Feb 22, 2012

Keepin' It Real: Organic, Natural, or Reality-Based Interactions? Video of TEI'12 panel discussion: Bill Buxton, Rob Jacob, Mili John Tharakan, and Roel Vertegaal (and more from TEI '12)

TEI '12 is finishing up in Kingston, Ontario.  If you missed it, like I did, don't worry.  Many of the presentations were streamed live, and are available to watch at your convenience.  
(The panel gets started at about 1: 48 on the timeline)

Keepin' It Real: Organic, Natural or Reality-Based Interactions?
Video streaming by Ustream Moderator: Amanda Parkes, Columbia University 
William Buxton, Microsoft Research
Rob Jacob, Tufts University 
Mili John Tharakan, The Swedish School of Textiles 
Roel Vertegaal, Queen's University

Here are some TEI '12 presentations interest me!
Process Pad: A Low-Cost Multi-Touch Platform to Facilitate Multimodal Documentation of Complex Learning
Shima Salehi, Stanford University
Jain Kim, Stanford University
Colin Meltzer, Stanford University
Paulo Blikstein, Stanford University
Process Pad project website

Exploring peripheral interaction design for primary school teachers
Saskia Bakker Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands 
Elise van den Hoven Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands 
Berry Eggen Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands 
Kees Overbeeke Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands 

Exploring Tabletops as an Effective Tool to Foster Creativity Traits
Mobile Lorm Glove - Introducing a communication device for deaf-blind people
Mobile Lorm Glove project website
The HapticTouch Toolkit: Enabling Exploration of Haptic Interactions

HapticTouch Toolkit from Haptic Touch on Vimeo.

Feb 21, 2012

Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction: TEI 2012, Queens Human Media Lab, Ontario, Canada. Now.

The video below provides a nice one-hour overview of the creative works presented at the 6th International Conference of Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI'12). The focus of this conference is OUI - Organic User Interfaces.  (TEI is sponsored by the ACM SIGCHI.)

During the day, you can view live video and slides online.  There are a number of pictures on the TEI '12 Flickr siteTake a look! 

TEI_2012 from TEI_2012 on Vimeo.

TEI 2012 on Facebook
Below is the description of TEI 2012 from the conference website:
"TEI 2012 is the sixth international conference dedicated to presenting the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. It is being held 19th to 22nd February 2012 at Queen's Human Media Lab in Kingston, Ontario, Canada."
"The work presented at TEI addresses HCI issues, design, interactive art, user experience, tools and technologies, with a strong focus on how computing can bridge atoms and bits into cohesive interactive systems. The intimate size of this single-track conference provides a unique forum for exchanging ideas and presenting innovative work through talks, interactive exhibits, demos, hands-on studios, posters, art installations and performances."
"This year's conference features submissions in the area of Organic User Interfaces (OUI). Reflecting this, the theme of this year's conference is "fold unfold"."

I would love to attend TEI someday!

Feb 15, 2012

Digital Media and Learning Conference, March 1-3, San Francisco - wish I could go!

"The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the UC Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine. The conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy, and practice. The third annual conference – DML2012 – is organized around the theme “Beyond Educational Technology: Learning Innovations in a Connected World” and will be held between March 1-3, 2012 in San Francisco, California." -DML2012

Digital Media and Learning Conference Website

Keynote and Plenary Panalists

John Seely Brown will be the opening keynote for the conference.

Makego: Turn your iPhone into a vehicle, by creative digital artist Chris O'Shea

Chris O'Shea is an artist and designer who uses technology in creative and innovative ways. He's known for his "Hand from Above" outdoor installations.  His latest creation is Makego, is an app for the iPhone that bridges the digital with the real world.  Children can create a small vehicle out of Legos that can serve as a place to set an iPhone, running the app, and move the vehicle about a larger space.  In the examples below, the children have created scenes using crayons, paper, and colored art foam.

"Makego turns your iPhone / iPod Touch into a toy vehicle. It encourages fun, open ended collaborative play between parent and child. Combining creativity and imagination with the virtual world on screen. Select your vehicle within Makego, then interact with the drivers and their world through animations and sound. This release has 3 vehicles to play with: a race car, ice-cream truck, and river boat. More vehicle are coming later". -Chris O'Shea

The application is now available for $1.99 on the App Store

Makego from Chris O'Shea on Vimeo.

