Monday, May 12, 2014

It Takes A Village

This month marks the sixth year that I will be participating at the Bay Area Maker Faire, which will be held on May 17-18 at the San Mateo Event Center (near the San Francisco airport).

Maker Faire bills itself as “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” and for the last five years, I have curated an area at Maker Faire that has been dubbed the “3-D Village” as it is comprised of exhibits that are in some way related to 3-D and stereography. This year’s 3-D Village will have an exciting mix of displays and workshops including several LA 3-D Club members:

  • “Photographic Phantograms” - Barry Rothstein’s demonstration of producing photographic phantograms. Barry will also be selling his 3-D books and cards.
  • “3-D Photo Booth” - Shyam Kannapurakkaran will be operating a 3-D photo booth to demonstrate various 3D photography & post production techniques. 
  • “3-D Photography, Do It Yourself” - Lawrence and Cassie Kaufman will be presenting 3-D images displayed on several display types and hand-outs on how to make 3-D photos. 
  • “Stereoscopic 3-D Projects” - Jodi Kurland will exhibit various projects from members of the LA 3-D Club, including stereoscopic 3-D photography and videos. Club member volunteers will demonstrate the equipment used for making and displaying 3-D photos and videos, including custom camera rigs, 3-D computer displays, 3-D TV, smartphones, and tablets.
  • “3-DIY: Do-It-Yourself Stereoscopic 3-D” - My booth where I will be showing my homebrew 3-D camera and display devices, 3-D music videos and films, moving phantograms, and 3-D capture with the Kinect sensor.

In addition to these club members’ booths, the 3-D Village will also have these exhibits:

  • “Xulu Virtual World and Creator Kit” - Xulu is free virtual world and development platform that helps everyone create and share high-quality online social places along with physics-based gaming and playful activities.
  • “Kindle Fire VR” - a virtual reality headset using an Amazon Kindle Fire plus Arduino inspired by the Oculus Rift and built by a high school student.
  • “Project Gauntl33t” - Project Gauntl33t is designing haptic feedback gloves for the purpose of allowing the users to feel objects in virtual reality.
  • “Visual Orchestra” - The Visual Orchestra is meant to delight kids of all ages. It is a combination of light, sound and motion. It is the next in a series of multimedia art and technology presentations by Greg Ames.
  • “Poppy 3D – turn your iPhone into a 3D camera” - Poppy turns any iPhone into a 3D camera. Capture, view and share 3D video clips and photos, all using just your iPhone’s camera and the optics built into Poppy.

The 3-D Village will be located in Fiesta Hall, in room C, a large darkened area, ideal for 3-D projection. It will be a great weekend, and we look forward to showing Maker Faire’s attendees our 3-D works. Tell your friends in the Bay Area to attend, and if any club members are planning to go themselves, please let us know you’ll be there.

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