Archive for November, 2008


Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

In reaction to seeing my research on the cycling proximity project Jane sent me some really interesting information about Edward Hall and his work on Proxemics. I’m still reading up on the concept, but in brief it pertains to the study of space that individuals maintain in various social interactions and specifically how several cultures maintain different norms.

Here is an update to the proximity visualization application incorporating the 4 Proxemic distance classifications of Intimate, Personal, Social and Public. I’m hoping to show that while riding a bicycle in traffic riders experience frequent intrusions by vehicles into the Personal space. The haptic feedback device that is being devised for the CycleSense project will transpose the events in Social and Personal space to the Intimate space to provide an immediate awareness of these intrusions that generally go unseen as they occur behind the rider.

The next HUGE challenge is to refine the rangefinder sensor package, which I’ve never been able to get completely reliable.

IPhone OS 2.2 is go!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

After the great, quick reaction by the iPhone dev team in updating the Pwnage and QuickPwn tools for the 2.2 firmware release, I upgraded my device this evening.

The update couldn’t have come sooner…my phone had been acting oddly since upgrading to 2.0. (long delays in loading several apps – SMS, Contacts, Safari…icons would wiggle after only a brief press -as if the interface never registered the press release – due to lag? Frequent slowdowns relieved by rebooting every other day) The 1.1.4 version had been the best, most responsive and stable release in my experience, and if not for the added features of 2.0 I would have gone back a long time ago.

It’s too soon to tell if 2.2 will last, but initial impressions are very promising. The interface seems to react quicker, the new trip features in Maps look great and the keyboard is able to keep up with two fingered typing now (which I had great difficulty with before – too much lag). Although the restore took a good, long while, backing up and syncing went smoothly afterwards.

I hope it lasts…

UPDATE: the icons just did the lagging press, wiggle thing again :(

UPDATE 2: i removed winterboard and haven’t had issues since.


Friday, November 21st, 2008

…i always feel pressure to write something useful here…knowing that it’s linked to from the blog blender and that there is a steady stream of visitors (well, a really small number, but consistent…so let’s acll that a “steady stream”, ok?) – damn you google analytics! i never cared until i added that, although it did help to reveal that a hungarian hardcore music website was linking to a photo of mine, using up a good chunk of my bandwidth…

anyway, that it all.


Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

i hate losing things….in this case my house keys and special lever for my bicycle wheels. my exhaustion and a faulty carabiner keychain conspired to drop my keys on the NYC sidewalk with me unawares. i didn’t realize it until i was standing at my doorstep in greenpoint at 3am, in the cold and windy night. in the end, although i had to ride 25 minutes back to school (and then home again) at least my keys were still there….


Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

combining the various sense visualizations into a collage. each layer is taken from a separate project. the overall guiding comment in this arrangement is that sound envelops and vision centers my awareness

looking forward to the final project for visualizing senses, i’m thinking of working with touch and space. several projects that i’ve investigated for other classes have involved interaction with proximity and awareness. what specifically drives the tactile sense? does the chill of a breeze or the warmth of nearby body stimulate similar senses as physical contact? at jane’s suggestion i’d like to read up on the field of proxemics as introduced by edward hall – the categorization of physical proximity and interactions deemed appropriate for each category. all this space around us…

next step…the world!

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

i got around to working directly with the Arduino’s microchip, the ATmega168, and built my first Arduino on a breadboard. part of the reason is cost…an Arduino Diecimila is $30, even the Barebones Arduino and similar clones are about $15. A raw ATmega168 chip is about $4, and the remaining parts (sans breadboard) are about $3 – so for $7 i can build a circuit around the Arduino’s chip and use the same programming environment.

the main reason to do this is flexibility. i can build ad hoc prototype circuits for individual projects relatively cheaply. also, if i fry a microcontroller it’s just a simple matter to swap it for a new one (which is also true of the packaged Arduino variants. (more…)

data logging…mobile

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

(this is an initial report for a longer post)

in conducting field research for the CycleSense bicycle proximity sensor i’m looking to gather data about actual proximity events while riding and to correlate these events with video documentation and personal annotation from the test subject…probably just me.

to that end, i’ve worked on rigging up a data logging solution for the sensor package. there was some information on using bluetooth enabled mobile phones as a storage device, communicating to a bluetooth module such the blueSMiRF attached to a microcontroller. in this case, an ultrasonic rangefinder is read by an Arduino which sends the range values through the blueSMiRF to a nokia phone. (more…)

looking back…

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Jody and I created this in-camera piece during class for 2×2. We’ve had to move to the Moon in the next hundred years and the Earth becomes uninhabitable. This is a nostalgic look back at a slice of New York City (more…)


Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

there was a jubilant feeling in the air as i rode home through the streets of new york. union square was completely choked with revelers, frequently cheering and chanting.

spontaneous and sporadic cheers or calls of “obama” pierced the night. (more…)

historic (visualizations)

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

wow. what a night. exhausted but filled with hope.

the visualizations of the results as they filtered in were great, but the new york times seemed best. specifically that you could zoom in and also look at historical results by state or county. great work