Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | December 10, 2010

IAT 320 Sketch Three

Mark Cheng , Bruce Wayne, Benita Kuo, Alan Song

For our final Sketch, we are going do to a Google hat. Since I am a media art student, my main responsibility is to help mark test out the hat, get the users’ feed back and do the documentary video.

The hat is working fine, but the hand gesture is a little wired when we want to turn right, We will have to ask Profs for more opinions. Mark installed the Adruino on to my hat, the wires looks awesome, the hat looks like is from the future.

Today Greg talked about using the feed across for turning, but it still feeds a little weird, plus, it is going to be very hard for us to connect wires from head to toe all the way, so during the group meeting, we vote not to do that. So mark thought about installing a force sensor on the edge of the hat. When the user tile his head, it will turn left or right.

It is almost the due date, I have to run some user testings, I asked my friends to try out the hat, they all think is pretty awesome, they did not give some any useful feed backs rather then ” oh this hat is cool”.

Mark said it is not needed to have a touch sensor for turning, we can just tile our head to turn, during our group meeting, we couldn’t not decided, so we ‘ll just ask jinsil and greg what do they think.

Tomorrow is the final presentation, my documentary video is not not yet done, i still need do film some part with mark, but the rest of the video looks awesome.

Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | November 25, 2010

IAT 320 Sketch two Blog

Bruce Wayne, Mark Cheng, Benita Kuo

Today we discussed our sketch two idea, and i want it to be a wearable project. But we haven’t decide whether we gonna use hat, glove or a shirt.

We have decided to sew LEDs lights on to the shirt, mark is suggesting to copy the tile lights of raventon. I think its a cool idea.

We spent over 50 bucks on the materials, good thing it split between 3 people.

It took me 2 hours just to put the LEDs onto the the shirt and 3 hours to sew all the LEDs on there, but it seems that by pierecing the LED legs through the cloth will make short circuit, so i spend another 30 mins taking them out agian. Its such a pain in the ass.

Today we need to make the adruino pat, we need a piece of cloth. It seems that the cloth for environmental friendly shopping bag is very durable, so i cut a piece off and sew the adruino on there.

Based on our plan sheet, there will be 12 parallel lines running through the shirt, from hand to the back.  However, the lines can not touch eachother through out the sewing otherwise it will result in shortcircuit. Very Difficult.

3 more days till presentation, although the all the sewings are done, but as soon as i wear it, the LEDs are not on, we have no idea why that is happing. Mark tested all the connections with a 9V battery, and it seems that the problem was two of the sewing patterns will stack with each other because the cloth is folded when i wear it.

This even we will present our sketch two, everything looks good, the slides are done, all the lights are working, hopefully it will not go short circuit during the presentation.

 

Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | October 28, 2010

IAT 320 Sketch one process

We have encountered many challenges in making this project. We have no idea why the screen only shows either the bird or the island instead of combination of both. By linking the screen into a new screen does not work.

Today we figured out how to solve the screen problem by asking the professor, we need to use ” jit.op @op+ ” in order to put them together.

Another problem is that we don’t know how to invert the camera, right now the camera is reversed.

After google search, i found theres we can make use of “pak invert 0 0” to invert the camera. Now the problem is solved. I guess now we can use this method to flip the bird too.

We just talked to professor today and it seems we should add music into our project. Thats something that we need to look up on the support page of max 5.

Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | October 28, 2010

IAT 320 Sketch one process

We have encountered many challenges in making this project. We have no idea why the screen only shows either the bird or the island instead of combination of both. By linking the screen into a new screen does not work.

Today we figured out how to solve the screen problem by asking the professor, we need to use ” jit.op @op+ ” in order to put them together.

Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | August 1, 2010

Studio Lab 4

Studio Lab 4

For my Studio Lab4, I decided to do Lee de Forest.  He is a physicist who loves to invent things and play with electronic devices. Lee De Forest invented the “audion”, a vacuum tube device that could take a weak electrical signal and amplify it into a larger one. (ScienCentral Inc, 1999). Furthermore, he has been labeled one of the fathers of the “electronic age.”(People And Discovers, 1998) Based on his historical stats, I decided to make him to be friend with other historical figure who were also physicist, electronic engineers or inventors such as Erik Rothim and etc.

