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Hacking the Flavor of Food With Electric Chopsticks - IEEE Spectrum
[Nimesha] Ranasinghe has also played around with flavor-enhancing water bottles, straws, spoons, and even an Internet-connected cocktail glass, which enables people to send virtual cocktails, or “vocktails,” to distant friends.

There’s one significant design constraint, however, which makes electric taste augmentation more of a geeky party trick than a viable solution for consumers. The taster’s tongue must come into contact with two electrodes to complete the circuit and allow the current to flow through it.

That double contact happens fairly naturally with the rim of a glass or soup bowl, but it’s less reliable with utensils. Imagine using a pair of chopsticks to pick up a piece of sushi; assuming you’re adept with them, your tongue probably wouldn’t touch the tip of either chopstick. That’s why Ranasinghe used mashed potatoes in his experiment, he says, because people had to basically lick the mushy food from the sticks.

No matter. Ranasinghe says it’s early days for this technology: “It’s like TV in the 1950s.” Right now, the picture might be in grainy shades of gray, he says, but one day virtual flavors will burst onto the tongue in glorious technicolor.
press  newmedia  research  maine  +++++ 
7 days ago by jonippolito
[Economic critique of cybernetics via Hannah Weiner] The Poetry of Feedback - Journal #82 May 2017 - e-flux
Faced with the combination of the social and artistic critiques epitomized by the rebellion of May 1968 but in evidence throughout the period, firms sought to pit the two critiques against each other, engineering a form of pseudo-empowered, “flexible,” and “self-managing” work that met the demands of the artistic critique (for authenticity, creative expression, diversity of tasks, participation in decision making, flexible hours, etc.) in a manner that allowed for a newly intensive exploitation, effectively eroding the previous gains of the workers’ movement with regard to wages, workday length, and benefits. In short, the new self-directed employees would work much harder and longer than their predecessors.
economics  theory  defect  newmedia  network  +++++ 
7 days ago by jonippolito
Dina Katabi: A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | TED Talk
So what if I tell you that I can do the same thing but without any of these electrodes on the person's body? So here is our device, transmitting very low power wireless signal, analyzes the reflections using AI and spits out the sleep stages throughout the night. So we know, for example, when this person is dreaming. Not just that ... we can even get your breathing while you are sitting like that, and without touching you. So he is sitting and reading and this is his inhales, exhales. We asked him to hold his breath, and you see the signal staying at a steady level because he exhaled. He did not inhale. And I want to zoom in on the signal. And this is the same signal as before. These are the inhales, these are the exhales. And you see these blips on the signal? These are not noise. They are his heartbeats. And you can see them beat by beat.
body  mobility  wireless  data  research  artificialintelligence  surveillance  +++++ 
16 days ago by jonippolito
Web apps that talk - Introduction to the Speech Synthesis API  |  Web  |  Google Developers
The most basic use of the synthesis API is to pass the speechSynthesis.speak() and utterance:

var msg = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance('Hello World');
window.speechSynthesis.speak(msg);

However, you can also alter parameters to effect the volume, speech rate, pitch, voice, and language:

var msg = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance();
var voices = window.speechSynthesis.getVoices();
msg.voice = voices[10]; // Note: some voices don't support altering params
msg.voiceURI = 'native';
msg.volume = 1; // 0 to 1
msg.rate = 1; // 0.1 to 10
msg.pitch = 2; //0 to 2
msg.text = 'Hello World';
msg.lang = 'en-US';

msg.onend = function(e) {
console.log('Finished in ' + event.elapsedTime + ' seconds.');
};

speechSynthesis.speak(msg);

Setting a voice

The API also allows you to get a list of voice the engine supports:

speechSynthesis.getVoices().forEach(function(voice) {
console.log(voice.name, voice.default ? voice.default :'');
});

Then set a different voice, by setting .voice on the utterance object:

var msg = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance('I see dead people!');
msg.voice = speechSynthesis.getVoices().filter(function(voice) { return voice.name == 'Whisper'; })[0];
speechSynthesis.speak(msg);
speech  Javascript  howto  +++++  nmd305 
22 days ago by jonippolito
Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use, Virginia Federal Court Rules
While Brammer's purpose in capturing and publishing the photograph was promotional and expressive, Violent Hues' purpose in using the photograph was informational: to provide festival attendees with information regarding the local area. Furthermore, this use was noncommercial, because the photo was not used to advertise a product or generate revenue.
sharing  law  success  photography  network  +++++ 
6 weeks ago by jonippolito
American RadioWorks - A Better Life
The U.S. offered little support to its returning vets after World War I, creating massive discontent. The government didn't want to repeat the same mistake. "Congress was falling all over itself to find ways to treat vets well after its shameful past performance," says Edward Humes, who wrote Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream.

