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Tagging Stereoscope

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We know that quite a few people put up photos and videos on sites likes flickr and YouTube and the like which is fine. We would like you to tag all the material with both the tag "blinkenlights" and "stereoscope" if you do so that we (and everybody else) can easily track new material automatically. Thanks!

Writing Games for Stereoscope

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We have now finalized the new Gaming API for Stereoscope, which means that if you have a good idea for a game that could be played on the facade of Toronto City Hall using a mobile phone, there is a real chance to get this done. We know this is short notice, but it's worth a try.

So Jonathan has published the preliminary documentation and the code for the Blinkengame API you need on his website. We will roll this in our website later on, but let's be quick:

Read: Blinkengame API for Java

Stereoscope as a VJ screen

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There is one day left to go and we are making good progress in setting everything up. Although the system itself basically started to work last monday there are so many details you need to take care until you can call it perfect (or at least good enough).

Last night VJ Falk Gärtner - who is going to present the Blinkenlights Symphony at Nathan Philips Square live at 10pm - was doing his first test run linked to live to the system via WLAN. And the results were stunning. It's quite an advantage to be able to control contrast and brightness while sitting in front of the building watching it in real time.

Have a look for yourself:

Got it? It's going to be amazing.

Movie Submission interface up and running

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We have finally opened up our submission interface for movies for Stereoscope. Please follow the guidelines to be able to upload your content. Thanks in advance for your contribution. It is highly appreciated.

Updated Creation Tools

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We updated the Stereoscope Creation Tools a bit to include a variety of smaller bug fixes that might come in handy.

Bre Pettis on Stereoscope

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Bre Pettis has published the second part of his story about Project Blinkenlights, this focusing on Stereoscope.

Calibrating Stereoscope

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One of the better features of our latest installation Stereoscope is that we are able to fine tune the calibration of the system. Dominik wrote a small application for the iPhone that serves as a remote control for selecting exact dimmer timings for every single greyscale value (Stereoscope uses 16 different brightnesses to produce its magic).

The results so far are pretty nice:

Image to BML converter

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Dan Fraser posted an image converter that creates BML files that can be used for Stereoscope. This means you can convert any animation to our format by using one image per frame as an intermediary format essentially interfacing to every possible animation generator.

Ready to run

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Tonight we finished the basic setup for Stereoscope: all the floors are working, we finished the calibration and squeezed a couple of remaining bugs in the way we coordinate the dimmers. We are very happy with the results. We are now going after a couple of remaining minor issues to make sure everything looks great.

This means we can focus on the content now. There is still a lot going behind the scenes and we hope we can still push out a couple of extra tools. We are also readying the submission system so that you can send your content to us.

We are also making progress with the streaming setup. We are confident to be able to provide live streaming of the event. Thanks to everybody who offered us streaming server capacity. We will get back to you soon.

Streaming server needed

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There is a real chance we can provide you with a working video feed of Stereoscope as we have a camera in place but unfortunately we lack server capacity to re-broadcast it to the world.

So if you can help out we'd like to hear from you. We are explicitly looking for a Darwin Streaming Server installation that has enough bandwidth to sustain quite a few viewers (no, we have no clue how many it would be but we think it would be a lot).

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