Chris O'Shea's Website

Feb 5, 2012

Jason Silva's multimedia review of ABUNDANCE. Exponential Technological Progress. Less than two minutes.

ABUNDANCE from jason silva on Vimeo.

ABUNDANCE book website
Authors:  Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Here is a quote from Jason Silva's website:
"The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself" - Steven Johnson

Jason Silva is a Fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute:
"A Research and Advisory Group Focused on Human-Technology Co-Evolution and Its Implications for Global Business, Society, and Politics".

My husband DVR'd the pilot of "Touch", a new offering from Fox that appears to incorporate some of the concepts in the above review. We watched it last night, before I came across Jason Silva's review of ABUNDANCE.  Coincidence?  Maybe not : )

(I'm an armchair futurist. I work with kids with autism spectrum disorders. This stuff probably interests me more than it should!)

Here is the trailer:

Feb 4, 2012

Interactive Technology: Take a look at Corning's "Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked" Video !

The videos below tell it all:

"Watch and share "A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked," to see how Corning's highly engineered glass, with companion technologies, will help shape our world. Take a journey with our narrator for details on these technologies, answers to your questions, and to learn about what's possible -- and what's not -- in the near future." -Corning Incorporated

Here is the first "Day Made of Glass":

A Day Made of Glass 2: Same Day. Expanding Corning Vision

Razorfish Gesture and Touch Platform for the "Retail Experience"

Razorfish Connected Retail Experience Platform (codename "5D") from Razorfish - Emerging Experiences on Vimeo.

The above video is an overview of the "5D" connected retail experience platform by Razorfish Emerging Experience. This concept looks like it was designed for me - someone who loves tech,  has a high need for hassle-free shopping.  Someday I hope I will have the ultimate technology-supported shopping experience : )

Razorfish Press Release

Previous posts:
Interactive Visual Merchandising
Another close encounter with in-store digital display marketing at Best Buy...
Interactions (ACM) Cover Article - "Proxemic Interactions: The New Ubicomp?" Plus - Close encounters with displays at the airport and JC Penney
Pervasive Retail Part 1: Web UX  Meets Retail CX - Screens Large and Small at the Mall, Revisited
Interactive Displays in Public Spaces
Interactive Display with QR Tag: Close Encounter at the Orlando Airport

Retail Customer Experience website
Pervasive Retail

GestureTek: Retail Marketing Solutions: Interactive Screen and Window Display Systems for Advertising in Stores, Malls and Shopping Centers
JC Penney Remodel  Interactive Video
Window Shopping Goes High-Tech With Motion-Sensing Interactive Displays
Bridgette Meinhold, Ecouterre, 9/22/11

Flight of the Fireflies, an Interactive Musical Poem/Game for the iPad, by Woolly Robot (video trailer)

Flight of the Fireflies An interactive musical poem/game for the iPad:

Flight of the Fireflies – Trailer from Woolly Robot on Vimeo.

"The fireflies are leaving the city, looking for a new home. Let your touch guide them as they soar through the skies. Find more fireflies to keep them company. Alone each firefly is just a note; together they're a symphony...Flight of the Fireflies is an interactive musical poem that takes you on a journey through places and emotions. Whether you see it as an experimental game or as an interactive artwork, you will not be left untouched."  -Jonathan Hise Kaldma/Woolly Robot

Flight of the Fireflies App (iTunes Store Link)
Flight of the Fireflies Website

Where I found this:
Creative Applications Network
"CreativeApplications.Net [CAN] was launched in October 2008 by architect, lecturer and new media technologist Filip Visnjic and is one of today’s most authoritative digital art blogs. The site tirelessly beat reports innovation across the field and catalogues projects, tools and platforms relevant to the intersection of art, media and technology. CAN is also known for uncovering and contextualising noteworthy work featured on the festival and gallery circuit, executed within the commercial realm or developed as academic research. Contributions from key artists and theorists such as Casey Reas, Joshua Noble, Jer Thorp, Paul Prudence, Greg J. Smith, Marius Watz, Matt Pearson as well as Filip’s numerous festival involvements and curation engagements are a testament to CAN’s vital role within the digital arts world today." -CAN

Other guest writers for Creative Applications Network are Mike Tucker, David Wallin,  Emilio Gomariz, Andreas Zecher, Jason Franzen, and Richard Almond. Alexander Scholz is a contributing editor.