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Steve Tsuida
Works at ATB Financial
Attended Grant MacEwan Community College
Lives in Calgary, AB
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Scott, and his gigantic crossbow made from some up cycled skis. Mate at Calgary Protospace, for the Calgary Mini Maker Faire:
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AR Sandbox! Bound for Calgary Mini Maker Faire

Here's a look at the augmented reality sandbox we put together for Calgary Protospace's booth at the upcoming 2016 Calgary Mini Maker Faire. If you live in or near Calgary, drop by Telus Spark this weekend (August 20/21), to play in the sand and learn more about our makerspace.

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+David McGuigan You'd hate the large format camera I'm building for the 2017 Faire. That stuff goes back to the 1800s, never mind 2012… 
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Calgary Protospace, at the Calgary Mini Maker Faire.
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Got Google Cardboard? All weekend, I'll be adding Theta S photospheres from the Calgary Mini Maker Faire. Keep an eye on the Calgary Telus Spark listing in the Streetview app for new photos, like this one from inside our Augmented Reality sandbox.

Check out TELUS Spark on #StreetView
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.0539472,-114.0248055,0a,75y/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1s-mGcs4EA1aeM%2FV7fSSbT8AfI%2FAAAAAAAASdc%2FZQuwY9ZSM7kCxjln0QmFuSw8Q-C7fpUDwCLIB!2e4!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleusercontent.com%2F-mGcs4EA1aeM%2FV7fSSbT8AfI%2FAAAAAAAASdc%2FZQuwY9ZSM7kCxjln0QmFuSw8Q-C7fpUDwCLIB%2Fno%2Fphoto.jpg
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Progress. Now we need to transplant all the hardware over to the real sandbox filled with kinetic sand, and make it all pretty for the Calgary Maker Faire.

It's an augmented reality sandbox. A Kinect and a video projector are hung overhead. The Kinect sees the shape of the sand (or in this case, a blanket, with a garden gnome underneath it) then some software maps colours and contour lines to suit the 3D surface it sees. The projector then shines that new stylized topographical map shape overtop the sand in a sandbox, and voila, you have sand you can pile up and see an instant topographical map texture to suit it.

Make your own:
http://idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos/ResDev/SARndbox/
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As a tip, we had all kinds of problems trying to get it to work with Ubuntu Mate 16.04.1. We switched to Linux Mint, 18 "Sarah" using the Cinnamon desktop, and things went smoothly.

Under Ubuntu Mate 16.04.1, the Kinnect wasn't detecting at all.

We also had to switch out from a donated 15-pin VGA type projector to a new HDMI-inout projector to get control of the projected geometry. Our computer only has HDMI and DVI out, so I was running the HDMI cable into a converter to turn it into a VGA signal, and for some reason the projector assumed I wanted to show everything in 16:9, even if the image was a 4:3 1024 x 768 image (native for the projector). Once I hooked it up to a new Epson PowerLite 1761W projector, I was able to line things up again. The 1760 isn't officially a short throw projector, but it's going to work with about 40-45 inches (1.14 m) of clearance above the bed of the sandbox, which we can live with.

If it matters, I'm using this PC: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX60768 A Nightblade MI2-005TW with a Core i7-6700, 8GB, 1TB + 128GB SSD, and a GeForce GTX 970. It comes with Windows 10,. I added a SSD drive in the available little drive bay, and put Linux Mint there (since eventually the PC will go home with me, and be my X-Plane rig, and Blender Render farm box).
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A few of us at Protospace (a makerspace in Calgary) are building one of the UC Davis augmented reality sandboxes. It's been 50% fun and 50% horrible. Mediocre documentation, really ugly software, and it needs to run on a Linux PC. Our first build was a dud, but I think that was because the first PC was underpowered and on a non-standard architecture (frankly it was a Pi 3 running Ubuntu MATE). I've bought an i7-6700 based PC with a GTX970 for test flight two, tonight.

Wish us luck!

Sigh. The crap I do for Maker Faire…
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Post Epilogue: Got rid of Ubuntu Mate and installed Linux Mint, and it started recognizing the 3D sensor again.

Important Lesson: Don't let people call it Linux. There isn't Linux. There are Linuxes.
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OMG, Ellsworth Toohey in The Fountainhead was supposed to be a straw man, not a style guide.
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    Environmental Graphic Design, 1991 - 1993
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I help people tell their own stories. I'm a graphic designer, videographer, photographer, animator, illustrator, and maker of things, because that's what it takes.
Introduction
A graphic designer who collects iPods and IKEA furniture. Made in Canada. Deathly afraid of embalmed coelacanths.
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People like to say this or that is in their DNA. I could do the same, but then send you a 966,998 line text file to back it up. I've flown six different Cessna 172's in flight school. I once sank a kayak (in my defence I was kayaking while on crutches).
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Graphic Designer
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Graphic design, illustration, videography, 2D and 3D animation, photography, web design, yada yada.
Employment
  • ATB Financial
    Web Graphic Designer, 2009 - present
  • Vicom Multimedia
    Graphic Designer, 1995 - 1998
  • Kryos
    Graphic Designer, 1998 - 2009
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Calgary, AB
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Fort McMurray, AB - Gold River, BC - Edmonton, AB - Sechelt, BC