Earthware - how we became famous...

Anthony Marshall
Anthony Marshall
20 May 2011
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Ok – so it It might be a slight over exaggeration to say that we are famous but we have been on TV. Or at least a piece of our work has!

If you follow our <a href="" target="_blank">The Technology Studio blog</a> you may be familiar with our <a href="" target="_blank">Kinect hack</a> that turned a <a href="" target="_blank">Puffersphere</a> spherical display into a scary eyeball that follows you around the room.

The Sci-fi geek in us then turned this into the Eye of Sauron and suddenly we had a <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube sensation</a> on our hands.

<div id="scid:5737277B-5D6D-4f48-ABFC-DD9C333F4C5D:fb8bda27-74be-4638-b5e8-5a069d6e369a" class="wlWriterEditableSmartContent" style="margin: 0px; display: inline; float: none; padding: 0px;"> <div><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="448" height="252" codebase=",0,40,0"><param name="src" value=";hd=1" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="448" height="252" src=";hd=1"> </embed></object></div> </div> Half a million views later and we were offered a space at <a href="" target="_blank">The Gadget Show Live</a> to show off our wares by the nice people at Channels 5’s <a href="" target="_blank">The Gadget Show</a>.

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Whilst scary tracking eyeballs are good fun (and kind of cool) we also think the Puffersphere is a fantastic medium for displaying more serious content like global statistics. With this in mind we set about warping the video of our <a href="" target="_blank">Earthquake sequence map</a> to demonstrate the seismic activity leading up to the devastating Japan earthquakes earlier this year. It made for fascinating viewing and the Producers of the Gadget Show thought so to – hence the appearance of The Puffersphere featuring our Earthquake sequencing video on 9th May. You can view our 30 seconds of fame on a clip of the show featured on <a href="" target="_blank">the Gadget Show website</a>.

Thanks to the guys at <a href="" target="_blank">Pufferfish</a> for freeing up a sphere for us to play on and thanks to The Gadget Show for the invite into the studio - we hope we didn’t embarrass ourselves with our star struck behaviour around Suzy Perry!!

Please send any ideas for future Puffersphere concepts to <a href=""></a>.

UPDATE: For those who have asked about purchasing your own....

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