Posted by: Khepera | Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Siftable Computing: The Genesis of Physical Data Tools


This is a brief consideration of some of the new tech developments cresting the horizon.  Some of you who don’t live/work in the techsphere may find these discussions spurious, the products of little value…until you see them in action.  2-3 years ago, if someone had described an I-Phone to you, it would have sounded like science fiction.  Now you have phones whose displays shift from portrait to landscape visual mode automatically when you tilt them. Ever wonder how the phone knows to do that, without a command?  It’s because there is an accelerometer built into the phone, which allows it to sense shifts in position & attitude(as in tilt, not emotion!). So, as a techie colleague suggested, folks are writing app’s(applications) for cell phones which utilize these features of GPS & accelerometer sensitivity.  An example is there is apparently an app for the I-Phone now which, when activated, allows the phone to act like a level — to determine if a surface is truly horizontal or vertical.  Who’da thunk it?!

A key factor in this, as demonstrated in the video, are applications for organizing & interfacing with information.  However, the educational & learning game applications are particularly intriguing.  Suffice it to say it takes flash cards & children’s letter blocks to a completely new level.  There’s also a music app which while intriguing, will no doubt further exasperate true musicians…

So a key element of this discussion is to raise the bar of awareness & consideration, not just of what is, &/or what is coming out, but what else is possible, so that each of us, empowered & inspired by these perspectives & insights can begin to develop our own ideas…and recognize that technology can be a useful tool, instead of a malingering presence as some would have us believe.  We can either be freed or constrained by the limits of our own perceptions. The video below is one of several on this topic on YouTube. Watch it, and see how your horizons of possibilities expand…

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