Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wise Words from Bill Gerba and Adrian J. Cotterill; Digital Signage and Digital Out of Home (DOOH) : DOOH Media Summit, Screen Media Expo
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wrapping my head around f8 and Facebook's OpenGraph: The goal is to create a connected, mapped web that is more "social, personalized, smarter, and semantically aware."
During the mid-2000s I took a few courses related to web-development and internet programming. This was before the twitterfacebookyoutube era. There's a lot of catching up to do.
Today, I'm watching a few videos from the recent f8 conference. It took place on April 21st, 2010 in San Francisco.
So what is f8?
"f8 is a Facebook conference where developers and entrepreneurs collaborate on the future of personalized and social technologies. At f8, members of the Facebook team and the developer community will explore a variety of topics including new tools and techniques, business growth strategies and open technologies." -Facebook
You can find more f8 videos by following the link below:
Here are some tidbits of info from the first video:
- The number of people using Facebook via Facebook on mobile devices is rapidly increasing.
- More than 400 million people are on Facebook
- One step permission is now available for developers and users, users will be clear about what permissions they are given.
- New policy allows websites to store Facebook users' permission data beyond the previously imposed 24 limit.
- Facebook is ramping up to handle monitory transactions: See http://developers.facebook.com/credits
- "Open Graph puts people at the center of the web, becoming a set of personally and semantically meaningful connections between people and things".
- Facebook maps out people and relationships of the online "social graph".
- Pandora maps out musics, Yelp, small businesses.
- News websites map out current events and news content
- The goal is to create a connected, mapped web that is more "social, personalized, smarter, and semantically aware."
Microsoft announced Docs.com the day of the f8 conference. The description is in the fourth video. It links with Facebook and was designed to be "social".
Sunday, April 18, 2010
MIT's Personas application: Online visualization of querying and categorization system that searches and displays traces of YOU! (Metropath(ologies) Installation)
MIT's Personas application: Online visualization of querying and categorization system that searches the internet for digital traces of YOU!
"Personas shows you how the Internet sees you. It is a critique of data mining, revealing the computer's uncanny insights and inadvertent errors. It is meant for the viewer to reflect on our current and future world where digital histories are as important, if not more important, than oral histories, and computational methods of condensing our digital traces are largely opaque and socially ignorant" - Aaron Zonman (creator of Personas)
I know that I'm all over the place on the Internet. One of my assignments several years ago was to create and maintain a blog, and at that point, I no longer was anonymous. The damage was done. Below are three versions of my name as seen by the Personas application. If you happen to have lots of information on the web, the application limits the search in a random fashion. The first two screenshots were two entries of the same version of my name, but the results were a bit different.
Personas Home Page (From the home page, you can link to information about how the application works. It uses natural language processing and topic modeling to generate the visualization.)
Here is the Personas application in the form of an interactive exhibition, "Metropath(ologies)":
Personas was created by Aaron Zinman, with help from Alex Dragulescu, Yannick Assogba and Judith Donath.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Exploring Post-WIMP Interaction- "Manual Deskterity: An Exploration of Simultaneous Pen + Touch Direct Input
The video tells it all.
From Ken Hinckley's YouTube Channel
Thanks to Tony Uhrick for the link!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Former table-top and multi-touch research at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory ( MERL) 1999-2007
Today, I came across a summary of the research at MERL from 1999-2007 on the Scientists' Discovery Room lab website.
Shen, C., Ryall, K., Forlines, C., Esenther, A., Vernier, F.D., Everitt, K.,Wu, M., Wigdor, D., Morris, M.R., Handcock, M., and Tse, E. Informing the Design of Direct-Touch Tabletops (pdf). Interactions September/October 2006.
Here are the current research projects of the SDR Lab:
Multiple Representations for Learning
Rehabilitation Intervention Tools