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    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Food for throught :)



    Inspired by Google's Project Glass.


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    As I had said, Kinect revolution is evolving really fast.

    Today, we could scan reality to interactive with it on realtime. It could be named as augmented reality, but i think this is a step forward.

    Take note of the advances on video consoles, because it is a market plenty of money. And from here, as a master wall of the consume electronics, it could change all of the comunication human-machine. Stay tuned to the WiiU hardware too.



    Without words @_@'
    Fri, Aug 19, 2011  Permanent link
    Categories: future, Evolution, kinect
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    I hope you know the Spanish civil expressions against recently capitalism attacks.
    As a friend of mine, now on this collective, inkoherence explained one of the first causes of the indignant movement, but is difficult to have a global view of the evolution of the movement (now they are more than 140 campings on squares).

    The last month I'm very busy working on Spanish revolution projects, helping to organize teams coordinated with Madrid from Barcelona, the power of internet is amazing, and in a few days, we can show the world some tools to boost the global revolution where we were working. I will post an entry explaining some aspects and teachings from my experience soon.

    Now, I want to share with us a video. Everyone couldn't consider and activist or anarchist, it's not necessary, but everyone can do what they think is right. I encourage you to be more loyal with this value. It's possible, it's right and you are not alone.

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    I hope you will know who is the canadian author Naomi Klein, and her books. The last of its is The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007), and is the basis of a 2009 documentary by the same name.

    The book argues that the free market policies of Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman have risen to prominence in some countries because they were pushed through while the citizens were reacting to disasters or upheavals. It is implied that some man-made crises, may have been created with the intention of being able to push through these unpopular reforms in their wake.

    Enjoy this incredible material and observe, analise and think about how the actors of this (your) history fight for the control and power of the society.


    With a bold and brilliantly conceived thesis, skillfully and cogently threaded through more than 500 pages of trenchant writing, Klein may well have revealed the master narrative of our time. And because the pattern she exposes could govern our future as well, The Shock Doctrine could turn out to be among the most important books of the decade.

    - William S. Kowinski, San Francisco Chronicle

    And now, it seems the turn of Spain, just follow the facts. I hope there will not a government change, but if it be, we have this image for the future :P


    P.D.: I love understand facts from when I was child. It's like If I am winning time :)

    P.D.: Don't miss "No logo" the previous book about corporations. And her YouTube's channel.
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    Sometimes our economic systems have some great qualities. Capitalism always work like and engine for I+D+i applications since the last discovers the domestic applications. This context can offer a lot of great and incredible inventions. Like the laser, GPS, augmented reality or finally, MIcrosoft's Kinect.

    Firstly, every technology is developed for military or scientist field, but every time the transition to domestic electronics is faster, and this is good, really good.

    Remember MInority report? Surely the answer is yes. If you didn't knew this amazing movie, see the video below.


    When I saw this scene, I wonder of interact with an application user interface like this. It's quite natural way, that could be a standard, and it will be directly linked with a physical feedback. That's great.

    Usually movies shows a better future than reality (Blade Runner was set in the year 2014), but with these example, and for first time, I think reality is a step forward, and it's growing faster, on a exponential way boosted by different factors that you can read on this post. And this is an outstanding futuristic situation!

    With Kinect technology out, for US150$ and a lot of hungry developers, new sensations and ways to interact were a sweet chance to try. Every technology comes to our homes faster, and Kinect is the last incredible example.

    Kinect is a technology that allow to interact with devices moving your body, no controller and no limits, only imagination.

    See on this video the maping projected by the sensor to track and made every object and place everyone on a room.
    With the results, Kinect software can redraw the scene virtually on 3D, and aply the image captured by the device.

    One week later
    Just one week later, internet was full of creative examples of how Kinect is made for more things that only games. I love these two from Flight404 for the creative image manipulating habilities.

    Robert Hodgin aka Flight404 posted these videos to his vimeo account. Runs in realtime.


    This could be the future of VFX production; how chroma industry may work on some time.


    You can check the Creative Applications Network list to stay tunned about different Kinect projects progression.

    Virtual Reality could be redesigned too, and become more affordable. Check this Kinect + HMD glasses video.

    Let's go for something outstanding
    Taylor Veltrop, is an american ingenier, he had developed a software to control Kondo KHR-1HV, a little robot with 3D motion tracking based on Kinect.

    It's amazing how fluids the robot moves are, and it's incredible that this technology was applied like this in a few days.

    Kinect Teleoperation of Humanoid Robot:


    It's a pity the incomplet movement of the robot, but Taylor is working on it (he build all the staff).

