Surround Sound Technology to View Outside the TV

This is a project that lets you see beyond your TV screen. The designer uses a phone or a tablet to move around in different directions to see what’s happening off screen using “surround sound” technology.

I think this would be a great idea for solving mysteries or situations happening beyond what security cameras could capture.

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/augmented-tv-0409

The Process of Learning a Word

Deb Roy studied the environment around his child to see how he learns a new language and how that develops over time. What I found interesting with this idea was the methodology he used to conduct this research. He documented the process over time in such a way that he was able to filter out the words that the baby heard the most and the people he was around the most. Based on this, he was able to diagram a process of his language learning. He used simple technology such as camera around the house. However he was able to extract the data that was relevant to his study.

http://www.ted.com/talks/deb_roy_the_birth_of_a_word.html

Sixth Sense Technology

Pranav Mistry explains his innovations which connects actions in the physical world with the digital world. I found some of his ideas very convenient, especially having the pen that transfers 3d drawings in the physcial world to the computer models. As an architect, that would be very convenient for us.  I assumed this similar technology was already out there, for example when doctors perform virtual surgeries. However, he took the same idea to another level and made it for everyday life friendly.

http://www.ted.com/talks/pranav_mistry_the_thrilling_potential_of_sixthsense_technology.html

Architecture Research Firm Integrates Computational Methods in Their Designs

This is a great architecture firm that integrates latest technologies with architecture. Many of their works are parametric. They use different alogrithms to come up with functional forms. Having a grasshopper studio this semester, the processes of the works made a lot more sense to me.

http://www.o-s-a.com/

tech c u l t u r e!

As convenience increases, is solitude on the increase as well?

Technology is shrinking our physical social interactions and turning them into passive communications and transactions via   netwroked technologies.

Checkout what Apple has on mind.

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/106433/20110128/apple-hints-nfc-chips-might-come-to-iphones-ipads.htm

A new breed of maps

I think that interactive maps such as the one for the Atlantis Resort, provide potential customers with an entirely new and interactive way to research where they wish to stay on a vacation. Previous maps used to be in 2d which did not provide the level of interaction and detail that the new maps provide. One can now visualize the resort without being there helping both customer and merchant. I think all parks and resorts should invest in these new types of maps to increase customer traffic and thus profits.

http://www.atlantis.com/resortmap.aspx

i n v e r s e p y r a m i d – a social networking experiment

In a bid to study behavioral economics, social networking, and game theory, DARPA  offered prize money to anyone who found 10 weather balloons located around the country.

The aim of the network challenge was to explore the unprecedented ability of the Internet to bring people together to solve tough problems and to mark the Internet’s 40th birthday.

Also to exhibit how the Internet has become an integral part of society and the global economy over the years.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/info-management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222000298

http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/info-management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222000809

Moving Science Forward (2.0)

A growing movement of scientists are beginning to practice a sort of open-source approach to their research and experiments.  Using the ideas behind the web 2.0 movement (blogs,tags,social networks etc..), scientists are able to collaborate, inspire, communicate and develop ideas in a more efficient and productive manner.  Issues arise however because of the competitive nature of certain scientific fields, and the worry that ideas could be stolen or otherwise misused.  To me though, this seems like a great idea.  Safegaurds can be taken to assure skeptical scientists, and the potential for exponential growth in scientific knowledge, at least for me, outweighs the risks.

Main article here (re-posted from Scientific American)

and some examples of this in action here

http://openwetware.org/wiki/Main_Page

www.usefulchem.wikispaces.com