Often I learn about my friends throughout their wall and information panel on FaceBook. Therefore, to let other people learn about Lee de Forest, I decided to put his historical context and social context on his wall and Info.

Because Lee loves to invent things, I have created some fictional electronic related devices and put photos of them in the photo tab of his FaceBook page, I bet if Lee de Forest is still alive he might be interested in inventing them.

Here is his facebook link:
http://www.sfu.ca/~bwa16/TECH114/S4/   (P.S, You can actually click on his “Wall”, “Info”, and “Photos” tab)

Resources:

Flickr @ Yahoo
http://www.Flickr.com

People and Discoveries Menu(1998) Retrived From:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/btfore.html

PBS Oline(1999) Retrieved From:
http://www.pbs.org/transistor/album1/addlbios/deforest.html

Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | July 30, 2010

Studio Lab 4

Studio Lab 4

For my Studio Lab4, I decided to do Lee de Forest, who is a physicist. In addition, he loves to invent things and play with electronic devices. Lee De Forest invented the “audion”, a vacuum tube device that could take a weak electrical signal and amplify it into a larger one. (ScienCentral Inc, 1999). Furthermore, he has been labeled one of the fathers of the “electronic age.”(People And Discovers, 1998) Based on his historical stats, I decided to make him to be friend with other historical figure who were also physicist, electronic engineers or inventors such as Erik Rothim and etc.

Often I learn about my friends throughout their wall and information panel on FaceBook. Therefore, to let other people learn about Lee de Forest, I decided to put his historical context and social context on his wall and Info.

Because Lee loves to invent things, I have created some fictional electronic related devices and put photos of them in the photo tab of his FaceBook page, I bet if Lee de Forest is still alive he might be interested in inventing them.

Resources:

Flickr @ Yahoo
http://www.Flickr.com

People and Discoveries Menu(1998) Retrived From:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/databank/entries/btfore.html

PBS Oline(1999) Retrieved From:
http://www.pbs.org/transistor/album1/addlbios/deforest.html

Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | July 24, 2010

TechPost #3

The Future of Clocks

As we forward ourselves into the year 2025, it is reasonable to imagine that the world of technology has advanced by a great deal. Kip p. Nygren wrote in his journal article (as cited in Emerging Technologies and Exponential Change) stating that “Revolutionary technological change on an exponentially growing scale is already here.” I believe in the future clocks will no longer be just a simple tool in contrast it will have much more functions and utilities then just telling people time. In addition, the clocks will be all digitalized, therefore it can have any size the user desires, this way, people can install the clocks anywhere they want. Lastly and most importantly, in the future, although the clocks have powerful functions, the cost of clocks will be reduced significantly so that anyone can purchase a clock.

First of all, I would like to name my technology ‘AITD” which stands for Artificial Intelligence Timing Device. As you can tell from its name, I have integrated computerize intelligence in my clock.

Decades ago, a technology was developed called voice input recognition system in 1936 by AT&T’s Bell lab. (Ted Maher, 2008) it records the user’s voice and matches for similar term in the data base. Today, many cell phones, business call center or government lines use this technology. For instance, the student loan center has an option for the users to voice input their Social Insurance Number. After the user read his or her number to the phone, the computer will automatically record the numbers and search through the relevant information in its data base. However, this voice input is not fully developed; very often the computer cannot accurately identify the users’ input. As time shift towards 2025, the voice input technology will get perfected; the computers will be able to identify accurately what the users are saying. Furthermore, the voice input recognition will have a new function which is automatic language translation, therefore people could talk in different languages and the computer will still be able to recognize the input.