This time, the number of returning vets was staggering. One in eight Americans was involved in the war in some way. Roosevelt submitted a G.I. Bill of Rights to Congress; he assured the nation the veterans would be taken care of. But Humes says FDR was troubled by the prospect of creating a separate class of Americans who got "all these guarantees of medical care and education by virtue of their military service." FDR and his advisors began to think a second "bill of rights" was necessary to guarantee these kinds of opportunities for all Americans.

"Basically," Humes told ARW, "it boiled down to the right to decent housing, to a job that was sufficient to support one's family and oneself, to educational opportunities for all and to universal health care." As Roosevelt told the nation, "We have come to a clear realization of the fact … that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. 'Necessitous men are not free men.' People who are hungry, people who are out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made."

Roosevelt died before he could implement his economic "bill of rights" for all Americans.
war  Politics  government  history  success  society  +++++  health 
6 weeks ago by jonippolito
The High-Tech Art Collector - SFGate
One of the only museums in the country that collects websites is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Internet-based art is not being collected by private collectors and it is impossible to put a price tag on them because they are readily available over the Internet. But they are of value as examples of a new form of graphic design.

Starting last year [1997], Aaron Betsky, SFMOMA's curator of architecture and design, began collecting websites. He has already collected seven and plans to collect enough for a full-blown show in the future. Betsky collects the designs and burns them onto a CD-ROM. So far, the museum has not paid any money for these websites, which include funnel.com, atlas, speak magazine and posttool, but they have paid for the creation of the CD-ROMs if the website is really strapped for cash. Betsky says the websites have already increased in value because two of the websites he collected have since ceased to exist.

"The reason museums collect is not based on monetary value," Betsky said. "They collect things because they think they are worthwhile parts of our culture that deserve to be shown, seen and preserved."

In Betsky's words: "What interests me is that the confluence of different programs have created a particular appearance and logic of design that can only work on the Web. Text, images and color are continually changing. They are getting better and better but at the same time more and more the same. There's a race between the McDonaldization of Web design and exuberance of young designers who want to try new things. It's an important aspect of what's going on in graphic design. And it's graphic design concentrated in the Bay Area and we have a special commitment to that."
preservation  network  art  collection  museum  defect  +++++ 
may 2018 by jonippolito
skinonskinonskin | Net Art Anthology
[Vintage Entropy8Zuper! project, emulated in the browser as Netscape 4. Possible to type other URLs.]
network  art  emulation  success  +++++  utility 
may 2018 by jonippolito
Alliance for Networking Visual Culture » UBC Press and the University of Washington Press Receive Mellon Grant to develop indigenous studies publishing platform using Scalar
Thanks to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, UBC Press and the University of Washington Press will work with the Scalar team to develop a digital platform for publishing multimedia books in Indigenous studies. The publishing platform will offer a suite of tools for linking data and analyses to digital content from around the world and for interacting in culturally sensitive ways with heritage materials, ranging from clothing, beadwork, weapons, and tools to songs, stories, and dances. It will provide authoring teams with customizable methods to label content and inform readers about Indigenous cultural protocols for access and use of specific content.

Scalar will sit at the center of this project, constituting the core infrastructure upon which the publishing platform will be built as well as the reading interface in which the multimedia books will appear. Our team will also work to develop significant new functionality for Scalar as part of this grant, including the ability to import media with Traditional Knowledge (TK) labels and to properly display those labels for readers viewing the media. In addition, the Scalar team will develop a new middleware media importer dubbed “Tensor.” As a stand-alone platform, Tensor will sit between online archives and Scalar projects and allow users to browse archives, create playlists of media they find there and sync those playlists to one or more Scalar books.
stillwater  indigenous  publication  +++++ 
april 2018 by jonippolito
Experts say to respect ‘hierarchy of grief’ with death and social media — Next — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
“Facebook is increasingly the venue for older generations,” Jon Ippolito, a professor of new media at the University of Maine, said. But while younger adults who have grown up with social media more intuitively grasp the subtleties of online privacy, discretion and etiquette, he said, older users sometimes fail to observe basic guidelines when it comes to posting personal information.

