Thursday, December 31, 2009
Information from Josh's YouTube channel:
"This is a video of some of the cool multi-touch and Natural User Interface (NUI) applications I designed and developed for Surface and Windows 7." The InfoStrat.VE map control for WPF and Surface is available for free at http://virtualearthwpf.codeplex.com.
I especially like the moving ring-menu concept, as it facilitates smoother collaboration between people on an interactive table or surface, where flexible orientation control is important.
At 3:15, the demonstration of Josh's ink-shape recognition begins. This is a feature that would be great to incorporate in my applications for children with disabilities who have some fine-motor limitations.
Josh's Blog: Deconstructing the NUI
Josh's Recent Post about post-WIMP concepts:
Metaphors and OCGM
Josh works at InfoStrat
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
From a post-WIMP Perspective: What Happens When Post-Mass Market Goes to Market? Bob Garfield's insightful video, and more...
I realize that working for the public good has prevented me from developing a thirst for marketing competitiveness. I don't have a greedy bone in my body. The only reason that I've developed a slight interest in advertising and marketing over the past few years is my interest in technology and how our society has been transformed by recent changes. Everyone has a cell phone, everyone wants an iPhone, everyone expects that technology will help us to meet our social, political, financial, health, education, environmental, and humanitarian needs, right?
What is happening to our "mainstream" cornerstones?
By mainstream, I mean traditional newspapers, magazines, network television, cable, and brochure-like websites. All of a sudden, reporters are running to take graduate classes in multi-media journalism, a domain previously "owned" by network TV 10-15 years ago. Newspapers and magazines are now web-based, your favorite radio and television program have their own websites, and just about every one is on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.
The Web is easily accessed, ubiquitous, running on SmartPhones and iPhones, netbooks, and now, e-readers, right from your pocket, purse, or bag.
Ten years ago, if you had a job coding for a tech company, there wasn't an expectation that you'd have to hone your writing skills to maintain a blog, and learn how to produce short video clips to promote your work and the work of your company. If you preferred NOT to be open and social, it was fine! Now, you are probably just holding on. Maybe.
What inspired this post is a video of a presentation by Bob Garfield, an ad critic and essayist for Advertising Age. a magazine I interact with online. He is the co-host of NPR's On the Media program, and has a lot of insight regarding advertising trends and so forth. He is also hilarious. If you are viewing this in a family setting, know that Mr. Garfield uses a few "bad" words and quite a number of data and financial statistics to make his point. No traditional media institution is untouched.
An eye opener. Worth every 34+ minute!
The Chaos Scenario from Greg Stielstra on Vimeo.
"Bob Garfield...forcasts the disintegration of mass advertising structures that have worked in perfect symbiosis for 400 years and prescribes "listenomics" as the way for brands to thrive in the digital, post-advertising age. He warns that all formerly top-down institutions cannot dictate to consumers with advertising through mass media as before, but must use digital tools to forge relationships with them--no longer seeing people as piggy banks, or eyeballs, or votes, but as genuine stakeholders in their enterprise. Amid the ruins of mass media,the choice for business is stark: listen or perish. Learn more at thechaosscenario.net."
(For those of you following the postWIMP discussion, you might be interested in looking at the post on the chaos scenario.net blog: The Problem with Acronyms. What a coincidence!)
Bob Garfield's insights were forshadowed by the "Prosumer" video from a couple of years ago:
Google and Yahoo are getting it, and demonstrate foresight by providing free wi-fi service in urban environments. Below is a short video clip of Dana Spiegel, the NYCwireless Executive Director, about Yahoo's sponsorship of free Wi-Fi in Times Square in New York City:
And here is a spin from Microsoft:
Windows Mobile 7 User Interface
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
This post was updated and moved to the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog:
The Post-WIMP Conversation: Some Thoughts About Conceptualizing NUI, Part I
Sunday, December 27, 2009
My husband surprised me with a new HD TV to replace the old non-HD "clunker" that was taking up space in an armoire in our bedroom. I went to attach my HD video camera to the new TV, and realized that three-foot HDMI cable was much too small. Knowing how fast everything changes with technology, I decided I should research HDMI before setting out to purchase a longer cable.
