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3D Hologram for realz!

I think the Star Wars Hologram communicator is close to becoming reality. If you want me information about this technology go to the researcher’s website.

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Nokia’s “Where’s the Phone” Research

 Chongqing

“A lot of rich qualitative user research loses its soul by the time it’s been squeezed into conference and journal submission formats and in addition, work involving concept generation tends to remain confidential. So what you see here scratches the surface, nothing more.”

And that quote is about right, but do not think that it’s not very interesting. There are a lot of  odd tidbits that are worth knowing. They traveled to 11 cities, interviewed over a thousand people and have the pictures to prove it. If you have any interest in how hand held devices, any hand held device, may change in the future, these presentations may give you a little head start.

I enjoyed the blog format of their travels coupled with the PDF files that explain what they found. I guess the questionnaires must have been an exercise in information design by themselves, how do you ask a guy from Kampala about the interface design issues he’s been having? The writer posts some interesting thoughts from the cities, like this one, ‘ “What happens when everything is transformed into ‘experience’ shopping? And the experience shops are clustered in close proximity? Is it possible to experience, well, ‘experience fatigue’?” Some of them sound like he’s a bit jet lagged, some are relevant musings from a good scholar. It’s a blog, dammit.

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Colour Lovers & Classic Pallettes

 Mona Lisa

Colour Lovers have an article about colour used by some of the great painters, written in a 2.0 kinda way. They’ve grabbed the colours from these classic images and turned them into easy to borrow pallettes. If you have a website that’s looking a little dull, why not base it on your favourite Renoir and skin it right?

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Web 2.0 Colour Palette aka Secret Online Weapon

View the jpg above, or download the Photoshop colour palette, couresy of Miles Burke. Cheers, Mate!

The Machine is Us/ing Us

Without you and me there wouldn’t be an Internet like we see and know now!

eMusic – Super Music Site

I subscribed to eMusic.com a couple of weeks ago. They’re running a promotion where, if you sign up, you get 25 free songs to try the system out and if you cancel you don’t pay a cent. If you do decide to hand over your hard earned cash you pay 33 cents a song. Not the 99 cents at another certain i-Site. There are a lot of pluses and one or two minuses to this site.

On the plus. NO DRM (digital rights management). Yes, we get treated like people and not thieves at this site. You can put the songs on all your machines, on your iPod and back them up without going through hell. Surprisingly I haven’t shared one song I’ve bought from the site. For 33 cents you can get it yourself you cheapo.

They have a massive library of albums. The charts stretch down to about 7000 albums (over 1 million songs). Which is fairly amazing and incredibly daunting if you have no way of searching through it. Most people know a few bands they like and typically want more of that style. So if you find your band, emusic has a small, yet powerful, list of related bands on the right. Who came before, who is their contemporary and who followed them. Very important when you can buy albums back to the 1930’s. Who influenced who is incredibly important in the fresh music search. It’s all cross referenced.

Then you have the typical “what other people who liked this album liked”. This links into a brilliant Neighbours and Friends system that tracks people with a statistically similar taste to you which helps you stumble over more treasure.

They have an Emusic Magazine which highlights interesting stuff in the vaults as well as an eMusic Dozen section. This is where journalists and people who spend more time with music than I ever will collect twelve great songs or albums, explain why they’re interesting and how they’re linked and, again, kick up some really interesting finds.
The site has a simple app that you download to your machine that handles the file transfers. Fast and clean in my experience.

You can obviously preview all the music. This is where I find the system a bit crap. I run a mac so it may just be my problem. But it insists on downloading a streaming Quicktime file before I can listen to the clips. I’ve found that using Songbird to surf eMusic gets rid of this. That’s because Songbird can play all sorts of media files through the browser instead of using separate apps. Very convenient.

They don’t seem to get all the pop music releases right away. Which is fine. iTunes can do that and if I need it I’ll get it there. eMusic makes the history of music available to me and that is incredibly decent of them. Especially since I’ve stopped listening to the radio and being a teenager. Anything older than a year or as “obscure” as Bloc Party can be found pretty damn easily. And the hip hop and electronic sections are (probably because they have modern distribution plans) very cool.

I’ve barely mentioned all the ways that eMusic helps you expand your musical horizons. Interviews, history, profiles etc etc etc. I recommend the site for audiophiles (name a genre you obscure bastard, I dare you) of all sorts and people who like a cool track.

I’ve found Deerhoof “Friend Opportunity”, The Black Keys “ThickFreakness”, Dudley Perkins “Whassup World” off “Chrome Children” and I have a few new ones I’m thinking about. I dare you to try the same blind music hunt on iTunes.

eMusic

The free disposable personal organizer!

The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard

The PocketMod is a free disposable personal organizer! You can customize your very own to suit your daily needs…

The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard is a free app for the PocketMod.


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