Technology & Art: 3D Google Glass Portrait

Using wearable technology such as Google Glass and a unique 3D display, M. Henry Jones, a famous East Village artist creates possibly the first art work of Google Glass done in 3D. The process of the Fly’s Eye 3D portrait is revealed through a 7-minute documentary filmed using Boonsri Dickinson, the subject of the art’s iPhone and Google Glass

by Boonsri Dickinson

M. Henry Jones is a rare find these days. He's an artist with a studio filled with dolls and his mind is always racing with ways to improve his artwork of the Fly's Eye 3D.  

When I met M. Henry, he was putting on an art show in the East Village. I thought it would be really cool to use Google Glass to film the process he and his team has been developing for years. Instead of requiring special glasses to see in 3D, a viewer can interact with the art piece and its 3D nature. Also, it's unusual to be able to document the process of art being made, which is what I did using the Google Glass video camera, providing a way to un-intrusively document the artistic process developed by M. Henry, NY photographer Mark ReinertsonKeith Lubell, and his team at SnakeMonkey 3D.  

To fabricate the the lens arrays, M. Henry used optical grade polyurethane. When light goes through the 2,000 plus images, a 3D portrait is reconstructed by the lens array. So basically, the portrait tricks the eye to see the image in 3D. 

Watch the behind-the-scenes documentary that I filmed:

Today M. Henry and I went to Google Glass Basecamp. It was a fun visit! Thank you Ronnie and the Glass team.

The Fly’s Eye 3D has to be seen in person to be appreciated.
— M. Henry Jones
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The SF Giants & Documenting Them

Last night, the SF Giants had their 292nd straight sellout.  The SF Giants have had the longest active sellout streak in MLB.

Last week, they had a no hitter.

This made me nostalgic about the time I filmed the SF Giants when they had a perfect game.