There is more to know about HDMI than I thought! Here's what I found so far:
There is an organization dedicated to HDMI standards, HDMI Licensing, LLC that provides a wealth of information about HDMI. It's worth taking the time to review the information contained on HDMI website, specifically, the following two links:
- HDMI 1.4 Specification Features (pdf) (Steve Venuti, HDMI LLC 2009)
- Consolidation of HD Video, audio, and data in a single cable.
- Enables high-speed bidirectional communication.
- Enables IP-based applications over HDMI. (Ethernet)
- Transfer speeds up to 100Mbps.
- Supports audio return channel.
- Can support up to 10.2 gigabits per second of bandwidth transmission
- HDMI 1.4 is the latest standard. It includes definitions for common 3D formats and resolutions, up to 1080p.
- HDMI 1.4 supports 4K x 2K resolution, which is the resolution of state-of-the art digital theaters and up to 4 times the resolution of 1080p.
- Allows for the optimization of picture settings based on type of content.
- Supports digital still camera-specific colors.
- Allows for smaller HDMI connectors, ideal for portable devices.
- Provides "High Definition Everywhere" support, with an automotive connection system designed to work effectively in vehicles.
"HDMI version numbers are used by manufacturers to identify a set of features. To help you shop for the features you want in a cable, the HDMI licensing authority has created standardized names for certain key features. Here are a few:
- Deep Color refers to monitors that can display a greater number of colors than traditional TVs, billions or trillions of colors rather than millions.
- x.v.Color> refers to an expanded, "wider" color gamut that includes colors not traditionally available in TVs. The x.v.Color space incorporates a much larger portion of the visible color spectrum than the older RGB color model.
- Standard and High Speed refer to two grades of HDMI cable, tested to different performance metrics. A Standard cable can transmit a 1080i signal for 15 meters (49 feet) or more, while a High Speed HDMI cable can transmit a 1080p signal for at least 7.5 meters (25 feet)."
HDMI 1.4 spec getting freshened up in preparation for broadcast 3D
Richard Lawler, 12/23/09
According to Lawler, the various companies are working towards standards, but we're not there yet. More information about HDMI 1.4 will be available at 2010 CES, held January 7-10 in Las Vegas.
-Photo of 3D video camera courtesy of Engadget.
The following is a direct quote from the Wireless HD website:
- High interoperability supported by major CE device and technology manufacturers
- Highest quality HD video, audio and data transmission, scalable to future high-definition A/V formats
- High-speed wireless, multi-gigabit technology in the unlicensed 60 GHz band
- Smart antenna technology for reliable non-line-of-sight operation
- Secure communications with DTCP and HDCP over WirelessHD technology
- Device control for simple operation of consumer electronics products using the basic remote control that ships with the TV
- Error protection, framing and timing control techniques for a quality consumer experience
- Low power options for mobile devices"
Cross-posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
What is DOOH and Why Should We Care?
"Digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising is a dynamic, fragmented, and rapidly evolving space. It's one of the fastest growing media channels, with year-over-year growth pegged in the double digits through at least 2011....as with many emerging media channels, DOOH is a bit of a gray area in terms of what type of agency should own strategy, planning, and buying. A traditional agency because TV spots can be repurposed? The OOH shop because it's just a digital version of a billboard? The interactive shop, because it's digital, often interactive, and highly measurable? Or will a new class of DOOH specialty shops emerge to deliver services explicitly for the channel? This lack of clarity creates uncertainty and hesitation in advertisers.
-Jeremy Lockhorn, ClickZ 7/13/09 Digital Out-of-Home Landscape Brief (pdf)
This is an industry that is beginning to take off, just as internet-based advertising and web-design/user experience did during the 1990's. The number of players, and potential players, is growing.
At the same time, the web and video content is migrating to mobile devices, such as smartphones and net-books, that have broad-band wireless access. Everyone will want a bigger share of our eyeballs, and attention!
- No one has complete ownership of this space.
- Converging industries and disciplines come to the space from very different vantage points.
- People are interested in the DOOH space because they see the potential for $$$$.
- Digital Out-Of-Home experiences have the potential of becoming something that we DON'T WANT:
- Internet pop-ups and banner ads, but not on your PC screen
- No option to "opt-out", like the irritating 15-second "pre-trailers" that we are forced to view
when we access video content on the web.
