SECTION 5

SECTION 5's focus is Next Level Filmed Entertainment. We're committed to pushing viewers beyond conventional story-telling and into a filmed experience using a multi-platform approach. The richness of the tech available to us now is unprecedented; Augmented Reality, touch-screen devices, audience engagement, etc. We are at a moment in Entertainment where all the rules have changed not only in the structure of our business, but in the delivery and architecture of the projects, themselves. SECTION 5 is also committed to pushing the boundaries creatively and exploring the Next Level of writing, directing, acting, cinematography, editing, etc. This is a remarkable pivot point for Filmed Entertainment.

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Cinema screens in China are now being overrun by audience text messages

Remember when you used to catch a movie when you wanted a stress-free day or you just felt like unwinding on the weekends? Not anymore! In Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, cinema goers are being encouraged to text during movies, with their messages being displayed across the actual movie screen for the whole world to see.

The trend actually comes from Japan and is known as ‘Danmaku’ or sometimes, ‘bullet screens’. And get this: reports say that films offering this service see attendances of between 80 and 90 percent. Imagine a fullhouse at the movies. Now imagine a fullhouse of texters, and a movie screen full of messages.

But why, people? Why pay good money to see a film and then spend the time texting? The New York Times investigated and came up with the only reasonable answer: ‘While comments can be so numerous that they obscure the entire screen, many “bullet screen” proponents say the point is often not to watch the actual video in any case, but to get together and “tucao,” Chinese for “spit and joke around,” about the silliness of the video’.

‘Danmaku’ action begins at 0:18:

Sep 01
lostateminor:

>Cinema screens in China are now being overrun by audience text messagesRemember when you used to catch a movie when you wanted a stress-free day or you just felt like unwinding on the weekends? Not anymore! In Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, cinema goers are being encouraged to text during movies, with their messages being displayed across the actual movie screen for the whole world to see.
The trend actually comes from Japan and is known as ‘Danmaku’ or sometimes, ‘bullet screens’. And get this: reports say that films offering this service see attendances of between 80 and 90 percent. Imagine a fullhouse at the movies. Now imagine a fullhouse of texters, and a movie screen full of messages.
But why, people? Why pay good money to see a film and then spend the time texting? The New York Times investigated and came up with the only reasonable answer: ‘While comments can be so numerous that they obscure the entire screen, many “bullet screen” proponents say the point is often not to watch the actual video in any case, but to get together and “tucao,” Chinese for “spit and joke around,” about the silliness of the video’.
‘Danmaku’ action begins at 0:18:

futurescope:

The ‘Holographic’ 3D Video Machine is closer than you think

From the creators project:

Recently completed by Chris Helson and Sarah Jackets, two Scotland-based artist who have been honing away on the project for seven years, this innovative 3D video machine will make its debut on July 31, as part of the Alt-W at the Edinburgh Art Festival. Inspired by the famous holographic message sent to Obi-Wan Kenobi from Princess Leia in Star Wars, the 360-degree piece, entitled Help Me Obi, has already won an Alt-w production award from New Media Scotland.

Inspired by scientific concepts that have garnered iconic cultural significance, Helson said the project is not to be confused with a 3D hologram: “We use the term holographic because there is nothing else like it,” said Helson. “The machine creates 360 [-degree] moving video objects apparently floating in space and the viewer is able to walk around the machine and see the video object from any position.”

[read more] [Helson & Jackets] [video & pictures from Helson & Jackets]

Jul 30

emergentfutures:

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014

Full Story: ZDNET

Mar 04
emergentfutures:

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014
Full Story: ZDNET

prostheticknowledge:

Project Tango

Google unveils next-generation smartphone device featuring motion and depth sensors. This is really exciting as it offers computational photography to the masses and far more sophisticated Augmented Reality experiences. The prototype device is available now for developers to create something special - video embedded below:

As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.

The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

You can find out more at the Project Tango website here

Feb 22

futurescope:

New Camera Stabilizer Could Change Cinematography Forever

Not really future, more likely tomorrow, but add this gimbal to a drone and welcome 1984. Only 15k plus the price of a drone. From Gizmodo:

A new piece of filmmaking gear was just announced that could completely re-invent the complex process of camera stabilization. It’s currently being tested and endorsed by Vincent LaForet, who’s given us a little taste of what it’s capable of.