    But this is not a reason to stop imaging, lots of companies work on robots, "mechas" and how it will be controlled. The WIND (Wireless Intelligent Networked Device) permits robot control with the use of a SiP (System in Package) chip, packing the full functionality of a personal computer onto a single semiconductor. The WIND operates a robot by detecting and recognizing human movement and performing wireless transmissions of operation instructions to a robot.

    You can see how a new kind of mechanism could work. I think the robot records the movements and plays it after a while, but don't forget see how the robot moves.



    Explication of the system (a little poor and simply)

    It's a very interesting way to explore building a new market. The way we make our merchandise circulation and transportation could be improved a lot. We can brake the gravity restrictions, weights, manipulating sizes... a new industry will born, when? I don't know, but seems more early than ever.

    Again, you will found some examples on sifi movies, like one latest Avatar, but seems like reality is going far and quickly exploding this applications.


    The Kinect control seems more elegant and natural than the other "suits" options.

    *Did you know about Robot Suit HAL? out since middle 2009 for US$4,200. What a competitive price!
    Yes, it's the same company name which appears on Terminator movies, again with a movie conection (this one is hilarious!)


    What about Microsoft?
    Microsoft know what kind of technology has in his hands. But, actually the recent presentation of Kinect was focused on games. Games actually on sale are very "casual", but fun and simply to use. Oficially, we don't know how Kinect will perfom on more sophicticated games, but there are some non-oficial examples. One of this with the famous World of warcraft:



    World of Warcraft has reached more than 12 million subscribers worldwide.

    With the features of Kinect technology, like face recognition, video conference... MS can aply all of this to his online services.

    The Xbox LIVE service is available on every console, and last days revealed that 50% of the 25 million Xbox Live members are actually Gold subscribers. That puts the figure at around 12.5 million and those member pay for an excellend connection features.

    What about the technology itself?
    Primesense is the company behind Kinect's technology. They wan to deliver the technology ported on a smaller and powerful device, bringing the Kinect control to TVs, PCs...
    The company are proud of the posibilities and are making investments to achieve a return for I+D+i expensive years.

    Last days, with the increasing developments from the community, they put online the oficial drivers and API, with their own frameworks to join the community with this new way of interaction. Recently, they created the site openni.org to share directly this knowledge.

    Also, thanks to firmware updates, there are news about 360 console Kinect resolution could greatly improve performance from 320x240 to 640x480.

    What about interaction?
    Watching the possibilities and how were implemented, Jacob Nielsen, a famous usability expert, made a review of the Kinect implementation with released games. In general, Jacob was happy with the implementation; there are more mistakes and inconsistencies, but they are simply games from different brands, when you play, the experience was fun and easy.

    Jacob focus on a interaction method: Sign in process:

    The most compelling usability advance is the way Kinect automatically signs in users after recognizing their faces. Step in front of the sensor, and "Jakob recognized" appears on the screen, after which the current game starts using my customized avatar. This is the type of interaction technique I called a "non-command user interface" in 1993: You don't feel that you're issuing commands to a computer; you simply go about your business the way you normally would, and the computer does what's needed to complete its part of the task.

    Every technology that Jacok and his team had reviewed becomes more efficient and easy for the final user. It's true and Jacok is happy :)

    Conclusions
    As you can see, I think Kinect technology will "rocks the house... and world", but not for the technology itself. I think that based on the situation; how in a month a "knowhow" was spread over the world, with and oficial community and interests behind, and how the imaginative ways of interaction will push the penetration of this recent technology.

    Remeber, only in a month and 1 Xmas!!

    Kinect sold 4 Million units during the first 6 weeks after launch. It will be fun check these numbers after christmas season.

    P.D.: If you guess about which application could be designed for the sex industry, wich move millions, actually, there is an example, too :)
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    Since the summer of 2010 until now, Swedish television has been following WikiLeaks, a network of secret means, and his enigmatic Editor in Chief, Julian Assange.

    Reporters Jesper Huor and Lindquist Bosse have traveled to key countries where WikiLeaks operates, interviewing board members, such as Assange, new spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, and people such as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who is now starting its own version - Openleaks . org!

    Where do you direct this organization so discreet? Stronger than ever, or disarmed by the U.S.? Who is Assange: champion of freedom, spyware or rapist? What are their goals? What are the consequences for the Internet?

    Quote from George Orwell:
    If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

    Enjoy the video 57' english with spanish subtitles:


    The documentary on Swedish television site here.

    Don't miss the incredible architecture of one of the WikiLeaks headquarters, by Albert France-Lanord Architects



    To finish, I'm very frustated about the final facts of the documentary, I would add a final quote, to sum up, because the reaction of the other members of Wikileaks can produce a single huge post about human being.

