Ready for seamless deployment on a diverse array of metal, including machines like the Lull 644B telehandler, the Terex RC45 mobile crane, or the Cat GP40N1 vertical-mast lift truck.
During development, we researched what users expect from their cloud user experience. Extensive testing revealed that clouds make rain, and also sometimes mist. We’ve integrated this key knowledge into the development of the TPM (trusted precipitation module).
We’re integrating load-tested, non-restful APIs (aerial performer interfaces). This guarantees high performances, bringing users a rich, immersive, and interactive experience.
Our industry-leading platform infrastructure delivers at least nine nines of uptime -- allowing us to promise high performances on a platform guaranteed never to go down.
The Oakland Running Festival is upon us this weekend, an event that brings out thousands of runners in the sunny city many of us call home. AND it happens that the both the marathon and half-marathon routes go down Mandela Parkway in West Oakland right past American Steel Studios, where we store our lovable giant pixel cloud.
How will the runners feel? Will thousands of salt-encrusted bodies each feel relief at the exact moment it’s most needed? Whose morning will our surreally fluffy voxelated raincloud brighten? Could our promise of mechanical moisture compete with the natural allure of California sun? You can find out!
The Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform hits the museum party circuit! Join the Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform at the Academy of Art Nightlight event presented by CODAME ART+TECH in support of the Adopt an Artist program.
Thursdayevening, August 7th, from6-10pm (21+ only).
This week is Nightlife LIVE: Illuminate, featuring musicians from Outside Lands and light art including an inflatable glowing forest and our very own Cloud.
Play conductor as you take control of the Cloud’s cutting-edge LED and sound effects, creating an orchestra of sunsets, lightning storms, and thunder with the touch of a button.
We’re excited to announce that aerialist Lyra Levin will give an exciting aerial performance suspended from the Cloud. Along with her aerial artistry, Lyra was one of the main engineers of the Cloud itself.
While the Cloud was at Burning Man, several people performed aerials on it. Above is a photo by Audrey Penven of Mike Estee performing. And here is a video of Audrey doing a trapeze routine, filmed by Ed Hunsinger:
We took the Cloud out to the , where lots of perfomers got their turn suspending from the cloud. Here is a photo Audrey took of one performer:
We’re back from Burning Man, and we’re happy to report that the Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform was a raging success. It rained, it misted, it suspended aerialists, and it brought much joy and mirth to the inhabitants of Black Rock City.
In the weeks to come, we will begin sending out backer rewards. We will also be launching the AMCP website, which will include the “Thank You” page, photo galleries and videos of the Cloud, and information for booking the Cloud at future events. For now, here are some pics!
Here it is misting on the DPW Parade. Photo by Neil Girling:
And here it is glowing beautifully in the night. Photo by Audrey Penven:
And here’s a shot of one of the 8-bit flowers, courtesy of Heather Hunsinger:
And finally, here is a rad old-timey pinhole portrait of (most of the) AMCP crew. It was taken by Jason from Media Mecca. On behalf of the entire crew, THANK YOU AGAIN!
This weekend, we hit a major milestone: we successfully put together the voxel cloud. Hundreds of squares and over a thousand zip ties went into the assembly of this object. And we owe it all to you! Thank you, dear backers, for helping to make this happen. You are wonderful, and we love you.
On the electronics front, we have a rain controller! It hooks up to the Raspberry Pi GPIOs and controls up to three valves. The electronics team did a great job of soldering everything together. In other electronics/software news, a bunch of the LED controllers are also done, and Micah wrote a “shader” for the cloud, which lets us do some nice cloud and lightning effects with our 2560 LEDs with a nice, smooth frame rate. Ed and Samson teamed up to give us a touchscreen UI for controlling both light and sound effects.
To be continued as the Cloud continues coming together!
Yesterday, our Kickstarter triumphantly concluded, and we all rejoiced. Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded it goal by a significant amount! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. (Also, our friends the Charcade totally hit their goal, so thanks to all you Cloud backers who helped them out as well).
Cloud construction is proceeding at a rapid pace! On the lighting front, a very heavy box of LEDs just arrived, straight from the factory. Micah has cut, tested, and packed 40 strips of 64 LEDs each. They are ready to install on the cloud! Additionally, J has finalized our order for the gridcloth, which we will use to diffuse the LEDS to give the cloud a soft glow. Expect pretty photos of cloud lighting soon!
Elizabeth has been working on a kick-ass playlist for the cloud. We have a working list of songs, heavily coated in cheese (it is Burning Man after all!), that pertain to rain and clouds. From November Rain by Guns and Roses to Cloud 9 by the Temptations, we’ve got you covered. We’re also amassing a list of songs in French and Spanish, such as La Pluie et la Beau Temps by Zazie and llueve by Ella es Tan Cargosa. We also have a dose of classical music relating to rain, and of course some video game music to go along with our 8-bit design aesthetic.
Voxel fabrication has been going strong all weekend long! Thank a bajillion to all the amazing Cloud engineers we’ve had on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! We’ve run out of zipties several times, figured out the Way of the Three Sided Box, double handed the zipper guns, lined silver, and generally had a wonderful time.
We are now halfway finished with complete Cloud pieces! Here’s a status update from Lyra:
Laz0ring my pixels: 100% Finished!
Silver lining: 70%
CAD wrangling: 100%
Voxels created: 55%
Completed Cloud pieces: 50%
Finally, here is a photo by John showing part of the cloud frame attached to the rail. GO TEAM CLOUD!