Another technology that will be developed will call ‘Eye Scanner Security System” also known as “Amsterdam (6/17/02) – Security systems” What it does is that it “scan the iris of your eye and store the patterns into the system’s database. These systems take advantage of random variations in the visible features the iris, the colored ring around the pupil. After a person has his iris scanned once, a unique file is placed in a database. Subsequently, the person simply looks at a suitably equipped camera that scans and checks the iris in little more than one second.” (The Eyes Have It, Sean Henahan, 2002) Today, these technologies are only used in airport, government buildings, or military bases, which means it is very expensive and not commonly spread. In addition, this eye scanner requires the person to voluntarily go to the device and take a look into the device in order to verify the data. Therefore it is very time consuming and inefficient. As we move onto the year 2025, this technology will be developed much more, it will be able to scan people’s iris with an automatic focus aimer so that it can scan anyone who enters the room accurately.

For my technology AITD, it will utilize both of the technologies described above so that the clocks serve more functions and make people’s lives much easier and secure. First of all, the device will be able to record people’s voice input and remind people of when their schedules are near. For example, The user comes home on Monday and he has a meeting on Wednesday at 12:00pm, march 31, 2025, what he will do is simply activate the voice input function by saying “voice input activate”, then the clock will start recognize the user’s input, and the user can just say, “meeting on Wednesday at 12pm, march 31, 2025.” And the clock will automatically save the schedule and remind the user on Wednesday repeated times. The second function my device has is the Eye Scanner security system, it will scan the iris of anyone who enters the room and store the data. This way it will enhance the security of homes, public buildings, and etc and reduce the criminal rate significantly. For example, a thief broke into a house and stole other people’s property, but he is very smart so he wore gloves to prevent leaving anything figure prints at the scene. After he left, the police can retrieve the data store in the clock and look for iris that match up with the government system. Because the iris consists largely of a system of muscle that expands and contracts the pupil in response to changing lighting conditions, the details of each iris are unique, that is, no two are exactly alike.(New Delhi, 2010) As a result the thief is caught within a few days. 

In my previous post, I stated that “with the invention of clock people are able to manage the time and plan out the whole day’s activities.” With my new AITD, people can plan out a whole week’s activities or even the entire month. In addition, my Eye Scan security function will revolutionize the traditional definition of clocks. Lastly, in the past, clocks only serves as a tool that let people keep track of time; therefore I feel it is necessary to make this technology serve more purposes. Adding to that, the AITD is very environmentally friendly because my clock is a combination of three different products, therefore fewer materials are needed to make same amount of functional product.

Reference List:

Kip P. Nygren (2002) Emerging Technologies and Exponential Change

New Delhi (2010) UID authority clears air on cost of iris scan May 06.2010 From http://www.hindustantimes.com/UID-authority-clears-air-on-cost-of-iris-scan/Article1-539930.aspx

Ted Maher (2006) Speech Recognition Software and Medical Transcription History. March 15, 2006 from http://www.dragon-medical-transcription.com/historyspeechrecognitiontimeline.html

Sean Henahan (2002) The Eyes Have It. From http://www.accessexcellence.org/WN/SU/irisscan.php


Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | July 17, 2010

The Technological Development of Clocks through History

Clocks are one of the many technologies that were a necessity to people’s daily life. This special tool has developed and revolutionized in its physical shape and usability dramatically throughout human history.  Today, clocks are everywhere, this common tools that is widely owned by people, however, back in the pre-industrial revolution, not everyone is able to get their hands on this technology. Throughout the entire industrial revolution, the clocks played an important role in our society and our everyday life.

In the pre-industrial era, clocks were like a new born baby in the technology industry. In the ancient times, before clocks were invented, people had to use the sun as a time tool. What they did was to  put a pole on the ground and as the sun moves throughout the day, people can predict the time depending on how long the shadow of the pole was which of course that would be very inaccurate. As time passed on “The first mechanical clock was made in 723 A.D. by a monk and mathematician I-Hsing. It was an astronomical clock and he called it the “Water Driven Spherical Birds-Eye-View Map of The Heavens” (ID3517297505, 2009, ¶ 1). This technology generated a big impact on the society at that time. People were finally able to accurately, record events with time, rather than just assumption of how long time passed. For example, when people wanted have a field track race but no one could tell how long it took for the players to reach the destination.  The most social function clocks brought to the society in pre-industrial revolution was for family use. Back then, people would get up as the sun rises and sleep when the sun goes down and they have no idea how long they should work or do certain things. But with the invention of clock people are able to manage the time and plan out the whole day’s activities. And because of that, the clocks made people more socialized and interactive; people can make extra leisure time to spend with friends and family. Slowly, the rulers and rich people wanted to have their personal clocks that are elegant and unique; as a result, it boosted the development of the clocks and pushed the technology to evolve further. In the pre-industrial period, the price of the clocks was pretty expensive, not all the family could afford one. However, in order to purchase a clock, they have to order from the clockwork a very long time in advance. The manufacturing process was long, and inefficient.

