If you’ve seen the movie Up and you’re like me, you probably have a few questions about it. How did they make the animation so amazing? What special power does the opening montage wield that it can reduce a stone-hearted social media writer to yawping, snotty sobs every time?
Those questions remained unanswered, but thanks to the enterprising minds at HackerLoop and their #Upstagram project, we now know what it would look like to fly in the Up house over Paris and Instagram the occasion.
The HackerLoop team created a small replica of the house from Up, replete with balloons, and outfitted it with an open-source electronic device that published pictures on Instagram. #Upstagram, the result, is awesome:
Now, the Hackerloop team fiddled around with Instagram’s API to make this happen, creating software that allowed photographs to be published on Instagram without a smartphone. They put the software onto an open source micro computer called a Raspberry Pi, and affixed this system to the miniature house, and then attached 80 small balloons with helium. And then it flew away like a beautiful, poignant science experiment.