There’s something mind boggling about a fully functioning cellphone for $12 – especially if you consider Bunnie’s detailed component breakdown between this phone and a $29 Arduino.
The new interface is said to be “very, very flat,” according to one source. Another person said that the interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeuomorphism seen across current and past versions of iOS. Another source framed the new OS as having a level of “flatness” approaching recent releases of Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Metro” UI.
If this is true (and that’s a big if, as far as I remember 9to5mac isn’t particularly reliable in its reporting of rumors), it could be either great or terrible (I like my ham-fistedly skeuomorphic signifiers and affordances thankyouverymuch, that’s why I never got to terms with Android or Metro).
Everything else aside, this just freaked me out:
iOS 7 is codenamed “Innsbruck,” according to three people familiar with the OS.
Remember Microsoft’s Illumiroom concept from Samsung’s CES keynote back in January? They’re back in full swing at CHI 2013 and frankly, I haven’t been this excited about anything out of Microsoft Research in forever. Watch a pretty comprehensive walkthrough of its capabilities:
I really hope we’re looking at something that will find its way into the next generation Xbox ecosystem (we should know in about three weeks), but I’m only cautiously optimistic. While the system appears to have evolved well beyond the limited confines of research labs, two limiting factors come to mind: First there’s obviously pricing, but beyond that I would imagine installation in a living room to be quite challenging without the projector getting in your way or constantly requiring re-callibration. Nevertheless, please let us have at this, preferably before 2015.
In the meantime, if you need something to read before bedtime, have a go at their CHI paper.
Using voice, gesture, and projection, frog has turned a conference room into an environment called RoomE—a space to experience the value of room-sized computing. Computer vision and voice recognition combine to provide inputs and context to a computer, opening the way for frog to build a heads-up digital experience using light projected onto surfaces and digital control of objects.
The Greenhouse SDK is a creative coding toolkit for spatial interfaces by Oblong Industries, the company that created the G-Speak platform.
Haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but looks intriguing.
Whenever I see something like this I wonder how they’ll deal with accidental activations. Sure looks impressive though.
In a recent xkcd’s alt text, Randall Munroe suggested stacksort, a sort that searches StackOverflow for sorting functions and runs them until it returns the correct answer. So, I made it. If you like running arbitrary code in your browser, try it out.
In a world in which nearly everyone is technically a felon, we rely on the good judgment of prosecutors to decide who should be targets and how hard the law should come down on them. We have thus entered a legal reality not so different from that faced by Socrates when the Thirty Tyrants ruled Athens, and it is a dangerous one. When everyone is guilty of something, those most harshly prosecuted tend to be the ones that are challenging the established order, poking fun at the authorities, speaking truth to power — in other words, the gadflies of our society.