DSGN 106 – 7.3 – Look at Several Unique Controls

eyecharm-2NUIA eyeCharm is taking the term unique user control experience to a whole new level with its eye tracking clip-on attachment for the Kinect. The eyeCharm officially reached its funding goal backed by the popular kick-starter on April 7th. This freakishly space aged technology allows users to control the interface of their computers with their eyes! Yeah I said it their eyes! The sleek device clips onto the front of your existing Kinect and attaches to your computer with a USB cord.eyecharm-1          The eyeCharm projects infrared light onto the user’s   face which is then detected by the Kinects infrared camera which allows the computer to subsequently determine what part of the on-screen display the user is looking at. Freaky right!? Hooking up Kinects microphone also allows for user controlled voice commands. The user can do things like zooming, page-flipping, selecting, scrolling and pretty much anything else just by shifting their eyes. The best part about the eyeCharm technology is its price of $60 very afforadable. Unfortunately the technology is currently only supported by Windows 7 and  8 operating systems, although designers are looking to expand concepts for OS X and Linux.  Hopefully the design team gets around to that sooner rather then later, because that’s the only way I’ll be testing it out.

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DSGN 106

I heard Travis Rice say in an interview once that, “everything is impossible until it is done”. People with more of a background in Sci Fi or reading books may be familiar with the quote as Robert A Heinlein “the dean of science fiction” himself, said it many years ago. For me it was the first time I had heard the quote. I thought about it for a little while and realized that Heinlein and Rice may be onto something. There are a ton of crazy gadgets being developed right now that will no doubtably change our future and the way we do everyday tasks. Everything around us is constantly evolving at such a rapid pace it’s almost hard keeping up. When I was a kid I remember us joking around saying that by the time we’re 30 everyone will be flying around on magic carpets like Aladen. Believe me in 1998 that shit seemed impossible, in 2013 I’m contemplating a patent. All joking aside it is kind of neat to think about a world with no limits. Nothing surprises me anymore. I mean stuff will continue to blow my mind don’t get me wrong, like the 3D printer our New Media Communications class just got. That thing is totally mind boggling but it doesn’t suprise me. It just had to be done. Over the last few years it seems that all the rage has been wearable tech. Unfortuneatly for fashions sake it’s something that is here to stay whether we like it or not. myo-armband-gesture-mac-pc-0Myo ” The Next Generation of Gesture Control ” is an armband containing motion and muscle sensors that pick up on electrical activity in your muscles based on hand gestures to wirelessly control your electronics via Bluetooth…..(Say  What?)….. The armbands will work from the get go with the Mac and PC computers with IOS and Android support coming soon. The details on this thing are still pretty dense as they released this promotional video 2 weeks ago. The Myo can be pre orderd for $149 and is expected to ship late in 2013. Apparently the Myo had 10,000 pre orders in the first 2 days wich adds up to $1.5M in gross revenue. Personaly I think the armbands are cool and the potential is only limited to what the developers can come up with. What’s next?

youtube wikepedia complex magazine getmyo.com

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Mult 124 Assignment 7.1

waterlife.nfb.ca is a really kick ass website even the initial loading bar is cool! Once the initial loading is done (takes about 10 seconds) your thrust into a cinematic movie like story about the last great supply of fresh drinking water left on earth. That alone sounds epic! Sign me up. The music selection sets the mood and your instantly connected to the intensity of the story. This site is far from boring every category has its own explanation to go along with a video or some other sort of interactivity. Overall it is a very interesting and powerful website.

I literally lol’d everywhere when I saw this website. Just the picture of a dog sitting in a chair with it’s arm up like it’s running for the next presidential election while giving the people’s eyebrow will get you every time. And the fact that its domain name is “high calling cockers” that too! Moving on from there every time you click on a category the  design on each page changes from one horrible design to another. Not to mention the navigation bar floats from the left, to the right, to not there at all. It looks like I designed this website for my mult 124 class. Check it out www.highcallingcockers.com

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Mult 124: Assignment 6.1

Obviously I’m going to use Brain Farm’s website as an example. The first thing you see when you hit the homepage of Brain Farm is usually a rad video of what they are currently working on or something they have done in the passed.  Either way I believe they do a great job using video on the homepage to draw the viewer in. After all they are a turn key digital cinema power house, why not show it? In this clip Curt introduces legendary skateboard film maker Ty Evans to the team. http://www.brainfarmcinema.com

This is an example of a bad video used on the internet. Im not sure if the video was actually used on a real website. If it was I’d like to know what they were drinking when they made it. ” I’ll have an extra tall glass of COMPLETELY BORING please”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkF_plgVjlY

In Flames has been pumping out melodic death metal since almost before I was born. The melodic pioneers site is a good example of audio usage on a website. Rather then forcing it down your throat the site offers a section where you can click to listen to a run through of tracks off of their 10th studio album. http://inflames.com

Here is an example of poor audio usage http://www.prx.org/pieces/26162-vpr-bad-audio-sample I’m not sure what was bad about the audio clip besides the boringness of talking about school budgets (maybe the actual talk show is just bad), anyway it was the only example I could find.

Flash just isn’t as popular as it used to be and Disney says that is just fine designing an incredible Flash animation based website that sits a top the best Flash website designs for 2013. http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/new-fantasyland/ The site is super engaging.

http://www.fastlanestudios.net is a perfect example of bad interactive animation using flash. There is way too much stuff going on it seems almost strange, at least we know they like to dance.

