Networked technology 
FINAL PROJECT – earth_water_fire

a google map app to ‘Aid’ search and rescue efforts in Japan in lieu of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear blasts
base materials needed
Map of Japan with new overlaid grid of 1 mile by 1 mile to be used as reference for the search and rescue efforts
grid to be a subdivision of latitude and longitudegeographic grids
link grid to geographic location information
overlay earthquake timeline for additional info that can act as a encyclopedia in itself that can be elaborated on by other users
recruited search teams go out on field
rescuer to report organization he/she is associated with
state name of searcher and date and time of search
Pick a location/grid block…has it been searched?
if searched move to next block
if not searched then search

Search for people in rubble
document people found
person male or female?
do you know age or name?
person dead or alive?
if person dead take to morgue-state location being taken to
if person alive then report where they will be housed or taken to. report if any serious injuries to person. post all information that can be accumulated about the person
document findings via pictures and videos. upload the documentation with geographic location
create markers that can be clicked on to access information

after searching 1mile block move to next block

mark grid blocks searched (color coded) and findings marked as markers. this can be looked up by other search and rescue teams for reference to look up which areas still need to be searched
report people found to a data collector sheet that people can browse to find family and friends


Article on Obsolete Gadgets

The New York Times published an article last week on which gadgets we can get rid of because they are becoming obsolete or being replaced by other technologies. It seems that mobile phones are replacing most older technological devices such as GPS, cameras, and MP3 players. Can mobile devices eventually replace all of the items on this list?


Interactive Artwork

We discussed many different pieces of interactive architecture in class and I have come across the work of Jason Burges.  He  is an artist who creates interactive pieces that respond to the movement of light, wind, the amount of play, etc..  His studio is based in England and his artwork is displayed in many different venues all over the world. The most fascinating piece, in my opinion, is the facade of the W Hotel in London. He has 8 cameras set up on the top of the building that take panoramic pictures of the skyline every minute and pieces them together in a 2 minute slide show, then displays them on the skin of the building.

Digital Molecular Matter for the iPhone or iPad

When we discussed digital molecular matter in class, I found a website that had apps for the iPhone or iPad that used the this technology.  In these apps, you can bend, twist, and shatter objects based on their materiality, control how they are effected by gravity and export what you do as a video to upload to YouTube.  I had no idea this technology was so readily available.


I stumbled across this article by Amara D. Angelica about the Internet and what it will be like in a million years from now.  He talks about how the Earth has already input information into the universe through microwave towers and soon NASA will use the information in the Universe to locate asteroids and other matter floating around there.  Angelica talks about communicating with civilizations on other planets and galaxies the next million years.  It is really interesting to think that communication with other planets would be possible in some million years from now with technology that began less than 100 years ago.

Creating a Recording Artist

While I was navigating through Ray Kurzweil’s website I found an interesting article about “The Virtual Ramona Project”.  This project consisted of Ray creating a virtual recording artist’s avatar.  The fascinating thing about this whole project was the process of creating it.  They used motion capture for creating the dance moves, they extracted actual speech sounds to control her lips and facial expressions and they used point clouds to generate the 3D model. 

about making the avatar