Introduction: ISight-in-a-Box

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What if a computer could be a ‘site’ for site-specific artwork? Just like plays have “sets” or backdrops, can computers have them too?

iSight-in-a-Box is a series of three different 3-D models that sit on top of the computer’s built-in webcam, physically enframing the images and video captured through it. You can use one of the pre-designed models -- a drone, an anonymous mask, or Clippy -- or download the model and make your own.

Supplies:

  • Laptop computer with built-in webcam
  • Color printer
  • Cutting mat
  • X-Acto knife
  • Straight-edge (like a ruler, or a book)
  • Scotch tape

Step 1: Choose a Model

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What in-a-box model do you want to use? Do you want to fly a drone over your very own skies, anonymize your face with the anonymous mask, add the Microsoft "Clippy" character to your vision?

Choose one of these three pre-made models, or make your own.

Step 2: Print Your Model

Print out your selection. These are designed to be the right aspect ratio, and to be exactly the right size and distance from a webcam, when printed on US letter paper (8.5" x 11").

Step 3: Cut the Model Along the Black Solid Lines.

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Tips:

  • Use a ruler to help you cut straight lines
  • Cut on a cutting mat (or cardboard box) to protect your table

You can always print another one if you mess up, so don't worry

Step 4: Fold and Tape Your Model Together

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  1. Fold your model's tabs down along the dotted lines.
  2. Then, match tabs together: a --> a, b --> b, and so on.
  3. Once you have your structure in place, tape it with four pieces of Scotch tape.

Step 5: Try It On!

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Place your in-a-box model on top of your computer. Turn on any application that opens your webcam, like PhotoBooth, Skype, etc.

Step 6: Fin! (and Document)

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The original proposition of this project was, "what if a computer could be a ‘site’ for site-specific work?"

The final step is to play -- and see what happens. What does your computer see through this new lens? What situations come up? What videos do you want to make? What realities exist now that your computer has it's own enframed world?

Fin.

Comments

Swansong (author)2017-08-28

That's an awesome simple way to make effects :)

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