Saturday, September 27, 2008

Updated: (Long Post) The Celestial Economic Sphere, DataViz for the Finance Biz, Truthiness, Behavioral Finance, Gordon Gekko, Quants...

I'm hoping to revisit this topic to create a dynamic, interactive time-line of the history we are living through right now, whatever the outcome. This post has been sub-divided and incorporated into the Economic Sounds and Sights blog, where resources for the time-line will can be found.

The full post can be found by following this link:
The Celestial Economic Sphere, DataViz for the Finance Biz, Truthiness, Behavioral Finance, Gordon Gekko, Quants...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

In keeping with the airport theme: Airport Infographics Videoclip via Information Aesthetics

In keeping with my recurrent theme of airport information technology, I thought I'd share an airport infographics video clip that has been circulating around for a couple of years.


Airport Technology: Interactive Information Touch-Screens at the Edinburgh Airport (Scotland)

Seven of these wall-mounted interactive displays were installed at the Edinburgh airport in ScotlandThis interactive kiosk doesn't look cutting edge, as has the look of a pleasant, familiar ATM. It looks easy-to-use, for both the adult and child. This is important for rushed travelers in airports. by Scrimsign Microelectronics, LTD.

According to the company's website, options include a sunlight readable LDC, a thermal ticket or A4 printer, choice of cases, and a rugged keyboard.

I'm still looking for interactive displays in airports and other public spaces that are easy-to-use, yet also possess the "Wow!" factor.


Edinburgh Airport Buys Pods to Drive Public Transport Use

"Interactive access to Traveline Scotland from the arrivals hall is seen as a key element in encouraging a modal shift. By presenting passengers with practical public transport options the service is expected to influence both visitors’ choice of transport mode and destination, helping tourists to explore the historic city." -Transport Briefing

Monday, September 8, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

UNICEF's "Bee" Mobile Emergency Communication System

The following video clip is of UNICEF's "Bee" prototype, a mobile emergency communications system designed for deployment in communities during disasters and emergencies:

"Bee" system prototypes represent the future of connectivity in emergencies.

  • "The system is designed to work within UNICEF's 'build back better' policy of helping families and communities recover from emergencies. While the components of the Bee are intended initially to facilitate crisis-response operations, they are eventually to be left behind and integrated into the community's monitoring, evaluation, education and health programmes."
The system allows for registering children during emergencies.

The solar-powered emergency system communication hub also functions as a temporary digital school-in-a-box, with access to to educational content through satellites and mobile networks.
BEE prototype; Low Tech School-in-a-Box