In the future, every street will be a Nokia street? Perhaps not, however we may expect some changes in street signage due to the arrival of mobile & gps technology. Once everyone is carrying a personal navigation device those bluntly placed street signage may become obsolete – Try and find a cellphone booth in your neighborhood if you are not convinced.
I guess the question is not whether GPS technology will alter street signage, but rather which navigation solution feels more natural. Lets do a quick poll.
Which of the following feels more natural?
A) Finding your way using street signs and a paper map.
B) Finding your way with an interactive GPS solution.
Type your answer + explanation (optional) in the comment box below.
This new 3D webcam with two cameras spaced approximately as far apart as human eyes is our anthropomorphic object of the week. Can you feel it, watching you?
The little brother sends two offset images to a computer. Software processes the images according to how they’ll be viewed: the camera comes with five sets of blue-red 3-D glasses for use with ordinary monitors, but the software can also output images in the format used by new 3-D displays. The device is compatible with Skype, AOL Instant Messenger, and YouTube. The anthropomorphic design provides you with the slightly uncanny feeling of being observed constantly.
The 150 people watching this Youtube-commercial right now, will copy the source and blog or twitter it forward because it diggs. 40 of them have remorse over the fact that it is an ordinary commercial and not a live search engine to be able to know what’s going on in the Next Nature. 10% of them is thinking; “But this search engine is sure to exist in 5 to 10 years”. 2% will post a comment about it and there’s a 50% chance you are thinking to creatively post something to make me have my facts wrong.
Remember Asimo? Honda has now developped a new Brain-Machine Interface technology that allows humans to control the humanoid robot simply by thinking certain thoughts. The BMI system consists of a sensor-laden helmet that measures the user’s brain activity and a computer that analyzes the thought patterns and relays them as wireless commands to the robot.
Lenka Clayton: A series of five digitally repaired images taken in Lebanon of buildings damaged by the 2006 conflict with Israel.
The images were taken specifically for this project by a journalist working in Lebanon. I deliberately asked for no information about the original buildings and had no idea how they had looked. The repairs were carried out using the ruins of the architecture as the only guide to the structure of the repaired building. All tones and textures are also limited to the information available within the original image.
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Chinese workers slaying monsters to earn gold for western consumers. It sounds surreal, but it is a far from virtual reality for the so-called ‘gold farmers’, who are working in 10-hour shifts to help players gain levels, and wealth, in online roleplaying games like World of Warcraft.
For thousands of Chinese workers, gold farming is a way of life. Workers earn between €85-€130 a month which, given the long hours and night shifts, can amount to as little as 30 cent an hour. After completing a shift, they are given a basic meal of rice, meat and vegetables and falls into a bunk bed in a room that eight other gold farmers share. Wages may be low, but food and accommodation are included. You can hire your own gold farming
slave employee via wow7gold.com.
According to an extensive report by Richard Heeks at Manchester University (pdf), a few hundred thousand Asian workers are now employed in gold farming in a trade worth up to 730 million a year. With so many gamers now online, these industries are estimated to have a consumer base of five million to 10 million, and numbers are expected to grow with widening internet access. Recently, the Chinese government started taxing gold farmers.
Games become jobs. And where there’s a demand, China will supply it.
Since the days of Plato, the lost city of Atlantis has captivated the imagination of many. The city, if you don’t already know, was said to be a naval power located roughly 600 miles west of the Canary Islands…until it sank.
While browsing through Google Earth’s new underwater search tool, British aeronautical engineer Bernie Bamford sighted a mysterious grid of undersea lines. The strange pattern was spotted in the Atlantic ocean, west of Morocco in North Africa, close to one of the possible sites of the legendary island.
The story was reported by The Daily Telegraph – a national UK newspaper – as well as by UK Tabloid Sun. However, Google later confirmed that the Atlantic floor pattern, measuring about the size of Wales, was an ‘artefact’ of its map-making process. The maps are made using sonar measurements of the sea floor recorded by boats. The area in question was mapped by boats traveling in straight lines, a Google spokeswoman revealed.
