Xbox One on Display at Microsoft Retail Stores

Checkout this video that Arturs Daukulis and I created for Xbox One.
Pre-order Xbox One at your local Microsoft store or by visiting: http://msft.it/XBO.
Find your local store: http://www.msft.it/storeloc.

Time Lapse of MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer at Microsoft Retail Stores

A timelapse video Arturs Daukulis and I created for MakerBot.
The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is professionally engineered and built for speed. Design it, then hold it. Faster than ever. Say hello to the future of printing. Experience a live demo at select Microsoft retail stores.

Find your local store Microsoft retail store here: www.msft.it/storeloc


The Hive / Gensler Multi Surface Experience

Checkout the video I created for The Hive and Gensler's joint venture.
Global design firm, Gensler, and digital signage and interactive agency, The Hive, unveil an innovative augmented reality experience. Known as The Hive / Gensler Multi Surface Experience, the installation is designed to engage and inform visitors to Gensler’s award-winning downtown Los Angeles office.
Located in Gensler’s lobby, the smart space installation is designed to showcase the architectural firm's portfolio of work. The experience attracts users toward a digitally augmented table, and book. The table is the SLO_Gen Table, an iconic collaboration between Gensler and architecture students at California Polytechnic School in San Luis Obispo. An interface appears on the table allowing visitors to use movements such as hand motions to digitally explore the content of Gensler’s urban architecture and modern cities monograph. The installation enhances each object with a new layer of digital content, and adds new context to the contents of the book.
The interface allows guests to access digital media from Gensler’s vast portfolio on a connected 4k video wall. This exceptional tableau showcases the firm’s work on across a variety of sectors ranging from expansive international airport projects in Palm Springs to Chennai, to intricate retail experiences in leading luxury stores—which can be explored on the video wall, or in the book.
The installation is an experimental project created by Gensler and The Hive to demonstrate the possibilities of a seamless integration between physical space and digital experience. “As architects and designers we try to understand how technology and experience affect the spaces we design,” said Alan Robles, experience designer at Gensler. “The Hive/Gensler Multi Surface Experience is a groundbreaking smart space that allows people to interact with their environment in a way that’s never been done before.”
“Spaces are evolving, just like users’ expectations of space are evolving. This installation is a channel that a user can experience,” The Hive’s Multi Display Expert and Co-Founder Yahav Ran says. “Just like a broadcast channel, or any other channel, it needs fresh, relevant content to appeal to users. Our challenge was to create a sustainable mini-channel that will keep visitors engaged, and excited.”
The Hive/Gensler Multi Surface Experience was built by The Hive using the latest products from technology partners Canon, Planar and YCD Multimedia. A Canon REALiS WUX5000 projector displays the interface and augmented reality components, while a four-panel Planar Clarity™ Matrix LCD Video Wall System displays the content from Gensler’s portfolio, using software from YCD. YCD|Wall enables a 4K playback over the Planar video wall, and YCD|CMS interacts with the custom software created by the Hive, namely the user experience and augmented reality components.
"We are proud to partner with Gensler, one of the most prestigious architecture firms in the world, and The Hive, a world-class interactive studio,” Sam Losar, President of YCD USA, says. "The success of this project reflects how close collaboration with the right partners provides a winning solution for our customers.”
Other technical components include Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows cameras, the Kinect for Windows Commercial SDK and OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision), which interprets the reality of the Gensler lobby, allowing the experience to be reactive to its surroundings in real-time.
The Multi Surface Experience is the first version of an ongoing collaboration between Gensler and The Hive. “This is just the beginning,” commented Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing, Planar. “The application of this design will be natural in corporate lobbies, retail showrooms, as well as hospitality, healthcare, and institutional projects. The combination of digital and physical interfaces in an existing space, combined with the ability to show rich, and ultimately personalized, content, is what will make it applicable across markets.”


Train and Neon Trees Guitar giveaway

Photos I did for the "Retweet to win a guitar signed by Train!"and "Retweet to win a guitar signed by Neon Trees!"


The Hive Does Aerial Videography, On-Location

Here’s a candid of Hive photographer Andrejs Lazdins “on-location” during an aerial video capture session. He used a RED Epic and a Canon DSLR to capture scenes of San Francisco’s distinct skyline, on day 12 of a 25 day shoot. The assets they captured represent the vibrant local aesthetic, and were delivered as 5k videos (5120x2700px) and 21-megapixel still images.
Andrejs Lazdins
Andrejs and his colleague Arturs Daukulis had to use gyro-stabilizers to enable capturing media from a private helicopter. The pair also used safety harness, as the pilot had removed the doors and they were hanging out of the helicopter for portions of the shoot.
They say that while flying in a helicopter above downtown skyscrapers and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge was the highlight of the project, it wasn’t the only adventure. Day 21 required a mile-long uphill hike in the moonlight, where the pair carried two suitcases, two backpacks of equipment and a couple of tripods, which, they tell us, was memorable for entirely different reasons.

follow The Hive blog at: http://thehivecentral.com/blog/filming-on-location-in-sf


Mountain High Resort

got a Daily Photo at Mountain High Resort


Downtown Throwdown San Francisco Recap

My photography on Snowboarder Magazine's Website  

Words by : Pat Bridges 

The 2012 Lib Tech Downtown Throwdown pre-season event series came to a conclusion on Saturday October 27th at San Francisco’s Civic Center in the shadow of San Fran’s City Hall dome. Krush Kulesza and Snowboy Production once again played God by bringing the snow to the streets to create slick scaffolding setup that included a down-flat-down ledge, an up-down bar, and a pole jam-to-round bar-to-donkey dick with all three of these jibs feeding into a course wide head high wallride zone.

