Posts Tagged ‘fun’

feeling productive…iPhone glove

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

after another rough week of classes, planning and discussions about projects without actually making anything, i needed a quick productivity break. iPhone gloves.

dsc03409some quick background. the touchscreen on the iPhone and iPod Touch (as well as the older click wheel iPods and trackpad on Macbook/Pro’s) use the capacitance of skin to track touches. gloves generally prevent these type of sensors from reading (except perhaps very thin gloves). taking off a glove to use the phone is frustrating, especially when trying to momentarily check something that would only take a few seconds (text messages, e-mails, etc). (more…)

Thinking Physically: {h}ears

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

big-ears-frontmegaphones for ears. inspired by prince, tigre and penguin.

i’ve always been a cat person. when i lived with my first cat i’d watch his ears swivel as he would listen to the sounds around us. sometimes i’d make quiet noises when he was looking away to see if he’d turn his ears toward me.

it is easy, of course, to accomplish a shadow of his ability by cupping my hands behind my ears…but i wanted to try something much more foolish. (more…)

(Signal to) Noise meter, ITP 4in4, day 4

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

For today’s project I wanted to do something with the analog decibel meter that Tymm gave me on day one. My idea is to calculate some kind of signal to noise ratio in my email inbox and to display the value on this physical meter. Since I already get a lot of noise in there, maybe the value won’t change very dynamically, but be a steady din. Perhaps I could tie into the junk mail filter to show just how much work it’s doing, like a tachometer. Who am I kidding, really, I’m likely going to jump into what all the cool kids are doing and just come up with some type of Twitter visualization… (more…)

pressure…

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.

i knew that it’s been watching me.

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

years ago we used to joke that the small microphone at the top of some apple monitors (beige powerPC era) was a stress sensor and would allow the computer to detect when you were getting frustrated or were under a deadline and would then misbehave to spite you.

when the macbooks added the isight camera built-in to the display bezel it was like deja vu, “all over again”.

i’ve always been somewhat wary of the camera, specifically that it may be on despite not indicating as such. last night, as i walked past the computer, my fears were confirmed..as show in the below video:

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The tracking is done in Processing, (more…)

Autobahn.

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Commuting. I really want to permanently install a cheap digital camera on my handlebars with a remote swtich somewhere so I could take really quick pics while I ride…I see a lot of weird stuff every day…

OS X Leopard’s Alex text-to-speech…breathing?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Maybe this is old news…but it was a surprise to me when I thought I heard the (relatively) new Alex voice inhaling when speaking some text. Try it out yourself, using TextEdit (spelled to aid pronunciation):

This is a test. Didd I juhst take a breath? (Yes, I will). I hope so, I really need too breathe at some point.

Weird – and awesome at the same time. The breath sound really does something to put me at ease when listening to the speech. I found myself unconsciously holding my breath until I heard him breathe.

Bloob.

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

I’m a big fan of a portmanteau words…

I recently realized that my blog entries are excessively long on the front page. Some clever individual though to implement a break in the articles when on the main page…but I haven’t until lately needed to use something like that. However, I tend to be a bit verbose with entries on here (as sufficiently evidenced by this post.)

Anyway, the past articles have been updated to include breaks….and I still consider myself a blogging noob.