Category: Tech

New technologies related in some way to my thesis.

The financial art of Kickstarter UK

Thought this might be helpful to share. I was looking at Kickstarter UK and amongst the concerns about making things, fulfilling rewards and trying to raise money at the same time, the financials can be quite a headache. This is a budget form, you just…

Principles of robot design

I’m trying to think, through Lirec about what the difference is between designing a robot and designing a teapot. I will probably go back to Don Norman’s book (even if I hated it the first time around) shortly but in the meantime, here’s 3 little…

2009 resolutions

I don’t like chocolate that much anymore and I’ve already promised myself to do more exercise, so all there’s left to commit to are a loose collection of interests I’d like to pursue in the coming year: – Find out what’s behind the current trend…

Personal ubiquity

It took me a while to digest Janne’s post on why ubicomp is a broken concept, mostly because on principal I tend to disagree. It’s also a bit in response to Tom Coates’s altered version of his talk with Matt Jones that he gave at…

Sciencists are not designers

“When you look at the population as a whole, there is no way of describing the patterns. The problem with answering this question is that people normally are not tracked — but today we are tracked thanks to the phones we carry with us.” Nature

To see or not to see?

Random thoughts triggered by Nicola’s link. What if what was going to be a major roadblock to ubiquitous computing is the idea that as users, we want to be able to point to where a “technology-enabled” object lies? That we cannot live with the idea…

Quote of the day

“Caring from a distance” The tagline for a telecare (read remote care for the elderly) conference last year. Somehow doesn’t quite get the point across.