‘The Interface Experience’ Showcases The History of Computing

Nowadays, ou tech devices are faster and slimmer than ever before, while the collection of bulky, outdated computers serve as an amusing — and often evocative — look into the past. That’s the goal of The Interface Experience, an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center‘s Focus Gallery in New York, as the exhibit aims to ignite that nostalgia with a myriad of vintage machines. Kimon Keramidas, curator and director of the digital media lab, hopes when people interact with this aging technology that they can think critically about how those devices led to their current devices. What’s also interesting is that unlike the “off-limits” display strategy of most museums, the machines at the exhibit aren’t behind glass and are working, as well as overhauled with custom programs to initiate exchanges between the user, the software and the hardware itself. Continue reading “‘The Interface Experience’ Showcases The History of Computing”

My 5 Favorite CES 2013 Stories: Day 3/4

DAY 3 of 4Thursday, January 10th, 2013
DAY 3 of 4
Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Welcome one, welcome all. Day 3 of 4 of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has come to an end, which means that it’s time for some new briefs about the products/stories introduced today at the show. So, here are my top 5 favorite stories from day three of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.   Continue reading “My 5 Favorite CES 2013 Stories: Day 3/4”

Apple UFO, GameStop EXPO, Kinect Hacks & Best World Champs – PractitioNERD WIRed #12

This week on the newly-named PractitioNERD WIRed (Week-In-ReviewED) episode:
1) Is Apple’s Going All Extra-Terrestrial On Us
2) What’s it Like Being A Fly On The Wall At The GameStop EXPO
3) The Kinect Hacked To Help A Stroke Victim, and
4) The Top 15 World Heavyweight Champions of ALL-TIME (according to WWE, anyway).
…plus, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!   Continue reading “Apple UFO, GameStop EXPO, Kinect Hacks & Best World Champs – PractitioNERD WIRed #12”

Son Hacks Kinect To Help Mother Email After Suffering Stroke

Some years ago, Chad Ruble’s mother suffered a stroke and now has aphasia.  She hasn’t been able to use a keyboard for years because it is extremely difficult for her to recognize text, due to the stroke. Earning his candidacy for “Son of the Year,” Chad hacked and built a Kinect-enabled interface that allows his mother to move her hand around a series of emoticons (happy, sad, upset, etc.) and other icons to help her compose and send e-mails.  Check out the video after the break.   Continue reading “Son Hacks Kinect To Help Mother Email After Suffering Stroke”

The LEAP Motion-Control PC Device; Puts Kinect to Shame

The Leap is a small iPod sized USB peripheral that creates a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet to precisely interact with and control software on your laptop or desktop computer; it’s almost as if it comes straight from a science fiction movie (mainly Minority Report, more-or-less).  Essentially, the precision device senses various types of gestures in a 3D space, and can be used for a whole variety of games, programs and applications (more so than Kinect typically working well with nothing else besides the Dance Central and Fruit Ninja games).   Continue reading “The LEAP Motion-Control PC Device; Puts Kinect to Shame”