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Life as a Google Glass Explorer

Second Story has recently gotten its hands on a Google Glass. In order to improve our knowledge about heads-up displays, we decided to let whoever was interested use Glass for a day. We all expected the full “gadget” potential of Glass: map

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Passing by the Wave

One of the keys to a successful interactive experience is providing a little something for everyone. Typically, members of the audience for an interactive installation will vary in their desire to invest time and attention. An individual may have a keen interest in

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You Can’t Go Wrong With 8,294,400 Interactive Pixels

As Ultra High Definition (UHD) displays become more readily available, we will begin to see the technology adopted in many ways. We are most interested in the new standard because it will have a direct impact on the way we

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Mobile Depth-Sensing

From the Protecting the Secret interactive at the Vault of the Secret Formula exhibit to the Connections Wall at the Emerging Issues Commons, Second Story regularly uses Kinect and other similar technologies to create dynamic content based on sensing where

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Leap Motion Path

Leap Motion Path is a Second Story lab experiment exploring the use cases for the Leap Motion controller in the digital animation field. Our objective was to create a tool to capture 3D motion that could be used within an

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Unboxing the Kinect for Windows v2

We started experimenting with the Kinect for Windows v2 from Microsoft this week and are already excited by the new possibilities that this impressive new depth-sensing camera offers. Mechanically, the camera is a bit larger and bulkier than we would

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How We Built Lyt: a Technical View of the Making Process

At Second Story, we all share a passion for making and crafting. Our collaborations have taken lots of different forms, from a robot that prints tattoos to a floor-to-ceiling interactive sculpture to an imaginative birdhouse. We thrive in the vibrant

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Balancing Spectacle with the Everyday

In a passage from John Thackara’s book, In The Bubble: Designing in a Complex World, he takes a critical stance against place marketing and describes his vision for an alternative, more sustainable approach to the design of cities: “A sustainable

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Put a Bird in It

Last month during Design Week Portland, we had a great time taking part in WeMake’s “Put A Bird In It” competition. The challenge was simple: craft a birdhouse to be auctioned off to help support art and music education in Portland’s

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Everyone Needs a Good Listener: Theater as a Foundation for Interaction Paradigms

The last ten years have changed the way most people on the planet use, depend on and intuit technology. Advances in mobile devices and tablets have changed the expectations of users across the board. We have all learned a new

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