Giphy World: Social remixing of AR collages

A few years back I was really intrigued by Mixel, a social collage app that enabled easy creation & mixing of scenes. It didn’t take off, but I thought the underlying concept was strong, and now Giphy is taking a run at something similar:

Allows you to place gifs in 3D space, share videos of them or even share the whole 3D scene in AR with friends who have the app. They can then add, remix and re-share new instances of the scene. As many people as you want can collaborate on the space.

You drop GIFs into the world in the exact position you want them. A curated and trending mix of gifs that have transparency built into them is the default, but you can also flip it over to place any old Gif on the platform.

Interesting; let’s see what happens!



Sonic sculptures in space

Augmented reality beauty from Zach Lieberman:

Elsewhere there’s the ethereal Presence 3.1:

Presence is a circular four screen video installation. The screens show moving abstract forms against a black background, the motion of these forms reveal a human presence. These life-size abstract forms have been created by motion captured performances of dancers Julia Eichten and Nathan Makolandra from Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project. 


Design: A Game of Thrones pop-up book

Given the show’s iconic titles, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros (Amazon) seems kind of inevitable, no? Still pretty neat:

It features a total of five stunning spreads, which fold out to create a remarkable pop-up map of Westeros that is perfect for displaying. The book also contains numerous mini-pops that bring to life iconic elements of the show, such as direwolves, White Walkers, giants, and dragons.



Photography: Viewing the eclipse from space

Scientists at UW Madison observed the eclipse through the eye of one of the world’s most advanced weather satellites, GOES-16. The eclipse images from the satellite were taken at a rate of one every five minutes, then stitched together:


Elsewhere, Liem Bahneman loaded four cameras (three stills, including a Ricoh Theta 360, plus a GoPro) onto a high-altitude and shot what the total solar eclipse looks like from the edge of space. PetaPixel writes,

The 9-minute video above is what one camera recorded over Central Oregon. […] He launched the balloon shortly before totality pass over the state. As you’ll see in the video, the cameras were able to capture the shadow of the moon creeping across the land and plunging everything into darkness for minutes during totality. At around 5 and 7 minutes, you can hear the sounds of jets flying over the mountains below.

Photography: An eye-popping Cathedral flowmotion

How exactly Rob Whitworth pulls off these vertiginous shots (drones, lifts, hidden cameras?), I couldn’t tell you, but it’s a fun breakneck tour no matter what:

Probably the world’s first cathedral flow motion. Something of a passion project for me getting to shoot my home town and capture it in it’s best light. Constructed in 1096 Norwich Cathedral dominates the Norwich skyline to this day. Was super cool getting to explore all the secret areas whilst working on the video.