Prix Ars Electronica - Jury Nominee for Submission

Monday, 15 March 2021
Wealgo has been recommended by Marleen Stikker — director of Waag Society, Amsterdam — for this years' Prix Ars Electronica. Marleen is jury member of the AI and Live Art category.

Furthermore, the STARTS Prize, part of the STARTS Initiative of the European Commission, awards the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts.

Today we entered our submissions.

New initialisation flow & Rooms on Wealgo

Saturday, 9 January 2021
Today we lauched a work-over of the initialisation flow of Wealgo. Also —combined with this release— we're launching two new Rooms: Don't Blink & Private Room. Last first: Private Rooms. From the start Private Rooms was part of the promisse, but we took it back because of overload ... now it's back.

Yet christal new is Room Don't Blink ... can you beat the algorithm?

Do let us know!

Wealgo Xmas Edition

Wednesday, 30 December 2020
While under lockdown here in The Netherlands, we had fun and shared precious moments with our loved ones in the Wealgo Xmas Edition aka a 2 day long Live Nativity Scene; or as we call in here: Een Levende Kerststal.

For the occasion we pre-designed a number of characters from the story mixed with the more fabulous Santa Claus narative: of course baby Jezus, Mary & Jozef and the three Kings, but also Santa's hat and a Xmas Tree.

We also introduced new functionality which —moving forward— will be available for all: choose a Mask from a default set of Avatars. This will give you a quick start while getting to know Wealgo. Ofcourse it's still possible to customise your mask, which will be saved in your mask drawer.

From all of us here at the project: Have a wonderful 2021. All the best to all!

SIDN Fund awards Wealgo Pioneers Funding

Monday, 14 December 2020
Today we received notice that our pioneers funding application at SIDN Fonds (Stichting Internet Domein registratie Nederland) has been positively awarded. The funding (~EURO10k) will allow us to develop chat functionality for Wealgo and we will be investigating and implementing face identification possibilities.

SIDN Fund stands for ‘a strong internet for all’. We provide financial support to ideas and projects that aim to make the internet stronger or that use the internet in innovative ways. By doing so, SIDN Fund wants to help increase the social impact of the internet in the Netherlands. SIDN Fund is an independent foundation established by SIDN, the foundation for internet domain registration in the Netherlands.

We are delighted with this news and thank SIDN Fund for their support and trust.

Selected for VPRO Tegenlicht Pioniers

Monday, 9 November 2020
We have been selected for Dutch broadcaster VPRO's Tegenlich Pioniers.

From the brief (in Dutch):
Welke pioniers zorgen voor intimiteit en persoonlijk contact in tijden van tech? We mogen elkaar niet aanraken, terwijl we elkaar digitaal op elk moment kunnen bereiken. Hoe blijven we in onze nieuwe samenleving verbonden, met de ander? Hoe blijven we elkaar raken met onze ideeën en maken we écht persoonlijk contact, ook al moet dat via schermen, data en algoritmes?

Have a look at all the entrees and if you want, vote for Wealgo:
(registration required :(

Playing with Three.js

Wednesday, 4 November 2020
It looks like gameplay is a possible (extra?) route for us to take. Being able to move your Avatar across the screen, giving power of direction, contact & purpose opens up possibilities for play.

In this light 3d space is opening up. Here we're looking into adding three.js camera & scene and using head/nose movement to steer direction.

It's remarkable? how 1st person perspective & selfie mode collide ... to be continued.

Funniest Wealgo Avatars

Tuesday, 20 October 2020
We captured these funny? avatar screen movies ... After a little practice with the Mask Editor and enough people in a Room, we're bringing you: Puzzling & Singing.

Check it out and see for your self what you can do.

Wealgo Playground open to the public

Friday, 16 October 2020
Simultaneously with Martine's ISEA presentation we opened Wealgo Playground to the public. Very exciting to find out where this is going (if anywhere ...).

Below is the ISEA video presentation.

Interesting article on Harun Farocki Institute blog

Wednesday, 22 July 2020
Today we came across an interesting article on bandwidth pollution on the Harun Farocki Institute blog.

Green light for BRFV5 continued testing

Monday, 29 June 2020
Today we recieved a friendly green light from TastenKunst to continue developing with the BRFV5 algorithm - whithout the need to purchase a commercial licence at this stage. A big deal for us, as we are still working on a shoe string and saving out of pocket costs is crucial. So big thanks to them.

Creative Industries Fund supports WeAlgo

Friday, 26 June 2020
Today we recieved good news that Dutch Creative Industries Funds will grant WeAlgo a 6 months development budget. Our awarded proposal plans for the development of a closed user-group biometric conferencing tool, the capture of user group test data and dissemination of activities at different events.

Obviously we are very excited about this news and thank the fund for it's trust.

Fitting Room Progress

Monday, 22 June 2020
We are making good progress on the Fitting Room Mask Editor. The facial regions we have identified are colorable by fill & stroke. And landmarks can also be colored. Settings are stored in local storage ready to be transmitted over Jitsi.

Submitted proposal for EyeBeam

Tuesday, 26 May 2020
We have submitted a proposal for the Eyebeam 'Surveillance Capatalism' call. See the video below.