    Quote from Rabindranath Tagore:
    He who is too busy doing good finds no time to be good.
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    Last night, I found this smart and interesting project about the next interaction between human and machine.



    This natural interaction with the new flexible screens could be a future interpretation of today laptops. Think about it: no drives, no keyboards, cloud based operating system...I only need a screen and an input device (multi-touch will be the standard) :)
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    Ok, with my last post, the debate was starting, and now, with 2 million of iPad sold on 2 months, the h264 codec war, the Flash ban on the new Apple platform... it's time to refresh our minds with one of the best views of the future and how the society always evolve in a bucle way. Apple shows us with his old war against IBM, and how the famous ad could be focused nowadays to his CEO, Steve Jobs.



    There where a lot of interesting articles about how is build Apple's new digital empire and I don't want to bore you with my "paranoic" arguments, so, I use this post to remember the great 1984 movie, wich is a trip to the human being (now online from Google Video).



    You can enjoy the spanish version here.

    Who controls the past, controls the future.
    Who controls the present controls the past.

    I love this quote :)

    and one by me to sump up:
    You can't choice if you don't know the options


    This post was inspired by Apple and his practices, and detonated from one of the Mr doob's tweets.
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    Okay, this is an amazing world. Last week, Apple presents his new gadget, a mobile device all in one that is supposed to be the revolution of personal computer. And this supposed it’s true, but, like always, not like the company explains it.



    Recently, I bring my last two desktop computers to my parents and my parents in law, and I could see from the first line which are the handicaps of the traditional personal computing. It was and interesting exercise of empathy, and make aware me about some important issues that will need to be merged with the iPad discussion.

    After a few minutes of the keynote, an outstanding debate starts on internet, and it follows today, and it will follow, be sure, during all the year. It was motivated by people forgetting that a company is always a company, and a company does the best for it, not for the costumers. This is a simply argument, but I will expose a heard topics of this week and simplified my conclusion with a sum of positive and negative points. Come on, would you like to do with me this funny sum up exercise?


    MARKETING
    First of all, all of you heard about the Apple’s aggressive marketing. They know how to make a good product and better how to sale it. But in the way, they found solid values that are universal to any costumer (like user experience, cross platform services…).

    In this case, the claim “The best way to experience the web…” starts the war. And this is a lie, because, the 70% of the internet video and the 75% of internet games couldn’t be seen with the iPad. You couldn’t say this claims and rest like was a simply marketing claim. This is thanks to the omission of include Flash technology on the device.

    Apple’s marketing lies. Negative point.

    Check this graphical representation of how will be the surfing experience without Flash plugin (Thanks to Lee Brimelow)
    *The screen deleted was a porn site.


    TECHNOLOGY
    Continuing with lies, Apple says that was because Flash turns the platforms more unstable, and the recently standard HTML5 can show video on internet too. If you think Flash ONLY brings video to internet, you are a dummy of this world. What about brand experiences, online applications, interactive diagrams, games (talk to the creator of Flow, a Flash game ported lately to PS3), and a lot of new interactive experiences that pushes up internet every day.

    Apple’s technicians lie. Negative point.

    Visit this technical overview of internet technologies to know more about this point.


    CLOSED SYSTEM
    Following with the next point, the operating system of iPad is based on IphoneOS, a light version of and operating system that can do less things. If it does less things, it consumes less energy, and this facts, for a mobile device is a good feature. But the controversy starts with the limitations of the gadget. Every application will be downloaded from Apple’s Application Store cutting the open source way and the free developing for the platform (is knew the particular review process of this Store, with Applies from Google censored). The same case with video contents, and now with the eBooks contents, with a new Store for these (with property DRM system). This is a commercial decision, from a company that is becoming a content delivery one (iTunes is the first store in USA with 5 years old). They make good devices, but the sales on their stores are increasing day after day…

    Apple’s make an Apple’s stores consumption device (more near from a Nintendo DSi than a netbook). Neutral point.
    *Remember that Xbox360, the gaming system from Microsoft, don't have an internet browser.

    This post will help you to understand the philosophy behind the gadget.


    CLOSED DESIGN
    It’s knew that Apple makes their gadgets with a poor offer of expanding ports, and iPad don’t be and exception. It’s strange this expanding capacities on a “computer” (ironic phrase), nowadays with the standard SD cards, the USB pens generally used by the entire consume electronics. And the poor (and expensive) disks capacities weren’t a solution. But, think for a moment that all of this was with a purpose; force the use of a new internet file repository system, or switch the habit of download contents by have access to contents (every new Apple’s device has 3G model), and in fact, it can be sold as a cross-platform service.

    Apple forces customers to buy more ‘add-ons’. Negative point.

    Answers for these missing features.


