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Invoked Computing For Ubiquitous AR – Complete Change of Perspective

Posted in design, innovation, pioneers by aldorf on December 5, 2011

We currently place a lot of emphasis on the digital gadgets we own.

What if we were looking at the wrong paradigm and it’s not about the form factor or the physical object?

What if instead was all about what we wanted to do and achieve?

Welcome to the world of Invoked Computing from the University of Tokyo.

Think of the consequences…

1. All the stuff we could get rid of.
2. The environmental benefits of doing that
3. The lamented demise of the electronics product designer and product design (via Core 77)

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Tangible Programming Game Designed For Kids

Posted in design, pioneers, quality by aldorf on October 25, 2011


T-Maze is a tangible programming game designed for kids under 6 years old.

The mission of the game is to help young kids to learn computational thinking while playing games.

In the game, children need to manipulate a group of tangible blocks (with certain semantic meaning) to program a route to lead the role escape from the maze.

This project is done by Huaishu Peng @ Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Software

Where Amazing Happens – India. Tablet Computer For $35!

Posted in ideas, Media, web by aldorf on July 24, 2010

(photo: ap)

India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal this week unveiled the low-cost computing device that is designed for students, saying his department had started talks with global manufacturers to start mass production to launch in 2011.

They actually plan to subsidize the cost of the tablet for its students, to bring the purchase price down to around $20.

“This is our answer to MIT’s $100 computer,” Kapil Sibal told the Economic Times when he unveiled the device Thursday.

In 2005, Nicholas Negroponte — co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab — unveiled a prototype of a $100 laptop for children in the developing world. India rejected that as too expensive and embarked on a multiyear effort to develop a cheaper option of its own.

If the government can find a manufacturer, the Linux operatingsystem-based computer would be the latest in a string of “world’s cheapest” innovations to hit the market out of India, which is home to the 100,000 rupee ($2,127) compact Nano car, the 749 rupees ($16) water purifier and the $2,000 open-heart surgery.

(read more…)

How The Tablet Will Change the World

Posted in ideas, Media by aldorf on April 7, 2010

Window on the World

by Kevin Kelly

Don’t think of them as tablets. Think of them as windows that you carry. Two things distinguish them from always-on smartphones and lightweight laptops.

First, these are mobile screens, meant to move. They are aware of where they are in space and time. Hold a window up in front of you and you see an alternative view of the scene. Maybe you see annotated layers or a view from long ago. If someone is speaking to you through the window, move the screen and it will sweep across the caller’s room. This portable portal will peer into anything visible. You’ll be able to see into movies, pictures, rooms, Web pages, places, and books seamlessly. Many people think of this sheet as a full-color, hi-res, super ebook reader, but this viewer will be about moving images as much as text. Not just watching video but making it. It will have a built-in camera and idiot-proof video-editing tools, and it will also serve as a portble movie screen, eventually enabled for 3-D. You’ll “film” with the screen! It will remake both book publishing and Hollywood, because it creates a transmedia that conflates books and video. You get TV you read, books you watch, movies you touch.

And that is the second difference between this window and past devices: The tablet window goes two ways. You watch; it watches you. Its eye can remain on all the time, watching you as much as you like. Brian Eno once famously said (in the pages of Wired) that the problem with computers was that there was not enough Africa in them. By this he meant that computers as we knew them could “see” only the wiggling ends of our fingers as we typed. But if they could see and employ the rest of our body, as if we were dancing or singing, we could express ourselves with greater finesse. This window tablet injects some Africa into computers. It overthrows the tyranny of the keyboard. Gestures are king. Swoosh your fingers to scroll, wave your arms as with a Wii, shake or tilt it. Celebrate its embodiment. The craftsmanship of this device will matter. We’ll spend hours holding it, caressing it, stroking its magic surface, watching it. The feel of its surface, the liquidity of its flickers, the presence or lack of its warmth, the quality of its build, the temperature of its glow will come to mean a great deal to all of us.

(via wired.com)

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Revision3: Best Of…Blip Festival 2009

Posted in music by aldorf on January 17, 2010

I am glad I supported this festival through kickstarter. Here is a little Best Of…: Blip Festival 2009, (Part 1). Sorry couldn’t find Part 2, but a stream on WFMU. A warm-up set by DJ Trent from December 14. (click on pop-up player).

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Animatronic Baby

Posted in film by aldorf on December 22, 2009

Animatronic baby built in 3 weeks for a ‘C.M.G. Ad campaign. Animatronic article on wiki here.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Live Sampling I

Posted in art, ideas by aldorf on September 23, 2009

Zoe Keating records her songs in real time. She is layering many tracks of her cello to one single music track, using a foot-controlled computer. The sound is captured by a combination of microphones and pick-ups that are attached to the body of the instrument. Art using technology – well done. Here an exclusive performance for Wired.

Time for some TED Talk

Posted in ideas, web by aldorf on September 19, 2009

TED Talk

Every time I go there I am blown away by the power of each and every lecture. This community is one of the most inspiring these days and packed with brilliant thinkers, ideas and innovation.

So many good ones worth sharing…check out this one today

Pattie Maes demos the sixth sense

Your take on…The Power Of Undo?

Posted in your take on... by aldorf on September 17, 2009

Computer tools give us the option to undo things infinitely. Digital media is a forgiving media. Some believe that the feature makes people more creative, others think the opposite. Which side are you on?

(from the book John Maeda “The Laws Of Simplicity”)


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