MAY 10

Syyn Tavern

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This evening is the inaugural Syyn Tavern – a digital art and music collaboration between Syyn Labs and Headtron.

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Stephen Colbert wanted a Rube Goldberg machine to open his show, so he tapped the creatives at Syyn Labs.

Syyn Labs team member Brett Doar designed and built a beautiful machine for this purpose, incorporating numerous Colbert themed elements. Because it was built in Los Angeles, but the show tapes in New York, the machine had to be then packed, shipped, and reassembled on-site. Reassembly had to take place inside a very narrow time-frame, and the reliability had to be very high as the show is live to tape. The machine worked flawlessly.

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MAR 03

Contours

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Contours

Created by: Pehr Hovey

Contours is an interactive projection which translates complex motions into simple outline shapes and forms. As the user approaches a mysterious black obelisk in the center of the room (housing the technical components), it senses their movement and renders an avatar on the wall with a brilliant green laser. Participants will naturally begin to make larger gestures with their bodies for the elegant reward of watching the laser impersonate their every move.

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When the rock band OK Go, famous for their viral videos including the spectacular and award winning “treadmills video“, wanted to feature a 4-minute long Rube Goldberg Machine in an upcoming video, they tapped Syyn Labs to build it.

The requirements were that it had to be interesting, not “overbuilt” or too technology-heavy, and easy to follow. The machine also had to be built on a shoestring budget, synchronize with beats and lyrics in the music and end on time over a 3.5 minute song, play a part of the song, and be filmed in one shot. To make things more challenging still, the space chosen was divided into two floors and the machine would use both.

We had our work cut out for us; every facet of Syyn Labs’ expertise was required to meet this tremendous challenge. See the results of this remarkable effort in the video embedded above.

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JAN 07

Sensate Bear

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Sensate Bear on display at Mindshare

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Created by: Heather Knight

In a lifetime, few possessions garner positive emotional connections like a Teddy bear. The Sensate Bear is equipped with a full set of capacitive-touch sensors capable of detecting human touch gestures. A screen visualization shows us how the bear can distinguish between gestures like: tickling, head-pats, foot rubs and hugs. The bear passively gathers this information and inspires further discovery of methods to communicate, educate, and motivate people in ways that anyone (at any age) can understand.

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Rubens’ Tube

Created by: Dan Busby

The Rubens’ tube is an acoustically coupled flame effect. When music is played through the loudspeaker on the end the flames wiggle and dance to the beat. The Rubens’ tube brings together our primal affinities toward music and fire that all humans share. The result is a mesmerizing and unique light show that captivates the audience.

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An IR LED array calculates an approximate representation of the human standing in front of the display. This ‘marshmallow man’ figure can then avoid obstacles, jump through hoops and otherwise make the player look absolutely silly in front of their friends. Hooray!

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As you gaze into the Cloud Mirror, it gazes deep into you… and produces a residual image of your virtual personality.

The Cloud Mirror uses augmented reality, computer vision, and cloud computing resources in order to access Internet web services and then tie your physical image with your online identity. It instantly mines the Internet (aka “The Cloud”) for photographs and facts about the viewer and superimposes the sensitive data in a comic book thought bubble over their reflection.

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