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Dancing Doodles: PAssion Arts Fest at Bishan Park

Dancing Doodles is live motion capture dance installation I made in collaboration with 150 kindergartners! It was exhibited at the PAssion Arts Fest at Bishan Ang Moh Kio Park for 2 days at Bishan Park on the 1st and 2nd of July 2017.

Characters drawn by kindergartners 5 & 6 years old are animated live via motion capture data from an Xbox One Kinect. I made this with Unity, my favorite game engine!

Dancing Doodles was also known as “My Avatar” at the event.

The children’s original drawings hanging on the side of the booth
The dance installation. Where the kids would control their drawings by standing in front of the screen and dancing.
The drawing workshops conducted by Nat Wee where the kids drew characters for the installation. I was there making sure they were using my template correctly
Lee Hsien Long was the guest of honor at the event.

ArchiGallery: Listening To Architecture Virtual Tour Installation at National Gallery Singapore

There are some cool areas at National Gallery Singapore(NGS) that are not accessible to the public, either because they are dangerous to get to or because they have become part of their private offices. I was commissioned by NGS to create a two virtual tour installations for two areas at the Old Supreme Court Wing – they are the main dome and the prisoners walkway where prisoners walk to enter the court room from their holding cells.

The Microsoft Kinect One motion sensor and the instructions for visitors

Visitors stand in front of my installation and wave their hands around to navigate the tour without touching the installation. This is important because the installation is permanent and having a contact-less experience would minimize the chances of users breaking the art work. Typical virtual tours would use a headset that would probably break within a year of being used by every other Museum visitor. A virtual tour without the use of headsets was a limitation set for me by exhibition curator Joleen Loh.

This virtual tour is part of the ArchiGallery: Listening To Architecture exhibition where I am also responsible for another exhibit: The Construction Sequence Animation. I could have done the whole video myself but I subcontracted animation to my go-to 3D modeler, Zig!

This is a video I shot on my phone during the opening ceremony. The animation I made for them has no audio and I had no idea they were going to screen it like that during the opening, so it was interesting to watch the Emcee narrate my work live!

This is where my construction animation sequence is silently on display every day. Level 4 of the city hall wing at NGS

Team Dude wins the 48 hour VR Hackathon!

Team Dude wins the 48hour French VR hackathon

We won the Wonda VR 48h VR South East Asia Hackathon with our immersive interactive 360 video project, LUMI. As the winning team, our project is also exhibited as part of the Human+ Show at ArtScrience Museum until the 15th October 2017.

You can go experience our project between 2:30pm to 4:30pm everyday at the HUMAN+ Show at the Museum. Why its only open for 2 hours is because the installation requires gallery sitters to help you with the VR headsets.

About Our Project:
LUMI is an under-utilized robot room assistant. Although LUMI can perform 120 tasks, LUMI’s current user has disabled most of its functions and only uses it to turn the lights on and off.
This virtual reality experience addresses the relation of humans in a not-so distant future living with robot companions who act as extended tools performing our daily tasts. LUMI won the first prize of the South East Asia Hackathon

About LUMI:

The user plays as LUMI, an under-utilized robot room assistant. Although LUMI can perform 120 tasks, LUMI’s current user (played by yours truly) has disabled most of its functions and only use it to turn the lights on and off.

So basically, you play as an AI to turn my room lights on and off while creepily watching me in my room. You can choose to obey to me or not. For example: Turning the lights off while I’m having a shower will lead to a hilarious out-come of me coming out the shower with shampoo in my hair.

We shot everything in my room at home, which really saved us a tonne of time because we didn’t need to scout for locations or travel at all; we only had 48 hours from the start to the finish. I’m quite proud of what we done.

You can also go check it out on the Wonda VR app.

Welcome to my room! Wonda VR is the software used to create the interactivity with “hotspots” on our 360 video. The red Squares are the hotspots where users can look up and switch the lights on or off.

Our installation at the ArtScience Museum can be easy to miss, so here are some photographic directions to it.

