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eStarling wireless digital frame has its own email address

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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.

Price: $249 Available From ThinkGeek

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Filed under: design, technology, wifi

Wall-mountable wireless printer

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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

argobot_Bass-Station

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Bass-Station

The Bass-Station is a mobile, visually loud, and funky 1980s Boom Box. Imbedded within its shell is a modern computer and wireless networking components. By creating a locally accessible wireless network, people of an intimate community can use the Bass-Station as a hub through which they can freely and democratically exchange information. By actively observing the exchanges of a small community, you can learn things about that community that you couldn’t by talking to any one of its members. The Bass-Station is also a shared stereo that makes its presence fun and entertaining.

Filed under: hack, linux, locative, mobility, new media, research, social, space/place, technology, thesis, urban, wifi

Community Wireless :: Your community; Online and Wirefree

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

TCM Locative Reader

TCM Locative Reader

A sequence of Transcultural Mapping (TCM) workshops were held across Europe through the course of 2004 exploring the new term ‘locative media’ and giving artists the opportunity to work with local communities while exploring locative ideas.

After a year of workshops, RIXC, partners in the Locative Media Lab, and leaders on the Transcultural Mapping initiative, put out an open call for papers. This TCM reader is the result of that call

Locative media is a term that ties together a set of questions, critical perspectives and practices. Its catalytic premise was civilian awareness and engagement with a particular ‘operational construct’ with military origins. A combination of GPS, mobile data communications and mobile computing would allow the annotation of space. This catalytic premise is not locative media, it is not the goal or the point. Locative media is many things: A new site for old discussions about the relationship of consciousness to place and other people. A framework within which to actively engage with, critique, and shape a rapid set of technological developments. A context within which to explore new and old models of communication, community and exchange. A name for the ambiguous shape of a rapidly deploying surveillance and control infrastructure.

In its most literal form locative media marks a move from William Gibson’s dislocated cyberspace to Steve Mann’s interdimensional cyborgspace. Many questions are foregrounded by this. Technology is a hard edged reality, but it is also a carrier of metaphors, and those metaphors are often as important as the devices themselves. Technology suggests and conditions ways of thinking, ways of doing and ways of seeing. Beyond literal interpretations locative media is also used as a license to explore new forms of social, political and economic relations. Locative media above all triggers a whole range of interesting and rich human centred conversations .

In the texts that follow published in conjunction with the 7th International Art and Communication festival in Riga, Latvia, some of the many rich and different interpretations and projections on to the term ‘locative’ are explored:

• Using the model and metaphor of mobile located computing to question and explore cognition, synaesthesia, and identity.

• Exploring the symbiosis between power and cartography.

• Facing profound and explicit interdimensionality,interdisciplinarity e.g. the ability to simultaneously move through and address physical space and electronic space

• G.I.S. (geographic information systems) transitioning from military, industrial and academic application, usually on an organisational scale, to hacker, civilian and consumer appropriation and applications.

• How useful are derivatives of Buckminster Fullers ‘geosope’, 3d interactive earths for use in exploring, planning and understanding, now that we have access to them.

• Questioning the assumptions of the ‘objective’ traditional basemaps that are imported with these newly appropriated GIS, classical cartographic and cartogrammatic tools.

• Exploring subjectivity in mapping.

• Exploring the chasm between the map data freely available to hackers in the U.S. and the geospatial data cartels in Europe which differ from country to country but almost universally deny free access to mapping data.

• Can the term locative counter apparently omniscient terms like ‘ubiquitous’ and ‘pervasive’ computing which seem to suggest even before these technologies are fully rolled out that ‘all your base are belong to us’?

• Questions under the heading of ‘spectrum ecology’ raise the issue of the geographical, political and commercial realities of an appropriated and owned radio spectrum, with marginal free and unconditionally shared areas.

• Fleshing out locative dystopias and apocalypses (which may be a reason to be interested ..even fascinated by these technologies)

• Locative media and its relationship to performance and art practice.

