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Via HacDC and as part of Digital Capital Week, I’ll be giving a lightning talk this Saturday the 19th on using your brainwaves to make art while you sleep. I’ll include either a video of the “first draft” of the art, or a live demo.  This is a follow-up talk to one I gave this past February.

The talks start at 4:45 and go for an hour (or a little over) and you can find us at:

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

If you want to hear more about consumer-grade fun with using your brainwaves to manipulate the world around you, come check it out!

The current speaker lineup is:

  • Look Ma, No Wires (Michael Panfield)
  • Sysadmins: Have smartphone, will travel (Betsy Nichols and Andrei Tchijov)
  • AI: Three most common reactions (Bradford Barr)
  •  ??? (Alan McCosh)
  • Writ Large: scaling a Cartesian robot (Dan Barlow)
  • Urban Data Access: How communication builds communities (Will Holcomb)
  • Fast Creativity: Using the DNA of Improvisational Comedy to Foster Ideas Fast (Shawn Westfall)
  • While you sleep: Making Art with your mind (and a little code) (Jack Whitsitt)

All, I’ll be giving a quick (5 minute) introduction to using Neurosky’s Mindset API to do cool stuff with your brainwaves – like making art while you sleep :) – on 02/23/10 @7:30pm as part of HacDC’s Lightning Talks (featuring 12 speakers for 5 minutes each).  For the introduction, I’ll be using the simple Objective-C server and custom written Quartz Composer plug-in client to display a visualization that response to both your brainwaves and ambient noise/music together. Come out and see!

Check out the example proof-of-code video I did below (a longer post to come tomorrow):

EDIT: THIS HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO SNOW. Not sure what to do after shmoocon Friday night? Not going to the con but need something to do? Come over to the HacDC Hacker’s Lounge event for a little while (runs 8pm-2am). I’ve been putting some fun NEW interactive Quartz video projections together for the event (link goes to early older work – need to show up to see newer stuff) and Daniel Packer will be doing some audio with supercollider. Oh yeah, and I hear there will be booze.

I can’t tell you if there will be 10 people or 100 there, but if you take a chance and show up, that’s 1 closer to 100 :)

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Jack Whitsitt

Jack Whitsitt

National Cyber Security. Risk. Multi-Dimensional Rainbows. Maker of conceptual lenses. Artist. Facilitator. Educator. Past/Future Vagabond. Drinks Unicorn Tears.

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