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…Space Invaders are taking over San Diego?

The Space Invaders Walk

If you’re in the San Diego area, be sure to check out The Space Invaders Walk, a virtual tour through the city that’s led by Invader, a famous street artist who makes an appearance in Bansky’s new film, Exit Through The Gift Shop.

In addition to creating your own space invader, you can also keep an eye out for various pieces by Invader that have been stuck up around the city, all in anticipation of the group show that’s opening at Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego called “Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape”.

[The Space Invaders Walk]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Aerial Virtual Tour Of New York?

Aerial Virtual Tour Of New York

PixelCase’s Aerial Virtual Tour of New York is an amazing look at the Big Apple from above thanks to the combined photography of Oleg Gaponyuk and Andrei Zubets.

Once inside the panorama you can look around and zoom in and out, and when viewed in fullscreen, it reminds me a lot of the intro scene from The Dark Knight that was shot in IMAX, including the slight knot you’ll get in your stomach if you’re at all afraid of heights.

[Aerial Virtual Tour Of New York]

…Papervision brings a virtual creature to life?

Papervision

This “Papervision” creature is quite possibly the most amazing thing I’ve seen in a long time. I kid you not that when I first got it to work, I felt like I was playing around in the future.

To get your own, just visit this page and download and print the required symbol. Then, point your webcam at the symbol and watch the creature spring to life.

It works in real time, so you can move either the camera or the symbol all around and the creature will react accordingly, and it’s even aware of depth, so you can move the symbol close to or away from the camera, and the creature will grow or shrink as if it was a real object.

Amazing!

[Boffswana – Papervision]

…Microsoft has just launched the WorldWide Telescope?

Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope, the “Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope-bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe”.

Basically a Google Earth for the Sky, it’s supposed to be fantastic, and it’s just been released by Microsoft, so if you’ve got an eye for the sky, check it out and see what you think.

[Microsoft – WorldWide Telescope]

…movingMario makes the plumber real?

movingMario

Keith Lam’s movingMario is a fantastically classic art installation that takes the Mario experience and transfers virtual movement into real world experience.

Of course there’s an artsy explanation for everything, and he probably dives a bit deep into the symbolism of it all, but it’s hard to argue that the results aren’t cool:

Check out theDemos and Flickr for a full rundown of what was involved.

[theDemos – movingMario]

[Flickr – movingMario]