Tag Archives: Technology

Stanza: Nottingham Sensity Project

A series of artworks based on connecting city spaces:

  • Visualisation and sonification of realtime spaces using  wireless sensor network and environmental sensor technologies.
  • Dynamic data  and open source database – soundcities.com




The SelfieCity Project

This  ‘Selfiecity’ project  investigating the style of self-portraits (selfies) in 5 cities across the world, artistic and representation:

  • People taking selfies, their poses and expressions.
  • Using  a rich media visualisation tool called “Imageplots”.
  • To assemble thousands of photos to reveal interesting patterns.
  • The functions of images in social media and dataset.

Selfiecity  Project (2014),  Avaialable: http://selfiecity.net/ [ Accessed 17 Feb 2015]

Selfiecity Video Montage of 320 selfie images from five cities – Moritz Stefaner (2014) , 17 February 2014, Available: https://vimeo.com/86887534 [ Accessed 17 Feb 2015]

Fantastic Infographics, drawn from a study of Instagram Selfies – Stinson, C. (2014). 20 February 2014. Available: http://www.wired.com/2014/02/explore-world-selfies-new-data-visualization-tool/  [Accessed 17 Feb 2015]


The 25 Biggest Turning Points In Earth’s History



The 25 Biggest Turning Points In Earth’s History 25  BBCEarth  (2015)  [BBC online]. Available: http://www.bbc.com/earth/bespoke/story/20150123-earths-25-biggest-turning-points/index.html      [Accessed 14  February 2015]


If cars could talk, accident

Abstract: Cars seemed to be the leading caused of death  in the western world, so why  are car accidents happening?  This might be that we are constantly been distracted – answering smart devices, taking eyes of the road or other human errors. In this  reference TED Talks examined  existing and future technology, and the ways its could help us (human) improve as well as discussing ethical considerations such as privacy.

In the future cars will be able to exchange data with each other, seeing other cars or having a 360 degree bird eye view. We would be able to see how fast a particular car is travelling – velocity.

If cars could talk, accident may be avoidable

With the aid of car computation, algorithm and predictive models. “We will be able to see the future. You may think that is impossible. How could you predict the future, with cars, they are three dimensional object, that it, its has fixed position and velocity.” The explanation given was that existing cars often travel down the road and often travel along published roads, and is not often is really hard to make reasonable prediction on where the car is going to be in the near future. How do we get there? We can start by sharing our GPS position in cars and  with computer vision we can estimate where the car around you and speed.

What would happened if two cars started sharing data ? Its would be possible to see the car ahead of you.

Computer Vision, Professor Bob Lion:  “Driver state modelling, attached short radio communication, Robot tracking each other positions.some problems were identify  such as too much chatter hence you have to protect the package. How best to alert the drivers, this depends on two things, the ability of the car and the ability of the driver. If one guy have a f=great car but not paying attention, they are not in the best position to react to emergency. They then start the second stage of the research call Drive State Modelling: now using a series of three cars, they  can now detect whether the drive is looking forward, sideway or paying attention, and from the research result they can predict the accident, who or what is the best car to move out of the way – to calculate the safest way out for everyone.

Fundamentally this technology exist for today and the biggest problem is out own wiliness to share data, fearing about cars that will be watching us (privacy) and talking to each other cars (big data).

“I believe it can be done in a way that protect our privacy. Just like right now if I look at your car from outside,  I read do not know much about you. If  I look at your license plate number, I real do not know about you. I believe our cars can talk about us behind our back. I think is going to be a great thing. I want you to consider for a moment, if you real do not want a distracted teenage behind you to know you are breaking, that you are coming to a death stop. By sharing our data willing, we could do what is best for everyone. So let your cars ghost about you, is going to make the road a lot safer.” — Jennifer Healey

Source: Healey Jennifer, TED Talks Technology (2013)If cars could talk, accident may be avoidable. TED Channel [Youtube], Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmFhWr693is, (Accessed: 15 October 2013)

Making Wearable Technology

Camille Baker, who is a media artist, curator and researcher, currently lecturing at Brunel University. She gave a compelling talk on ‘Hacking the Body’, a project that looks at the convergence of biosensors, wearable technology and performance. Her research looks at repurposing hacked data from sensors on around the body for performance and installation. Camille also showed some other examples of research, such as the Phillips SKIN project, which looks at emotional sensing via ‘soft technology’ garments.

Alex Glowask who is a curious Hacker and Maker from San Francisco, she gave a great talk about ‘NFC (Near Field Communication) for Wearables’. Alex compared the technologies of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and NFC for using in wearable tech, plus also gave some info on other tech such as Bluetooth and QR codes. The highlight of Alex’s talk (for me) was a user case and video demonstrating her Cheer Follower fitness tracker which uses NFC – I’m looking forward to hearing news on how this exciting project progresses.

Wearable Technology – Google Glass

Abstract: This is an extract from  TED blog and  TEDTalks Technology conference exploring the usage of  a Wearable Technology such as Google Glass  and the implication for the fashion industry. How will this new product (Glass) affect customers  perspectives and the industry as a whole. How will the new next revolution in wearable technology, could be a game charger. What are the implications of Google Glass Project for prescription lenses and others?

Google’s target clientele is the general public, but it doesn’t hurt to have fashion heavyweights like Diane von Furstenberg as endorsers. Von Furstenberg incorporated Glass into her show at New York Fashion Week last year and has been a strong advocate of the frames. As she toldThe New York Timesaccessories “tell someone that extra bit about you, and I think to wear Glass is to show that you are engaged, you are current, you are open to new things.” In other words: Glass can be a fashion statement.

Another extract from TED Talks, Posted by: Elizabeth Jacobs September 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm EST

“The arm mount will fit Google Glass perfectly, and it will be available in a number of colours that will match Glass colours,”  Tim Moore  from Google Glass explorer Team said.

“One of the first wearable technology items Rochester Optical will be producing are custom prescription, fashion, and sport lenses for Google Glass, available for purchase in early 2014.”

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