Innovation

Magic UX

London design consultancy firm Special Projects have created a unique new mobile app task switching interface they call Magic UX. The project aims to bring the UX of a smartphone more into the physical world by allowing the user to map an app to a spacial location and switch between multiple apps by just moving the phone to the set location, similar to picking up different items on a desk. The app even lets you transfer data between apps for example by "picking up" an image and moving the phone to the email app to attach it.

Book Review: The Information - James Gleick

I picked up The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick last Christmas on a visit to the amazing Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in Galway. My reason for buying it was part intrigue about how the author could fill a whole book about there being too much information in the world, and partly because I must admit, the cover design drew me in. It took me a while but I finally got around to reading and finished the book this week and I was so happy with the choice I made all those months ago.

Notable Internet History

Slate.com published a great article detailing some unique events in internet history, such as how Arpanet users created the first social network in 1979 to share their favourite science fiction, created emoticons to differentiate work topics from jokes, and wrote the first "Spoiler Alert" about Star Trek II!

The Everyday Calendar

Simone Giertz, the robotics enthusiast who initially became known for her useless robots, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a device called the Everyday Calendar. The device allows you to touch a day on the screen to illuminate the hexagon for that day. The idea is the device aids you in keeping to habits and routines. The project has already 10x'd its goal and has 28 days to go.

Adobe Max

The Adobe MAX 2018 event demonstrated a plethora of AI enabled "multimedia" tools from Adobe this year. The innovations include the Moving Stills project which automatically generates an animated fly-through from a static image, ProjectKazoo which allows the user to hum a tune and generate sampled instrumental music from it and Fontphoria which automatically generates a custom font from one letter of a newly designed font. Check out these and the rest of the projects on the Adobe Blog.

Fiberbots

The Mediated Matter Group at MIT have created Fiberbots, robots that use a mix of fiber and resin to build towers underneath themselves. The bots use sensors and algorithms to colaborate with eachother while adjusting the length and curvature of the towers they build. (H/T to Mikael for sharing this).

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