Bill Buxton, for anyone who doesn’t already know, is a Principle Researcher at Microsoft Research, and before this turns off the linux folk, he is one of my top 10 most passionate and interesting speakers. He has some incredible insight into the history of design of technologies, and a theory called the long nose: he reckons technology inventions have been around in some shape or form for 20 years before they hit mainstream.
At this recent talk in Copenhagen, he talks about the Natural User Interface, NUI: What’s in a name, and it’s well worth a watch for anyone interested in looking at the world with new eyes, especially those interested in interface design and product creation.
He is a collector so he shows some amazing geekery that he has accumulated, including some nifty casio watches that had touch screens way back in 1984.
It’s an hour and 30 minutes of your life you will not regret!
One of the most beautiful things about free and open source software is the native freedom to alter, extend, adapt, trim, reduce, repackage and reuse the code as I see fit, within the terms of the license. Sometimes – as is the case of the of Canonical and Ubuntu who began their work with a simple bundling of Debian’s package software (as an aside, Ubuntu and Debian are still fairly compatible, to the point that, if you feel brave, you can use one’s repositories with the other’s distribution) – these changes are huge and massively sweeping. And at others, it is the freedom to change three lines to grant a new set of defaults.
‘Take on the Machine’ is like reality tv for hackerspaces. 5 spaces in the US are given $3000 and 3 weeks with a challenge to take an everyday item to repurpose it into something fun with a movie theme.
We posted the first episode, but now that the series has finish I wanted the give the links for all the episodes for those interested on the outcome and see how the winner of the challenge was.
The idea of a hackerspace is pretty new to a lot of people so as part of an effort to get heads thinking about what 091Labs is and what it can be, we will be posting occasional items of interest to show what cool stuff people are making out there and how much fun there is to be had in being a part of a hackerspace.
‘Take on the Machine’ is like reality tv for hackerspaces. 5 spaces in the US are given $3000 and 3 weeks with a challenge to take an everyday item to repurpose it into something fun with a movie theme. The series is hosted by Mitch Altman of the Noisebridge hackerpace in San Francisco. NYC Resistor are first up in week 1 of the challenge. They re-purpose a slot machine to make cocktails under the theme of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. NYC Resistor also have a nice time lapse video of their progress on their web site http://www.nycresistor.com/2010/10/13/21-day-hack-in-time-lapse/