra performing Ravel’s Bolero. It’s an immersive experience, allowing you roam around the orchestra by changing your camera feeds, learning about how the players perform, and understanding the nuances of conducting. You can also explore a map of the orchestra, learn about the instruments, read performer bios, and watch masterclass videos.
It has to be said that LSO were an absolute dream client to work with. They came to us with a pretty open brief and were completely enthusiastic about everything we came up with. This was a lot of fun to work on!
I’m really pleased with this project, I think it looks awesome and is really fun to play with. I hope you enjoy it too!
In the future LSO will be uploading more videos of different performances, and maybe one day the experience will be translated to an iOS app or similar. In the meantime, I think this project really proves that Flash on the desktop is not dead!
ISS star trails / Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit, 2012
Beautiful long-exposure shots taken from the ISS by Don Pettit.
Also make sure you check out the rest of the stuff uploaded to Flickr by NASA_JSC_Photo, there are some amazing shots of all things space-related on there, and most are free to download at massive resolution.
Found via ISO50
Jam with Chrome / Illustrator unknown, Google, 2012
Google have bloody well gone and done it again.
The concept is simple, but the execution is perfect. Pick an instrument (there are 19), and start clicking around to make sounds. This might not sound exciting, but flick on the ‘auto play’ settings. Tune starts sounding pretty good, huh? You can start mixing things up by changing the chords, key, tempo, and effects. It’s intuitive, responsive, and immensely satisfying.
But where things get really, really cool, is when you invite a friend to your jam. In real time, the two (or three, or four) of you can play together. And it sounds awesome.
It works seamlessly too, if you have a decent connection. Throw into the mix some really gorgeous illustrations (I can’t find who did these anywhere! If you know, please tell me in the comments!), nice typography, and really satisfying UI touches, you’ve got yourself one hell of a project.
***UPDATE: from what I can find on the web, the superb illustrations were handled by Rob Bailey from Manchester***
More illustrations below:
Oh yeah, and there’s a really sweet video to promote the whole thing. Boom.
iF Mode folding bike / Pacific Cycles, 2012
OLO / Sennep, 2012
OLO, the social game of skill & strategy, is now FREE for a limited time! Normally priced at £1.49, now you can download the game here, and become hopelessly addicted, for nothing!
Download it now for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Also keep an eye out next week for a cool update to the game!
Boxx / Boxxcorp, 2012
This awesome-looking electric scooter may look like a concept, but seemingly it is actually real! Buy here for $3,995.
Jawa Motorcycle Graphics
Jawa is a company that makes motorcycles in the Czech Republic. They also make some very nice graphics to advertise them. There’s a treasure trove of such beauties to be found at the Jawa CZ Motorcycle Owner’s Club, check it out!
OLO / Sennep, 2012
Discovery’s final flight / April 17, 2012
Yesterday Space Shuttle Discovery made its final flight, as it was transferred atop a Boeing 747 from Florida to Washington, destined to become a museum exhibit after 27 years of service and 39 missions to space. Coverage of the journey was all over the web and TV, as it made a dramatic flypast over the Washington skyline.
One of the best things that I ended up watching though, was this CBS special news report from August 1977. If you’ve got 30 minutes to spare, check it out on YouTube. This ‘Approach and Landing Test’ was the first time a Space Shuttle flew on its own. Piggy-backing in the same way on a 747, the Shuttle climbed to 24,00 ft, before astronauts Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton performed a separation and guided it to the runway for the first time.
The documentary makes for compelling watching — not least because of some beautiful 70s graphics; just check out those Polaroid and CBS logos, nice! — but because, 35 years ago, NASA and the world dreamed these vehicles would be making 100+ trips into orbit over their lifetime, making space travel a routine, cheap and frequent exercice. It’s interesting to watch, noting this sense of optimism and excitement, and to think back on what the Shuttle program did and didn’t achieve over the last 30 years.