“Posting on Facebook is like having a billboard in your backyard,” he said. “You may think it’s private, but it’s not.” Even the assumption that only designated “friends” will see what is posted on your timeline can be false, because Facebook’s privacy policies are complicated and change frequently.

Citing common sense and courtesy, Ippolito reviewed some basic rules for dealing with death and other deeply personal news online.
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First and foremost, when it comes to spreading the news about a death, it’s important to defer to what is sometimes referred to as the “hierarchy of grief.” That means allowing the next of kin to take the lead in how and when the death is announced. Only when someone very close to the deceased person and the immediate family posts the news or a link to a formal obituary should others assume it’s OK to share the information on their own Facebook timelines.

People should also respect that the next of kin has the right to control how much information is released about the death. For example, in the event of a suicide, the details may be too sad or too traumatic to share. In some families, a decision to withdraw life support is sensitive or controversial. And if a death is suspicious, the circumstances may be subject to an investigation. In any event, Facebook is not the place to break a story, gossip or show off how much you know about the death.

In other words, unless you are the immediate next of kin, Ippolito said, “it’s not about you.”
Facebook  network  socialmedia  life  defect  press  @i  +++++ 
april 2018 by jonippolito
All-Silhouettes | Download Free Vector Files: Silhouettes, Outlines, Cutouts, Shapes
TONS of FREE vector silhouettes! Already collected 15000+ free silhouettes in 325 vector cliparts.
design  nmd104  +++++  sharing  visual 
april 2018 by jonippolito
QRCode Monkey - The free QR Code Generator to create custom QR Codes with Logo
Make your QR code look really unique with our design and color options. You can customize the shape and form of the corner elements and the body of the QR code. You can also set your own colors for all QR code elements. Add a gradient color to the QR code body and make it really stand out. Attractive QR codes can increase the amount of scans.
visual  utility  network  code  +++++  capstone  promotion 
april 2018 by jonippolito
Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels - Local Contexts
The TK Labels are a tool for Indigenous communities to add existing local protocols for access and use to recorded cultural heritage that is digitally circulating outside community contexts. The TK Labels offer an educative and informational strategy to help non-community users of this cultural heritage understand its importance and significance to the communities from where it derives and continues to have meaning. TK Labeling is designed to identify and clarify which material has community-specific restrictions regarding access and use. This is especially with respect to sacred and/or ceremonial material, material that has gender restrictions, seasonal conditions of use and/or materials specifically designed for outreach purposes. The TK Labels also can be used to add information that might be considered ‘missing’, including the name of the community who remains the creator or cultural custodian of the material, and how to contact the relevant family, clan or community to arrange appropriate permissions.
indigenous  sharing  law  success  +++++ 
april 2018 by jonippolito
CSS Grid Starter Layouts | CSS-Tricks
[Can be responsive without @media queries] This is a collection of starter templates for layouts and patterns using CSS Grid. The idea here is to show off what the technique is capable of doing and provide a starting point that can be re-purposed for other projects.
css  design  mobility  nmd305  +++++  reference  howto 
april 2018 by jonippolito
How the Quakers Became Unlikely Economic Innovators by Inventing the Price Tag
For centuries, haggling was the norm, ultimately developing into a system that required clerks and shopkeepers to train as negotiators. In the mid-19th century, however, Quakers in the US began to believe that charging people different amounts for the same item was immoral, so they started using price tags at their stores to counter the ills of haggling. And, as this short video from NPR's Planet Money explains, by taking a moral stand, the Quakers inadvertently revealed an inefficiency in the old economic system and became improbable pricing pioneers, changing commerce and history with one simple innovation.
economics  history  +++++  ethics 
april 2018 by jonippolito
Robby Leonardi | hey@rleonardi.com
[Parallax Scrolling CV website based on a videogame design]
design  parallaxscrolling  nmd305  Web  +++++ 
april 2018 by jonippolito
filter | CSS-Tricks
blur()
brightness()
contrast()
drop-shadow()
grayscale()
hue-rotate()
invert()
opacity()
saturate()
sepia()
url() - for applying SVG filters
custom() - "coming soon"

Multiple functions can be used, space separated.

