'Tunnel' links New York to London

23 May 2008 - 5:18am
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.pauric
2006

The linked BBC News article is on an art installation, essentially a
webcam linking New York and London. What I find fascinating is the
reaction from people

"...and for a moment, two groups of strangers, in two cities thousands
of miles apart, jump up and down and smile at one another."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7415911.stm

It took an artist to see that people didnt need a stadium sized
screen, High def, rss feeds, surround sound and a plethora of other
'features' to engage users. Just a webcam, no audio & a whiteboard.
Its simple, un-intimidating yet intriguing.

-pauric

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23 May 2008 - 5:34am
Konrad
2008

Very interesting - I'll go and have a look.

I saw a similar project last September during London's design festival.

The installation connected London with a place in India via web cam and a
old-school phone. You could pick it up and talk to the guy on the other
side.

I found it disengaging - the guy was just waiting there for someone to talk
to him.

Here we've got a group - social - experience, which makes it much more
interesting.

I wonder how the lack of voice transmission affects the perception; it may
be more natural - people can't hear one another over long distances, but can
see.

Konrad

23 May 2008 - 5:51am
Morten Hjerde
2007

Wow, that is utter genious!! :-)

I'm going to check it out.

(There should probably be one between Baghdad and Washington as well...)

Morten

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 12:18 PM, pauric <pauric at pauric.net> wrote:

> The linked BBC News article is on an art installation, essentially a
> webcam linking New York and London. What I find fascinating is the
> reaction from people
>
> "...and for a moment, two groups of strangers, in two cities thousands
> of miles apart, jump up and down and smile at one another."
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7415911.stm
>
> It took an artist to see that people didnt need a stadium sized
> screen, High def, rss feeds, surround sound and a plethora of other
> 'features' to engage users. Just a webcam, no audio & a whiteboard.
> Its simple, un-intimidating yet intriguing.
>
> -pauric
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23 May 2008 - 6:53am
Alexander Baxevanis
2007

<SemiSeriousProposal>
That's great - now we can do an IxDA London-NY joint (silent) meetup.
At least we can show each other our wireframes on a giant screen ;-)
I'm up for organising the London side, anyone from NY willing to step
up to the challenge?
</SemiSeriousProposal>

Cheers,
Alex

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 11:18 AM, pauric <pauric at pauric.net> wrote:
> The linked BBC News article is on an art installation, essentially a
> webcam linking New York and London. What I find fascinating is the
> reaction from people
>
> "...and for a moment, two groups of strangers, in two cities thousands
> of miles apart, jump up and down and smile at one another."
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7415911.stm
>
> It took an artist to see that people didnt need a stadium sized
> screen, High def, rss feeds, surround sound and a plethora of other
> 'features' to engage users. Just a webcam, no audio & a whiteboard.
> Its simple, un-intimidating yet intriguing.
>
> -pauric
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
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23 May 2008 - 11:19am
John Gibbard
2008

> Wow, that is utter genious!! :-) I'm going to check
> it out.

Some guys from the agency here went to check it out yesterday, their
photos are (along with loads of others) on Flickr.

http://snipurl.com/2aa9a

*Love* the concept and the pseudo-mysterious back story.

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23 May 2008 - 11:15am
John Gibbard
2008

some folks from our office went down there yesterday, check out the
pictures...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/helenium/tags/telectroscope/show/

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23 May 2008 - 1:25pm
SemanticWill
2007

I love how it evokes a great steampunk feeling....very Difference Engine :-)

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 12:15 PM, John Gibbard <
john at smorgasbord-design.co.uk> wrote:

> some folks from our office went down there yesterday, check out the
> pictures...
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/helenium/tags/telectroscope/show/
>
>
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23 May 2008 - 10:00am
Bob Sampson
2008

Neat. Should have those everywhere. :)

I also like that BBC movie player...sound volume goes up to 11...hehe

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