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="http://www.thetechnologystudio.co.uk/blog" target="_blank">The Technology Studio blog</a> you may be familiar with our <a href="http://www.thetechnologystudio.co.uk/blog/index.php/2011/03/a-boys-own-guide-to-building-a-giant-creepy-eyeball-that-follows-you-round-the-room/" target="_blank">Kinect hack</a> that turned a <a href="http://www.pufferfishdisplays.co.uk/" 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="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxr-4z5iWk0" target="_blank">YouTube sensation</a> on our hands.

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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="http://www.earthware.co.uk/blog/index.php/2011/03/quake-sequence-leading-up-to-japan-tsunami/" 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="http://fwd.channel5.com/gadget-show/videos/news/puffersphere" target="_blank">the Gadget Show website</a>.

Thanks to the guys at <a href="http://www.pufferfishdisplays.co.uk/" 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="mailto:info@earthware.co.uk">info@earthware.co.uk</a>.

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