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Noisy Typer is a free piece of software which plays typewriter sounds as you type. It runs in the background and works with all applications ( email, web, word etc ). Key sounds include: letter keys, spacebar, backspace, carriage return and scroll up and down.

Noisy Typer is a FAT Lab speed project by Theo Watson.

Download NoisyTyper.app here ( currently OS X only ):
NoisyTyper-v001.zip

The software is open source and made with openFrameworks version 0071.
You can download the source code here: NoisyTyperProject.zip

Icon from CC Flickr photo.

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Posted on July 12, 2012

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Kinect Russian Roulette is a speed project by Theo Watson, which allows you to play Russian Roulette with just your hand and a Kinect.

The project was made in 3 hours at the Art Hack Day at 319 Scholes and is made with openFrameworks 007 and ofxKinect.

This project is tongue and cheek and is not endorsed by anyone or any brand. Just a ridiculous idea which needed to be made :)

Code ( very messy ) will be posted to github.

Links:
Theo Watson: theowatson.com
Art Hack Day: http://319scholes.org/art-hack-day
openFrameworks: openframeworks.cc

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Posted on January 27, 2012

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What makes you happy?

Happy Things automatically posts a screenshot every time you smile. All the screenshots are posted to this page.

Download it here (OS X, 10 MB).

Happy Things is a speed project mashup between Theo Watson‘s Auto-Smiley and an unreleased project by Kyle McDonald.

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Posted on February 14, 2011

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For the 2010 Cinekid festival we took the GML loving RoboTagger one step further by directly connecting it to the new and improved Eyewriter 2.0 system, allowing children visiting the festival to write their name with their eyes and have it drawn by a giant, bright orange robot arm onto paper which they could take home with them.

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The system allowed them to both draw with their eyes and type with a keyboard. The keyboard was by far the most popular with the kids and it would send the letters they made to the robot using a typeface designed by paralysed graffiti artist Tempt1, made with the original Eyewriter system.

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Here is the full alphabet of Tempt1′s typeface ( grab a gml version ). Notice the EW signature in the corner :)

This is the Eyewriter 2.0 hardware. Now a glasses free design which is more more accurate, using a hacked PS3 Eye camera with two external LED clusters to make reference glints in the eye.

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Open Source:

Both the Eyewriter code and the Livewriter code are open source projects, made with openFrameworks. You can follow them on Github: Eyewriter Main Repo and Cinekid Livewriter Repo.

Credits:

Livewriter @ Cinekid:
Theo Watson, Golan Levin and Gijs Van Wee, Jan Van Laar ( Polynorm )
Based on the GML Robotagger by Golan Levin and Evan Roth

Eyewriter 2.0 Crew:
Zachary Lieberman, Ito Takayuki, Golan Levin, Kyle McDonald

Eyewriter Team:
Tempt1, Evan Roth, Chris Sugrue, Zachary Lieberman, Theo Watson and James Powderly.

Big thanks to:
Clint Beharry, Rui pereira, Lucas Werthein, Paul Ferragut, The Eyewriter Collab, Parsons The New School For Design, ABB and Polynorm.

Extras Special Thanks to Joost Broersen from Cinekid for making this happen!

Big thanks to Gijs Van Wee and Jan Van Laar from Polynorm who designed the hardware and software for the Livewriter and a big thanks to ABB for supplying us with the robot. Also big thanks to Golan for sharing his robot code and for inspiring the project!

Here is Jan making some late night additions to the robot.
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Gijs admiring his spring loaded marker pressure system, designed to give a conistant pressure to the marker.
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Made with openFrameworks :)
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About Eyewriter:
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The EyeWriter project is an ongoing collaborative research effort to empower people who are suffering from ALS with creative technologies. It is a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to draw using only their eyes.

To find out more about the Eyewriter project vist the main Eyewriter site: http://www.eyewriter.org/

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Posted on November 4, 2010

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