We are happy to welcome Aiko Nakano to our Boston studio! Her background is in Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and she has worked on some very cool projects that combine physical and digital design.
Originally from Osaka, Japan, I grew up spending the latter half of my childhood in Seattle. I like to design and build things. With backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering and Architecture, I get to do both! I develop for digital and physical interfaces that people can interact and have fun with. Pictured above is my most recent art installation called Bloom, which is a sculpture that buds open into a semi-private pavilion and was featured at Harvard's Arts First Festival. I also develop for the web as well as digital art installations such as digiPop where people can blow differently shaped digital bubbles into the screen based on the way they blow into the microphone, their tone of voice, and movements.
When I'm not programming, tinkering, or in a fabrication shop, I'm touring and documenting architecture, playing soccer with my dog, and thinking of new things to build.
We’re very excited to announce our latest project - our own clothing line! Sosolimited teamed up with Print All Over Me and the Processing Foundation to create PixelWeaver, a web app that transforms your internet searches into custom duds.
Visualize the essence of your favorite search term on a scarf, T-shirt, leggings, or a tote bag, and wear your search on your sleeve. Create an entire outfit that represents your deepest curiosities. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds benefit the Processing Foundation.
Welcome to SosoTasty, our new platform that serves up an endless, curated stream of food trends on Twitter. Get the up-to-the-minute dish on what's most delicious in the conversation. Looking for something to satsify your sweet tooth? Curious about the word on wood-fired pit BBQ? Hungry for an exotic pumpkin dish?
The system searches Twitter for uses of words like delicious, tasty, and yummy. It analyzes all of these tweets and identifies emerging trends, by building up a dynamic dictionary of words, phrases, and hashtags. It provides three different views onto the conversation: trends, mentions, and themes. Trends are the words and phrases being used the most at any given moment. Mentions are the people being talked about and retweeted the most. Themes are curated categories that capture conversations around specific topics, using custom language dictionaries we created around each theme.
Twitter can be a vast and wiley universe of content. It can be challenging to track down, analyze, and showcase meaningful stories. We were able to strike a nice balance of narrative and technology with SosoTasty. We have a copy of it hanging in our studio and have been pleasantly surprised by the stories that surface each day. The site automatically scrolls through the content, and makes a great animated poster for your wall.
Long distance relationships are tough. At Sosolimited, we work hard to keep our bicoastal studios tight. To augment our daily Google Hangouts and annual karaoke sessions, we created LightPost, a transcontinental LED portal.
Google Creative Lab asked us to design an Android Experiment using the Cinder open source graphics platform. We set out to use modern mobile graphics technology to expand on our work with real time video filters from a decade ago. In the process of doing so, we somehow opened up a metaphysical portal that lets you travel deep into the hyperspace of your own selfie.
(OK, so it’s really an Android app that uses your phone’s camera, motion sensors, and graphics hardware to generate a reactive 3D universe that responds to your movements.)
How did we get here? Our first step was to build a software pipeline that used the live pixel buffer of the camera as an input to a series of shaders. After a few experiments with mapping pixels to different geometries, we settled on the idea of a three-dimensional landscape modulated by the camera feed, and navigated by device movement.
We are excited to announce the newest addition to our San Diego Studio, Laura Asher. She comes to us from the east coast with some hardcore electronics experience as well as a passion for art and music.
Hello, world. My name is Laura Asher. About a month ago, I graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in electrical engineering. All I knew when I went off to school was that I liked to build things. I submitted my majors as electrical engineering and art, figuring that if I learned both, everything in between would follow. As time went on, I decided I could learn more about art by doing it on my own than at Maryland. I dropped the major, but began trying to use the technical skills I'd collected in my studies to make art. And now here I find myself exploring a new field and a new city at Soso in San Diego!
When they're not typing, my fingers prefer to move around a paintbrush, pick a banjo, or flip through a philosophy book.