Monday, February 28, 2005

Friday, February 25, 2005

How to make (almost) anything

How to make (almost) anything was a terrific class, simply because you got to have a crack at these expensive tools. I have to say though, that the class is not for everyone. I don't know if people in 3rd world countries really want to make solutions to their problems-- they would probably rather have solutions given to them (with some of their input), because they've got enough to worry about. It's like the idea of the human hyperlink. Why don't YOU, the designer/engineer, do what you can, and we, the consumer will do what we can. I am not sure if everyone wants to be an inventor... Still replicators are very Stephenson-esque, sci-fi-fantasy-esque.

New New Things-- Personal Fabrication

MSNBC - New New Things mentions that "the future" is being able to make stuff yourself. You should take a look at our kitchen/workshop. We've got tons of components strewn out and we're making stuff. Yay!

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Multi pressure strips from a capactive touchpad

I remember I ran into this young man with a terrific interface last time I was at CHI. I recently found him again at The Home Page of Gabor Blasko. This is quite innovative hardware design. This makes a lot of sense, given that the capacitive pad can be so flexible to different types of input.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Rob Jacob's TUI lab class: COMP 150-TUI

Prof. Rob Jacob's is teaching COMP 150-TUI on Tangible User Interfaces. Some of the students are making neat project mockups of TUIs.

Friday, February 11, 2005


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Harvard yard web camera

Harvard yard web camera provides a gorgeous view of what the snow left us yesterday. I like the timelapssed movement of people across the yard. It's reminds me of a tears for fears video...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - Concept of $100 laptop for world's poor is a winner - Concept of $100 laptop for world's poor is a winner
a laptop Negroponte says could be sold for $100.

Sounds a little crazy, right? You can't buy a decent pair of ice skates for $100. A stripped-down, 512-megabyte iPod Shuffle with no screen or keyboard costs $100. How can a laptop cost $100?

Missing Big Jimmy

I got sad news from a friend a few days ago and cannot believe that Big Jimmy has passed away. He was a caring and terrific person to be around, and we all will miss him. Most importantly, students and faculty have set up a fund to help out people at East Campus. I remember Big Jimmy's ice cream feeds-- geniuses flocking to the kitchen and gobbling down ice cream while they talked algorithms. I know that Big Jimmy's spirit remains alive in all of us. Missing Big Jimmy
Big Jimmy MIT Spotlight

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Acoustics and Vibration Animations

Acoustics and Vibration Animations

grindhouse connection

Because its just down the street, there was no reason to skip theArt Interactive party, with sosoLimited folks eric gunther, justin manor and crew. Andrea and Maku were a hoot, especially the cucumber wrapped nori. It was nice to bump in to Dan (aka leinad) at the party, and we're all looking forward to Collision.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Sunday Sunday Sunday, the Pats win the Super Bowl.

Thanks to Rich Lester, I had a terrific time with old pals on Sunday, watching the Patriots win. One thing that struck me was how great some friends are. It's been about a year since I had seen Karen, and she's doing great! She's teaching math (that sounds way cool), and so is Rich, Yun, Mike. It was also great to see Jamie, Brad, Lisa Maria and Neil again. I think Lisa Maria and Neil will be at both Duff and William's wedding, so stay tuned!
That being said, it was also sad to see how lame the commercials were this year. No more viagra, but also, no more substance. The long awaited Razr commercial didn't air in my part of the US. I wonder if it did in others? let me know if you saw it during th superbowl. Most of the commercials were pretty tame and lame.... Too bad there were no Apple 1984 type commercials this year.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Visual Google newsmap

Today Tad tipped me off on a visual google news reader:: check out the newsmap here. Are you psyched? This one reminds me of the visual amazon shopper by Schneiderman and Hivegroup... Rock on to Ten By Ten. You guys pwn Viz, man!


Halley's new blog gamermom about the XBOX. My favorite new word is pwn3d! When watching the Bourne Supremacy the other night, we were yelling, "you guys are so pwn3d!"

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Touching Your Own Future: Haptic Tools

Touching Your Own Future: Haptic Tools from the ACM Newsletter. This article is a survey of the current buzz generators in the haptics community. Looking forward to seeing these devices become more commonplace.