Archive for April, 2010

Kindle, iPad: Is e-Paper that far behind?

What is the design arc of our reading mediums?

The CooperJ design team best posits, “How do we combine the affordances of print and online versions of news and translate that hybrid into a single device?”

The CooperJ e-reader solution centers on the development of Smart Paper, a futuristic e-paper that serves as the material of the e-reader.

What mobile device, mobile medium, or mobile cornea, will we be reading in the future.

Read the Designboom post here.

Apple iPad with Kindle app

Above: the Amazon Kindle app as premiered on the Apple iPad.
Below: the LG Newspaper e-Reader employs flexible ink.

LG's Flexible ink Newspaper eReader

Watch a fascinating video on Jae Kim‘s The Page.
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The Gizmodo iPhone Fiasco: Infographic

Gizmodo iPhone Saga: Infographic via FastCompanyGizmodo iPhone Saga: Infographic via FastCompany

In case you were wondering how it all began
and how it was to turn out.

Read the post here.

Facebook User Beware

Wow! FB just hijacked my profile!

Has this happened to you too?
While Facebooking tonight, I clicked a link and a see-through (ajax) window opened asking/forcing me to choose whether I want to “Link All my Groups” with my Profile or to “Choose One-by-One.”
Not wanting to link anything, I wondered why I could not close the window nor “remind me later” or find an option to exit the window.
I had no choice. So I closed the Facebook tab.

What’s the hell was that all about?

I had to close the tab with Facebook on it, open a new tab, and login to Facebook to get rid of that pesky directive.
Not good, Mr. Zuckerberg.
Strike one...

New Platforms Spur Explosion In Performance Poetry

BBC performance poetry article

“The internet allows everyone to publish his own work
and to disseminate it to an audience.”

-Garrison Keillor

New Platforms, New-found Love of Expression

New platforms on the internet are creating new growth and enabling
new forms of expression and renewed appreciation in written content
thru the spoken word. See video below.

BBC’s Jane O’Brien’s article on Poetry Out Loud competition, in Washington, D.C.
reports  on that renewed interest.

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition aimed at reviving the oral art form.

Explosion of Performance Poetry and Written

O’Brien reports that in the last 5 years, subscriptions to Poetry Foundation’s magazine have tripled and 90,000 poems are submitted annually for publication.”

Performance poetry, poetry slams, Twitter haikus.
How are you creating and sharing online?

Read the full story here.

Hear poetry podcasts here.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

U.S. Takes Giant Leap with First Humanoid Robot’s First Steps

CHARLI: Virginia Tech's first full sized humanoid robot

Image via of Virginia Tech.

One small step for man-like robot, one giant leap for U.S. Technology-
thanks to Virginia Tech. See video below.

Virginia Tech students unveiled CHARLI, the nation’s first full-height, free-walking humanoid robot, yesterday.

CHARLI (Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence) was developed in the lab of Dennis Hong, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, Director of RoMeLa, and Popular Science “Brilliant 10” honoree of 2009.

Read the full article here.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Who do you want to carry your identity? Mozilla strikes back

Firefox-vs-FBWho do you want to carry your identity around the web for you?

Mozilla, the makers of Firefox web browser, announced the launch of its new code for websites owners to allow multiple users to switch easily between accounts when visiting common websites on one computer.

Mozilla fires this to counter Facebook’s initiative last week to interweave the social web upon the existing internet.

Who do you want to carry your identity?

Click here to learn more.

for users and allow multiple users to switch easily between accounts when visiting common websites on one computer.

Move over R2D2 – Sety app projects Tweets in thin air

Sety machine tweets in the air
Remember when R2D2 cast Princess Leah in thin air?

Now you can watch your Twitter tweets in the air.

Sety, a Bucharest based company, recently developed a machine that projects your computer screen as a thin layer of water vapors from the humidity in the air.

See more here.


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