• Living with more map than territory.

• Critiquing of surveillance and state control through locative media technologies.

• Locative media in tactical media contexts.

background

This prototype category ‘locative media’, a term coined by Karlis Kalnins, was explored at a cross-disciplinary workshop at K@2 in Karosta, Latvia in the late summer of 2003.

Following discussions in Karosta, a series of Transcultural Mapping workshops were initiated by Rasa Smite and RIXC as part of the E.U. culture 2000 programme. Rasa Smite is a Latvian artist who, together with her RIXC colleaugues, has been creating innovative cross-disciplinary workshop environments with groups of international and local artists for many years (notably the Acoustic Space Lab at the RT:32 radio telescope).

Following the TCM open call for papers Rasa Smite and Marc Tuters selected and edited texts for printed publication (translation work by: Mara Traumane, Ilva Skulte, Daina Silina, Linda Zemite; graphic design by Martins Ratniks) ..and for Rasa I put together this online TCM reader, an extended collection of the raw unedited texts.

The TCM reader can be read as setting some boundary stones for the test category of locative media.

Filed under: art, locative, mobility, new media, research, social, space/place, urban, wifi

Proboscis | SoMa | projects

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Proboscis | SoMa | projects

Proboscis is a creative studio which researches, develops and facilitates innovation.
Led by Alice Angus and Giles Lane it creates artworks and acts as a production company, commissioning agency, design studio, think tank and consultancy.

Collaboration is at the core of our creative practice and ethic: Proboscis works across disciplines and practices, drawing upon a network of associate artists, writers, curators, critics, designers, technologists, filmmakers, scientists and theorists to develop new ways of exploring social, cultural and creative issues.

Our research programme (SoMa) also works in partnership with a network of arts, civil society, academic and business partners.

Proboscis is directed by Giles Lane & Alice Angus.

Filed under: academic, art, locative, mobility, new media, research, social, space/place, technology, urban, wifi

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Glowlab

Hundekopf
by Knifeandfork
tags: transportation mobile cartography

Hundekopf (Dog’s Head) is a colloquial term for Berlin’s S-Bahn ring, a train line which encircles the inner city. It is an integral component of the transportation network and gained symbolic significance when it was restored into a complete circle after the fall of the Berlin Wall. From its windows a fragmentary perspective of each district of the city is gained, with the TV-tower (Berlin’s most iconic landmark) always in sight as a central hub.

In re-imagining Hundekopf as a resistance organization, Knifeandfork uses the Ringbahn as a literal vehicle to move between time and place in what has been dubbed a ‘hub-narrative’ structured through SMS text-messaging and a new form of location-based content delivery.

The creation of the piece was itself a performance, as it required deconstructing Berlin’s public transportation information through the BVG website in order to track individual trains. This potentially volatile act was accomplished conspicuously using another shared resource, the numerous open Wi-Fi networks in Berlin cafes. Given current concerns about terrorism, the tracking system was the object of much attention.

System complete, flyers were distributed to travelers on S-bahn platforms and throughout the city during the week of Loving Berlin bearing an invitation to the resistance. To accept, participants go to any Ringbahn platform and send the name of that stop to the project phone number as an SMS. In response, they receive an instruction to board a particular train which they can then ride around the complete route.

After every stop on the Ringbahn, participants received a transmission from “Hundekopf” central command, defining an elusive manifesto referencing their actual immediate surroundings. “Hundekopf”, as it turns out, is not an organization at all, but resistance through attention to the mundane, eschewing any culture-jamming or generation of new signifiers in favor of direct experience. Resistance is continuous, you are chasing your tail.

Filed under: art, locative, mobility, research, situationist, social, space/place, technology, urban, wifi

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Glowlab

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

O’Reilly Network — Recipe for a Linux 802.11b Home Network

O’Reilly Network — Recipe for a Linux 802.11b Home Network

Filed under: DIY, linux, opensource, research, technology, wifi