“Kim vs. Comet” by Rachel Ciavarella

“Kim vs. Comet” is a real-time comparison of the volume of data created via social media about Kim Kardashian and the Rosetta comet landing.

How do online interactions differ from real world interactions? People often create digital personalities for themselves. These alternate selves make it easier to disassociate the physical self from their digital interactions. This mental distance can lead to uncharacteristic behavior in the digital world.

How does media influence public perception? Kim’s “internet breaking” magazine cover was published about the same time as scientists landed on the Rosetta comet. However, Kim seemed to get most of the media attention. Does that mean people care less about human’s landing on a comet? Or does the media only allow the public to see what it will get the most views and publicity off of?

This piece physicalizes the digital interaction of tweeting thereby forcing people to confront theirs and other’s digital interactions in the real world.

Inside the sculpture, there are two thermal printers, two arduinos and, a laptop running two processing sketches. The processing sketches scrape the most recent tweet from twitter matching the search query for either @KimKardashian or @ESA_Rosetta. The new tweets scraped are then compared to the previous tweet. If it is different it is printed out of one of the thermal printers. If it is the same as the previous tweet the sketch waits a few seconds (to avoid exceeding rate limits) and scrapes again for the most recent tweet of either query. The printed sheets are allowed to hang from the printers as a visual comparison of the volume of data created about either topic.

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In the future I would like to improve the piece by consolidating the electronics and code into one processing sketch and a raspberry pi.

 

“nuclear test data visualization” by Rachel Ciavarella (2014)

Assignment,Data — rciavarella @ 11:32 pm

data visualization for nuclear testing from Rachel Ciavarella on Vimeo.

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“I want” by Jean-Baptiste Michel (2013)

Artists,Data,Reference,Visual — rciavarella @ 7:36 pm

www.jeanbaptistemichel.com/#/i-wish-i-could-be-exactly-what-youre-looking-for-2013/

Marea (2014)

Arduino,Data,Hardware,Submission — epicjefferson @ 5:58 pm

The tank’s water level reflects the water level on the coast of San Juan, PR.

By being susceptible to tsunami waves, Marea exposes Puerto Rico’s risky disregard for potential disaster.

 

“FbStalker” by Priya Ganadas (2014)

Have you ever stalked anyone on facebook?

Do you anticipate a comment or a like from ‘that’ specific person?

Do you constantly check your notifications and get disappointed and end up wasting too much time on fb for no reason?

What if you could get notification from Facebook if and only if that someone special was active?

fbstalker from Priya Ganadas on Vimeo.

FbStalker!!

It lets you pick your person that you want to get notified about as soon as they do any activity on your profile. A simple elegant light attached to desktop blinks to let you know that someone special just commented on your status.

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I have tracked my friend Raj, I am printing ‘Wohoo’ every time i get a like from Raj.
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Serial communication is used between Processing to Arduino to blink the LED.

Back-end
I have used Temboo to get data from facebook.
Here is the link

You will have to get access from Facebook, using facebook developers

It was good learning to use temboo API without using the choreos and creating a custom code.

Github repository is here

“Flu Trend” by Meng (2014)

Arduino,Assignment,Data,Visual — meng @ 11:24 am

Flu Trend Data Visualization from Meng Shi on Vimeo.

date display

“Flu Trend” is a physical data visualization of flu in different city of USA. Data from Google ORG.

In this one, I choose Pittsburgh and San Diego. The brightness of LED light indicate the serious of the flu. With the date display on screen, we can understand when is the most serious time and we should go to health centre to get a vaccine.

Because I get a bad cold recent days, I hope it can help people to take care in this season (During the visualization, from Nov-Jan is the most serious period every year). It could work as a advertisement of health care centre or hospital, to encourage people to get a vaccine when necessary.

Some data scraping tools

Data,Reference,Scientific,Visual — Ali Momeni @ 7:14 pm

A starting point…

Multi messaging- Embedding single message over multiple apps

Technology has made remote connections obvious.There are times when I have wished if a group of people could be together in one location to be able to decode a message. Sender of the message defines number of receivers. Each receiver installs the phone application. Video message is fragmented and one part can be played by one person using the marker left in previous person’s phone.

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