Archive for the ‘Mobile Me’ Category

Pre-existing Memory

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

What would it be like to be born with our parent’s memory already engraved in our brain, so that we could be able to remember situations and experiences that our parents engraved in their brains. And what if the new memories acquired in our lifetime, combined with out parent’s memories, were passed on to our children at the time of conception. What would the experience of living would be like?

I believe that some time in the near future, we will be able to download all our memories into a hard drive and store them, so we don’t forget them. With the same mechanism, we will be able to upload information to our brain and “remember” the things that were uploaded. This will lead the way for real-time thought communication. People will be able to plug their brains to each other and read each others thoughts and experiences. Pretty weird…

This article “Your Brain Has A ‘Delete’ Button—Here’s How To Use It” talks about the deleting of memories in the brain:
http://www.fastcompany.com/3059634/your-most-productive-self/your-brain-has-a-delete-button-heres-how-to-use-it

Hardware, Software and Badger!

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Its been a while since I wrote a blog post. The delay has been due to my immersion in the world of Badger. What is Badger? Its my awesome project and I will talk about it after I share my IOIO findings.

I noticed that sparkfun stopped selling the ioio module for some reason. After researching possible causes, I realized they had just updated the module.

While looking into the possible causes for the [non-exitent] demise of the ioio, I found a bunch amazing projects! The cool thing about the ioio is the ability to control hardware with software, in this case with your android phone! First you have the good old “hello world” which is usually a little blinking LED like this:

While looking for hello “hello world” videos of ioio’s I found this new little micro-controller by GHI Electronics called the FEZ Domino, a .NET Micro Framework module to interface with the Android. It looks like a nifty little MC and its open source, as far as i can tell.

Weather its the FEZ or the ioio, after your Eureka moment, there will be a flood of possibilities crossing your mind. Soon you will be making little interesting projects with your Android’s accelerometer and the voice recognition apps:

And sooner than later, you make the leap to making a robotic contraption with an algorithm that can actually solve the most difficult of puzzles like the V-cube 7:

This brings me back to why I’m writing this blog post.
1. I love opensource hardware
2. I love mobile
3. I began a project called Badger that has sucked my time and would like to tell you about it!

Badger is a website (and soon an iPhone App) that allows you to make badges of anything that interests you. These badges become Visual Hash Tags that are used to group picture and videos that people upload into blogs and maps.

This is a map of the stuff that I uploaded to Badger from my Desktop, Android (via picture text message) and iPhone App (The Beta).

badger map

Badger gives you a place to upload pictures of interesting things that you encounter. Even if they may seem like silly mundane thing that nobody cares about.

In Badger people like Jacek (Co-Founder) made a “Street Art” badge to upload all the street art that he sees. Since badges are collective, anyone can submit content to the badge. Natan (Co-Founder) and I started uploading pictures to the street art badge which is becoming an interesting game/conversation around this topic. I cannot see street art now with out having the need to “Badge” it and I did not even know I liked street art this much!

badger blog

In Badger everyone cares! All the pictures are public, which means that everyone interested in similar topics is looking. You can share the silly pictures you take (which Badger takes very serious), like that nice lamp you saw at the restaurant that was serving the fancy drinks! Or maybe it was a bug that you stumbled across while taking a break from riding you bike around town.

Badger is about all those moments when you are behind the camera, not in front of it. We are hoping that Badger becomes the central venue to go find a map or a blog of pictures about anything! And a place to perhaps connect with a group of people that are interested in the things that you might find weirdly appealing… or not.

Fell free to sign up to the Beta Site and poke around at the content. Every picture has a badge associated to it and you can see more pictures that are similar by clicking on the badge associated to the picture. You can make your own badges once you sign up. Try it out and send us some feedback if you like, at info [at] playbadger.com

Going beyond the check-in, Badger to launch beta at SXSW.

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Badger (playbadger.com) is all about sharing the cool things you see with friends and the community. Instead of just feeding you one long stream of coffee cups and images with photo filters, the company has decided to take a different approach and focus on the story telling aspect of people’s experience in their every day lives.

“Badgers,” as the users of the service are called, are able to contextually organize their photos through custom-made “Badges.” Want to upload photos from a road trip? Make a Badge for that! How about some cool street-art, or the great outdoors? Someone already made a Badge for that. Plus, all the content is organized and displayed on a map. Badger isn’t limited by venues or places, it’s with you everywhere you go. The Badge and map act as localizing agents with the content as the centerpiece.

The Badger system has at its core been designed as a sandbox, allowing the user free reign over their content. Badgers have the ability to design visual representations of themes and interests, which act as grouping agents, known as Badges.

These Badges are socialized from the onset. If one user sees a Badge that another user has created, she or he can simply claim it, and use it when photos are uploaded to associate that content with that Badge. Socializing badges allows Badger to be a collaborative map-making platform.

It’s clear that Badger’s system has been designed with the mobile user in mind. Camera phones and smartphones are in nearly everyone’s pocket or handbag, and the submission to the service from a mobile device is straightforward. Non-smartphone device users can send photos via text message to Badger, and in some phones Badger will display the user’s feed. Android users have the ability to submit photos via the web-based uploader.

Apps are currently in production for the iPhone and Android and should hit their respective app store shelves soon. You’ll be able to see the Badger team showcasing these products at SXSW in various installations.

Sign up for the service at http://playbadger.com and follow them on twitter @playbadger and you can also find them on facebook.

Founded in 2010, Badger Media LLC is a New York based startup focused on developing interactive technology based solutions that connect people in new and interesting ways. The company’s first product is Badger (playbadger.com), and will enter open beta Saturday March 12th 2011.

Postanalog or Post-Analog

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

So I have decided to start classifying a lot of the new art I see as Postanalog (Post-analog). It is the only way I can describe or categorize things like Art Robotica or projects such as Mortal Engine

Postanalog is similar to the term Postdigital but with a dramatic difference. Postanalog is art that embraces digital technology. This is that art that sees humanity and digital technology as symbiotic. It is when you see a natural element and an algorithmic digital element combine and for a new beautiful form.

Postanalog will revolutionize the world as we see it.

Badger: You got to play it!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Badger is a game based on social status and identity. Its sort of like the digital version of boy scout, but a lot more diverse. If you think you deserve a badge, summit proof and let the community vote on it. Collect enough badges and earn special privileges.

We will hopefully have the site fixed by next week, please excuse the mess =)

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