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Saturday, January 06, 2007

@ Machine Project in Echo Park

Intro from the Machine Project and Dorkbot Co-ordinator, Garnet Hertz and pretty picture from Streaming Birefringence Demo.

(See below for short video)

Getting StartedPretty Scenes
Click photos from more @ Flickr.com

We made a visit to the the Machine Project at Sunset and Alvarado in Echo Park today. I have been meaning to make it down for one of their shows or workshops, but it never seemed to fit into my schedule. Finally, in the week following their featured article in the LA Weekly, the whole family took in a cool demo.

From the Machine Project Web Site...

"We'll start this event with a demo by Bob Blackstock from Laminar Sciences Corporation: he'll be bringing and demoing some patent-pending "streaming birefringence" devices that produce extraordinarily interesting and colorful flow visualizations. It's like a combination of kaleidoscope, Etch-a-Sketch, and Lava Lamp with swirling colors spontaneously appear then disappear. Bob is exploring aesthetic and technical applications for these devices, including flow visualization for fluid mechanics and aerodynamics. See http://www.laminarsciences.com/id11.html for videos of this gear in action."

This was very cool. We also got a quick demo of a vintage oil lamp, which creates many of those "groovy" effects you see in 60's music videos and concert footage. See the Flickr Photo set for more pictures. I highly recommend checking out their schedule of on-going projects and have a little fun making or learning something.

Streaming Birefringence Demo from Laminar Sciences

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