Below is an example of what things might be if we have no say in the matter. The scene is from Minority report. The character played by Tom Cruise walks across a mall full of translucent 3D digital signage ads, all customized to match his identity, which is determined by a mandatory scan of his eyes.
Although the content is beautiful and seductive, it is overwhelming and in my opinion, worse than what I experience when I'm out and about or when I'm on the Internet. scenario above doesn't allow people to opt in, as their identity is determined from automatic eye scans, connected to a vast database of information that fuels the system. (This sort of data is there, just ask Google!)
We aren't quite there yet, so there is time for thoughtful people to create a world outside of our homes that might be unobtrusive, pleasant, or entertaining.
Here are some examples:
Below is a slideshow of an assortment of pictures of screens and kiosks from airports, malls, grocery stores, cruise ships, and a smattering of other places, taken from 2007 to the present:
It is not always pretty, but there is hope:
Digital Signage Insider
Bill Gerba, Senior Writer
Bill Gerba is the CEO of Wirespring, a company that provides hardware, software, and services for digital signage and kiosk projects. Founded in 2000, this company has grown along with the digital signage industry. Wirespring's clients include Walmart, bp, P&G, Harris, Clear Channel, Televisa, Marriott, and GLFinancial.
One of the reasons I started following Bill Gerba's blog is that he takes a very user-centered view, and his recommendations are based on evidence supported by metrics as well as what is known about human information processing and behavior. Bill takes a wider view when gathering information, and he shares his thoughtful insight in a clear manner.
Digital Signage Screen Placement: Targeting the Attention Zone
Digital Signage Screen Placement: Understanding Store Layout
Digital Signage Screen Placement: Angle, Height and Text Size
Digital Signage Screen Placement: Modeling Consumer Behavior
What makes good digital signage content effective?
Making Great Digital Signage Content: A Quick Reference Guide
This article contains links to more in-depth "how-to" articles that cover topics such as the serial position effect, use of chunking and coding to facilitate better recall among customers, optimizing for context while eliminating distractions, crafting copy and "call-to-action", use of font faces, sizes, and styles, use of features related to color, contrast, motion, silhouettes, and animation, and composing shots and scenes.
The DOOH Advertising Paradox: Better Spots Are Harder to Sell
OVAB Digital Media Summit: Focus on Digital Out-of-Home
OVAB (Out-of-home Video Advertising Bureau) Audience Metric Guidelines (pdf)
"Founded in 2007, the Out-of-Home Video Advertising Bureau(OVAB) represents leading out-of-home video networks and the advertising community that is actively engaged in planning, buying, and evaluating the effectiveness of the medium. On behalf of its members, OVAB seeks to foster ongoing collaboration between agencies and out-of-home video advertising networks, and provide standards, best practices, and industry-wide research as well as promote the effectiveness of out-of-home video advertising."
The Web Outside's DOOH Dictionary
"DOOH refers to digital signage that is displayed in public spaces (Times Square, airports, outdoor concert venues, enormous office buildings in Dubai), social places (bars, restaurants, cafes, college campuses,convention centers), and retail environments."
DAILY DOOH Adrian J. Cotterill, editor
Profiles of a variety of digital signage related companies
(from the Digital Signage Universe website)
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Video, links, and pictures can be found on the following Interactive Multimedia Technology blogpost:
CityScape 1.8: What would it be like on an interactive touch/gesture screen or table?
Urban Screens Conference & Exhibition: Call for Interactive Media and Video Art (2010, Toronto, Sept. 24-30) Cross Post
I've been fascinated by urban screens for a while, and this is a passion that is shared by a growing number of people who come to the "screenspace" from a wide range of disciplines. I received an email this morning about a call for interactive media and video art for the 2010 Urban Screens conference and exhibition that will be held in Toronto
International Urban Screens Association
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Interactive surfaces continue to crop up in public spaces. Today I came across information about Sensacell, an interface system consisting of "smart" modules that can be put together to form a communication network. The system integrates non-contact sensors that can detect people and objects up to six feet away, and this sensing can occur even through glass, plastics, wood, and so forth. The sensors are capable of tracking environmental changes.
