Here is a company reinventing the museum experience. They do truly amazing stuff. Latest projects (not yet on their site): a camera taking pictures of your face, and searching the artefacts that look like you (ex: make a weird smile, get directed to ancient masks). A giant image wall with everything the museum contains. Make a preselection using a touchscreen, send what you want to see to your tablet, let the tablet guide you through the museum to what you selected.
Homeless city guide
An old project I rediscovered (it was mentioned by a Lift speaker a few years ago): the Homeless City Guide. “To deliver vital information more effectively to the urban homeless— a decentralized population with little access to mobile technology—designers Emily Read and Chen Hsu revived the centuries-old language of the hobo code. The homeless can use this series of simple symbols to communicate with each other about safety, shelter, and free food by inscribing them with chalk on sidewalks, buildings, and other surfaces”. I wonder if this has been used.
Dérive ’urban exploration app’
An open source app to get lost in style in a city. As explained on Spontaneous Interventions: “Dérive is an application for getting lost. Designed by architect Eduardo Cachucho, Dérive deals users a task card detailing an action, such as ‘follow a couple,’ or ‘find a tree’. Users are dealt a new task card every three minutes, prompting an unplanned journey through the city”. Don’t search for the iTunes link, it’s a web app to be opened from your phone’s browser.
When an american-born Indian – Vikram Gandhi – turns himself into a fake guru. It’s not a borat like movie, he reveals his true identity at the end of the movie and doesn’t humiliate people who believed in him. Worth watching, coming out on iTunes on December 11.
An ingenious kit created by MIT Medialab students to turn anything into a keyboard.
Killing Mosquitoes With Laser Beams
Old news apparently (2010), I missed it. There is a TED talk about this technology. What’s also very interesting is Intellectual Ventures, the organization behind this idea. They are a bunch of hackers bringing ideas to the market, and inventing more stuff. This from their website: “We work on the very beginning stages of nurturing an idea to prove that it can work and demonstrate its potential. Some of these originated here, others came from outside inventors we work with.”
A major site for creatives where they can show and share their portfolios. The vimeo of social networks, with lots of amazing stuff all around.
A MIT app that turns anybody into a musician. Composing happens visually, using colors and shapes. I can’t test it as it’s on Windows, but apparently a nice tool.
Ferran Adria – one of the best if not the best chef in the world – is releasing a database on food. Search for ingredients, see what goes with what, explore cooking techniques and flavors. Should be a great tool for cooks once it comes out, in a few days apparently.
A platform to turn mobile data into health insights. It’s amazing what your phone knows, how much you move, how much time you are inactive, etc etc. “Healthcare providers and researchers can invite patients to install the Ginger.io mobile application on their phone. The mobile application runs in the background of the phone collecting passive (phone sensor) and active (patient-reported outcome) data. With patient consent, the data is securely displayed on a HIPAA-compliant web dashboard for healthcare providers and researchers.”