Excellent few days at ETech, book full of notes and lots of links in delicious, but a few memory aids for myself….
On the first day and half, lots of talk about sustainability (many talks had Drivers of Change issues being rolled out and cited), less on the “this is what we have done”, but a positive feeling that the design community were well positioned to contribute to the solution. Second day and half became more techie.
Tim O’Reilly on stuff that matters – I liked the motto he used about his attitude to running his business “business as a road trip – need to keep an eye on gas tank – but trip is not a tour of petrol stations”
Mike Kuniavsky – Thing M – on spimes and tagging objects with spimes or RFID’s “there is a long history of craftsmen adding meta data to objects, for example silver marks”
David Merrill – Siftables – showed demos of some really compelling word games with his cookie sized ubicomp devices. Potential opportunity to develop some serious play activities using these interfaces to manipulate scenarios…
Aaron Koblin – amazing demo of his processing work and his Amazon Turk “artificial, artificial intelligence” projects. He launched his “bicycle built for two thousand” on wednesday night.
The next day he and the guys from Velodyne http://www.velodyne.com/lidar/ demoed their Lidar system…
Which was used in the Radiohead House of Cards “video”
Interesting comment that lidar being installed in vehicles creating the google streetview layer of google maps – coming soon a real 3D map of the street…
Other great stuff included Ben Cerveny on operating systems for the built environment, Andrea Vaccari MIT senseable city lab on understanding the temporal signature of space – great comparison of geotagged photos from flickr showing locations where americans visit vs where italians visit in italy, Jennifer Magnolfi from Herman Miller on programmable buildings and quoting Danny Hillis on “flexibility is modular or programmable”, and Julian Bleeker from near future laboratory / nokia on design fiction and diagetic prototypes. He showed a great video of the Death Star over SF to “imagine, to materialise ideas and to speculate about a different kind of world”
Presentations and SlideShares are on the ETech site [including our own Chris Luebkeman]