Sunday, June 8, 2014

Allosphere!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to get a peek inside of the Allosphere on our campus, which for those of you who don't know is a surrounding visual/audio simulator 3-stories tall inside of Elings Hall. It costs $3,000/ hour to run, but has vast opportunity when it comes to research. A lot of it is being used for media and arts technology, but it's also being taken on a path of biological simulations as well. They showed me the Allobrain, which created an architectural space of the brain but also used spatial sound cues corresponding to data of brain-blood density in different locations, entirely from numerical sets of data. MRI scans are being transposed into the sphere and used to virtually display the dynamics inside the body.



In case any of you are interested in viewing it, they have it open to public once a year towards the end of fall quarter and if you look online you can find out when to go early the day of and grab tickets. It's quite astounding. It's always encouraging to see art and science merge in such a magnificent way, and have both thrive off of each other.
http://www.allosphere.ucsb.edu/

For a brief TED talk on it, there's a link here.
http://www.ted.com/talks/joann_kuchera_morin_tours_the_allosphere

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