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Ever since my brother made the mistake of teaching our dad how to share his digital photos and videos by email, he’s rarely gone a whole week without sending photos of nothing in particular to all of us because he simply can’t get over the magic of it. Common scenario: I’m sitting in his livingroom working on my laptop, he sneaks up and takes a picture of me in the middle of this fascinating activity, then emails it to me on the spot. Wow.
For Father’s Day this year, he’s getting this eStarling digital frame, which will connect wirelessly to his network and receive digial photos via its own email address. This way, he can send photos to the frame instead of to me. I can just see him running back and forth between his laptop and his digital frame all day long.
Seriously, though, I think this is a great gift for everyone in the family. I’ve tried out digital frames before, but have never had one set up in my house, and have never purchased one for my parents (my reasoning being that I don’t need one more thing to maintain and update). But with the eStarling digital frame, you don’t have to do anything after the initial setup. You can email the photos directly to the frame, set it up to automatically receive Flickr photo feeds, and send photos to it from your cell phone camera. My brother will be able to send the parents photos of his son ice-skating by shooting them straight to the digital frame while my nephew is still on the ice.
But this won’t solve all of my problems in relation to my dad’s love of all things digital – I’ll still have to live with his obsession with Skype video conferencing with the whole family during bicoastal holiday dinners.
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Filed under: design, technology, wifi
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I just got back from ICFF, where I saw some amazing things. But one of the products I found myself thinking the most about wasn’t at ICFF, it was this wall mountable printer at the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial designed by Ransmeier & Floyd. I have to admit, I’ve totally come to accept the predictable form and large footprint of most printers, but this concept design has totally changed how I think about printers. In the days of flat screens, and wireless laptops, there’s just no reason why printers shouldn’t follow suit. That said, one of the big printer manufactures should totally make this thing! I’ll buy two! Also, the way it displays the printouts like a picture in a frame, it could be a great way to share photos with friends and family if you could remotely print directly to the printer. My only minor critiques of the product are that it looks a little tricky to get your prints out of that little slot. Seems like if the front were a door, or if it didn’t have those side edges it would be much easier to extract the pages. Also, while the concept for the product is that it prints wirelessly, they didn’t really address how it’s powered. Personally, I don’t really like the idea of a battery powered printer, but I’m not wild about having a power cord hanging off the printer when mounted to the wall either. But if forced to choose I think I’d prefer the latter.
Filed under: design, technology, wifi
Community Wireless :: Your community; Online and Wirefree
CommunityWireless.org is an umbrella organization – representing the needs of the emerging community networks
In short we represent a global dream… and it’s out there. Happening. Right now.
Using ‘off the shelf’ and license-free Wireless LAN technology (802.11) various groups and individuals are embracing bandwidth and content, and sharing it with their community.
But it’s not restricted to Internet access, just think of the possibilities;
Neighbourhood Groups and Local high-speed P2P Networking
Neighbourhood Watch/Surveillance using X10 and USB devices
Community game servers
Connectivity to Rural/remote sites, previously limited by cables.
High speed Video Conferencing
High speed Mobile content
Localised ‘Open Access’ TV and Radio stations (streaming audio/video)
The list goes on! It may seem like hot air, but it is very real.
It’s the Organic Internet. The Internet re-born. The Internet the way it should be;
Free from the restrictions of ‘Corporate’ thinking, and Revenue strategies.
Free from ‘profit over performance’.
Run by the users, for the users.
Filed under: DIY, locative, mobility, research, space/place, technology, urban, wifi
Public Broadcast Cart
by Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga
tags: bicycle audio activism
Public Broadcast Cart is a shopping cart outfitted with a dynamic microphone, a mixer, an amplifier, six speakers, a miniFM transmitter and a laptop with a wireless card. The audio captured by the microphone on the cart is fed through the mixer to three different broadcast sources. The mixer simultaneously feeds the audio:
– to the amplifier that powers the six speakers mounted on the cart
– to an FM transmitter transmitting to an FM frequency
– to the laptop that sends the audio to an online server that will stream the live broadcast, such as the thing.net’s server – radio.thing.net
The Public Broadcast Cart is designed to enable any pedestrian to become an active producer of a radio broadcast. The cart reverses the usual role of the public from audience to producer of a radio broadcast and online content.
Filed under: DIY, locative, mobility, research, technology, urban, wifi