The SmileBunny Project

Posted: October 18th, 2010 | Tags: , , | Comments Off on The SmileBunny Project

In which Mackers presents more of his arty bullshit… This is the same work that was exhibited a few months ago in Valencia. If you missed that, here is a short video I put together of the evening.

Enter the world of SmileBunny, a realm created from human emotion. This piece is an exploration of how technology’s indifferent understanding of facial expressions can be adapted to create a sort of virtual dimension; a place reflecting that most pure of human emotions, joy.

This is an interactive installation. Digital tools such as projectors and webcams might facilitate the opening of this gleeful gateway, yet it is you the participant who must guide the journey.

Posted: March 9th, 2010 | Tags: | 12 Comments »

I have created my first jQuery plugin. Called, it is a plugin which allows jQuery to read data from a user’s webcam or other video capture device.


  • Until browsers support native webcam capture, an (open source) flash blob is used for the actual capture.
  • The plugin can optionally prompt the user to allow flash access the webcam.
  • The plugin writes the video to a canvas element.
  • Support for adding callbacks and filters.

There is a demonstration available (testing on Firefox 3.6). The performance is terrible at the moment, but I will be working to fix that.

I’m planning to use this plugin for my next interactive art installation, which will allow the participant to interact with a virtual environment using facial emotions. Stay tuned!

Update: I’ve put the source on github.

Update 2: Check out WebRTC for a future native browser implementation.


Posted: February 16th, 2009 | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

o2sms is a useful program to send SMS messages using the websites of Irish mobile operators. Despite its name, it supports all four major Irish operators – o2 Ireland, Vodafone Ireland, Meteor Ireland and Three Ireland.

I created this program and maintained it for several years, but I have since left Ireland and so have little interest in continuing to maintain it.

So… I have moved the project to SourceForge. Hopefully this will diversify maintainence and ensure continued development should I drop off the planet :) If you want developer-level access, please contact me.

Dartmaps to Appear in MOMA

Posted: February 22nd, 2008 | Tags: , | 14 Comments »

Dartmaps is a Google Maps real-time DART mashup and has appeared in print in The National Geographic, on the radio on NPR and even on television.

All of these were as part of “tech” articles or programmes, appealing mainly to geeks and GIS types. However, now Dartmaps has entered the world of the arty farty. From February 24th 2008, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City are running an exhibition titled “Design and the Elastic Mind“, which features Dartmaps as one of its exhibits. From the blurb:

The exhibition will highlight examples of successful translation of disruptive innovation, examples based on ongoing research, as well as reflections on the future responsibilities of design. Of particular interest will be the exploration of the relationship between design and science and the approach to scale. The exhibition will include objects, projects, and concepts offered by teams of designers, scientists, and engineers from all over the world, ranging from the nanoscale to the cosmological scale.

I’m not sure how Dartmaps fits into all that, but someone somewhere must have decided it does. The exhibit takes the form of a video recording of the site in action and a short descriptive text.

I couldn’t make the opening party and I probably won’t make it there to see it at all. But if anyone is in the city between then and May 12th, then be sure to pop in and take a gander :)

Edit March 9th, 2010: the installation is no longer live.

Edit Jan 15th, 2016: Source Code

Da Ali G Translata

Posted: May 4th, 2001 | Tags: , | 14 Comments »

Mackers’s unofficial Ali G Translata translates English text to Ali G lingo using various pattern matching and dictionary techniques.

Popular during the Ali G craze of 2001, this site featured in many British tabloids and on national radio stations attracting millions of visitors in a few short weeks.


Update: Da Source Code!