Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tweenbots!



Tweenbots

...Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

Given their extreme vulnerability, the vastness of city space, the dangers posed by traffic, suspicion of terrorism, and the possibility that no one would be interested in helping a lost little robot, I initially conceived the Tweenbots as disposable creatures which were more likely to struggle and die in the city than to reach their destination.

...The results were unexpected. Over the course of the following months, throughout numerous missions, the Tweenbots were successful in rolling from their start point to their far-away destination assisted only by strangers. Every time the robot got caught under a park bench, ground futilely against a curb, or became trapped in a pothole, some passerby would always rescue it and send it toward its goal. Never once was a Tweenbot lost or damaged.

...The Tweenbot's unexpected presence in the city created an unfolding narrative that spoke not simply to the vastness of city space and to the journey of a human-assisted robot, but also to the power of a simple technological object to create a complex network powered by human intelligence and asynchronous interactions.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

WiiSpray


WiiSpray Teaser from Martin Lihs on Vimeo.

The foundational basis for the project goes well beyond replacing real graffiti as an art form. Moreover, WiiSpray
is to be seen as an interface to give graffiti a new virtual level surpassing tactile boundaries of the tangible world.
WiiSpray

via @erinmiddleton

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Suggest-o-matic

I'm typing this in Suggest-o-matic (SOM), the very simplified culmination of many years of thinking about content management, or what I refer to as "creative management", that is, how we store and reference all the content we create over the course of a life.

Right now, SOM is mostly like an automated reference librarian, who looks over your shoulder as you're writing your paper and suggests things out on the interwebs that might have to do with what you're writing about.

This is its very first iteration, what I am calling a 0.1 protoype ...my intentions for the future are:

  • create multiple links for any given query (right now it can only automatically create one link based on what you've clipped from your query)

  • improving on the UI

  • ability to favor any number of site searches (I'm most interested in searching my old content for articles, images, etc. that I might have already created on the subjects)

  • an automatic post-to-my-blog-or-whatever dealio

  • a run-on-any-page, white box + selected text Suggest-o-matic

  • serious natural language chops, so that special syntax is no longer needed to fire off a suggestion

  • serious AI on results, so that SOM can sort and manage the relative links automatically for you
Update: Need I mention that IE is completely unsupported at this point!?