Mixed Reality Report - Recent Updates
WHAT is going on here?
WHAT is going on here: in the metaverse > Decentraland > parcel -41, -108 > "Metaverse Gumball Machine"? Let's start with the Metaverse Gumball Machine:
It's a space shot into the emerging galaxy (or fake chimera, or group delusion) known as the metaverse. It blasted off from its perch in the Lounge in District Hall Boston in early 2022.
Place Report: A New Canyon in Cambridge: Cambridge Crossing
It doesn't make any sense geologically, but there's a canyon emerging in Cambridge.
A remote urban canyon, surrounded by tall cliffs of glass, metal, and concrete.
Way over on the far eastern tip of Cambridge: past Kendall Sq., past Lechmere, past even East Cambridge.
East East Cambridge.
Place Report: Newsprint Art in Allston
Art in Print puts out editions of prints by local artists for 25 cents. It is now on its seventh edition.
These prints are dispensed in old fashioned metal boxes, so called "honor boxes," in the Boston neighborhood of Allston, which Harvard University recently expanded into.
Place Report: Pine in the Sand
After the sprawling, messy, free-form expression along the Somerville Bike Path Sculpture Garden, I was up for something minimal and curated.
Pine in the Sand fit the bill. It's a striking installation: a single living pine tree atop a sand dune, surrounded by concrete barriers and a cluster of granite blocks.
Season One Recap: What You Can Expect in 10 Pictures
If you walk through your city frequently, and you witness widespread torpidity among visitors, you may also decide to tap "mixed reality" -- the intersection of augmented reality, virtual reality, and the internet of things -- to make some of the local sites more engaging, informative, interesting. Here's how that project might evolve, if your experience is like mine.
Place Report: Somerville Bike Trail Sculpture Garden
With District Hall closed for the holidays, and a second Covid surge descending like a cloud on indoor places all over, I decided to take my placemaking research outside.
I started with a sculpture garden that had sprouted up alongside a nearby bike trail in Davis Square, Somerville.
Maker-in-Residence @ District Hall
Blinky lights: check.
Capsules loaded with refreshing moist towelettes: check.
Scrolling text explaining what's going on: check.
A giant, glowing QR code that links to an introductory tour: check.
No sense holding off any longer: my initial Maker-in-Residence build is now live at District Hall, Boston, USA.
Gachapon goes interstate
Gopi reports that he just received a call from the manager of his New Haven restaurant, the original Tikkaway a few blocks from the Yale University campus. "He told me that two new customers had presented long, colorful strips of paper with a 15% discount offer," Gopi said. "He was wondering where they came from, and what he should do with them."
A New Version of the Mixed Reality Challenge at District Hall, plus an Instagram Shoutout
A new, improved version of the Mixed Reality Challenge is live at District Hall (better display, more consistent dispensing), and Adriana Kattan Saca honored the occasion with an elegant post on Instagram. Includes a video.
Mixed Reality Challenge at CIC Kendall Square Housewarming
That's Joey Lindsey, of Fab@CIC, demonstrating the Mixed Reality Challenge at the housewarming event at CIC's newest facility in Kendall Square. The celebration marked the culmination of a multi-phase launch for CIC and the start of CIC’s 20th year in Kendall Square, where the company was founded in 1999.
A Night Out for the Toy Capsule Machine
Cambridge Hackspace joined forces with Fab@CIC to work on a new version of the Wifi Connected Gumball Machine. So it made sense to make a joint venture to a Cafe Night at District Hall. The theme was inspireHER. Also a good excuse to try out a cheap Chinese action cam.
Road Trip. The Mixed Reality Challenge Moves to CIC Boston for a Night
For one night only, the Mixed Reality Challenge moved about 25 city blocks east, and 20 stories straight up to a lively Arts Technica night at CIC Boston. The goal of Arts Technica was to highlight how artistic expression is incorporated into modern technology. In addition to the Mixed Reality Challenge, the demos included virtual reality, video game graphic demonstrations, art installations using ePaper technology.
Using Mixed Reality to Create Places, from a Standing Start
Another reason why I wanted to sprinkle some mixed reality around the neighborhood: all those futuristic technologies I've been talking about -- AR, VR, IoT -- are still trying to claw their way out of the vaporware swamp.
So it's a legitimate question: Is this all BS or what?
Placemaking Report covers: the Maker-in-Residence project at District Hall, Boston, USA; placemaking lessons learned along the way; what's going on in the surrounding Seaport District, and other places; the tools used in all of the above.