Sep 27, 2012

A Few Awesome RSA Animate Videos

The RSA is the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, a charity organization founded in the 1800's, and located in the UK:

"At the heart of the RSA's contemporary mission and public debates about the future prospects for the human race is the question: 'Can we go on like this?' Will the ideas and values which transformed our world in the last two centuries be sufficient to find solutions to the challenges we now face or do we need new ways of thinking?"

One of the ways the RSA shares information is through events that feature renown speakers. Some of the presentations are transformed into animations, known as RSA Animates, and are some of the most popular videos uploaded by RSA to YouTube, spreading the word to hundreds of thousands across the globe.  

Here are a few:
RSA Animate: The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, Dan Ariely 

RSA Animate: The Power of Networks, Manuel Lima
Manuel Lima is the senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing. For more information, see The Power of Networks: Knowledge in an age of infinite interconnections. and the presentation slides.

RSA Animate:  Changing Education Paradigms, Sir Ken Robinson

RSA Animate- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Dan Pink

The RSA YouTube Channel
The RSA Animate Playlist
RSA Events

Sep 22, 2012

Digital Disruption Video (Deloitte): Nice use of animated infographics.

Today I attended Web Afternoon Charlotte and was impressed by many of the presentations, including a talk by Nick Finck, of Deloitte Digital. Throughout the day, common themes emerged, centered around facing our fears and creating a better (digital) world that includes a good measure of disruption. 

As I reviewed information for this post, I came across a nicely-prepared video by Deloitte Australia.  It provides a number of animated infographics to highlight key factors related to digital disruption. Although the narrator focuses on the business world in Australia, given our global economy, the concepts ring true for the US and other countries.  (An infographic on this topic, created by Deloitte Digital can be found at the end of this post.)

Digital Disruption- Short fuse, big bang?

Deloitte Digital
Digital Disruption Resources, Deloitte, Australia Digital disruption: It's all about the length of the fuse and the size of the bang says Deloitte (9/12/12) 
Four Points to Ponder In A Digitally Disruptive World 
Stephen Powers, Forester Blogs, 9/21/12 
Developing Digital Disruption: A Forum for Development & Delivery Professionals 
Forester: Oct 18-19, Orlando, FL 
Sourcing IT Best Practices in the Wake of Digital Disruption 
Charles Green, CIO, 9/21/12

Digital Disruption [Infographic]
Michelle Hernandez, Deloitte Digital Blog 5/7/12

Sep 20, 2012

Thinking about a Kurio 7 Tablet for your kid? Here is a start!

I haven't had a chance to play with the Kurio, a 7 inch Android tablet designed for children and their families, so I haven't formulated an opinion about the device, or the applications that it runs.  I thought I'd share the promotional video and related information/links:

Kurio Tablet from CIDE on Vimeo.

Parents can view a number of "how-to" videos to get the tablet up and running. Developers can apply to be part of the Kurio store. From what I can see, the Kurio is in need of some creative, child-friendly apps.

Below is a hands-on demo:

Kurio at Toys'R'Us
Toon Goggles Partners with Techno Source on New Kurio7 Android Tablet for Families
PR Web 7/9/12
Kurio's Features

Toys 'R' Us has its own tablet, the Tabeo:

Sep 15, 2012

Grandson and iPad: "I did it!"

My grandson is nearly 22 months old and loves it when I visit with my "pad pad". Here is a sneak preview:

Although I have no intention of becoming the 21st Century Piaget of interactive technology for children, I plan to share some of my observations in a systematic way sometime in the future.