Sunday, December 13, 2009

Glowdoodle at MIT museum

I set up glowdoodle at MIT museum on friday night. It was fun- good turnout, lots of kids. I brought the usual toys, plus some new things: some glowing branches created by my friend Elliot, a full-size star wars light saber, and a Crayola color wonder magic light brush (touch the brush to a well of paint and it lights up in that color). Here are some faves.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Glowdoodle Installation at Creativity and Cognition

I was at the Creativity and Cognition conference last week in Berkeley, CA, where I did an outdoor installation version of Glowdoodle. The Berkeley Art Museum provided a big projector, a big concrete wall, and a table. I provided Glowdoodle and a whole bunch of light-up toys, glowing things, and reflective stuff. We had a good flow of people coming by to try it out and mingle. Here are some of the great images that were created.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Computer Clubhouse workshop

Jay and I were out in California last week, where we did a Glowdoodle workshop at a Computer Clubhouse. This was the first time we've done a workshop with glowdoodle, so we weren't sure how it would turn out. We brought some glowing things like glowstick bracelets, flashlights, LED toys, and some reflective things like silver tinsel, bits of mirror, bells, and other shiny and colorful stuff. We also had black construction paper, so the kids could cut out silhouettes, and make glowdoodle pictures by waving lights behind them.

There was a magical energy in the room, with the lights out and everybody experimenting and playing as they made intricate glowdoodles. One thing we found was that with USB webcams, it's important to point them toward a nice dark background to get a good result, even with the lights out. The idea of making silhouettes from paper and from bodies took off among several groups of kids, as did the idea of using reflective objects like mirrors and tinsel for sparkly effects. Here are a few examples of the kids' creations.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Glowdoodle Animator

I've been experimenting with a version of glowdoodle that lets you make stop-motion animations. Here's one I created with it:

You can try it out too! Bear in mind that this is experimental software, so no guarantees.
  • Just click to clear each frame, then create the next one.
  • This version uses "onion skinning," meaning you can see a faint overlay of the previous frame to help you align things.
  • Press space to watch a preview of your animation
  • Press escape to exit, and you will have a quicktime movie saved in the glowdoodle animator folder.
Glowdoodle Animator for mac
Glowdoodle Animator for windows (also follow the installation instructions)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Glowdoodle at Creativity and Cognition

I'll be at the Creativity and Cognition conference in Berkeley, CA next week. I'm doing an installation of glowdoodle that will be up on Thur Oct 29, 6:30-10pm. It should be fun!

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