Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

Here is an interesting look at the creative flow and direction enabled by the digital age.  Amazing and inspiring performance.

“Sampling isn’t about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” says Mark Ronson. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. In this mind-blowingly original talk, watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of “La Di Da Di,” Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since.” (TED)

 


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As a person who likes gadgets and watches I have been actively keeping an eye on the developments of smart watches. I am fascinated by the simplicity, yet function of the Pebble, but am intrigued by the integrated aspect of the Galaxy Gear. Many of the reviews I have read have given mixed opinions and more recently I have read articles that have explored the potential success of the devices. I am not sold yet on their function, nor their longevity. I believe that for a smart watch to be successful it has to possess a few qualities. These include; keep accurate and accessible time, being affordable, having a degree of function that exceeds current devices, have overcome their Achilles of battery life and be a learning device that is truly smart in function to the changing needs of the owner. A quote I recently came across sums my view up well:

“Any reduced technology like a watch will have to be smarter than our normal computers—our normal smartphones, even—because they are highly intrusive,” says Lars Hard, founder and chief technical officer of the artificial-intelligence company Expertmaker. “If it’s sitting right on my arm and it can wake up at any time giving me information, then it needs to be extremely good at what it presents.”
(http://www.technologyreview.com/review/520236/so-far-smart-watches-are-pretty-dumb/)

Beyond the aesthetic and function of the devices is the potential that they may pose in educational circumstances. I can remember when the old Casio Calculator Watch was the bee’s knees of fashion and school yard accessories. I can remember talking with friends as a kid fantasising what could be done with one in the future. Even the cool, tuff kids had them and joined in. Imagine the potential of a school smart watch club where the students took charge of developing apps and programs to assist their learning, tutor others and help with school administration tasks. The options are endless.

 

I am posting this one as I stumbled across the article earlier today and thoughts that it is just cool. To sum my understanding of these up is that unlike Google Glass that displays on a screen you look through, this one projects straight in and onto your retina. Talk about a cool concept for exploring Augmented Reality. C/NET were the source of the image below and of an article about the glasses. There is also an article on the Digital Trends website. Have a look and see what you think. I will be showing these to my students and getting them to explore the prospects and implications of future developments.

Here is a newly developed piece of software for phones. It makes for many thoughts, questions and interests, both positive and negative. What are your thoughts?

 

Today I have been exploring what it means to be a web browser and how the Internet has been evolving. Whilst reading some interesting articles I came across the Google Chrome WebGL Experiments. As I examined what these have been created to do I was amazed at the possibilities. I have linked to a few I found interesting below but click the top image to get access to the lot.

Radiolaria – Create Biologically inspired images

House Configurator

Pixelate Yourself

Plink – Multiplayer Music Creator

Imagine the potential of a mini computer plugged into a light bulb socket that could make any surface interactive. Here is a great article by Tom Simonite on MIT Technology Review.

This is a very interesting infographic I found on edudemic.  Makes for interesting reflection.