Living organisms, a secret room and a chair – Part 3

CHOOSING THE CHAIR DESIGN Q. Coming from a design background, we often throw around the phrase ‘form follows function’. Peter, how did you come up with this design? Is it functional and what makes it superior to other designs?   A. Form does follow function in effective design, but when you move from concept to …

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IRL FestivalCall out for creatives

This May, the Brisbane Powerhouse will be hosting the IRL Festival, a program exploring the convergence between live arts, and digital and gaming culture. The Edge has been asked to be involved and really, when you think about it how could The Edge not be involved? As is the way with a lot of things The Edge does, we would …

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The Edge Recording Studio prize pack up for grabs at Valentine’s Busk

Valentine's Busk

The Edge is all giddy and loved up with the Brisbane Festival Valentine’s Busk taking over the Auditorium on Saturday 14 February 2015. Come and check out some local acts as they busk it out for ultimate busker, and take part in an official Guinness World Record Attempt – the World’s Largest Busk! Taking centre stage at The Edge …

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Living organisms, a secret room and a chair – Part 2

THE BIG QUESTION: WHY!? Q. Peter, some people (well, actually most people!) may be wondering… why grow a chair made of fungus? Can you tell us a little bit about the back story, and is this something The Edge has tried before?   A. Well at least that is easier to answer than why a …

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Living organisms, a secret room and a chair – Part 1

It may sound like an odd combination, living organisms, a secret room and a chair, but we promise you there’s an interesting explanation. Cue The Edge’s Science Catalyst, Dr Peter Musk. We spent some time in the lab with Peter this month exploring fungi, algae and kombucha. But, what’s so special about these living organisms and …

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Recycled computers as Scratch! arcade machines — Pt 5

With our arcade machine functioning, the next step was to clone this working ‘master’ machine and turn it into a bootable liveCD (USB in our case). This handy procedure is used to make your own portable operating system so you can take your customised desktop with you. In our case it would provide an OS …

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Recycled computers as Scratch! arcade machines — Pt 4

To recap, our hope of a simple web menu driven interface for our Scratch! arcade machine had crashed and burned. No matter what we tried we couldn’t convert the game to javascript, which was the only way we could get a stand-alone offline scratch player working. Our graphic designer came to the rescue, using another …

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Recycled computers as Scratch! arcade machines — Pt 3

So we have a concept for our arcade machine interface. A web-base menu that launches a stand-alone javascript version of our games, and launches full screen video file playback. While the web capable did their web things, I started to look at the rest of the software stack. The system would have to boot off …

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Recycled computers as Scratch! arcade machines — Pt 2

Scratch! is made for the web. It is used mainly as an online content authoring system, with easy sharing and collaboration built-in. So we’re trying to get Scratch! to do two unnatural things, run offline and run as a player only, disabling or hiding edit functionality. Step number one was to get Scratch! running offline …

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Recycled computers as Scratch! arcade machines — Pt 1

DIY arcade machines is something we’ve done before here at The Edge, in the past we’ve run MAME on a  Raspberry Pi to create an compact all in one solution. This time around the machines were intended to showcase games made by participants in a workshop, as well as playback a video. This rules out …

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