Khronos Projector – turning back time

by Andy Polaine on May 18, 2006

I’m having a depressing time for “things I wish I had made” right now. Karl just sent me the link to the Khronos Projector, which is a flexible screen that laser-tracks your movements and flexing of the screen. It then calculates the surround pixels’ positions in “time” from a piece of video.

Space Time Gesture from Khronos Projector

By actually touching a deformable projection screen, shaking it or curling it, separate “islands of time” as well as “temporal waves” are created within the visible frame. This is done by interactively reshaping a two-dimensional spatio-temporal surface that “cuts” the spatio-temporal volume of data generated by a movie.

It’s great to see computer scientists coming up with such interesting interactive devices. It would be even better to see some interesting content in there though…

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1 Greg Turner May 18, 2006 at 10:28 am

Well, may I point you in the direction of Impossible Geographies, by Petra Gemeinboeck (part 1 coded by yours truly and Alastair Weakley)?

IG01 records video memories of “interesting events” over the course of two weeks. When interesting events happen (i.e. laser-tracked movement), traces of those movements disturb the video space onscreen, eventually causing stored memories to ‘break through’ into the present.

2 Greg Turner May 18, 2006 at 10:39 am

Um… from the videos on the linked site, it’s not clear that it’s using Kronos-style video manipulation. It is, honest (I made a Jitter object for that very thing), but over longer periods!

3 Andy Polaine May 18, 2006 at 8:29 pm

Very nice too – though I couldn’t quite work out where the video was on the very new-media-deconstructionist site!

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