Sunday, June 7, 2009

Augmented Reality - 10thdim Music Videos

(Edit - you might also be interested in playing with our Augmented Reality - Crazy Wakeboarder, just for fun)

Last blog, we talked about the tenth dimension helix logo, which you see spinning away on the main page at the tenthdimension website. We made note that the "zero" and the "ten" in this design are connected together, as both represent different ways of heading towards infinity, while the other numbers are connected to each other in their own ways. For instance, the repeating "line/branch/fold" of my way of visualizing the spatial dimensions is represented by the numbers representing a line (1,4, and 7) being stacked upon each other, and so on, but I've also remarked that you can start at any number and imagine two spatial dimensions stacked upon that one, and science calls this approach to visualizing any number of spatial dimensions the point/line/plane postulate.

Now, we've come up with a way for you to hold this rotating helix in the palm of your hand, or on your desk, or anywhere you might care to see it. How? With augmented reality, an exciting new technology we've talked about in several previous blogs. Watch this video to see how it works:

A direct link to the above video is at

Regular readers of this blog will know that I've been quite fascinated by the concept of Augmented Reality, enough so that my company, Talking Dog Studios is now offering Augmented Reality as one of its new services. The idea that there are hidden patterns behind our observed reality which we might be able to see given the right mindset or the appropriate technology ties very nicely to my Tenth Dimension project, but there are many other creative, educational, and serious applications which can spring from this, and we're very excited to see where this is all going to lead.

We're calling what we've created for you here an "interactive augmented reality music video". Go to either or (each is for a different song) click on the link to download and print the Talking Dog AR tag, click "Allow" to give Flash permission to access you webcam, then when you're ready push the big "Play" button to start the music. When your webcam "sees" the tag (if you're having trouble with this you may need more light shining on your tag, turn on a desk lamp or something), the rotating tenth dimension helix should rise up on the tag. With practice, you should then be able to make your own entertaining visuals in time with the music by pressing the 2,3,4, or 5 on your computer's keyboard, while pushing "1" on the keyboard should turn all these effects off at the same time. Have fun!

Enjoy the journey,

Rob Bryanton

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