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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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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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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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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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Uncharted Territory

This past weekend, Second Story created a reactive media experience for the TEDx Portland afterparty at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. For one night only, partygoers charted new landscapes from their movements. That day, TEDx Portland had p…

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Scenes from the Volumetric Society Meet-up

Earlier this month, the Volumetric Society met at Second Story Interactive Studios for the very first regional meet-up. These are exciting times for anyone interested in depth-sensing and gesture-based technology and this was a great forum for dis…

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Meet the LED Cube

The most common response to people seeing this display is, What the heck is that? Well, back in our media lab, we’ve been experimenting with an R&D project involving Kinect technology and an interactive volumetric display. As visitors pass into th…

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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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