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Stereoscope Games phone numbers for your phone

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We have put the telephone numbers for the Stereoscope Games in a vCard 3.0 file for easy importing into your phone. Might come in handy.

Download: Stereoscope Games phone numbers as a vcard file (52 KB)

You should be able to either load this file into your contact application on your computer and sync it to your phone or directly load it on your phone depending on how your system works.

Camera is working again

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Our streaming camera is working again and hopefully will continue to do so until Sunday when Stereoscope is being shut down.

A look back at Nuit Blanche 2008

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Videobloggers at Dear Toronto provide a look back on what was going on at the streets of Toronto last saturday at Nuit Blanche 2008. Of course Stereoscope is one of the project mentioned.

While Nuit Blanche 2008 is history, Stereoscope keeps on running until the end of this week.

Camera temporarily down

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Due to an issue with our uplink the live camera is down and might not go up until tomorrow. Stereoscope is still running and will continue to do so until next Saturday.

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2008

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So Nuit Blanche is over and it was an amazing evening. Nathan Philips Square was populated by thousands of people watching the beginning of Stereoscope which also served as the official opening of the Nuit Blanche itself. Here are some first impressions:

Later on, Falk Gärtner presented the Blinkenlights Symphony - a real time video mixing experiment in synchronization with music composed for this event by the fearless musicians of Kraftfuttermischwerk of Berlin, Germany. The symphony was well received by the audience and Stereoscope worked flawlessly the entire night. We couldn't be happier with the results.

More animations for Stereoscope are trickling in and we add more and more stuff to the playlist while also experimenting with a couple of real time generators backstage. We still have a week to go and all contributions are welcome.

Mac Simulator updated

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We have updated the Stereoscope Simulator for Mac OS X to version 1.0. It now features the same awesome 3D model as the iPhone version. Now everybody on a Mac can enjoy this realistic view.

If you have installed the simulator before it should auto-update. Just launch the program and wait for the update dialog. You can also force the update check using the application menu if it doesn't come up automatically for any reason.

Play games on Stereoscope

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We have now released the list of games that can be played on the building alongside with the telephone numbers you have to call. Have fun.

Countdown

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So today is the big day. We are going to switch our proxies to the live signal so that you can use the Stereoscope Simulator to watch it going it real time. There will also be an update to the Macintosh simulator soon showing the same 3D model as the iPhone version does.

Next we will release the telephone numbers you can use to play the list of games we offer. It is going to be a long list as we have developed quite a few in the recent days.

While you are waiting for Stereoscope to start, you can watch a timelapse movie that we made during our testing phase yesterday:

Stereoscope Live Video Stream

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Please note: since the project is over now, the stream is also gone.

We had set up a video stream for Blinkenlights Stereoscope.

We tried to provide higher quality but streaming technology these days still seems to be in its infancy. It's all too complicated and not powerful enough to be setup easily.

We are using the ustream.tv service right now which apparently does not have too much bandwidth for Europe but it should be fine for North America at least. Leave a comment on how it works for you.

Participating in our Blinkenstream Distribution Network

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From tomorrow on, the Stereoscope Simulator receives a real time data stream that is an exact copy of what we are actually showing on the building. This stream will start on October 4th, 2008 at 1900h EST.

In order to be able to deal with the demand, we have set up a network of cascading blinkenproxies that relay the data to each other in a hierarchical manner. But we do not have enough server capacity to handle larger loads and we don't know how many people will actually tune in. It could be some, it could be many. So we are asking people running a server somewhere to help us out and participate in our Blinkenstream Distribution Network.

We have readied a simple blinkenproxy program (written in Ruby) that should be easy to deploy. All you need to do is to download the script, make sure it runs (and keeps running) on your server and tell us where it runs so that we can add your server's address to our list of public servers the simulator can connect to.

Download: blinkenproxy.rb

Thanks in advance for your help.

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