Category Archives: concept

WWW – Simple access to web pages

I’m building an interactive experience which makes use of available weather data, much like the data services made available by the BOM or the OpenWeatherMap. This means I need to be able to load data from the web, parse it and then transform 3D geometry based on real world locations and the loaded weather data.

That’s a whole load of stuff to figure out and then pull together, so I’m making a start by learning how to load data by retrieving the contents of URLs and weather specific data, just to get the whole thing going.

using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using UnityEngine;
//using System.Xml;
//using System;

public class SimpleWebAccess : MonoBehaviour {

	IEnumerator Start()

	{
	
		WWW www = new WWW ("ftp://ftp.bom.gov.au/anon/gen/fwo/IDV10751.xml");
		yield return www;
		print (www.text);

		}
}

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User flow for the completion of a safe work method statement (SWMS)

This sketch demonstrates the preliminary user flow for a web application/mobile experience that permits the completion and submission of a safe work method statement (SWMS) as part of a vocational training and assessment experience.

A SWMS is a site-specific form that must be completed before any high-risk construction work is commenced. Generally, the completion and submission of a SWMS is a paper-based.

This web application/mobile experience seeks to take advantages of the affordances of mobile technology and allow users (students in a vocational training and assessment context) to complete this form prior to commencement of work.

In a training and assessment context, the completion and submission of the SMWS is predicated on learning management system (LMS) connectivity and established user permissions.

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Based on the preparatory user flow sketch, I then worked with developers and designers to extend the Mobas web application with the SWMS template.

SWMS_developed_as_web_application
Sequence of screens that make up the SWMS completion experience for the Mobas web application.

User flow for a practical task capture: Technical report

This sketch demonstrates the preliminary user flow for a web application/mobile experience for a practical task capture, more specifically the completion of a technical report or similar documentation as part of a vocational training and assessment experience.

prac_task_capture_user_flow

Like the safe work method statement (SWMS) template, this web application/mobile experience seeks to take advantages of the affordances of mobile technology and allow users (students in a vocational training and assessment context) to complete this form in the workplace or training environment.

In a training and assessment context, the completion and submission of a practical task capture is predicated on learning management system (LMS) connectivity and established user permissions.

Based on the preparatory user flow sketch, I then worked with developers and designers to extend the Mobas web application with the practical task capture template.

practical_task
Sequence of screens that make up the practical task capture experience for the Mobas web application.

Flip rig: An extremely light-weight and simple rig for a FLIP MinoHD video camera

A project at work required video footage of a series of veterinary surgical procedures to be recorded for inclusion in an online resource. The project did not have resources (DSLR and personnel) to record the series of surgical procedures nor does the relatively small operating theatre permit an additional non-surgical staff member to occupy the theatre.

With these constraints in mind, I designed and assembled a camera rig from a number of different pieces of hardware to support a Flip MinoHD digital video camera (found in the back of an old storage cupboard) that could be used to record each procedure. The simple  nature of the Flip video camera means that any member of surgical team can start the recording prior to the commencement of the surgery without having to consider the possible complication of operating a semi-professional video camera or DSLR. The light-weight and unobtrusive nature of the Flip also allows the camera to be fitted to the arm of the surgical light. A perfect place to capture a bird’s-eye view of the surgical procedure.

flip_rig_001

flip_rig_002

Remembering the RENDERSAUR (1997 to 2000)

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INside the inSIDE (EPIDERMIS EDIT). The title of an extremely short animation I produced as part of the RENDERSAUR project circa 1999.

Recently, I’ve been remembering the RENDERSAUR. The RENDERSAUR was an online art project I maintained seriously from 1997 to 2000, less-seriously from 2001 to 2002 and then trailing off completely around 2003 to 2004. RENDERSAUR was hosted by my friend and oscillated from RENDERSAUR.CX to RENDERSAUR.ORG. The Internet Archive: Wayback machine does a good job of capturing the essence of the later RENDERSAUR.ORG period of the project.

The concept for RENDERSAUR at the time was about establishing a network rendering service for 3D modelling and animation, more specifically a network rendering service for the 3D animation I was producing. The idea being my computer would then be free for me to continue to model and animate instead of waiting for computer to finish rendering. The original network rendering service concept was eschewed for a solitary preoccupation with modelling and animating art I like to call organic three dimensional visualisation. The principal output from this preoccupation was a strange 30 second animation called INside the inSIDE (EPIDERMIS EDIT).

Some days I wish RENDERSAUR would return.