Note: If you’re looking for our artist and developer commissions program, you can learn more about it here.
Want to make art for your EO? Rad. This page includes some helpful documentation to get you started. All you need is EO and an Internet connection.
Today, Electric Objects comes with three different ways to render art:
- 1. Static image viewer
- 2. Animated GIF and Video player
- 3. Chromium web browser for experimental formats
Static Image Viewer
We support JPEGs and PNGs. This one is easy, just upload the image at 1080×1920. For fastest downloads, scale down anything larger than that before uploading. Transparent PNGs will appear on black.
Images uploaded outside of the 9:16 aspect ratio will be appear cropped and zoomed-to-center by default. You can change the crop setting by visiting the Art page and selecting “Center.”
Animated GIF and Video Player
You can upload GIF files up to 10MB, and MP4 files up to 150MB. By default, they will display on EO zoomed, cropped, and centered in our native Video player.
Like static images, GIFs and Videos uploaded outside of the 9:16 aspect ratio will be appear cropped and zoomed-to-center by default. You can change the crop setting by visiting the Art page and selecting “Center.”
GIFs are converted to Video files when they are uploaded to Electric Objects. The conversion reduces download time and improves performance dramatically.
If you’d like to preview your static image or animated GIF before releasing it, just check “This artwork is a draft” when uploading. The artwork will only be visible to you on your own profile, but you can share the URL with anyone so they can preview it as well.
These are formats we are still working on adding full support for, and would love your help testing. You can try them on your EO by uploading them somewhere (like your Dropbox “Public” folder) and sending the URL to your EO.
To set your EO to any URL, simply visit the Custom URL page, and submit the URL.
We found the HMTL5 boilerplate as a good place to start: https://github.com/h5bp/html5-boilerplate. You will need to test your piece on EO to really know how well it performs on the device.
Upload your HTML somewhere publicly accessible, like your Dropbox “Public” folder, and send the URL to your EO.
You can use Chrome’s device emulation feature to simulate the EO screen resolution.
Note: your HTML page must scale to fit 100% width, rather than being hardcoded to 1080. Currently webpages appear “zoomed out” at 1440×2560.