Spark is a weekly radio show from CBC Radio (in Canada) about tech, trends and fresh ideas. The latest episode has a few pieces about haptics:
A fascinating take on how our brain processes information and how this might allow us to create sensory relationships to abstract yet relevant information. A quick reflection is Davids less ‘on or off’ approach and tonality of our being as a machine and how he relates to emotion in his talk.
“As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces — such as a sensory vest — to take in previously unseen information about the world around us.”
Nice thoughts around how “screens need to make room for our lives”
“In a collaboration with Volontaire, People People (a few UID alumni) has designed the first prototypes of Liberos Babybuzz. A pair of bracelets that help pregnant couples to better share the good experiences of carrying a child. The prototypes are huge and cumbersome since it is an early build, but they have served very well to show the fantastic first user reactions on the values that Babybuzz will give.”
A quite comprehensive article on texting as an interface mixed with A.I.
If you have any experiences with the Lark App it is one example. They are not neccesarily new but are now re-visited tied into greater/physical services and perhaps there are moments where we need an artificial friend more than another app?
Complete article at
On that note. These two articles seem to relate to each other in some ways beyond what we presently see.
“Intelligentsia of AI will gather to come up with a battery of alternatives to the traditional Turing test”
from the people who gave us the
scuba car sQuba :
What do you think of this car, this presentation, this lifestyle?
Is this your future? Is it ours? Whose future is this?
(and why did they mount a watch on the steering column?)
Extra points if you manage to match components to all sponsors/participants.
Here at the Interaction Design program at the Umeå Institute of Design we value sketching as a tool for developing and communicating designs. We teach how to sketch in all sorts of forms and materials and it sometimes may seem we emphasize sketching and prototyping in hardware and code. However, any ideas around sketching are deeply rooted in its original form of drawings and visuals (I have posted on such sketching before).
Another great resource to expand your sketching skills and understanding is the latest book by Koos Eissen and Roselien Steur of sketching.nl : Sketching product design Presentation.
The book spans an introduction to our innate responses to visual stimuli, basics of gestalt theory, to a conclusion on visual rhetoric, using lots of examples and showcases from various design practices.
(full disclosure: Koos was my sketching/drawing teacher at Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft, and so was Roselien)
A joint venture with Cheap Monday.
Sewing Machine, Submarine or Factory?
Google is in the process of establishing an open innovation and research program around the IoT. They plan to bring together a community of academics, Google experts and potentially other parties to pursue an open and shared mission.
“As a first step, we are announcing an open call for research proposals for the Open Web of Things:
Researchers interested in the Expedition Lead Grant should build a team of PIs and put forward a proposal outlining a draft research roadmap both for their team(s), as well as how they propose to integrate related research that is implemented outside their labs (e.g., Individual Project Grants).
For the Individual Project Grants we are seeking research proposals relating to the IoT in the following areas (1) user interface and application development, (2) privacy & security, and (3) systems & protocols research.”
Read the full call for participation here.
Rainer Wehinger’s music transcription from the 70’s provides (if not complete notation) an interesting exercise in visualizing sound. If you are into this type of thing you should definitely check it out.
“Rainer Wehinger created the visuals above after the fact as an “aural score,” intending visuals to present a visible “reading” of the sounds of the piece. That makes the score itself closer to the digital visualizations we see as motion graphics works all over the Web (and on our sister site Create Digital Motion). The point isn’t to create a set of instructions by which you can perform a piece, but a visual counterpart that allows you to (presumably) hear it differently.”