suggested topic: ubiquitous computing

A Computer for the 21st Century, a seminal and defining essay in the field of research referred to as Ubiquitous computing.


Final Project

As discussed in class last week, the final project is an interactive flash movie which incorporates a  third-party technology, library, or api.

Potential systems include:

  • the Arduino Microcontroller for physical interaction with flash media [this prototype is in my opinion the easiest to get started with, there are many others to look at as well]
  • integrating google maps into your flash file to create an interactive map [great step-by-step tutorial to get you going]
  • creating an interface or experience using flickr [like the google maps api the flickr api is extensively documented by users and examples and libraries readily available]
  • visualize network activity using the FBI’s former packet sniffing technology carnivore [the open source version has startup clients in flash
  • there are a multitude of other possibilities including, facebook, and more, if you can find a working startup example or tutorial you should be good to go.

The goal for the project is to create a working movie file that is a creative reuse and expansion of the starting point available online.  As with the first project, you will be evaluated on substantial completition, creativity/idea, and craft.

It is expected that each week remaining you come to class with progress made and be productive during open workshop time.

The project will be due for public presentation in class on the regularly scheduled final exam meeting time, see university schedule


There is not much on this site yet but it is a really simple yet interesting use of flash that gives some really interesting information about what is happening with humainty.

I hope they actually get around to what they are planning to do because it sounds like some really interesting data they are planning on collecting that could be very useful.

Music with the Arduino

Interestingly enough I always wanted to know how all those nice effects for guitars/voices/basses/drums etcc… were all formulated. I always thought it was a mystery and that the people that came up with that stuff had to be some sort of genius’ being that it was electrical engineering mixed with musical training and computer programming. I neglected thinking about because it generally made me feel behind even though I can play a lick like no other.

Well I guess I was wrong you do not have to be some type of genius you just have to take the right class.

Interactive Arrow

Nokia recently hung a large signboard arrow above London to promote their Ovi maps.

This is a really cool example of how new technologies can work together to create a quite fun experience.  Things like this right now are more to show off the technology but I feel eventually they will start to develop them into more useful things.

MoMA adds @ to collection

I don’t know what to think of the move but the Museum of Modern Art in New York City has added the @ symbol to its collection.

The link actually has a fascinating history of the symbol including how and why it came to be used in email addresses.  I personally think it is not possible to acquire a symbol but they have at least made a decent reasoning behind it and at the same time taught me quite a bit about a symbol I use all the time.