Posts Tagged ‘Tech’

Augmented Reality pt 2: The T-Shirt

March 16th, 2009 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
Those smart boys over at Squidder are finding some amazing ways of mashing up the real and the virtual.. Not content with creating a barcode T-shirt that projects out the wearer's Twitter feed... PaperTweet3d: Augmented Reality T-shirts from squidder on Vimeo. ...they are now experimenting with a facial recognition-meets-Twitter functionality Facial recognition meets Twitter (kind of) from squidder on Vimeo. Creepy? A little bit. Amazing? Very. The applications for technology like this are vast and exciting, but also intimidating. As Squidder say themselves, ... imagine associating specific faces with twitter (or “face”book… …. sorry) usernames and you’ve suddenly combined the power social networking with video monitoring...
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Phony Phones and real design concepts

December 3rd, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
In the last 24 hours I've been sent two interesting phone links - one, called Pomegranate, was actually a viral for Nova Scotia the other, a genuine product - or at least design concept for Yahama's Product Design Lab - called Box to Play by Marianne Bailey. A unique flip action, folding and unfolding ceaselessly in your hand Playful tactile transformations reveal a new functional interface with every flip, a mobile phone, a music sampler, a mp3 player, a camera and when open a “speaker box”. See for yourself: Oddly, I had more trouble believing in Box to Play at first glance - Pomegranate's...
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slotMusic – the future of mobile media?

September 23rd, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
The music industry has been one of those most changed by the Internet, and despite the boom in online music download services, it's interesting to see that today the music companies have launched a new physical format for music called slotMusic. Pocket Picks says: slotMusic is a fancy way of saying DRM-free MP3 laden microSD cards. SanDisk and a collection of big name record companies (including the four horsemen EMI Music, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group) have grouped together to bring the new physical music format to retail. So - is it the future of mobile media? Physical...
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Quakecatcher: shaking things up

August 7th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
No, this is nothing to do with computer games. Accelerometers in laptops and other devices have been catching on, doing a variety of things - from safety (shutting down the hard drive if your device falls off a table) - to just pure fun (in game controllers, or even on your mobile phone). Five cool things you can do with an accelerometer lists more ideas for what you can do with them. However sometimes the nicest ideas are ones we never thought of in the first place, such as this one reported by the BBC: A device originally put into laptops to...
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The amazing vision of Paul Otlet

June 19th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
A fascinating article from the New York Times about "The Web Time Forgot", about how a Belgian scientist, Paul Otlet, dreamt up the Internet before the first electronic computer had even been invented: In 1934, Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or “electric telescopes,” as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files. He described how people would use the devices to send messages to one another, share files and even congregate in online social networks. He called the whole thing a “réseau,” which...
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Keyboards galore

May 29th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
Over at Shiny Shiny there are not one but two intriguing keyboards talked about today. One is the human sized-keyboard, which presumably should come with some sort of Dance Dance Revolution-style program to teach you how to type. It might not be that convenient (especially if you're the kind who takes their computing on the move), but it certainly give you a decent workout. The second (pictured above) is truly for the person who has everything. It's an emoticon keyboard that's solely for the purposes of making smiley and frowny faces - perfect for the instant messaging or MySpace addict. Not...
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Wakey wakey

May 29th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
As someone who occasionally finds it hard to get out of bed, alarm clock technology has always figured heavily on my radar. Traditionally alarm clocks have been utter rubbish but lately a generation of geeks who need to get out of bed have been hard at work on the problem. Often the solution is just to make turning off the alarm harder - whether by making you do a puzzle, or making the clock run away from you. But these ways have a certain inelegant measure of brute force about them - designed to make waking up a harrassing or...
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See the stars like never before

March 20th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
I've just watched a video from TED.org of the presentation given by Harvard Center for Astrophysics Researcher Roy Gould and Curtis Wong, manager of Microsoft's Next Media Research, unveiling Microsoft's new WorldWide Telescope a few weeks ago. According to Gould produces a "holistic approach" by weaving together the best images and information from satellites and telescopes all over the world and will have "as profound an impact on they way we view the universe as Galileo did 4 centuries ago." Big claims but apparently it made Robert Scoble, MD of Fast Company.TV and, according to Wikipedia an "American blogger, technical evangelist,...
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Farewell, Sir Arthur

March 19th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Sir Arthur C. Clarke passed away yesterday, aged 90. As well as being one of the leading science fiction writers of the twentieth century, was a passionate believer in using technology to advance mankind. He famously proposed using geostationary satellites - satellites that remained in a fixed point above a spot on the Earth - to relay radio signals - which today is one of the most important components in global communications. The quote at the top, one of his most famous (the third of his three laws) certainly rings true if you compare...
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A new way to watch the world go by..

February 12th, 2008 by LG Blog UKLG Blog UK
 
Today sees the launch of the Discovery Channel's Earth Live web application - brought to my attention by the ever-vigilant chaps at Wired.com. "It may be more important than ever to track the state of the planet and Discovery Earth Live is designed to help you do that" says the Earth Live page. It's big talk but the software for the application is pretty impressive - using Adobe Flex technology to wrap video around a three-dimensional object in real time AND allow you to move the globe around without loss of the video frames. I have already successfully lost a...
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