The Volumetric Society of New York connects the body, brain and the physical world of natural user interface. Started by Sean Kean of VoxieBox, the world’s first holographic gaming device, and directed and curated by Ellen Pearlman, a Ph.D. student in Creative Media at Hong Kong City University, it now has 1,200 members and is rapidly expanding.
At The Volumetric Society you are invited to exchange ideas, demo your projects, or just get exposed to the volumetric future that devices such as Kinect, Emotiv/MindWare, volumetric 3D cameras, and telematic interfaces are taking us. Everyone is welcome- from advanced hardware hackers to those who are just curious to learn about these new technologies in the arts, sciences, healthcare, gaming, and academia.
By Ellen Pearlman
The Volumetric Society presents people who are working in the fields of 3D, stereoscopic vision, holography, the Kinect, telematics, and brain and body sensors. It partners with over eighteen businesses, educational and non-profit organizations, and also offers low cost programming classes for artists in subjects like “Neuroscience for Artists, Programmers and Everyone In between”.
A current project spearheaded at the Volumetric Society is Pearlman’s latest piece, “Surveillance Siddhi,” which asks what it means to be human in terms of privacy, individuality, authority, and the State. This video will be included in a tribute to the late Aaron Swartz.
Using robotized voices and enhanced visuals, issues of human identity in a 21st century technological world are explored in a dialog between law enforcement and a single individual. The video employs Videoscope technology software developed by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab amplifying through special algorithms subtle changes in movement and color not detected by the naked eye like pulse, blood flow, iris dilation, and differentiation in movement of objects.
Visit The Volumetric Society of New York's website to get involved in this Sci-Art think tank.