Last updated: Aprils, 15. 2008

EyeCon

 

News:

It is important to check periodically for new updates. This software is in continuous development and improvement; bugs are fixed, features are added. On the download page you also will find tools to monitor OSC-messages and control the Windows cursor with OSC messages.

Overview:

Eyecon's main use has been to facilitate interactive performances and installations in which the motion of human bodies is used to trigger or control various other media (music, sounds, photos, films, lighting changes, etc.). Eyecon does this using a video feed from the performance or installation area (any normal video camera may be used). When the video signal is fed into the computer, the image appears in the main window of the program. You can now draw lines, fields or other elements _over_ the video picture. If a person then moves into the video image and some part of their body touches one of the elements you have drawn on,then an event can be triggered,for example a certain sound might be heard. Alternatively, if you have drawn a field, eyecon can measure the amount of motion occuring within that field. Additional features let you track the position of persons within the performance area,measure their height,their width,their overall size or the degree of left-right symmetry in their shape (assuming they are facing the camera). These control elements may each be assigned a different output. Any number of elements may be used simultaneously in any combination. Multiple cameras may also be used,though not simultanweously (unless you have more than one computer running). Eyecon is only available for PC computers. Minimum system requirements: Windows PC with at least 800MHz P3 for interactive sound and Midi, stronger computer recommended for interactive video output. Windows 98, 2000 or XP with at least Directshow 8.1 installed.

Reference:

You may see a selection of excerpts from performances and installations incorporating Eyecon by clicking www.palindrome-intermedia.de/video.htm. (These are works by Palindrome Inter-media Perforamnce Group which i have been co-directing for many years). A dozen or so other groups worldwide are currently using EyeCon to create installations and performances.

Have a look at http://www.emily.li to see samples of my work with Emily Fernandez.

Media outputs include:

Internal or External MIDI
Direct X systems (Audio Sample player)
Windows Media Player (AVI Video)
Control of Screen Canvas Effects
OSC message output via Ethernet
Offers all MIDI-standard commands (pitch-bend, volume, etc.)

Other features:

Dancer-simulation feature
Scene management
User-defined thresholds for overall and individual touchline sensitivity
Histogram features
May respond to absolute positions (e.g. location on stage) or relative positions (e.g. distances between bodies)