Friday, 1 May 2009

The vision thing - TED 2009 - Pattie Maes & Pranav Mistry: Unveiling the "Sixth Sense,"


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Like everywhere at the moment, there are days when you need a bit of inspiration. So I asked my colleagues for some clues. This suggestion is from Helen Smiths, design/ia lead at mcgovern online.

A Museum/ Library/ Gallery/ connection?
Thinking about this later, I couldn't help but ask myself - how would a museum or a big heritage library, or art gallery contribute to the world she imagines ?

What kind of resources , collections, experience and competencies could they contribute to the world being imagined here? And is there enough thinking going on to address these questions?

If so, where? And does it matter ?.

Te Papa Our Space
Answering my own question? The Te Papa Our Space project might be worth bringing into this discussion.

Writing/Publishing
And, while I'm at it, maybe the upcoming Auckland Writers Festival should take the opportunity to screen this, and then ask a panel from the writing and publishing community, how they will contribute to this brave new world?

TED 2009
There are also a number of other presentations from the February, 2009 conference on the TED site for download, embeds and streaming. In short, a Friday feast.

2 comments:

Alastair Smith said...

At one level, this is simply an improved portable computer interface. The problem with PDAs or cellphones is they're simply not big enough to give a decent sized display.
But using projection for the display raises interesting possibilities - projecting the flight data onto your boarding pass, eco-ratings onto supermarket products for example.
The downside is that in a lot of cases you wouldn't want to use projection - for example it might be useful to have info displayed on someone you've met, but not necessarily projected where they and everyone else can see it!
So the question is whether this is better than a heads-up displays built into glasses - though at the moment this would be more expensive.

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