Example of a single filter being used:

.blur-me {
filter: blur(20px);
}

Example of multiple filters being used:

.do-more-things {
filter: blur(20px) grayscale(20%);
}
css  howto  nmd305  reference  color  visual  design  +++++ 
april 2018 by jonippolito
Can you find love in VR? Maybe one day... [with Gene Herrschaft]
We may still be held back by much of VR technology, from the bulky, heavy headsets to the need for large swathes of space if you actually want to move around. Then there's the added difficulty of touch: your brain expects to feel something when you go to kiss someone or hold their hand, and instead you feel nothing, like the feeling of your foot falling through air when you thought there was one more stair.

Likewise, the restriction on movement in VR is necessary: "When designing any VR game or experience, you need to take into account the fact that basic movement is enough to make many users nauseous," says Gene Herrschaft, a University of Maine student working on a social VR project called 'Facilitating Meaningful Personal Interconnections Through A Virtual Space'. However, the solution to have the actor and player remain still at all times means that the player can be left feeling passive and unable to act as they normally would.

But despite the technological setbacks of VR, it's still so many steps forward from the intimacy of text chat. "Spending time with another person in VR doesn't feel 'less than' spending time with them in person," says Herrschaft. "In my experience, I've felt just as comfortable sharing more personal thoughts through VR as I have in person, at least to people I already know."

In my experience, I've felt just as comfortable sharing more personal thoughts through VR as I have in person

We're a long way past the days of falling in love through paintings and letters and cybersex on chat rooms. It seems at least somewhat likely that VR can help more than hinder when it comes to meeting new people and potentially falling in love. If VR technology can progress to the point where human facial expressions can be accurately simulated, we might be able to use it as more than just a novelty. Eye tracking alone would do much to mimic a more realistic experience, and that's almost here.

"VR already excels in natural, intuitive interaction," Herrschaft admits, "and being able to read emotion off of other people's faces could be a really great extension of that. This has strong potential to turn out goofy at first, but VR tech is developing rapidly, and it can't be great if it isn't bad first."
newmedia  virtualreality  press  maine  education  +++++ 
april 2018 by jonippolito
Your Speech Is Packed With Misunderstood, Unconscious Messages
Since disfluencies show that a speaker is thinking carefully about what she is about to say, they provide useful information to listeners, cueing them to focus attention on upcoming content that’s likely to be meaty. One famous example comes from the movie Jurassic Park. When Jeff Goldblum’s character is asked whether a group of only female animals can breed, he replies, “No, I’m, I’m simply saying that life, uh…finds a way.” The disfluencies emphasize that he’s coming to grips with something not easy to explain—an idea that turns out to be a key part of the movie.

Experiments with ums or uhs spliced in or out of speech show that when words are preceded by disfluencies, listeners recognize them faster and remember them more accurately. In some cases, disfluencies allow listeners to make useful predictions about what they’re about to hear. In one study, for example, listeners correctly inferred that speakers’ stumbles meant that they were describing complicated conglomerations of shapes rather than to simple single shapes.

In fact, designers of synthesized voice systems have begun experimenting with the insertion of naturalistic disfluencies into artificial speech.

Disfluencies can also improve our comprehension of longer pieces of content. Psychologists Scott Fraundorf and Duane Watson tinkered with recordings of a speaker’s retellings of passages from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and compared how well listeners remembered versions that were purged of all disfluencies as opposed to ones that contained an average number of ums and uhs (about two instances out of every 100 words). They found that hearers remembered plot points better after listening to the disfluent versions, with enhanced memory apparent even for plot points that weren’t preceded by a disfluency. Stripping a speech of ums and uhs, as Toastmasters are intent on doing, appears to be doing listeners no favors.

Moreover, there’s reason to question the implicit assumption that disfluencies reveal a speaker’s lack of knowledge. In a study led by Kathryn Womack, experienced physicians and residents in training looked at images of various dermatological conditions while talking their way to a diagnosis. Not surprisingly, the expert doctors were more accurate in their diagnoses than the residents. They also produced more complex sentences—and a greater number of disfluencies, giving lie to the notion that disfluencies reflect a lack of control over one’s material. On the contrary, the study’s authors suggest that the seasoned doctors had more disfluent speech because they were sifting through a larger body of knowledge and constructing more detailed explanations while planning their speech.
speech  defect  success  +++++  artificialintelligence 
april 2018 by jonippolito

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