Tell it to the lights

Here’s something. We love our Lifx lights, but we thought, “wouldn’t it be great if we could talk to them? So..

Introducing “Tell it to the lights”. Simply email thelights@theroyals.com.au and our kitchen lights will flash and blink and colour themselves based on the mood of your message. Because they listen. And they care.

Having a bad day? Let the lights knows. Pumped about getting your work finished? Tell it to the lights. Feel like sending an email, but deep down, you know it really shouldn’t be read by a human? The lights will hear you.

Try it out.

How it works: We set up a service that monitors the email address and then passes all content through a sentiment analysis API called “Tweet Sentiment API” (made for Twitter, obviously, but you can push anything through it). Then we made Maker Recipes on IFTTT to trigger our Lifx lights based on the mood expressed in the email message.

Heaps of fun :)

Paul and Dave

 

 

Cardio Tennis installation at The Australian Open

If you’re heading along to Melbourne Park for The Australian Open Tennis over the next two weeks, pop your head into the Cardio Tennis tent. We just finished a collaboration with Tennis Australia and the wonderful A-Live event people to create an interactive, multiplayer tennis thingy. Get active, wave your arms around, and play a form of tennis that doesn’t have any of the pressure of the centre court. Heaps more giggles though!

Download “Bergensbanen” (the seven hour train video)

At the party on Friday we had quite a few people asking about the ‘train video’ we were projecting. Below is a link where you can download it for yourself (probably steer clear of the 246Gb version unless you’re housesitting or working somewhere very temporarily). It’s an extraordinary piece that works beautifully as a wall:

Download the 22Gb torrent here.

But also note, from the NRK site: “The original file was 165 GB, too much for most people to download. We coded a 720 50P, 1280×720 version, resulting in a 22 GB file. You need a filesystem on your drive that takes files bigger than 4 GB. Most external drives have a FAT32 filesystem, which has a limit of 4 GB. NTFS and HFS+ works fine.”

More info here: http://nrkbeta.no/2009/12/18/bergensbanen-eng/

StoryStool

Look what we made. This is the first iteration of the StoryStool. It receives phone interviews and audio that’s uploaded to a client’s website and plays them back via the handset on loops for people instore. The next version has a pressure sensor in the seat that triggers a phone ring when people sit down (and it has a surface transducer in it. Because it sounds cool).

UPDATE: StoryStool hits the park