The Sensacell Corporation is led by Leo Fernekes and is often used to support interactive art and related displays in public spaces. The most recent installation is located in Manhattan and can be accessed by people on the street.
Robert Stratton Interactive Art
According to the information on the YouTube video, the Sensacell Interactive LED Wall was created with Max/MSP/Jitter.
"The artwork by Robert Stratton entitled semiboneless transforms the storefront window into an electronic interactive canvas that senses hand movements through the window glass, allowing the viewer to interact and influence the behavior of the piece- art that begs to be touched." (YouTube description)
"The work is located at 141 East 33rd Street, on the north-east corner of Lexington Ave. and 33rd St. in Manhattan, New York. The exhibition will run from 12/14/2009 though 1/12/2010 and is viewable 24 hours day. The artwork is installed in a large storefront window of a street level retail space." (PR Web 12/17/09)
Sensacell: Below is a video of an 8 x 8 LED Wall Sensacell Module
Working with Sensacell: Modular Interactive Proximity Sensor and Lighting System (pdf)
Sensacell Corporation Presents an Interactive Storefront Art Installation by Artist Robert Stratton (PRWeb, 12/17/09)
Robert Stratton Interactive Art
Chashama (An arts group - provided space for the interactive art installation.)
"chashama supports thriving cultural communities by transforming temporarily vacant properties into spaces where art can flourish. By recycling and repurposing buildings in transition, we invest in neighborhoods, foster local artists, and sustain a vast range of creativity and culture."
Sensacell has been around for a while
2005 post: Sensacell (Interactive Architecture blog)
Sensacell Interactive Floor
Sunday, December 13, 2009
On a Lighter Note: Taking the Internet of Things a Bit Too Far - Tweeting Honeymoon Bed, Play by Pee
Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet MG Siegler, Tech Crunch 12/12/09
PlayBy Pee Encouraged Radio Listening Bill Gerba, Digital Signage News 11/12/09
I wonder what data system would be best for keeping up with the new forms of interaction!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
In a week, I will have three weeks off from work, and since I usually give in to my inner geek when I'm on vacation, I thought I'd find out more about cloud computing and NoSQL today. I was overwhelmed by what I found within the first minutes of my search! (It has been about 4 years since I took a database class.)
The first place I visited was the O'Reilly Radar blog, which usually has a few interesting links about emerging technologies: Four Short Links: 11 December 2009 (Nat Torkington)
Number 2 on Torkington's list of links:
NoSQL Required Reading "Papers and presentations to get up to speed in the theory and practice of scalable key-value data stores" (via Hacker News)
Here is a sample of some of the info I found during my first trip down the NoSQL rabbit hole:
NoSQL Debrief, (Johanos Karsson)
"The idea was to give attendees a solid introduction to how distributed, non relational databases work as well as an overview of the various projects out there." (The NoSQL DeBrief includes a variety of presentation slides and videos that I'm planning on viewing on my next tour of the rabbit hole.)
Pragmatic Programming Techniques (Ricky Ho's blog)
Query PRocessing for NoSQL DB
"The recent rise of NoSQL provides an alternative model in building extremely large scale storage system. Nevetheless, compare to the more mature RDBMS, NoSQL has some fundamental limitations that we need to be aware of. It calls for a more relaxed data consistency model.It provides primitive querying and searching capability."
"There are techniques we can employ to mitigate each of these issue. Regarding the data consistency concern, I have discussed a number of design patterns in my previous blog* to implement system with different strength of consistency guarantee."
All Things Distributed - Werner Vogel's weblog on building scalable and robust distributed systems: Eventually Consistent- Revisited
Video Version from YouTube Google Tech Talks: Chris Anderson Discusses CouchDB
Chris is "Obsessed with bending the physics of the web to give control back to the user".
