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Meet Adnan, our pen-pal friend in Nijmegen!

18 Feb

Hi!

My name is Adnan. I am ten years old. My hobbies are soccer and playing on my computer. I have a very sweet family who I love the most in the whole world. They are the most important people in my life. I am from Somalia.

Adnan Says Hi! from Nijmegen

What is your name?  And what are your hobbies? How are you? Do you have enough food and drinks? If you haven’t we could send you some nice things. And do you have nice and strong clothing? Otherwise we could send you some. Could you send me a nice picture of you and your family? Are you being friendly to your parents? I am. Chicken is what I like most to eat. When I grow up I would like to be secret agent.

Bye!

GigaPan inside the Classroom!

5 Dec

After trying the GigaPan last week outdoors in the park, we decided for this week we would use it inside of the classroom! We started the day off working on storyboards (which will be featured in a separate post). The storyboards illustrated a typical day at school. What we enjoy as well as what we dislike. How do you reconcile the things you wish to do, with the things you don’t like to? The PGH crew talked about why they enjoyed certain topics in school, and certain activities more than others.

Towards the end of the class, we had time to work on some large scale paintings and ideas. The students spread out with large paper and cardboard and got to work. Meanwhile, the gigapan happily shot away capturing each bit of it.

The button pusher that had been disconnected for the previous week was again connected. At least, at first…  Somehow the mystery of the faulty button pusher continued and stopped working mid-photo taking. Luckily, I have perfectly capable fingers to help the robot out! Working together with this genius robot, we bring you these two GigaPans.

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Isn’t it silly sometimes the way we are collaged within the GigaPan. When posing for the robot, you can choose to stand still, or purposefully move about so as to appear in multiple frames of the same photo. Sometimes I direct the students where to stand, and other times its a free for all of how many times they can get into the same photo. I try to let them know when they appear or not in the frame. We help each other set up the shot and its boundaries.

Here are some close up shots used for the overall stitch: 

Multi-Frame Wide Photos Via GigaPan!

21 Nov

In our most recent Pittsburgh session, we brought out the GigaPan! A GigaPan robot mounts onto a regular camera tripod, where it then holds the actual camera into place for the photo taking. Because of this technology, we can create seamless 360 degree photos and large scale prints of beautiful views and large scenes. It started as a project out of Carnegie Mellon‘s CREATE Lab. Its success, just like Carnegie Mellon’s overall achievement in robotics, has turned it into a successful business and educational program. They created “School Dialogues“, which provides access to GigaPans across the world. Through this initiative, school children in South Africa can connect with school children in Pittsburgh.

and so, Somali-Dutch children in Nijmegen can connect with Somali refugees and American children in Pittsburgh. During my trip to the Netherlands, I was able to meet up with Het Interlokaal, who provides programming for African immigrants to help them acquaint to Dutch culture and jobs. I met with the lovely Keen who helps to run the Dutch-Language Project and brings University students in to tutor young Somali students in Dutch. One of the head tutors, Anne, who has volunteered with Het Interlokaal for many years helped to arranged this exchange project. I trained her in how to use the GigaPan camera and left the equipment with her and Het Interlokaal.

The Pittsburgh group decided to take photos outside of Arsenal Middle School, at the beautiful park behind it. We took two trial photos. Unfortunately, I was having trouble setting up the automatic button shooter, so I had to take each photo manually. This meant I could not join our students in jumping into multiple frames of the photo, but we had a guest help us that day. Mr. Tuffy, from MGR Foundation, came to help us take photos and direct the photoshoot. Hopefully I can get the automatic button shooter to work for next time, or contact the very helpful folks at GigaPan to assist me!

For the first one, Cheron helped me to position the boundaries of the photo, and then jumped into the frames, while I clicked:

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This photo, as you can tell is somewhat inside out, but it has a cool effect. It is taken at Arsenal Park, showing our students playing in the Autumn park before Sunset!

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We hope to bring additional GigaPans to you in the future. Thanks to GigaPan for your support!