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September 28, 2009

Onedotzero – The story behind the behind the scenes story

onedotzero-video-makingLONDON, England – The folks behind the onedotzero Nokia N900 installation have put together yet another video to show us just how the onedotzero installation worked, including insight from the creators themselves. If you’re not familiar with it already, then the onedotzero festival played host to a special installation for visitors to enjoy. Powered by a Nokia N900, the installation was the brainchild of software architect Gary Birkett and Computational designer Karsten Schmidt, both of whom were brought together by the folks at Wieden + Kennedy. The installation itself saw a huge projection, controlled by an N900, which users could manipulate and play with and in the process managing to amaze gathered onlookers.

Birkett sums up the scale of the project quite succinctly in the video “we are using a three inch display, and trying to control a 70-foot display”. Using the device’s accelerometer, Birkett was able to create an interface which takes the key movement data from the N900 and send it to the projection application, created by Schmidt. Karsten in turn models his projection graphic around a sphere, which uses the data from the device to decide what direction it should go in. This enables it to follow a natural path when turning, flicking or zooming.

This is the first time we’ve seen exactly how this installation was created, and it certainly helps to understand how the two disparate elements worked together (the last behind the scenes video didn’t actually go very far behind the scenes – this one goes all the way). Check out the video below, and let us know what you think in the comments.