I think the best thing I’ve seen in the past month has been Touchy, a human camera. It’s:
a phenomenological social interaction experiment that focuses on the relationship of giving and receiving by literally transforming a human into a camera. Touchy, (the person wearing the device) is blind most of the time until you touch his/her skin. Once vision is given to Touchy, he/she can take photos for you. This human camera, with its unique properties, aims at healing social anxiety by creating joyful interactions.
I really like the idea.
Most importantly, Ze Frank and Nina Simon are working on something together. I think I heard a thunderclap.
Here’s a case study about a festival using RFID wristbands for enhanced security and social media integration. Festival-goers could link their wristbands to their Facebook account at registration. Once inside they could also tap their bands at stations around the site to post updates with details of the stage they were at and the act performing.
- If We Are Digital is a website hosting a series of conversations between art professionals about how to engage online art audiences.
- Creative Industry Finance is an Arts Council England initiative offering business development support and access to finance for creative industry enterprises.
- Michael Edson’s slides from his keynote talk at the Bikuben Foundation National Museum Awards, all about museums moving from a broadcast approach to something more inclusive.
- Smilesfilm is a worldwide online participatory artwork by Yoko Ono.
- Amy Martin’s written her top 5 digital faux pas by cultural orgs and called me a ‘veteran’.
Ita is a to-do/list-making app. There are lots of these about but what I thought was interesting about this one was that it makes the lists you use most often start to look worn and dog-eared. On a similar note, I liked this idea about online images that would be affected by people viewing them.
More productivity-related stuff - IFTTT has had a refresh and now works with physical triggers. Tray is like IFTTT for emails, although I’ve yet to give it a spin. The Setup features regular interviews with people detailing the hardware and software they use. I’ve already picked up a few good tips from it.
When Crowd Sourcing Reveals Its Limits sits on one side of a back-and-forth conversation, the inevitable conclusion to which is that crowdsourcing is great in some circumstances but not in others. Still, this was nicely expressed:
The efforts to “crowd curate” remind me of those “Mongolian barbecue” restaurants where the diner has to choose among a buffet of ingredients—meats, vegetables, sauces—to be combined in a stir-fry. Never mind that a competent chef is more likely to know which of the sauces complement which of the meats, which of the vegetables work together and which clash, which combinations are salutary and which are just a muddle. Which would you rather have, a meal crafted by a skilled and knowledgeable toque, or a dog’s breakfast tossed together by the peculiar whims of a random crowd?
Any article with the title ‘32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow‘ should be approached with a healthy dose of scepticism, but actually this one was pretty good.
Some other things:
- I’ve saved the films from the Vimeo Festival + Awards to watch next time I’ve got nothing better to do.
- Pixar story rules from Emma Coats, a story artist who’s picked up (and tweeted) guidelines from her more senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories.
- Mary Meeker’s presentation at All Things Digital. Lots of internet usage stats.
- Why Your Links Should Never Say “Click Here”. If I were ever to go on Mastermind I think this might be my specialist subject. Srsly.
This Is How You Make Something Go Viral: An Impractical Guide is a follow-up from Gawker on their ‘traffic-whoring’ experiment. This has actually been written by Neetzan Zimmerman (he founded The Daily What) and it includes this:
So do stories that are not being shared even matter? The answer, undoubtedly, is no. How could they, when they are seemingly invisible? This isn’t a comment on their bona fide merit, but if the purpose of the Internet is to engender exchange, then anything not being shared must therefore, in this context, be worthless
- Web: Multiplayer Piano, Reinvigorate
- Mac: Satellite Eyes, Janetter, Alfred
- iPhone: Voxer, RetroActive, InstaCC, Teemo, Zite, Citymapper, re:route, Podcasts
- WordPress: WordPress › Facebook
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