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DIOMEDES (DIstribution Of Multi-view Entertainment using content aware DElivery Systems) is an EU funded project to investigate and demonstrate new techniques for the compression and delivery of 3D immersive entertainment for home viewing. A collaboration led by the University of Surrey, the project involves academic institutions, research bodies and the television industry. The website features a number of videos explaining the background to the initiative and demonstrating how 3D media capture works.
Pop!Tech provides a space for innovative thinkers in various fields - including science, technology, design, public health, social and ecological innovation, and the arts and humanities - to get together and exchange provocative and challenging ideas, with the idea of using the most "genuinely disruptive, unconventional approaches" to promote real change. One example of an outcome is Project Masiluleke which aims to use mobile technology to fight HIV and TB in South Africa. Videocasts of the lectures are organised according to category and are also available on iTunes.
This collection of videos curated by Cambridge University shows different aspects of the natural and man-made world, filmed in extreme close-up using microscope cameras. From the development of a mouse embryo, to a look at how the eyes of beetles and flies can inspire technology the clarity of the images together with commentaries by Cambridge academics combine elegantly to offer brief but illuminating introductions to aspects of biology and nanotechnology.
A joint project between the Science Museum and Google Chrome, Web Lab consists of five interactive experiments, each designed to illustrate a particular aspect of Internet technology. The interactive nature of the exhibition - which ranges from Universal Orchestra (an eight piece robotic orchestra designed to show the collaborative potential of the Internet), to Sketchbots, in which a robotic arm sketches portraits of users in sand - aims to educate users about web technology while simultaneously illustrating, in a creative, stylish and stimulating way, its potential applications. The site features live, 24-hour streaming of the experiments as well as explanatory videos describing the technology behind each experiment.
The video channel of the US-based online culture and current affairs magazine Slate divides its content into four main channels: Arts & Life, News & Politics, Business and Technology & Science. The magazine has a left-leaning bias and its tone is witty and irreverent. The Podcasts cover similar ground.
This website aims to promote artists who are using new technology to push the boundaries of creative expression: the results of this can be seen in the site’s Videos section which features artists’ studio work as well as documentaries and coverage of events, installations and exhibitions. The Blog features writing on the latest developments in moving image technology. The content can be searched according to category - Music, Film, Art, Design, Gaming and Fashion - as well as by Creator. The site has a global reach and showcases work by artists from Brazil, China, France, Germany, South Korea, the USA and the UK.
Inactive as of 29.4.2013
RedOrbit is a science and technology website that aims for quantity as well as quality, boasting over 2,000,000 pages of content divided into four main areas: Science, Space, Health and Technology. Content in these categories is also searchable by Video and Images and indexed by Topics - extremely important in a website this big. The site’s scope is so wide-ranging that it is almost impossible to select a representative clip but this video showing the millipede Illacme plenipes - the leggiest animal on earth - walking on all 662 of its legs is certainly in keeping with RedOrbit’s "more is better" ethos.
The brainchild of former North Carolina State University professor Marshall Brain, this site uses various media, including podcasts and videos, to explain how things work. It is essentially a popular science site but contains a great deal of high quality educational content and has now expanded to cover non-science subjects. Searching is made easier by a clear interface in which categories with their various subdivisions are simply displayed: the Engineering Videos page, for example, features categories such as Robotics, Buildings and Structures, Materials Science. The site’s videos and podcasts are supplemented by a number of blogs.
A series of six audio podcast magazine programmes, released monthly from July 2012, exploring the innovative use of digital technology in the arts and cultural sector. Each programme focuses on a particular theme, covering the following six areas: User generated content, social media and audience curation; Digital distribution and exhibition; Mobile & location-based technology and gaming; Data and archives; Business models; and Education and learning. The podcasts, which can be downloaded free of charge from the Arts Council’s iTunes or Sound Cloud channels, feature interviews and discussions with experts and contributions from audience members and are all accompanied by downloadable transcripts.
ChronoZoom is an open source, community collaboration between UC Berkeley, Moscow State University, and Microsoft Research that aims to cover - literally - life, the universe and everything, from the Big Bang to the present day. Visually stunning, if potentially overwhelming, Chronozoom works dynamically, based as it is on zoomable interactive timelines, to create a visual sense of the immensity of time - 13.7 billion years of "big history" - in a way that would be impossible in a static timeline. Still in its early stages at present, the site is limited to timelines and exhibits, but as geologist Walter Alvarez explains in the introductory video, further content will be developed in the future. Given the project’s ambitions, it is unsurprising that navigating the site can prove initially somewhat disorienting, but patient users will be rewarded with a powerful sense of the true scale of time over cosmic, geological, biological and social periods.
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