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Dinner and Creativity

Posted in 05.Creativity and Design on April 15, 2010 by karen mackay

Thanks to Adriana and her team for allowing me to participate in their project and make a great meal!

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Interesting Article on Art and War: “Why do we need oil painters in a war zone?”

Posted in 05.Creativity and Design, 06.Design Thinking & Sketching on April 7, 2010 by karen mackay

It might seem strange that the government would fly a group of artists out to a war zone, but paintings from Afghanistan are the latest in a long line of war art that apparently serves a purpose.”

via BBC News

Virtual Reality

Posted in 05.Creativity and Design on March 20, 2010 by Sagar Khadabadi

VIRTUAL REALITY

A presentation that I prepared to understand and express the potential of Virtual Reality.

Searching for creativity

Posted in 05.Creativity and Design with tags , , , , on March 10, 2010 by Pedro Soza

Hi,

Here is my proposal.

Searching for creativity will be a research paper based on literature review. On it, I´ll try to put some knowledge that I had been receiving in some classes like Psychology of Creativity, Cognitive Neuroscience and Creativity & Design Cognition. The main idea is to find out which are some of the brain areas and cognitive processes involved in creative behavior. Hopefully, this will bring some light (or darkness) to understand how creativity emerges from our brains.

My Project Idea – Photo-centric Multimedia Authoring

Posted in 05.Creativity and Design, 07.Fixation and Incubation, Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 by Chowhownd
With the increasing use of digital imaging in general consumer applications, there is a great deal of interest in developing new products that increase the value and enjoyment level of viewing digital images in consumers’ living rooms.
One way to enrich image viewing and sharing is to combine images with voice annotation and music.
A system should be developed for multimedia authoring, centered around and driven by still photos, with an emphasis on composing still images with sound, including music and spoken annotations. We describe the overall system, as well as major enabling technology components, including multimedia authoring, semantic image classification, and cross-media indexing.
The finished multimedia bit stream is primarily recorded on DVD or VCD to facilitate enriched enjoyment through a TV set, but can also be shared on a desktop/laptop, via email, or online.


With the increasing use of digital imaging in general consumer applications, there is a great deal of interest in developing new products that increase the value and enjoyment level of viewing digital images in consumers’ living rooms.
One way to enrich image viewing and sharing is to combine images with voice annotation and music.
A system should be developed for multimedia authoring, centered around and driven by still photos, with an emphasis on composing still images with sound, including music and spoken annotations. We describe the overall system, as well as major enabling technology components, including multimedia authoring, semantic image classification, and cross-media indexing.
The finished multimedia bit stream is primarily recorded on DVD or VCD to facilitate enriched enjoyment through a TV set, but can also be shared on a desktop/laptop, via email, or online.

Body acoustics can turn your arm into a touchscreen

Posted in 05.Creativity and Design on March 2, 2010 by Navin Maharaj

Finding the keypad on your cellphone or music player a bit cramped? Maybe your forearm could be more accommodating. It could become part of a skin-based interface that effectively turns your body into a touchscreen.

Called Skinput, the system is a marriage of two technologies: the ability to detect the ultralow-frequency sound produced by tapping the skin with a finger, and the microchip-sized “pico” projectors now found in some cellphones.

The system beams a keyboard or menu onto the user’s forearm and hand from a projector housed in an armband. An acoustic detector, also in the armband, then calculates which part of the display you want to activate.

But how does the system know which icon, button or finger you tapped? Chris Harrison at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, working with Dan Morris and Desney Tan at Microsoft’s research lab in Redmond, Washington, exploit the way our skin, musculature and skeleton combine to make distinctive sounds when we tap on different parts of the arm, palm, fingers and thumb (see video).
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Smart Street Lights Know How To Bloom

Posted in 01.Introduction, 05.Creativity and Design on February 24, 2010 by Navin Maharaj

The street lights in my area have a mind of their own and flicker into life on whim. So when I hear of concepts like the Sustainable City Lights, it makes me go green with envy. It’s not asking too much for an intelligent lighting system that harnesses the solar and wind energy for itself. Lampposts intuitive enough to beam up the LEDs only when people are around, else emit a soft glow! Ah, Wishful Thinking

Adapting itself to the environment, Sustainable City Lights mimic the opening and closing of a flower bud while harvesting the energies. Any surplus accumulated goes back to the main grid for powering other city things…

Designer: Philips Design

The images got cut off a bit, so here’s the link to more info:
http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/02/23/smart-street-lights-know-how-to-bloom/

Sustainable City Lights by Philips Design
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