Tag: technology

Text Rain: The Sky is Falling, Does it Matter?

In class we briefly discussed “Text Rain,” an interactive installation developed by Camile Utterback and Romy Achituv in 1999 (check out Utterback’s website. She has some amazing new projects). The installation allows for users to directly interact with falling text being projected on a screen. Text lands on the bodies of users and can be dynamically toyed with in a…

A New Way to Read? : The Oculus Rift and Virtual Books

I, like so many eager others, have yet to experience the capabilities of the highly anticipated, head-mounted virtual reality device known as the Oculus Rift. Initially announced and profiled back in 2012, the Rift has seen drastic improvements to its tech and functionality since its initial display, causing fans and many in the gaming industry to dream of different intuitive…

Inanimate Alice and our Reliance on Technology

I just finished playing/watching/reading the short work “Inanimate Alice, Episode 1: China” by Kate Pullinger and Babel.  The work was an eight-minute glimpse into a young girl’s life in Northern China.  Despite its brevity, the work is surprisingly intense.  The girl’s father is missing and the family is unsettled.  The reader can pick up from other context clues that there…