It's crazy when the first time you can manage a blog for your company in 2017 is on Sunday night, 5th February. We have been crazy.busy.
The year started with an idea that got a little out of hand. Back in December, Indigital printed a series of 5 t-shirts to say a huge thank you to our Bininj Artists. The guys started wearing them around this month, and the community has gone crazy for them! So, we put a few things on hold to bring them to the world. They are a little bit special, because we found out our augmented reality works on them! AR tees - how cool is that? Our tee shop is under construction as I type. James, our graphic guru, has been doing wonders with the portal. We are really looking forward to releasing this new product, with of course, 50% of profits going to the artists. You can choose from up to 10 styles of tee, and 15 colours when we release. Cultural Augmented Reality T-Shirts will retail at $54. 95 inc. postage. Interested? Sign up to our waitlist.....
Kakadu Dreaming is almost complete. We recorded our last animation video audio on Friday. Robert Namarnyilk showed us the moves of his character "Nabordmebungu", the Spilt-Sprit. Half human half sorcerer this character has been keeping people and snakes in check across the Stone Country since time began. He's one of our more powerful characters in the collection.
We have our boxes being produced in Melbourne by the wonderful Bang Packaging, and our cards being printed. We have gone with a shipment of 2500 sets - so there are definitely limited opportunities to get your hands on them. If you are interested in Kakadu Dreaming cards please join our waitlist.
The Kakadu Dreaming team has decided that we will do a pre-launch party for the art and card collection in Jabiru in April. Locals and Bininj family from Arnhem will have the first chance to look at Kakadu Dreaming, before it's big launch in Sydney. We *may* have found a pretty amazing home for the Sydney launch. Keep your eye's peeled for an announcement.
We are also thrilled to announce we have secured a permit from Parks Australia to go ahead with production of our Indigital Storytelling App. It's been 14 months in the making, negotiating with the Department and Bininj community to secure permission for point cloud development of one of the significant cultural sites. Drone-based photogrammetry work commenced on Friday between monsoon showers.
A strong part of our company culture is sharing skills and knowledge, so on Friday we took the opportunity to train Kakadu Park Ranger Kadeem May on the art of photogrammetry. Kadeem will transfer these skills for rock art conservation.
With over 15 hours of production time, dense 51,000 point cloud, mesh, and texturing we've been able to recreate the cultural scene in 4D. Many people are asking what the 'fourth dimension' is. It is 3-dimensions with geometric space. That is, the 3D model also knows where it is on planet earth, and how the points identified in the photos are related to each other in space and time. We use the dense point cloud to build our image recognition at cultural places. That's how our app, Indigital Storytelling, can 'see' cultural sites and bring forward animated content.
We are well underway for a big year ahead! Make sure you join us :-)