Wednesday 21 April 2004This is 19 years old. Be careful.

Apartment is one of those slinky computer/art thingies that you can play with and try to understand, but maybe you’re better off just going with the flow. As you type sentences, the words are organized semantically into rooms in an apartment. I can’t explain it any better than that, but if you try it, you see your words fly around and become something new. Cool.

This is one of those discoveries that starts with a simple email, and blossoms into a grotto of discovery. Jonathan Feinberg dropped me a note, and it turns out he works at IBM Research in Cambridge, where it seems I have at least a passing acquaintance with a quarter of the staff. Apartment is a previous project of his.


The Apartment is a collaboration between Martin Wattenberg, Marek Walczack, and myself. Martin wrote the applet that generates the blueprint (and, with his wife, categorized thousands of words into their "rooms"); Marek specified the behavior of the 3D tour; I wrote the code that generates VRML (geek++) from the 2D layout.

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