May 13, 2008

What is an image? Photosynth

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/129

A demo of Photosynth, dazzling tech that may transform the way we look at digital images. Using photos scraped from the Web, Photosynth builds breathtaking dreamscapes with navigation.

March 06, 2008

Fi Regal!

FeWhat is it with naming at the moment. Ug! What that in sky? It keep track of my location? Well my prehistoric friend it's probably a Fireeagle.  Or Fire Eagle maybe.

Yes, Yahoo have released a new service which is "the secure and stylish way to share your location with sites and services online". Which is great. I think. It certainly seems to have it's heart in the right place with a properly modern emphasis on data privacy and playing nicely with other services (naturally Facebook gets a mention).

Although it's out of Yahoo this seems to be a very mobile type of service. The options to use your phone to automatically track yourself seem to be far more interesting than the "type in your location" thing although having to visit a wap site just for this seems a little weak which leaves just the S60 brigade (however many of them there are).

The key though is really the privacy thing and  the proof of that pudding will come when integration with Facebook etc  come online. Sharing your location could be  a pretty private thing especially to the postcode level granularity and beyond which seems to be the order of the day here (unlike Dopplr which sticks more vaguely to major towns and cities).

It'll be interesting to see the kind of use that this might be put to. It's certain to be  something major telco's will be ripping off in around 4 or 5 years.

I have 4 invites for anyone who would like one.

February 19, 2008

Aviary

Aviary seems to be a suit of design/creative tools which have all been built with flash and work in your browser.  From the evidence it looks like they've done a pretty good job. So the question is will they be good enough to make a dent in the Adobe market for creative  software?

Each tool is named after a different bird (how delightful!), so you've got: Pheonix for image editting (because that's likely to be the most popular and so needs the coolest name); Raven for vector graphics (obviously trying to lure Dean away from Illustrator there!); Toucan for swatch management and pallettes (ok...); Humming Bird for 3D, Owl, Penguin, Pigdeon, Tern, the list goes on and on.

My favourite is Horus for Font editor. Horus was the Egyptian god of the sky (or something), and the Egyptians only used hieroglyphics, so ... font editor? It's either very clever or very silly, either way I can't wait to give it a try.

Not all of them are ready  or released yet.  Oh yeah, and because they've built with Flash they're  planning to have downloadable versions using Air which work on your desktop.

February 08, 2008

Singularity

Singularity?

"Singularity  is the first large-scale online web conference in the world.

Singularity is over 100 of the world’s top web visionaries, developers, designers, thought leaders, and celebrities.

Singularity is three days of talks over multiple tracks.

In 2008, Singularity will define Web ‘08."

More here...

February 01, 2008

Skyfire

Despite clearly being named by a neolithic tribesman it looks like this new wunder-browser might actually deliver some rather impressive  goods in terms of web-on-yer-mobile. If the hype is to be believed this really will be like the web but on your mobile. No really it will. Exactly the same. You might even be forgiven for thinking for a second that your mobile is really a PC and you've magically grown to giant proportions.

If it does work and doesn't require only the hugest of processors to run it, it will be pretty impressive. Particularly for opening up the kind of Flash based content which has hitherto been ever so slightly out of reach.

Still as usual the question is begged: is this really the right approach? What about services tailored to small screens? Things that actually make more sense on the move then they do at your desk.

It's the web on your mobile, but also that's all it is.

December 13, 2007

More Adobe Thermo interestingness

Adobethermo Found this full Thermo product demo from Steven Heintz and Mark Anders on a list (Thanks FlashBrighton).

Also good to see Acrobat Connect  in action with some good 'ol screen sharing going on.

September 21, 2007

Thermo @ Max

Is this a dream product???

You will lead a highly motivated team developing an innovative new tool, codenamed Thermo, that will enable designers and creatively inclined developers to easily build rich internet applications and interactive content. “Thermo” will streamline the process of adding interactivity, behavior and motion to creative assets and will work seamlessly with both Adobe’s Creative Suite tools, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks and Flash, and with developer oriented tools such as Flex Builder.

Thermo is a strategic project for Adobe. It will enable designers to more efficiently build the richer experiences that are reshaping the internet and give developers greater control over creative assets without leaving the development paradigm that fits the way they work.

Found while having a nosey here.

And it looks like the cats out the bag... Thermo will be forming a big part of the keynote at Adobe Max (Europe) in a couple of weeks.

August 14, 2007

Echochrome

Screenshot005This game looks very cool indeed. It's based around that kind of impossible-object drawing that you'd see on the front of maths books in school but requires you to rotate & move the objects to allow a little man  to reach his goal.

I love the way it completely messes with your sense of space and yet it has a very definite internal logic of it's own. I'd imagine it's one of those games  which if played too much would cause you to see objects slightly weirdly for a while afterwards.

June 25, 2007

Razor screen

T-shirt design. Always something you'd consider being restricted to the 2D printed format. Not necessarily any more. Those bods over at Sony have developed a paper thin display that bends like paper while showing full colour video.

At 0.3millmetre (0.01 inch)! the display combines Sony's organic thin film transistor, or TFT, technology, which is required to make flexible displays, with another kind of technology called organic electroluminescent display.

This potentially allows it to be worn as clothing as well as other applications where a display needs to wrapped around an object.

However:

Sony said plans for a commercial product using the technology were still undecided.

Tatsuo Mori, professor at Nagoya University's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, said some hurdles remained, including making the display bigger, ensuring durability and cutting costs.

"To come up with a flexible screen at that image quality is ground breaking," Mori said.

"You can drop it, and it won't break because it's as thin as paper."

So maybe its not time to give up Illustrator for After Effects just yet!

Watch a video of the display here.

June 22, 2007

iApolloGearsPhone?

Very interesting article about iPhone, Nokia, Google, Adobe and web/desktop apps.

In short, there is a strong possibility that applications built for the iPhone will run on Nokia Series 60 devices with relatively little re-coding. [...] The applications will also run on Windows and Mac desktops with the Safari browser.

The final pieces of this jigsaw are supplied by Google and Adobe, who are working together on an open source project - Google Gears - to enable browser-based applications to function off-line. Adobe is planning to incorporate this capability into Apollo [...] which runs across desktop and mobile devices.

[This is] more than just interesting in a mobile context - it is a way of solving one of the key issues which has constrained web-style application development for phones, i.e. what happens when the device loses the network connection.

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