In a matter of weeks a building opens in downtown Austin, Texas, and it’s this building typical of every city that stands apart in subtle…
|Matterport is considered an all-in-one reality capture system. The Matterport 4k HDR cameras produce immersive 3D spaces that enable an audience to experience real-world places on a traditional browser or using a VR headset. With VR, you get a sense of physically being in a place as more than 360, you can move through the space and continue to look around. It's easier experienced than explained.|
A bike corral off the creek support hundreds of bicycles to continue making downtown pedestrian friendly while a real live parking garage means that those of us that have to drive can still find a place to get into downtown ;)Stop by the library not for a good book but the Cook Book, outdoor dining adjacent to Second St. and Shoal Creek Park at the cafe developed by some of Austin's renown restaurateurs. Or experience so much of what makes Austin innovative even in food with the exceptional number of restaurants in the surrounding blocks. About the grackles and the Library's embrace of innovation and media: CAW is a 37’ kinetic sculpture resembling a gigantic cuckoo clock with a swinging pendulum which will be wall-mounted in the atrium. Designed by Christian Moeller, an accompanying LED animation screen featuring a black bird is mounted on the 5th level and a computer program will drive the behavior and gestures of the bird using an artificial life system. This work is inspired in part by Austin’s resident grackle population and by the strong presence such birds have in mythology and literature. The Library's IT team has been working hard to create this massive lobby display that can feature ongoing concerts and shows, highlight great books, share social media, and more. The opening for the Library is set! Books are moving in and entrepreneurs like Dane Kenney are getting involved to help celebrate what the development means for Austin - and for innovation and education. I imagine myself coworking and taking meetings here, conveniently situated as a startup resource to the breadth of entrepreneurship found right in this part of town. One of the experiences that gave me a little chuckle is the Technology Petting Zoo where guests of the library will learn about the care and feeding of Austin's startup founders. Okay, just kidding, the reality is even better: the Library will feature new technologies that the public can experience and in many cases even check out and use throughout the library. Saturday, October 28 at 10 AM the opening party starts on the Seaholm lawn next to the library while the doors open to the public at noon. I'll be there, with my family, a library card, and my VR headset. Curious about what we're doing in MediaTech Ventures, through Austin? Let's book our next coffee here as the best example of why we're doing what we're doing is evident in the walls of the Austin Central Library.
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