The product is called MōVI, created by Freefly, longtime maker of crazy camera-drone equipment and stabilizers. LaForet is presenting a short film and behind-the-scenes video to illustrate its abilities, which consists of a completely custom-made gimbal and 3-axis gyroscope that digitally stabilizes the camera (a Canon 1DC in this case). It looks to be very light and portable, a far cry from giant metal arms, vests, and weights that almost the entire camera support world is based on.

Video:

[read more] [Movi]

Jan 03

parislemon:

8bitfuture:

Video: Samsung’s ‘Display Centric World’

A promotional video from Samsung in which their displays can be embedded in almost everything.

Mildly creepy (especially the voice-over). Sort of cool.

Jan 01

futurescope:

UCLA Engineering develops flexible and stretchable LEDs

Imagine an electronic display nearly as clear as a window, or a curtain that illuminates a room, or a smartphone screen that doubles in size, stretching like rubber. Now imagine all of these being made from the same material. Researchers from UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a transparent, stretchable, twistable organic light-emitting device that could one day make all these possible. 

[UCLA] [read more @vice & @kurzweilai]

Sep 25

futurescope:

Flexpad: Highly Flexible Bending Interactions for Projected Handheld Displays (CHI 2013)

Flexpad is a highly flexible display interface. It introduces a novel way of interacting with flexible displays by using detailed deformations. Using a Kinect camera and a projector, Flexpad transforms virtually any sheet of paper or foam into a flexible, highly deformable and spatially aware handheld display. It uses a novel approach for tracking deformed surfaces from depth images very robustly, in high detail and in real time. As a result, the display is considerably more deformable than previous work on flexible handheld displays, enabling novel applications that leverage the high expressiveness of detailed deformation. We illustrate these unique capabilities through three application examples: curved cross-cuts in volumetric images, deforming virtual paper characters, and slicing through time in videos.

Publication: Jürgen Steimle, Andreas Jordt, and Pattie Maes. “Flexpad: Highly Flexible Bending Interactions for Projected Handheld Displays”. Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2013).

[read more: MPI & MIT] [via KurzweilAI]

Sep 13
lostateminor:

>Cinema screens in China are now being overrun by audience text messagesRemember when you used to catch a movie when you wanted a stress-free day or you just felt like unwinding on the weekends? Not anymore! In Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, cinema goers are being encouraged to text during movies, with their messages being displayed across the actual movie screen for the whole world to see.
The trend actually comes from Japan and is known as ‘Danmaku’ or sometimes, ‘bullet screens’. And get this: reports say that films offering this service see attendances of between 80 and 90 percent. Imagine a fullhouse at the movies. Now imagine a fullhouse of texters, and a movie screen full of messages.
But why, people? Why pay good money to see a film and then spend the time texting? The New York Times investigated and came up with the only reasonable answer: ‘While comments can be so numerous that they obscure the entire screen, many “bullet screen” proponents say the point is often not to watch the actual video in any case, but to get together and “tucao,” Chinese for “spit and joke around,” about the silliness of the video’.
‘Danmaku’ action begins at 0:18:

lostateminor:

>

Cinema screens in China are now being overrun by audience text messages

Remember when you used to catch a movie when you wanted a stress-free day or you just felt like unwinding on the weekends? Not anymore! In Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, cinema goers are being encouraged to text during movies, with their messages being displayed across the actual movie screen for the whole world to see.

The trend actually comes from Japan and is known as ‘Danmaku’ or sometimes, ‘bullet screens’. And get this: reports say that films offering this service see attendances of between 80 and 90 percent. Imagine a fullhouse at the movies. Now imagine a fullhouse of texters, and a movie screen full of messages.

But why, people? Why pay good money to see a film and then spend the time texting? The New York Times investigated and came up with the only reasonable answer: ‘While comments can be so numerous that they obscure the entire screen, many “bullet screen” proponents say the point is often not to watch the actual video in any case, but to get together and “tucao,” Chinese for “spit and joke around,” about the silliness of the video’.

