I got very inspired at this year’s Flash on the Beach, brilliant presentation by really inspirational coders. One of the guys was showing processing, along with VVV, a realtime rendering and programming tool. The programming is entirely visual, and it talks the reactTIVision lanuage, a multitouch and object recognition tool. I’ll try to post some examples when I get them up and working, but if you have a few hours to waste check it out!

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C4 3D demo

I’ve written a neat Papervision coverflow demo

Flash is taking the live news feed from Channel 4 News and presenting it in a 3D environment. The headlines and images are extracted and cached using PHP written by Luke Fitzgerald (the C4 site is a little too slow to allow for direct extraction of images on the fly)

The 3D is written using the excellent Papervision library, it’s animated using tweener. I spent a long time looking at this kind of animation trying to figure out how it’s done, great joy when I figured it out

There are a lot of ways this could be enhanced, maybe the centred image should flip when you click it, and it would be great to import some video from the news site onto each element, perhaps if I get more time.

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27/06/09 the demo page is broken, C4News have changed the code behind the pages and my text and image scraping is broken. I’ll try and fix it when I get time, or better still I’ll see if I can pesuade them to make a richer RSS feed that includes images…

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