The 20 riders onhand for this return to San Francisco ran the gamut of next generation jib talent with many notable film pro’s making a rare appearance in a contest setting.

Though a handful of resorts are open most of the attendees still had their summer legs underneath them. Despite having a handful of days at A-Basin under his belt Dylan Alito, dressed as Ronald McDonald, couldn’t pull off the Mac Attack and he violently scorped to his chest and shoulder from a supersized attempt at the down-flat-down ledge and left the venue coughing up blood. Joining Dylan on the DL was Norcal local Sammy Spiteri who may have torn his rotator cuff early in the running. Rounding out the trio of upper torso casualties was Bear Mountain’s Daniel Brown whose shoulder kept popping out with each failed trick attempt. Though these were the most serious injuries pretty much everyone in the field was bruised and bloody by the end of the finals due to how heated the competition was.

The extended jam was well over two hours long and in that time a flurry of fancy footwork was on display including crowd pleasing flips, technical switch maneuvers and various spin on, spin off wizardry. DWD’s Sean Genovese, Gnu’s Forest Bailey and Monsters Bode Merrill were tasked with judging the whole deal and consistency was a serious consideration. The results could have shook out any number of ways and a 16 way tie wouldn’t have been unwarranted but ultimately there needs to be a set group of winners and losers. The official results are as follows:

Bode Merrill’s Bakers Dozen Shoot For The Cosmos Award - Johnny Brady; 13 Cosmo Shots (Wallride Crippler)

Monster Moment Best Trick Award- Brendan Gerard; $500 (Pole Jam FS 180 switch 50-50 half-cab out)

5th Place – Andrew Brewer; $500
4th Place – Ted Borland; $1000
3rd Place – Dylan Thompson; $2000
2nd Place – Brandon Hobush; $3000
1st Place – Nial Romanek; $6000

Here are the specific standout tricks according to the riders in the field:

“Nial Romanek’s nollie FS 180 to switch nosepress.” – Johnny Brady

“Nial Romanek’s FS 180 to switch nosepress oppo FS 180 out.” – Andrew Brewer

“Brandon Hobush’s switch BS 270 on the down rail.” – Dylan Thompson

“Nial’s FS 180 switch nosepress halfcab out.” – Max Warbington

“Brandon Hobush’s 3 270’s in a row.” – Ted Borland

“Nial Romanek’s FS 180 switch nosepress halfcab out.” – Brandon Hobush

“Zak Hale’s pole jam to front board.” – Stefan Krumm

“Brandon Hobush's switch BS 270, BS 270 and hardway FS 270 all perfectly one after another in three drops on the down rail.” – Sean Black

“Nial Romanek’s FS 180 switch nosepress half cab.” – Brandon Reis

“Brandon Hubush’s switch BS 270 on the rail.” – Nial Romanek

"Fuck man, think I hit my head so many times I can't remember a stand out answer. Anything bundy laced on the down bar, hobush 3for3 270's in a row, Jhonny's front cork by far, nials nollie hardway nosepress was nuts. Pretty sure it's never been done. Pretty much all downbar shit, but Brendan Gerard I think charging that gap out front blunt sameway. Don't know who was doin ill backside handlpants, but bundy's cab 270 to slidin a solid switch blunt on the quarter pipe mighta been my favorite. Or if Johnny woulda laced that HW back 1 cab 3 with his timeless style woulda been number one. Buncha rad shit went down but I kinda just tried to concentrate and eventually learn how to ride that shit which was a waste of time and watched my homies. Shit, Nial switch front blunt and bringing back so straight right through the donkey. Dudes raw and does some crazy tricks. Wish I wouldn't have rode and just watched but it was almost enjoyable gettin' played so many times. The crowd always wants to see some slams." - Chris Larsen

"Dylan Thompson's hard way BS 270." - Zak Hale

"Everything Ted Borland. Everything Brandon Hobush." - Sammy Luebke

"Nial Romanek's nollie nosepress FS 180" - Daniel Brown

The San Francisco Downtown Throwdown 2012 was sponsored by Lib Tech, Monster Energy, Arnette, Mt Bachelor, Diecutstickers.com, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and SFO Snowboarding and Snowboarder Magazine. Check back to Snowboardermag.com for the full video recap coming soon.