Our resident coding wiz Brandon Stump just spent a few weeks in Sticky’s Amsterdam studio. While he was there, he found the triple-X mark — which is actually a trio of St. Andrew’s crosses from Amsterdam’s coat of arms — nearly everywhere he looked. According to Dutch legend, the three crosses represent the three threats that plagued ancient Amsterdam: flood, fire, and the Black Death. But these days, they’re just a part of the city’s landscape and okay, an incredibly prescient symbol of modern Amsterdam’s reputation.
What if materials could defy gravity, so that we could leave them suspended in mid-air? ZeroN is a physical and digital interaction element that floats and moves in space by computer-controlled magnetic levitation.
ZeroN video is courtesy of the MIT Media Lab, LabCAST. Read and watch more LabCAST here.
Sticky intern Devin Pentecost is graduating from the University of Portland in May and, for his senior design project, his team developed an LED cube outfitted with interactive accelerometer response. Each side of the eight-inch cube is translucent, revealing a three-dimensional grid of LED lights inside. Thanks to a three-axis accelerometer housed inside the cube, it responds to real-time motion as if it actually contained a physical liquid. Flip it over and the lights closest to the ground are engaged. Shake it from side to side and the lights appear to slosh like water.
Versatile tech wiz Brandon Stump has been part of the Sticky team for more than a decade, which is plenty long to get to know the real Brandon, right? Oh, how wrong we were. This last year, Brandon cycled through dozens of haircuts, each in the service of a portrait as a fictional persona.
Brandon as Pabst-swilling, mustachioed Portland hipster? Check.
Brandon as a Hot Topic-shopping emo boy? Check.
Brandon as grizzled death row inmate with one perfect tear tattooed on his cheek? Check.
Brandon as bearded Joaquin Phoenix doppelganger? Yep, that one, too.