Archive for ‘Devices’

November 1, 2010

Play Digital Spy with Covert USB Drives Hidden Around the City

by Matt Forcey

In a scrupulous world, this would be a really cool idea.  As part of his residency with EyeBeam in New York City, Aram Bartholl has created an interesting sociological experiment.  An anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file sharing network.  On the sly, he has secreted USB flash drives into walls, buildings and street curbs, in publicly accessible spaces

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October 21, 2010

Share Your Most Extreme Moments with an Extreme Video Cam

by Matt Forcey

Anyone watching the news coverage last week from the Chilean mine rescue, at some point would have found themselves inside the rescue capsule as it made its ascent up the tunnel to the surface.  You were there with the miners thanks to an amazing piece of video (which if you haven’t seen, watch it here) that was recorded on a very spartan, very rugged, and all around very impressive little digital video camera called the GoPro Hero.

Created in 2004 by a group of self-professed athletic super geeks in Silicon Valley, the GoPro Hero was originally designed for fellow amateur outdoor sports enthusiasts who needed an easy-to-use, wearable recording device, to capture then share with the world the crazy shit they do.  True to the original design’s form with their latest model, the new HD Hero 960 is

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October 10, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Oct. 4-Oct. 10, 2010

by Matt Forcey

 

Determined by your clicks!

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October 10, 2010

Google Goggles. Magic Eyes for Your SmartPhone

by Matt Forcey

Google Goggles is now available for both the iPhone and Android-powered smartphones, as a feature of the latest version of the Google Mobile App.  Expanding on the concept of Augmented Reality, Goggles is an innovative application that works in conjunction with the camera and GPS on your phone to help you discover more about the world around you. 

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September 30, 2010

Mozilla Seabird: Concept Phone Boasts Projectors, Wireless Charging

by Matt Forcey

While buzz around the rumored Facebook phone reaches a fever pitch, a smartphone concept called the Mozilla Seabird has surfaced and given us a glimpse into the possible future of mobile devices.

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September 30, 2010

Jason Schwartzman Demos the Hell Out of the New Yorker iPad App

by Matt Forcey

The new App has everything that is in the print edition and more: extra cartoons, extra photographs, videos, audio of writers and poets reading their work.

This week’s inaugural tablet issue features an animated version of David Hockney’s cover, which he drew on an iPad. There is also a short film starring Jason Schwartzman and directed by Roman Coppola.

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September 27, 2010

This iPhone App Will Save Your Life

by Matt Forcey

When you’re plugged into your iPhone, you’re often plugged out of reality—traffic noise stops being a nuisance when that car horn actually saves your music-loving life. This new iPhone app will allow you to stay plugged in at decibel bursting volumes, but able to hear ‘important’ ambient sounds as well.

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September 24, 2010

In 2021 You’ll Enjoy Total Recall

by Matt Forcey

Upgrading our memory is a matter of improving our recording and retrieving abilities. At the current pace of miniaturization, camera components could be made tiny enough to fit in a contact lens (A) in just a few years. A high-precision microphone could fit in your ear (B). And the data could be downloaded to a searchable handheld gadget (C) Big Sesh Studios

Humans naturally have the power to remember almost two bits of information per second, or a few hundred megabytes over a lifetime. Compared with a DVD movie, which holds up to 17 gigabytes, that´s nothing. Worse, you might easily recall the 40-year-old dialogue from Hogan´s Heroes yet forget your mom´s birthday. Or memorize reams of sports stats while spacing out on work you completed just last week.

It’s a problem that’s been bothering Gordon Bell for almost as long as he can remember.  In 1998 Bell, a senior researcher at Microsoft, began digitally capturing his entire life for a project he calls MyLifeBits.

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September 23, 2010

Let the Force Be Your Guide. Star Wars GPS

by Matt Forcey

Vader, Solo, 3PO, Yoda…. yeah, Yoda. Guide you there he will.

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September 21, 2010

Future of Reading’s Present Filled with Smart Concepts

by Matt Forcey
By Tim Carmody

With the success of the Kindle, Nook, Sony readers, and tablets like the iPad, it seems like electronic books have finally arrived. But I think we’re actually still stuck in between two developmental phases on the way to the future.

For a long time, work on interactive books was about building either theory or prototypes. People talked about what multimedia reading might or could or should look like, and they built what were mostly one-off or low-volume projects using CD-ROMs, software applications, or the web.

Now, though, the theory and the prototypes have blended:

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September 19, 2010

New iPhone App Puts 32,000 Works of Art in Your Pocket

by Matt Forcey

Building on their esteemed collection, innovative programming, and an already digitally-savvy approach, MoMA continues to position itself as a standard-bearing institution of the 21st century with today’s release of their free iPhone application. The mobile software integrates familiar features from the museum, like

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September 19, 2010

Never Loose Your Cell Phone Again: Samsung Proxima

by Matt Forcey

A concept design by Johan Loekito, the Samsung Proxima will keep you from absentmindedly leaving your phone behind.

It looks more like a wristwatch than phone, and consists of two detachable modules:

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