Street Lab @ ODC

The GRL Germany are continuing to rock events out of Open Design City, following on from their activities at the Cognitive Cities Conference.

As a part of the Street Lab meets Berlin festival, you can join in the following activities. They are busy as ever though with even more happening over the course of the event, so follow the link for details.

In the opening night of the festival GRL Germany will present their new laser tagging tool blitzTag at the grounds of Prinzessinnengarten within a stone throw away from Open Design City.

Like earlier versions of laser tagging apps such as LaserTag, blitzTag is tracking a laser point across the face of a building and generating graphics based on the laser's position which then get projected back onto the building with a high power projector.

Fri, 11th of March, 10 pm - midnight
Venue: Prinzessinnengarten / Moritzplatz

At Saturday we will open ODC for visitors from noon. At that time, people can try-out bombIR, or ask any questions about the evening before (blitzTag).

1:00-1:45 pm GRL Germany will give a talk which will be an introduction to GRL background and philosophy, with a behind-the-scenes look at some of our open-source tools, such as blitzTag and bombIR.

This will be followed by an LED-Throwie workshop by Sid (Shine in Decay) at 2 pm.  We are going to make a whole lot of LED's which will be installed the same evening in cooperation with another part of the festival.

A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together.

Sat, 12th of March
ODC opening time: 12am - 6pm
GRL Germany talk: 1pm
LED-Throwie Workshop: 2pm - 5pm
Venue: Open Design City / Betahaus

GRL Germany Workshop #2 - build your own infrared pen

SUNDAY 28. November 2010 / 15:00 to 18:00 h

ODC Workshop: GRL Germany Workshop #2 - build your own infrared pen / bombIR

Following up on our last workshop, we will be discussing and building the bombIR project developed by GRL Canada.

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bombIR is a scaleable drawing application built for use with a rear-projection screen and custom-made infrared pens - as well as a version for use with touchscreens -  that allows artists to physically gesture against a surface and create real-time graphical output. This is in direct response and feedback to use of the existing suite of GRL technologies (primarily LASER Tag) by graffiti writers at our events, and is aimed at providing a more physical, kinaesthetic experience of digital graffiti.

This workshop will include hands-on building of infrared pens couched in empty spray paint cans or markers - the electronics involved are very basic, so no previous knowledge is required.

If you would like to build your own and bring it home, please let us know and we'll make sure to purchase supplies for you.

We're still sourcing parts and will be able to confirm the final price of purchase, which we hope to keep at 10 Euro or less.

EDIT: We have confirmed material costs at approximately 5 Euros, and will have at least a dozen empty spray paint cans available.

Apart from material costs, this workshop is by donation - all proceeds will support programming at ODC and purchase of supplies for GRL-DE.

Time: Sunday, Nov 28th, 3pm – 6pm

Attendance & Cost: Maximum of 15 persons. Free as in beer, though donations accepted – all proceeds will go to further GRL_DE projects in Berlin and Open Design City.

Language: English. All levels of technical proficiency welcome.

Spatial and Technical Requirements: Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, if applicable.

Location: ODC in Betahaus, 19-21 Prinzessinenstrasse, Kreuzberg, Berlin

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