“It’s true that many amazing discoveries have been made in Google Earth including a pristine forest in Mozambique that is home to previously unknown species and the remains of an Ancient Roman villa. In this case, however, what users are seeing is an artifact of the data collection process,” she said.
Whether we are roaming the globe with Google Earth, descending into the depths of our genes or traveling to the outskirts of the universe, our world view is fundamentally shaped through interfaces.
By MARCEL VAN DER DRIFT.
Ten years from now, a cell phone gently sinks to the bottom of the river. It’s one of the latest models. The clever design, trendy colours and nifty features make our cell phones look ancient. Everything about it is new. Cell phone isn’t even the right name for it. It’s hard to describe exactly what it is. So I won’t.
Anyway, this phone, for lack of a better word, belongs to Steve, who is on the bridge, feeling generally depressed, but for the moment happy to be rid of his phone. It was a powerful gesture.
This report on spooky showhost holograms appearing on national TV might be a bit of old news…, but I guess still worth posting. The word “hologram” CNN uses in this Youtube, is misleading as such, for the effect appears on screen only and is not physically/visually/observably present in that studio.
Now let us analyze this setup for a moment: You are looking at an avatar character inside a 3D model of a virtual reality cave, enjoying a ‘natural’ landscape – welcome in the meta-meta reality.
This image almost immediately reminds one of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, in which the Greek philosopher describes human beings as being chained in a cave and watching shadows on the wall, without realizing that they are ‘only’ representations of what goes on behind them – outside of the scope of their sensory perception. In Plato’s teaching, an object such as a chair, is just a shadow of the idea Chair. The physically experienced chair we sit on is thus always a copy, a simulation, of the idea Chair and always one step away from reality.
Today the walls of Plato’s cave are so full of projectors, disco balls, plasma screens and halogen spotlights that we do not even see the shadows on the wall anymore. Unfortunately Plato did not live to give his opinion on 3D models of virtual reality caves.
(Extracted directly from Pink Tentacle, thanks!):
Researchers from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed new brain analysis technology that can reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor, it was announced on December 11 2008. According to the researchers, further development of the technology may soon make it possible to view other people’s dreams while they sleep.
Tech company Fuijtsu released a new way to look around you while driving a car. Following the old fashioned neck turning and mirroring this tech has cameras around the vehicle to create a game-like live video of you driving the car. Makes me think of that outer-body experience I have from time to time. I wonder what this technology will do to car design since you don’t longer need the whole glass thing. Read more »
Using the special cube, stick, and web camera, ARis will appear and move around in the monitor of your PC. When you touch her by the AR Stick, she shows various reactions. You can also change her clothes and give her some presents.
or have her eaten by Godzilla…
Art Directors Andreas Junus and Irawandhani Kamarga; copywriter Darrick Subrata and photographer Anton Ismael (Indonesia) went through some trouble, visualizing Photoshop’s interface with real-size physical objects. It makes a nice wallpaper (original size).
Now I would like to see them save that file.
Update of the video “Shift happens” by Karl Fisch. Wonderful, concise video that helps raise awareness of the issues of globalization in our newly connected world first raised in Thomas Friedman’s book, The World is Flat.
Karl Fisch remixed content from David Warlick, Thomas Friedman, Ian Jukes, Ray Kurzweil and others, added some music, and came up with this video presentation for people in education.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has made a play for online gamers, placing in game campaign advertisements in a series of popular titles from video game giant Electronic Arts.
The ads purchased by the Obama campaign are appearing from October 6 to November 3 in Xbox 360 games such as Burnout Paradise, Madden 09, Nascar 09, NHL 09 and Skate and are visible to players in 10 US states.
We would probably see a landslide victory for Obama, if were up to the avatars to pick the next US president. Likewise if the world could vote.
See also: The internet’s presidential attention.