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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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Lose your Occlusion

Depth-sensing cameras like the Kinect give us the opportunity to mix physical environments and virtual environments, creating new immersive experiences. In this Second Story Labs experiment, we demonstrate how the use of multiple cameras helps solve problems with occlusion or

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Aurora: a low-tech, tactile musical instrument

“Instead of reacting to opportunities, we’re able to create opportunities.” At Second Story Labs it can be a challenge to share much of our hardware hacking and design, as much of what we do is specific to confidential projects. In December, we we…

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Sightlines: Augmenting an Object with Face-Tracking and Reactive Content

Recently, we’ve been experimenting with technology capable of tracking faces and changing what the viewer sees on a display, but we wanted to push the experience into uncharted territory. What if you could augment a physical object behind a displa…

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Launching Satellite

The typical interactive surface does very little to engage our very fine touch senses. Our fingers reach out and find smooth glass, rather than objects. Finding new ways to integrate tangible interaction into digital experiences has long been a go…

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Tracking Faces

Second Story Labs has created a unique user experience by combining the new head tracking capabilities recently added to Microsoft Kinect’s arsenal of features, with a transparent EL screen from Planar. As people approach the camera, the depth-sen…

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In-Depth Storytelling

Here in the Second Story Lab, we research new and emerging technologies that have the potential to enhance user experiences. As part of this ongoing quest, we are always on the lookout for new ways of sensing people in spaces. When we saw the dept…

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Playtime with the Microsoft Surface

The studio was delighted to receive the new Microsoft Surface 2 yesterday—now, it’s time to experiment. All hands on deck. A few photos from our first date with the technology…

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Point Clouds

We’ve all have to arrange and rearrange things on a daily basis. We arrange things in our personal lives—our sock drawers, puzzles, furniture, or a bouquet of flowers—and in our professional lives—Photoshop layers, audio tracks, the events in a pr…

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Experiments with the Microsoft Kinect module

In the Second Story Medial lab, we have been experimenting with the Microsoft Kinect module to determine if it could be used to track groups of people for interactive exhibits. Because the sensor returns a range image of the scene, it is possible …

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