27 Jan 2013

Sifteo GigaViewer from Mike Taylor on Vimeo.

This is an application for viewing tiled images using Sifteo cubes.  I took inspiration for this app from the GigaPan project, which creates massive panoramas using multiple stitched camera images.  The GigaViewer takes a different approach by splitting a single image into many tiles.  The Sifteo cubes can be used to explore the minute details of the image by exploring it tile-by-tile.  In a sense, this deliberately prohibits “seeing the forest for the trees.”  For images like the watch mechanism shown in the demo, this prevents the user from being overwhelmed by the complexity and instead invites them to explore each component separately.

Sample image by Michel Villeneuve can be found here:commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Innards_of_an_AI-139a_mechanical_watch.jpg

The Sifteo code can be found here.

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