Dave Rosenberg's Software, Interrupted Blog, CNET News 12/9/09
Here are a few more links, thanks to Nati Shalom:
Why Existing Databases (RAC) are So Breakable! Nati Shalom (11/30/09)
No to SQL? Anti-database movement gains steam- My Take Nati Shalom (7/9/09)
Are Cloud Based Memory Architectures the Next Big Thing? Todd Hoff (3/16/09)
Other alternatives: In-Memory Data Grid
Friday, December 11, 2009
Cross posted from Interactive Multimedia Technology:
I really want to go to Australia next year and attend this conference! Below are links to the conference, along with an excerpt from the conference description:
11th Biennial Participatory Design Conference: Participation :: The Challenge (pdf)
PDC2010 Conference Website
PDC2008 Conference Website
"Participation is the complex, contested, changing, creative and celebratory core of participatory design. We invite you to explore what participation can and needs to mean in the design contexts where we are working now and those we are likely to encounter soon. While current ‘best practice’ in many areas of interactive technology design now at least pays lip service to people’s participation, how is this participation being negotiated and defined, and by whom? And if Participatory Design methods developed some 20 years ago are claimed to have become standard design practice, how do we go about developing the methods that will define standard design practice 20 years from now?"
Judging from what I've experienced as a consumer/user, there are many things that are floating around in the form of electronics, software, and related gadgets that are examples of the absence of participatory design.
My daily pet peeve is the remote control for my entertainment set-up, which includes DVR and a small but growing number of interactive TV channels. Another pet peeve is the usability of productivity software, including the software I must use for work.
At any rate, below are links to some of my thoughts related to usability topics that might be of interest to people who are thinking about or practicing participatory design or user-centered design.
2007 Letter to the Editor, Pervasive Computing
Useful Usability Studies (pdf)
2007 Blog Post
Usability/Interaction Hall of Shame (In a Hospital)
2008 Blog Posts
Interactive Touch-Screen Technology, Participatory Design, and "Getting It"
An Example of Convergence: Interactive TV: uxTV 2008
2009 Blog Posts
Microsoft: Are You Listening? Cool Cat Teacher (Vicki Davis) Tries out Microsoft's Multi-touch Surface Table
Haptic/Tactile Interface: Dynamically Changeable Physical Buttons
The Convergence of TV, the Internet, and Interactivity: Update
UX of ITV: The User Experience and Interactive TV (or Let's Stamp Out Bad Remote Controls)
ElderGadget Blog: Useful Tech and Tools
Friday, December 4, 2009
Maybe this will sprout up on outdoor building walls in a city near you!
There's more to life than a Volvo - Frankfurt 2009
"3D projection and production by NuFormer in coorporation with Saatchi & Saatchi"
3D Projections on Buildings: A distinctive way of communicating
Communicating Through Architecture: Media Facades and the Digital Infrastructure The Rathous
Contains an assortment of videos and pictures)
Art and Commerce Meet on Building's Interactive Media Facades
Kelsey Keith, Fast Company, 10/2/209
Media Facades: History, Technology and Content, M.Hank Haeusler
International Urban Screens Association
"Urban Screens are dynamic digital displays and visual interfaces located within urban public spaces. They include LED screens and signs, plasma screens, information terminals and projection surfaces as well as intelligent architectural surfaces and media facades."
"Urban Screens transform the capacity of public spaces to serve as a platform for user-generated civic and cultural expression, community building, multiculturalism and public engagment in issues related to social, cultural and environmental sustainability."
"Through networking, content sharing and joint broadcasting, they constitute a rapidly expanding and still largely experimental global multimedia infrastructure for commercial and cultural exchange."
"The IUSA aims to inform and support the ‘worldwide Urban Screens movement’: the expanding use of dynamic digital displays in public spaces; their considerate and sustainable integration in the urban landscape; and the ability for screen communities to collaborate in the digital space to share content, experience, ideas, innovations and emerging possibilities."
Be patient, the crowd noise stops when the presentation begins.
More info to come!
Where are the sisters?!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Touch Screen Interaction at a Digital Bus Shelter, Via Daily DOOH
(Link to the video of the digital bus shelters displaying a recent LG promotion on interactive touch screens)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
From Vukicevic's YouTube Channel: "A few quick demos of WebGL content running in Firefox on Nokia's N900. WebGL should be available in Firefox for N900 nightly builds soon."
For detailed information about Open GL, 3D, and smartphones , see Greg Kumparak's Mobile Crunch post: WebGL might eventually bring awesome 3D to web apps (12/2/09)