Friday, January 27, 2006

pink poky

Friday, November 11, 2005

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Dancing Sneakers

We have instrumented a pair of dancing sneakers to each measure 16 different parameters, including continuous pressure at 2 points in the sole below left and right toes, continuous pressure at the front of the shoe for pointing, dynamic pressure below the heel, bidirectional bend of the sole, orentation about the "magnetic vertical" (a 3-axis solid-state compass), tilt in two axes (a low-G MEMs accelerometer), high-G's/shock in 3 axes (a piezoelectric accelerometer), angular rate about the vertical (a vibrating reed rate gyro), height above electric field transmitters in the stage, translational position (sonar from 4 separate locations), and battery status (continuous level and discrete warning). All sensors reside on the shoe itself, together with a PIC microcomputer to sample and serialize the data, an FM wireless transmitter to broadcast updates (at up to 20 kbits/sec, giving us a 50 Hz state update from both shoes) and a 9-volt battery that lasts a day or so. This system has been used in several interactive dance performances (see below), giving dancers intimate control over a dynamic musical stream that is mapped onto the shoe sensor signals via a complex rulebase. It won the 2000 Discover Award for Technical Innovation in the Entertainment category.

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Be sure to check out some of the videos with me testing the shoes. . . I've danced in front of several award show audiences and "wowed" thousands of children.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

2 Posh 2-2-2-2 Posh

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

i feel like tacos

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Return to the Future

I certainly enjoyed Corey Haim's spirited performance in a 1991 production titled Fast Getaway.

Imagine receiving a script with the tagline "If you're the right guy, in the right place, at the right time, you can get away with anything." Sure he was a little awkward being 19 or 20 years old, and playing a turning of age teen, 6 years younger, but he definitely had the creds to pull it off. Anyways, what ever happened to him? Maybe you would lie low if your wit, intellect, good looks, and ability to speak properly took an unexpected, exponential nose-dive.

Watch repeatedly for best effect. . .

Sunday, September 25, 2005

a hipster's wet dream