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NYU ITP's Spring Show is a techno-art explosion of creativity

Kevin Lee | May 27, 2013
Get a look at some of the best creations from what might be the most awesome Ph.D program you'll fund anywhere.

The Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU is a master's program like no other: It lets students delve into all things DIY--from programing, physical computing with things like Arduino, robotics, design, and more.

At the end of every semester, ITP opens its doors to the public to let everyone check out what its students have cooked up for their final projects. It just so happens that for these hackers, a thesis can be something other than a 1000-page dissertation. Instead, the final projects can be anything from robots, programs, and interactive comics all the way to... whatever the heck this thing is.

We went on the first night of the ITP Spring Show to check out some of the coolest projects there.

Google Glass for Introverts
If you think walking around with a Google Glass looks ridiculous, Adam Quinn has something even more outrageous in mind, and he calls it "Google Glass for Introverts." As Adam put it, it's designed for "anyone who doesn't want to look ridiculous walking around wearing Google Glasses [sic], and who is afraid to interact with their outside world."

Adam calls the rigging for his creation the Big Aluminum Head, and it's designed to be a sort of elaborate laptop carrier that also displays anything you might be thinking of.

To get the whole process going, all you need to do is enter a word like "show." From there, the software picks out three random but related words (like "theater," "actor," and "performance"). It takes these words and searches Twitter for any tweets with these string, and returns a three-line "poem" as an indirect steam of consciousness.

The Big Aluminum Head also comes equipped with a projector system that displays this information as a sort of reversal to Google Glass: Instead of beaming a feed of information directly to your eyeball, Google Glass for Introverts projects it on the privacy screen for others to see. (Maybe others will now stop asking you how you're doing and you'll be able to avoid mind-numbing small talk.)

And in case you're worried about bumping into anything, it also has a camera that streams a video feed to your screens to let you see where you're going.

How You See
How You See is an interactive kiosk that lets you play around with, well, how you see the world. The setup is based on OpenCV, a robotics vision programming kit, and it's essentially a camera feed to which you can add certain filters like ones for color, texture, motion tracking, depth sensing, face tracking, and orientation. It's an interesting way to look at all the aspects of human vision though the eyes of a machine.


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