    USABILITY ISUES
    The iPad is from now, the best and universal democratized device for all the audiences. The interaction of the touch interface is the easier way to introduce computing to anyone. The cognitive experience has no rival. And iPad brings a honey moon to students, medics, commercials, projects leaders, and teachers… any one who need handle information in different contexts.

    The work showed about the iWork suite was impressive, and, demonstrates that we can really work with new kind of applications that improve the creation of content workflows.

    Also, Apple is demonstrating how a huge company can migrate his default suite of applications to a real cross-platform experience (Mac – iPhone - iPad), with very good results.

    Apple brings an unknown experience until now. Positive point.

    Design centric review of the iPad


    SYSTEM AND MULTITASK
    The simplified version of a operating system (install process, uninstall, elimination of folders, refer files to his application…) followed of some studies and habit analysis, probe we aren’t so multitasking like we thought to be becomes on a simplified operation system with less options but more logical and targeted actions.
    The first need of this new system of multitouch interfaces was to eliminate the cross window behaviors. These are concepts very difficult to understand for a foreigner person. One application, one screen is ideal.

    Another reason is that our brains couldn’t do two things at the same time. We are animals that focus our minds on labors, and one after another, we can make complex works.

    Apple doesn’t do a real multitasking behavior, but the system allows playing music and surf the web, work, etc. It’s a kind of controlled or limited multitask. Remember, they don’t try to sell a netbook.

    Apple applies new workflows for computing, ready for all kind of audience. Positive point.

    Post explaining the no multitasking process of our brain.


    TARGET AUDIENCE
    This is the key of these product. Really, enjoy the history; imagine the situation, my father 50 years old want to consume internet at home. He needs a computer, a windows or macOS lessons (those never brings he the ability to install software or some kind of control of his machine, really), an internet plan (install and configure modem) and a desktop! (He needs a big screen). All of these needs, without any installation process solve the launch of iPad. It’s incredible, and a plug & play solution.

    Actually, the 90% of home internet connections are to consume internet, with computers that can do thousand of things more than it were used, with poor mobility, and by the way like 20 years ago. There is and huge blue ocean here.

    Apple makes the question and answers it with a good point of view. Positive point.


    CONCLUSION
    To sum up, 3 negative points in front 3 positive points. 1 neutral point.


    You can buy the next iPad or not (it’s little expensive), it’s your decision, but one thing is true, new kinds of devices are born, and it will revolution the world of personal computing.

    With the Apple’s bet, the market is pushed again, and the personal computing HAS to be redesigned. And it is easier than you can imagine.

    I recommend to companies follow the success of Apple, taking note of their positive points and ignore the negative ones: Make similar devices with more features and cheaper prices.

    And a call for Adobe, audience claims for a simplified interface fully of usability and cross-platform experiences; you are good in standards, find a layer with the operation system and how expand the knowledge of audiences over a range of devices (Steve Jobs proudly says that 75 million people know how iPads works). Do you have something called Air and something like it mobile? Do you support multitouch events? Talk to manufacturers, and bring a unified experience where the user controls his device plenty of happiness (obviously, don’t kill the advanced mode like Apple does.)
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    Last week I was enjoying the more interesting speech in months, for me, a person who is continuously interested on how technology and the evolution of the media can influence our diary lives or costumes, and, surely for you too.

    What for you? Certainly, if you are visiting this network, you are interested on futuristic concepts, and how technology can evolve or how can help to us to do it. With this on one hand, everyone loves to look back; do an exercise to understand how the progress connects step by step over history. This is an outstanding exercise of perspective, and helps us to know from where the concepts come.

    The speaker, Tomi Ahonen explains this exercise with and incredible lucid and direct narration, plenty of data and concept relations. Also, Tomi brings a commercial layer for all of this, probably you don't love this commercial smell, but it show how easy is to discover blue oceans (new business models on a new media).

    If you see the video (very recommended), you can clearly explain or have a global view about the 7 new Medias of our history. Personally, I think this where the speech shows the more amazing ideas and connections. Tomi explains it with an agile and motivated way. And, like he, I'm in love of the opportunities of this globally established new media (as you can see, I participate on and Adobe User Group for mobile devices).

    On the other hand, we have a fluently and direct exposition of what are the reasons which turn mobile the best and better mass new media until now. An irrefutable and surprising list of acts that you can only affirm.

    Well, it will be better that you enjoy the speech, and mature all this concepts for yourself :)



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    Tomi T Ahonen is an author of six bestselling hardcover books as well as three new eBooks on mobile telecoms and digital convergence is the former Nokia executive who lectures at short courses at Oxford University, is a most widely respected expert in high tech, already referenced in over 50 books by other authors.
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