AmazonI remember watching these kids TV shows about factories and how certain things were made (e.g. Mister Rogers at the Crayon Factory) and thinking, a) there are a lot of weird crazy processes behind these crayons and other things my kid self interacts with and b) it's someone's job to be involved with all of that. Many people's jobs, even, to invent it, build it, manage it, whatever. I wondered if I would have some wacky, behind-the-scenes, "make the world go round" job when I grew up.
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Apps and DemosI should know this already, given the amount of traction I've gotten from Sketch-a-bit, but nothing beats a slick, simple demo. I need a kick in the pants to go make some short and sweet (and self-contained) apps of things rattling around my brain. Something(s) that I can pull out to either show off an idea in a tangible way, explain what kind of work I do, or just inspire conversation. Some nice examples of other apps from the last few days:
- This face tracker was running on a nice, big display at the far end of the posters. It also just worked really, really well. I want to use it in my stuff. http://www.humansensing.cs.cmu.edu/intraface/
- I got to poke at some new Photosynths, which have a very nice feel to them.
- Someone was playing around with these Microsoft cliplet/cinemagraph/blink things on a windows phone and made this one of me: http://www.so.cl/#/post?i=1Izxkuey7hJdkVCe
Art (and Photosynth 2)A couple days ago now I saw a talk on Photosynth 2, basically a sneak peek of the TED talk Blaise just gave in Scotland. The new synths have nice 3D and parallax effects. They've also tried to make them easier to capture and navigate with a touch screen. Their exact nature shall be revealed to the internet soon enough. I mainly wanted to comment on how they (Blaise et al) are (and have been) treating them as new artistic mediums. I caught a glimpse of Photosynth person emailing other Photosynth person a synth of their recent hiking adventure, of a place that suited the medium really well. And then the synth itself is this neat artifact that can be appreciated independently. I kinda felt that way about PhotoCity models, so it's nice to see it validated in this more corporate world.
The Blink/Cinemagraph thing has a similar new-form-of-artistic-expression feel. It's cool. I want to create more things like that. To create the opportunities for new types of creative expression, actually, rather than the cinemagraphs themselves... You're getting all artsy-fartsy around the edges, Microsoft!