As the time shifted to the industrial revolution era, all of the technologies had taken a big step forward and so were the clocks. The clocks has shrunk in its size by when it is necessary and the biggest improvement in clock technology was that the clocks can be made by machines, therefore they can be produced massively while reducing the price of clocks. Moreover, the clocks are much more wide spread, almost every family could have one and it is common to see clocks in public places as well. Moreover, during the industrial revolution, people had moved from rural areas to the cities, and production had shift into factories units. Therefore, clocks were the must have equipment for those factories and large facilities. However, back then, clocks can become inaccurate as time passes, because the gravity, the pointers on the clock will get influenced every time it moves. A significant precedent during that time was the invention of the light bulbs by Thomas Edison. With the light bulbs, people are able to building them into the clocks, so that clocks can be watched under dark environment. Not only that, people started to work on the development of digitalized clocks. The social effect, the clocks brought to that industrial revolution era was mainly on for public use. Large clocks were everywhere inside the city. Therefore it makes the city looked more busy and lively. Government wants to promote people to industrialize and work harder. For that reason, the clocks not only tell people time, but it also works like a discipline tool. Furthermore, Rich people and celebrities also wanted to have expensive hand watches so they can show their class. As a result, the clock manufacturers are competing with each other to develop the best quality possible clocks in order to get the business and such effects pushed the clock industry to move forward.

Today, the clock technology has developed so much, that almost anything can install a clock. And the size of the clock is not restricted anymore, and the expensive clocks have extremely high qualities and accuracy. In addition, clocks have developed into something that does not even need to have a physical form if wanted. Every computer has a clock system and as long as you are connected to the internet your time will be automatically updated with the world. Adding to that, clock is present on cell phones and other technologies as a result today everyone has a sense of time. Moreover, clocks’ price can range from very low to very expensive depending on people’s needs.   Even better, stores now sell digital clocks, which solve the problem where old fashioned clocks can be inaccurate as time passes. The social effect modern clocks are pretty much the same as before.

The clocks are one of the most important tools throughout history. This technology has developed so much till today. Hopeful, clocks will keep develop and help us do more important tasks in the future.

Reference List:

History of Clocks.  (2009). Who invented the first mechanical clock?  Retrieved from :

http://inventors.about.com/od/cstartinventions/a/clock.htm

Squidoo.(2010) N.D. The Invention of the CLocks. Retrieved from  :

http://www.squidoo.com/clock_invention

Engines of Our Ingenuity(2000). No. 1506:THE FIRST MECHANICAL CLOCKS

Retrieved from: http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi1506.htm

Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | July 13, 2010

Personal reflection on Collective Project

This collective project is a very good practice for me, because not only that I have to work as a member of a small group, at the same time, I am a member of a big group (the entire class). Throughout this lab activity, I have found some limitations and benefits of this form of study. The benefit of working collectively is that there are more people contributing to the wiki, as a result, our product will consist of a wider range of information. Furthermore, working as a big group greatly reduces the time to finish the task in comparison with doing it individually. However, the limitation of this style of work is that people’s contribution towards the wiki is limited to certain area. For example, Maybe someone is more proficient at writing analysis, but instead they were asked to search for images. Overall, I think this experiment worked, because the class is able to get the work done and everyone is doing their parts. This experiment is much different than doing the wiki on my own. It required us to collaborate with each other, and finish our individual tasks on time and effectively. If I were doing the wiki by myself, the amount of information would not be as board as if it is done by the entire class. Lastly, it is great to have people in the same class room editing the wiki while I am working on the wiki as well; I could feel the energy by constantly seeing people updating and contributing their work to the wiki.

