Imagine: Dancing next to a life-size figure, your iPhone blaring a favorite tune. But the person facing you isn’t there. She’s thousands of miles away in Iraq, tucked in a room much like yours. And yet together, you share a moment.
Or imagine this: Turning a $3 webcam into a microscope that can film the universe blown up large. In a lab, you tinker with little pieces of technology until the focus is just right and your camera records the minutiae you want it to see. The world is your oyster, in all its detail and design.
At Greenwich Academy, two teachers have pioneered initiatives that make both of these hypotheticals a reality. And last week, they dodged a nor’easter for a few days in Austin, Texas, where they shared their knowledge at South by Southwest.
Operated by Shared Studios, portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. Upon entering the portal, users come face-to-face with someone in a distant portal, live and full-body, as if in the same room. This opportunity will allow users from Hood College to discuss politics, education, criminal justice, the environment and share art, poetry and other forms of creative expression with people from around the world.
Education often brings students to new places, but it looks like that may be more true than ever for Andover students in the coming months.
The Andover Coalition for Education, or ACE, has funded a portal through Shared Studios, an organization that creates spaces with technology and connects people internationally. The inflatable portal is equipped with video and audio technology that allows people inside the inflatable, yellow portal to communicate with people in other portals around the world. There are currently 47 portals around the globe.
"The real innovation is in the global network of Portal sites around the world," explained the school department's Director of Strategy and Innovation Stephen Chinosi. "Having access to people who are interested in connecting with others to build 'real' relationships and potential partnerships. The Portal is using the best technology to actually connect people through focused and open dialogues. The experience is nothing like a Skype call, which only focuses on the head/shoulders. The Portal feels like you're in a room with someone who happens to be on the other side of the world."
I was a little nervous as I stepped into the inflatable gold pop-up structure, wondering what I should say or ask first. But before I knew it the screen flickered, and there sat Aparna Bakhle and José Godoy-Reyes right in front of me.
Although I was in San Luis Obispo at Cuesta College's Harold J. Miossi Gallery and they were in Los Angeles, it felt like we were in the same room, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling screen and clear sound in the makeshift structure, which is part of the Portals: Connecting The World: A Social Practice Exhibition going on at the campus through March 29. Emma Saperstein, gallery coordinator, aptly described the experience as "FaceTime on speed."
here will be plenty of "wow" at this year's Imagine Solutions Conference.There's even a presentation called "WOW," which will feature an interactive presentation by a "mathamagician."
Another wow moment in the waiting: A golden portal — in a shipping container — that attendees can walk through and come face-to-face with people inside sister portals around the globe.
The annual conference, sponsored by the Searching For Solutions Institute, a public foundation, is Monday, Feb. 26. It will once again be held under the big tent at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in North Naples.
Imagine global saviors on the brink of curing cancer, on the cusp of integrating technology in ways that seemed, well, unimaginable just few years ago.
Big names with resumes packed full of life-changing accomplishments will gather at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples on Feb. 26 to talk about the future of healthcare, technology, education and affordable housing as part of the 8th Imagine Solutions Conference. For eight hours, guests will learn about cancer breakthroughs and solutions, the longevity of life and if a 100-year life expectancy is approaching, how science and technology continue to integrate and create endless possibilities and how education shapes all that is possible.
Can you imagine traveling to another city in the world without leaving Panama? A project called "portal" container allows to travel or interact in real time with people in other parts of the world.
El W Panama Portal lanzó por primera vez su tecnología audiovisual inmersiva en Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá, en alianza con W Panamá y Shared_Studios. El Portal está ubicado en el Street Mall, en avenida Israel y abrirá de forma gratuita, dando la bienvenida a todos los locales y visitantes de enero a marzo de 2018. El Portal, creado por el colectivo de arte, tecnología, y diseño llamado Shared_Studios, es un contenedor dorado de carga único en su clase que cuenta con innovaciones patentadas en hardware, software y diseño. El portal ofrece una nueva forma de conectarse con personas en más de 18 ciudades, desafiando los límites físicos y culturales.
Today (21 November) is the last chance to stop by the TimesSquare_Portal project, a golden shipping container that connects visitors in New York’s busiest public space with people around the world, using advanced video chat software. During its seven-week-long run, the portable communications hub has linked up to cities in the US as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Myanmar. Portals was created to foster one-on-one conversations across distances and different cultures, says the project’s founder and creative director Amar Bakshi.
Todo comienza en una cabina dorada. Portales es una iniciativa de arte público creada por Amar Bakshi y Michelle Moghtader; son espacios y pantallas equipadas con tecnología audiovisual inmersiva. La idea es que la gente se acerque para platicar con personas de otros lugares cara a cara con la intención de saber cómo es la vida en otra parte de su país o del mundo.