Monday, May 11, 2015

360 video from Talking Dog

Recently at Talking Dog we've been trying our hand at making 360 degree videos. Here's one of our first attempts, going for a walk in one of our nicest local parks. Trust us, this is going to be beautiful by a month from now, but in early May the groundskeepers are hard at work prepping the soil and the trees are only just starting to sprout their leaves. Also of interest in this video, you'll see the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, which currently has a large box covering its dome as workers do restoration work.

 

The above window may show a mostly black screen for a while, if so please give it a minute to load the content. Once it's loaded and playing, you'll be able to scroll around and zoom your view in and out. There's also some options that come up when you click on one of circular icons in the bottom right of the viewing window, if you want to see something really unusual select "Little Planet View". These options also come up if you right click on the viewing window.

Where this gets even more interesting is when you view this on a gyro-enabled mobile device, because then you can view all parts of the video depending upon the angle at which you have your iPhone (or what have you) positioned. And for us, the most promising implications of this become apparent if you view this with Google Cardboard, but to do that you'll have to download the 360Heros app to your iPhone or Android, search for "Saskatchewan" in the app, and then view this video in Google Cardboard mode.  

We also have a longer version you can check out on YouTube. If you view this in the Chrome browser on your desktop, you can rotate your view left, right, up, down, and all around by clicking on the arrows in the top left of the window.
A direct link to the above YouTube movie is at youtube.com/watch?v=JD1k7o5Spp8

Want to know more about the exciting stuff happening at the Dog? Go to talkingdogstudios.com, and check out our twitter feed at twitter.com/talkingdogar.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SaskTel 25

In summer 2014 we made 2 interactive experiences to tour with a travelling presentation celebrating SaskTel's 25th anniversary of proving cellphone service.

This video is showcasing our AR model display running on an iPad.




SaskTel Blog

Talking Dog Showreel

Check out our brand new Talking Dog Showreel.


Here's a list of a few of the projects shown in it.
Don't forget to check us on


Friday, April 10, 2015

Moire visual toy for iOS


Talking Dog Studios recently published a playful, visual toy for iOS called Moire.

"In mathematics, physics, and art, a moiré pattern (/mwɑrˈ/; French: [mwaˈʁe]) is a secondary and visually evident superimposed pattern created, for example, when two identical (usually transparent) patterns on a flat or curved surface (such as closely spaced straight lines drawn radiating from a point or taking the form of a grid) are overlaid while displaced or rotated a small amount from one another."
wikipedia

Get Moire on iTunes

 

Check out our lead developers music video he made using Moire & some editing.



Get Moire on iTunes

Moire website

Also, check out cool sounds of Guidewire

Monday, December 15, 2014

Snow Shovelin' Man

Here's a video we created for Bob King: he's a "Snow Shovelin' Man". We shot it during the first big Saskatchewan snow storm a couple of weeks ago, as you'll see the snow was really coming down during some of the shots!

As a fun addition to this project, we're inviting people to post pictures or movies of their snow shoveling prowess with the hashtag #snowshovelinman  - our plan is to post another video later on where we'll incorporate the most popular pictures into a new version of this video.

Are you a show shoveling man or woman? There's a certain comradery everybody feels as they're out they're braving the elements, moving that snow off their driveways and sidewalks. This song is a celebration of that experience, we hope you enjoy it! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ad:Tech Wrapup

Here's a picture of OneStory.com's Katrina German and I at the booth we shared at New York's Ad:Tech conference earlier this month. If you look closely you'll see I'm holding an iPad in my hand, and up on the screen you'll see one of about a dozen Augmented Reality cell phones being generated as the iPad looks at the flat icon on the counter. This is for an AR presentation we created this summer for SaskTel (in collaboration with Captive and MGM Communications) in celebration of the 25th anniversary of cell phones in Saskatchewan. All of the 3D models, and the AR interaction were built in-house by the Talking Dog team.

Other experiences Talking Dog showed included a tiny cartoon dog who appears on my business card when looked at with my iPhone. There's an on-screen joystick and "jump" button to move him around the screen collecting bones. Silly? Sure, but as a proof-of-concept to start the discussion of what somebody else might want to place on their business card (as a way of breaking the ice at business or sales meetings), that little dog was a charmer.

We also got some good feedback on a new virtual 360 experience we've been building, which we previewed at the show, more to come on that one in the next few weeks.

Katrina's a very positive, high energy person, with a great product that got lots of good response. We had a great time showing our stuff to the attendees at Ad:Tech. Thank you once again to SMPIA for their generous assistance in getting us to this show.

Augmentedly yours,

Rob Bryanton
Talking Dog Studios

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What's New at Talking Dog

This week Talking Dog president Rob Bryanton is in New York at the gigantic Ad:Tech conference, sharing a tradeshow booth with Katrina German of OneStory. We're looking forward to tales of the latest advances in interactive advertising and technology, and Rob will be showing off some of our latest work there as well.  Here's a little movie showing some of what we've been up to lately, enjoy!



We're grateful to SMPIA for their generous support they provided to get us to this conference.