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Future Trends

My Mom always told me to be happy with what you’ve got. I see her point in the whole scheme of life thing (make the best of any situation your put into). It’s a good way to go about things but the truth is most of us aren’t happy with what we’ve got. We are constantly striving for more, it’s the model of innovation our society lives in today. We want things to be as easy to use as possible, if it’s slow and hard to use forget it we don’t want to use it and we don’t want to read a novel full of boring instructions either! The easier it is to use means the more time spent doing what we want! Let’s dive into the inevitable and take a look at five media concepts that will continue to evolve over the foreseeable future.

1.Zeal iOn HD Camera Goggle


The Revolutionary Zeal iON POV action camera aims to change the way people use the point of view action camera. Built right into the impact resistant frame of the goggle the lens of the camera is sleek and barely noticeable. The camera embodies a 170 degree wide-angle view for great coverage range and uses infinite focus to automatically adjust to different light levels. The camera is capable of capturing full 1080p video and shooting 8MP stills. Inside the camera is a digital view finder so you can make sure that what you’re filming is in focus. The controls to the camera are glove friendly and placed on the side of the goggles to simplify the filming experience. The device offers instant replay footage and allows you to set up sequence or time-lapse shots. It runs for approximately 2.5 hours in the cold on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. You can capture about 120 minutes of footage on a 8GB micro SD card and yes you can upload all your work to your favourite social networks. These goggles are another big step in the development of the POV action camera and stand at the top of my christmas wish list this year.

2. Motrr Galileo


The Galileo is a gizmo that allows you to place your iPod phone on a self charging dock and control it with any other iOS device that you own. It rotates 360 degrees and tilts up and down. It’s perfect for video chat or conference meetings and it seems very simple to use. I guarantee these things will be flying of the shelves this christmas it’s a pretty cool and handy device. I can see other major phone company’s developing their own similar version of the device seeing as iOS devices are only compatible with Apple.

3. Nest Thermostat

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Developed by the same guys who designed the iPod and iPhone you know you’re getting the best bang for your buck. It’s got built-in Wi-Fi so you can program it from the home website or from the free apps for iOS and Android. This thing is deadly I need to get one. You can turn up the heat just before you get home to walk into a nice warm house or tell it to stay off while your gone. It actually turns on just by approaching it. It turns red when heating, blue when cooling and dark when the temperature is just right. Check this bad boy out for yourself.

4. Sony Internet Player with Google TV


Smart TV’s are sweet but we all know the concept is still in its early stages and by the time you get yours home there will be a newer smarter TV in the store with better technology. This may not bother you but I know it bothers me . I know smart TV’s offers more 3D and gaming options but if you’re not looking for all that jazz then why not save a little coin and pick up the Sony Internet Player with Google TV. All you need to set this up on your TV is a HDMI cord and at a price under $200 you can’t go wrong. The Sony Player offers a pretty deep Internet TV experience plenty of Google Play apps are right at your finger tips TV shows, movies, games and a fully-loaded Chrome Web Browser. The remote has a full keyboard on the back and a trackpad and buttons on the front. Maybe if I bought this for my old man this Christmas he’d finally start to use the internet.

5.  Sonos Sub


The Sonos speaker line already produces wireless speakers but they are again taking it up a notch with their new sub. The sub has a wireless one touch button setup and allows you to control all of your settings from your smart phone tablet or any other device. In order for the system to be compatible it must run off a Sonos amplifier. The System connects to your home WiFi and allows you to play music wirelessly from up to 16 different PC’s or from your docked iPod. The sub is so small and easy to move you can take it anywhere just plug it in and play.

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Current Trends

Trend is a pretty powerful word when you take some time to stop and think about it. Since joining this new media program I have become more aware of its importance in relation to the new media field. We have always been involved in trends from as far back as I can remember. Lego, mushroom cuts, Pog, Power Rangers, tear away pants, (god I hope those come back soon). The world would be pretty dull without trends. Everyone’s interested in the newest coolest thing. Trends tend to fade away only to be brought back years later with a new shade of light especially when it comes to fashion and design. In the world of new media however, trends don’t necessarily fade away they tend to grow and build off one another. We all know television has been around forever now but since the late 1920’s it has made major progress. I think it’s fair to say that we aren’t going to trade in our flat screens to sit in the living room and listen to Hockey Night In Canada on the radio. The latest craze in the world of television is the smart TV. My buddy actually just phoned me the other night and told me he bought a new LG smart TV.  I haven’t seen it yet but he rambled to me about it for a good 20 minutes.

Television itself is not new media unless it contains technologies that enable digital interactivity. With the new Smart TV’s, major company’s are doing just that developing faster, easier to use software and interfaces that enhance the digital interactivity of the user. According to Mike Heiss at nielsen.com 88% of tablet and 86% of smart phone owners use their device while watching TV. Company’s like Samsung, Sony, LG , Toshiba, and Panasonic are taking note of this and trying to bridge the gap between the two worlds. Smart TV’s focus less on traditional broadcast media gearing more towards online-interactive media, internet TV, over-the-top content and on-demand streaming. The smart TV lets you search for videos, movies, photo’s, websites on the internet as well as content on local cable or satellite providers. It also allows you to connect an external hard drive or access content in cloud storage. Some systems allow you to download and buy apps via an app store. It’s basically like having a giant computer but better. Services give users a way to track and receive reminders of their favorite shows, or sporting events. Although the concept of the smart TV is still in its early stages I believe it is a trend that will not fade away and we will continue to see grow. According to a report from the researchers at In-Stat by the year 2016 100 million homes in North America and Western Europe will own TV’s that blend traditional television programs with internet content.

Sources:http://spinsucks.com/social-media/what-social-tv-means-for-marketers/ , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_TV, http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/top10s.html

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