Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Art, Staples, Cities, Demons, Cams and Images

This post is something of a grab-bag in the end, but I thought each of these little things deserved at least a little airplay. Lets take this journey and see where we end up, starting off with our protagonist wearing a new Looxcie bluetooth headset and webcam. This is actually quite a stylish piece of kit and the idea of having a video feed from your POV is quite interesting, we could take flanking positions as we move into the reactor where the aliens have taken over, eggs, acid blood and carnage all around.

[Looxcie headset via their website]
Out of the corner of our eye in amongst this Aliens flashback we might think we are in a computer game, and there might be CG demons instead. The GameArtesans site is a great source of inspiration for such things. ZhangXiao's Rock Magic demon was crafted with low polys and does a great job of showing the amount of detail that can be handled. All the scales, spikes, scars and bumps can be seen in a hero shot.

[ZhangXiao 3D demon via his GameArtesans Gallery]
Picking up detail in a piece of art, be it digital or physical is one of the nice things, seeing up close the fingerprints of the artist, so to speak. Taking the streaming detail approach we are used to with Google Earth, the Haltadefinizione has a web app that present mega-hi-res images of a range of their artwork. These shots of (Sandro Botticelli, Nascita di Venere (1482-1485), Firenze, Galleria degli Uffizi) show how close we can get to all the cracks in the surface, but from there we can see the number of layers and subtle colour textures that combine to make the whole thing so beautiful.

[Haltadefinizione hi-res artwork viewer in action]
With fine art on the brain, it is always fun to see artists turn their attentions to the mundane objects around us - then do something clever with them. Well, Peter Root took a large number of staples and created these city-scapes - wonderful. Check out his site for more cool imagery.

[Peter Root staple city artwork via the inewidea blog]
To finish up, lets think about those images for a moment. With the JPG file so ubiquitous, we dont think much about alternatives. Google it seems have their WEBP format and this article on Vizworld also covers the newby HIPIX format which promises significantly smaller files drawing on the H.264 standards and code libraries which is quite clever.

[Image format comparison via Vizworld]
There, our segway journey is complete...

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