‘Danmaku’ action begins at 0:18:

futurescope:

The ‘Holographic’ 3D Video Machine is closer than you think

From the creators project:

Recently completed by Chris Helson and Sarah Jackets, two Scotland-based artist who have been honing away on the project for seven years, this innovative 3D video machine will make its debut on July 31, as part of the Alt-W at the Edinburgh Art Festival. Inspired by the famous holographic message sent to Obi-Wan Kenobi from Princess Leia in Star Wars, the 360-degree piece, entitled Help Me Obi, has already won an Alt-w production award from New Media Scotland.

Inspired by scientific concepts that have garnered iconic cultural significance, Helson said the project is not to be confused with a 3D hologram: “We use the term holographic because there is nothing else like it,” said Helson. “The machine creates 360 [-degree] moving video objects apparently floating in space and the viewer is able to walk around the machine and see the video object from any position.”

[read more] [Helson & Jackets] [video & pictures from Helson & Jackets]

SECTION 5

Posted on Tuesday March 4th 2014 at 10:45am. Its tags are listed below.

emergentfutures:

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014
Full Story: ZDNET
emergentfutures:

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014
Full Story: ZDNET

emergentfutures:

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014

Full Story: ZDNET

prostheticknowledge:

Project Tango

Google unveils next-generation smartphone device featuring motion and depth sensors. This is really exciting as it offers computational photography to the masses and far more sophisticated Augmented Reality experiences. The prototype device is available now for developers to create something special - video embedded below:

As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.

The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

You can find out more at the Project Tango website here

futurescope:

New Camera Stabilizer Could Change Cinematography Forever

Not really future, more likely tomorrow, but add this gimbal to a drone and welcome 1984. Only 15k plus the price of a drone. From Gizmodo:

A new piece of filmmaking gear was just announced that could completely re-invent the complex process of camera stabilization. It’s currently being tested and endorsed by Vincent LaForet, who’s given us a little taste of what it’s capable of.

The product is called MōVI, created by Freefly, longtime maker of crazy camera-drone equipment and stabilizers. LaForet is presenting a short film and behind-the-scenes video to illustrate its abilities, which consists of a completely custom-made gimbal and 3-axis gyroscope that digitally stabilizes the camera (a Canon 1DC in this case). It looks to be very light and portable, a far cry from giant metal arms, vests, and weights that almost the entire camera support world is based on.

Video:

[read more] [Movi]

SECTION 5

Posted on Wednesday January 1st 2014 at 01:56pm. Its tags are listed below.

parislemon:

8bitfuture:

Video: Samsung’s ‘Display Centric World’

A promotional video from Samsung in which their displays can be embedded in almost everything.

Mildly creepy (especially the voice-over). Sort of cool.

futurescope:

UCLA Engineering develops flexible and stretchable LEDs

Imagine an electronic display nearly as clear as a window, or a curtain that illuminates a room, or a smartphone screen that doubles in size, stretching like rubber. Now imagine all of these being made from the same material. Researchers from UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a transparent, stretchable, twistable organic light-emitting device that could one day make all these possible. 

[UCLA] [read more @vice & @kurzweilai]

SECTION 5

Posted on Friday September 13th 2013 at 06:32am. Its tags are listed below.

futurescope:

Flexpad: Highly Flexible Bending Interactions for Projected Handheld Displays (CHI 2013)

Flexpad is a highly flexible display interface. It introduces a novel way of interacting with flexible displays by using detailed deformations. Using a Kinect camera and a projector, Flexpad transforms virtually any sheet of paper or foam into a flexible, highly deformable and spatially aware handheld display. It uses a novel approach for tracking deformed surfaces from depth images very robustly, in high detail and in real time. As a result, the display is considerably more deformable than previous work on flexible handheld displays, enabling novel applications that leverage the high expressiveness of detailed deformation. We illustrate these unique capabilities through three application examples: curved cross-cuts in volumetric images, deforming virtual paper characters, and slicing through time in videos.

Publication: Jürgen Steimle, Andreas Jordt, and Pattie Maes. “Flexpad: Highly Flexible Bending Interactions for Projected Handheld Displays”. Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2013).

[read more: MPI & MIT] [via KurzweilAI]

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