Cool Links of the Week: May 25

Another successful week in the books. We're beginning to do a lot of work with Augmented Reality (AR), so check out this first link if you're unfamiliar with it.

Marco Tempest's Augmented Reality (TED Talk)

In this video, performance artist Marco Tempest gives a TED talk showcasing just some of the possibilities of Augmented Reality. It's a bit cheesy in spots (since it is magic, after all...) but it's a good example of how AR serves to seamlessly integrate technology into our daily lives. It's got a ton of other practical uses too, like being able to preview available rooms by simply pointing your mobile device at a nearby hotel and bringing printed information to life with interactive videos.

Philly Gets a Paint Job

Good news for North Philly residents. Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn are setting out to turn the rough neighborhood into a giant mural, incorporating storefronts, busted out windows and other architectural features of so many dilapidated buildings we've come to pass by without a second glance. These blocks deserve some much needed change, so keep an eye on their progress.

Pencil vs. Camera

Developed by Belgian artist Ben Heine, Pencil vs. Camera is the point at which original photography and original art intersect. Very similar to Dear Photograph (click to check it out), this project is a cool way of blending fantasy with reality. Click the photo to check out the entire series.


Say hello to Cargo-Bot, a new iPad game app that makes rudimentary programming fun. Picture the app as a combination of Angry Birds, Tetris and critical thinking. I really recommend downloading it, especially if you've got a couple hours to kill.

That's it for this week, so check back next Friday and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!