Posted by: beyondmyselfbw | June 17, 2010

Chrome OS in Contemporary Society

Chrome OS, also known as Google Chrome Operating System, was announced in late 2009.  After Google lunched the Google Chrome browser, 30 million people are using it and this browser turns out to be very successful and popular. Therefore, Google wants to take one step further, to create an operating system based on this browser, and it is said to make us re-think of what an operating system should be.

            “Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks.”(http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html, paragraph2, line1). Chrome is essentially a Web browser as an operating system; therefore it can be installed almost anywhere, as long as internet connection is available. Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web.  Chrome OS will first be a very light system, which will only support a few functions in the beginning such as music sharing, personal profile synchronize, and all of the services from Google.com. Later, Chrome OS will keep developing, and eventually it will have as much functions as other operating systems such as Windows, Mac, Linux, and ETC.    

            As stated in PCworld.com, “Google plans to expand the scope of Chrome OS to take on Windows on the desktop as well–a goal that requires both a solid operating system and a significant culture shift.” The idea behind it is that, we are used to have stationary computers with load of wires, hard drives. With this new technology, chrome is able to significantly shrink the size of hard drives and number of wires. Most of the user data are stored online. In addition, the price of purchasing a computer will much lower. (Imagine spending five dollars for a computer as fast as the one you have right now with the size as small as your cell phone!). Furthermore, this new technology reduces the production of metal casing for computers hardwares, and consumes less electricity, so that it is more environmentally friendly. Adding to that, large companies that have systematic software computers can purchase Chrome OS computers with built-in chip hard drives so that not only it is less space consuming, but also easier to upgrade the computers.

 According to the article from PCworld.com, in the world of computer culture, “the Mac operating system has been available since 1984 and has only five percent of the OS market. Linux has been around since 1991–or 1994 if you want to start counting from the 1.0 release, yet Linux in all of its varieties has barely more than one percent of the operating system market. “(http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/197838/chrome_os_strives_to_replace_desktop_culture.html, paragraph6, line 1). How do we know that Chrome OS will be able to compete with Microsoft? First of all, the Google brand carries a lot of consumer clout. It is respected and trusted by many businesses and consumers, and Google has lots of creditability which they have created in the past. Secondly, many small and medium businesses are already invested in Google, therefore they are in a way forced to support Google’s new products. Lastly, so many people in the world rely on Gmail for messaging, Google Docs for office productivity, Google Voice for communicating, and Google Wave and/or Google Buzz for collaborating and social networking. As a result, the Chrome OS will work nicely for them.

            I think the Chrome OS is bringing a positive effect to the society. This new operating system will bring market challenges to Apple and Microsoft, therefore both companies needs to make even better OS to take on the challenge, so the world of technology will move forward and bring people better living qualities. In addition, this new technology will bring people a greener environment, because Chrome OS requires less production from factories, it reduces carbon footprints from the manufacturing to the transporting, and to the consuming process. However, there is a little bit down side to this new OS. Chrome OS rely heavily on internet. Firstly, if there is no internet connection then the OS cannot even boot up and unstable internet connection might affect the performance. Secondly, there are security concerns. Many companies and users will need to make sure that their OS is virus free and their personal information, and sensitive or confidential data to third-party are protected. “Google needs to resolve those two issues before the desktop culture can be abandoned completely.”(http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/197838/chrome_os_strives_to_replace_desktop_culture.html paragraph9, line1)

            A potential threat to the Chrome OS which might overcome by another technology is the mobile OS. Similarly, mobile OS are also light-weighted, and easy to install, nowadays people can already do a lot of things on iphone and android phones, the recent announce of iphone4 supports higher screen resolution and larger ram space with bigger hard drive storage capacity. In the future people might not even need a computer anymore, they might just install everything on their cell phone so that computer OS is totally wiped out.           

Reference List:

Google Blog (2009, July)

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html, paragraph2, line1

PCworld Business Center (2010, February)

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/197838/chrome_os_strives_to_ replace_desktop_culture.html

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