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The Cryoscope

Syyner Robb Godshaw gets written up in Wired UK for his latest creation: a haptic cube that ‘displays’ tomorrow’s temperature:

“The cube, which Godshaw has named the Cryoscope, consists of an aluminium shell surrounding a Peltier element, heatsink, cooling fan and an LED, all controlled by an Arduino. The cube is heated to a “neutral” state of 30C, and then adjusted by the number of degrees that the next day’s forecast differs from room temperature (23C).”

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UPDATE: Kudos on the writeup in Gizmodo!

Robb Godshaw, Hoon Oh and Jisu Choi built this fantastic take on Ping Pong when they were Syynterns in the summer of 2011. Robb, now a full-time Syyner, describes it this way: “The Swing Pong table consists of a pneumatically actuated tilting table which is controlled by remotes held by each player. The players are able to rapidly tilt the table to attempt to throw off their opponent. The remote also controls the score, which determines the location of the net. When a player scores, the motorized net moves further away to inhibit further scoring. This is a method of reducing the advantage of a more skilled player. There are also two remote controlled high-power camera flashes under the surface of the table which the players use to temporarily blind one another. The version in the video has a static net, wired remotes, and manual score keeping.”

This social game project from Syyn Labs is exhibited regularly at Mindshare LA.

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As if simply DOING the Chevy Sonic “Bungee” stunt (while streaming it LIVE to the Internet!) wasn’t reward enough (case study video), the team here at Syyn Labs has the honor of having a spot with video of the stunt air during this year’s Super Bowl!

Watch for it during the second quarter!

Congrats to all of the Syyners and friends who helped make this possible – especially Davis Galligan, David Mesloh, Matt Samsel, Dan Busby, Hector Alvarez, Mike Russek, Will Reeve, Gilles d’Amecourt, Kenny Abney, Chris Stockton, and Sam Leventer.

And check out the use of the OK Go Rube Goldberg Machine video in another Chevy Superbowl spot!

Thanks Chevy and OK Go!! We love you, too!

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Syyn Labs Workshop: Computer Vision & Kinect Hacking

Sunday, January 29th, 12pm-4pm at Droplabs near Dowtown LA

Limited space – RSVP here: http://syynlabs.eventbrite.com

WHAT: You can gaze longingly into your robot’s eyes… but does it gaze back? Computers can perceive the visual world through special cameras, and by employing algorithms and techniques generally known as “computer vision.” In this workshop, you’ll learn some basic computer vision techniques which you can use to make interactive art, perceptive robots, or just fun games.

WHO: If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at “Kinect hacking,” but you have no previous experience with computer vision, then this workshop is for you. However… Computer vision is a sophisticated topic, and should not be undertaken as a first programming pursuit. You should be comfortable writing code in a language like C, C++, Java, or Python.
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FROM CNN: (See article here…)

“Everyone knows the host of CNN’s The Next List, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is a multi-talented individual. He’s a neurosurgeon, a television show host, an author and scuba diver. But now you can pencil in ‘fire eater.’ Yes, you read it correctly, fire eater.

Out in L.A. filming a profile on the highly creative artist collective Syyn Labs Dr. Gupta had the opportunity of sampling a fiery feast presented to him by Eric Gradman, a lead engineer.  Hardly a stranger to extreme challenges Dr. Gupta took to fire eating like an pro, extinguishing the flames in a single gulp.

Stay tuned to CNN’s The Next List, airing Sundays at 2 P.M. E.T. on CNN, to see more with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. And coming soon we’ll have an extraordinary show on the eclectic bunch who make up Syyn Labs.”

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Syyn Labs Workshop: Learning Adobe Illustrator for Rapid Ideation

Sunday, January 15th, 12pm-4pm at Droplabs near Dowtown LA

RSVP Here: http://syynlabs.eventbrite.com

WHAT: This workshop aims to teach attendees how to become comfortable with Adobe Illustrator as a means of putting down ideas and sketches as quickly as possible in a highly editable and reconfigurable format. In essence, we’ll be showing how to use Illustrator as a digital napkin for doodling.

WHO: Aspiring designer? Creative engineer? Visionary entrepreneur? Do you want a good way to visualize your ideas? The workshop is aimed at novices who are either completely unfamiliar with the software, or have some experience but havent yet developed a personal workflow (“played around with it for a bit”). No drawing skill required.

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Thanks to our friends at Motion Theory for the editing, and The Polish Ambassador for letting us use his music!

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TUNE-IN ALERT

WHAT: Syyn’s very own Eric Gradman, Dan Busby & Brent Bushnell will be on Extreme Makeover again!

WHEN: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2011
8/7 CENTRAL

WHERE: ABC

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Led by creatives Hector Alvarez and Mike Russek, the folks at Syyn Labs have created a machine that is a vision of beauty and grace. The machine, created to celebrate Wonka’s latest Golden Ticket Promotion, is available for viewing live for a limited time in the Wonka window in the Toys R Us at 44th and Broadway in New York (Times Square!). Here’s a behind the scenes look at the creation of the machine, and how Mike’s inspiration – moving from physical to digital then back again – was an essential spark.

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Syyn Labs Goes Bungee Jumping With the New Chevy Sonic

Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Taps Motion Theory Directors Syyn Labs to Fuse Engineering Ingenuity and Creative Production to Create a Memorable Launch for the New Chevy Sonic

Los Angeles, CA (10.19.2011)—“Some people play with blocks; we play with shipping containers,” deadpanned Syyn Labs President Adam Sadowsky, director of the latest launch stunt produced via Motion Theory for the new Chevy Sonic. To introduce the all-new 2012 Sonic with a bang, Chevrolet agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners commissioned the mischievous rocket scientists at Syyn Labs to devise an unforgettable stunt that would incorporate online and social media fan participation.   The stunt can be viewed live at www.letsdothis.com.

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