September 28, 2014
This week I didn’t just go look at an exhibit, but I participated. Every month or so, Don Undeen opens the Met Media Lab to the tech and arts communities to experiment with using the museum’s content with technology.
In this month’s meetup Making engaging learning materials from 3d museum scans, Ross McKegney from Verold.com was invited to demonstrate his company’s new web-based tools for generating 3d experiences to be displayed in the browser, and challenged us to come up with creative ways to use these.
While the tools are simple to learn and to use, much of the meeting was still taken up by learning and experimenting with the tools. My experiment — “Re-heading” is shown above. It’s a quick cheezy demo, but seemed to inspire lots of ideas.
Some of the stuff we’ve done other months:
Overall, this group is ideal for me, and great fun for anyone interested in art, technology and building things. This is a closed group, but apply if you’re interested. Don Undeen, who leads the Met’s Media Lab as well as this meet-up is super-enthusiastic and inspirational. http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Museum-MediaLab-Meetup/
These meetings are all one big tech bonus. This week, we learned about how WebGL is now available in all browsers with the latest Safari release, and we saw some examples of 3d interactives. While the web based tools and the output we generated worked well on all of our macs, they were so CPU/GPU intensive that our laptops got hot and those of us on battery saw them run down quickly (so I lent out my power supply).
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