Look out for this green corner of the Human+ show. It is only open 2:30pm to 4:30pm because they need someone to be there to help you with the headsets
Then turn to your left. My project is the one hanging on the left
Really skeletal exhibition set up. Perhaps it is relative to the small amount of time we took to complete the project.
LUMI
Charis Loke, Eugene Soh and Ng Kai Yuan
2017
Virtual Reality Experience
LUMI is an under-utilized robot room assistant. Although LUMI can perform 120 tasks, LUMI’s current user has disabled most of its functions and only uses it to turn the lights on and off.
This virtual reality experience addresses the relation of humans in a not-so distant future living with robot companions who act as extended tools performing our daily tasks. LUMI won the first prize of the South East Asia Hackathon

 

Oppo R9s vs. Samsung S7 Edge review

So I brought these two phones to France for a little test. They both boast the BIGGEST aperture in the camera phone market which is an f/1.7. This means they can both take low-light photos well.

If you don’t have time to read the full review, here is my short answer:

Short answer: Samsung S7 Edge is a better overall phone and camera. the Oppo R9s has better value for money if you don’t take pictures all the time.

Samsung S7 Edge 32GB price: S$916.00
OPPO R9s 63GB price: S$679.00

I just googled these prices today 26/01/2017. These are the prices on Lazada

After spending time with both of them, I found myself using the Samsung as my everyday phone. Mainly because it has a more responsive camera that does not need “processing time” to save HDR photos and i take HDR photos all the time. My Samsung is all cracked now because I dropped it so many times. I’m glad it didn’t crack over the cameras! The cracks also mean that it is no longer waterproof, just like the Oppo.

I’ve also use all three Samsung 7 series phones – namely the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge and the now recalled Note7. They all have consistent camera quality and I love that I can swim with them. The exploding note7 is my favorite because it just looks way cooler. It is symmetrical, slick and had a stylus I didn’t know I needed. (I use the stylus to scribble on my Instagram stories.) I no longer use the note7 because it explodes.


Outdoor Overcast Photo Test

Straight out the camera! The Eiffel tower. Shot in HDR because I didn’t want the tower to be a silhouette. The Samsung did a better job here brightening the dark areas.

Both photos were shot with HDR mode on. It was a gloomy winter day in Paris, not great for photos but I think the Samsung salvaged the situation better with brighter shadows

The Samsung also shoots HDR photos faster than the Oppo. The Samsung was instantaneously while the Oppo has a 2 seconds processing time after pressing the shutter with HDR on. Gets a little annoying.

Here’s a photo of them at 100% res. Zoomed in for the details

OPPO has higher resolution! We can actually see clear tiny human shapes on the Oppo photo.

I slightly enlarge the Samsung image to match scale because the Oppo shoots at a higher resolution 4608 x 3456 compared to Samsung’s 4032 x 3024. The Samsung also shoots at a wider angle, which means objects would be smaller on the Samsung – as in the same objects would take up less pixels on the Samsung than on the Oppo.


Indoor Dim Lighting Photo Test

SAMSUNG has a better dynamic range. Shot in the Louvre in the Victorian interior room. Samsung does better than the Oppo in indoor lighting. Oppo overexposed the chandelier lighting and underexposed the shadows on the chairs.

The Samsung field of view is so wide we can see the 2nd chandelier in the room! There is also more visible details in the blacks and whites on the Samsung

Zoomed into for details. Woah, that sharpness and detail is incredible on the Samsung. It looks like it was software sharpened.

Jane Soh as shot by her brother

I made this video last month!
Dedicated to my younger sister, who has been chasing her harp dreams in Boston for three years now.
I was reminded of how much she was my muse when I stumbled upon all this footage while clearing my computer last week.
Hours of footage, filmed over the last 5 years in different countries. Perhaps from more naive, happy times and in some cases, silly for shooting in low-res lol (Memory cards were expensive!)
I had a hard time distilling all that footage. It is a poetic masterpiece of adoration in my eyes, it makes me cry for realzies.

To my sister: no matter what happens or what you might be going through in Trump land, know that I’ll always be proud of you! I feel like I’ve won the lottery of life to have grown up with a beautiful, kind and talented sister like you

 

Yogjakarta

Article contribution by Saleduck

Once you’ve had your fill of the beaches in Bali and the dynamic, booming nature of Jakarta, the next pitstop on your map should definitely be Yogjakarta. Also commonly referred to as Yogja or Jogja, it is considered by many to be the soul of Indonesia and here is where the rich customs, heritage and arts of Java truly thrives.

Yogja is where past and present collide which means that next to its beautifully preserved historical sites and tradition, you’ll also see a thriving, urban city complete with upscale cafes, shopping malls and (bearable) traffic jams.