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Review: Robot & Frank

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SPOILER ALERT: I reveal plot points of the movie, Robot & Frank, in this post. For my Human-Robot interaction class, I was assigned to go watch the indie movie, Robot & Frank and do a warm-up writing exercise to critique what I saw as it relates to social robotics. In the movie set in the near future, a companion / healthcare robot interacts with a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Hilarity and tearjerking ensues. A […]

Robot Wonders and Wanderings 2012-07-07

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Blinky™ on Vimeo – Horror short film about a robot helper at home – things go wrong. Horribly wrong. I thought the robot’s smile was an especially fantastic design touch. Furby 2012 has been (officially) announced Uses cheap-o LCDs for eyes No off switch some more thought to its “furbish” language processing “The more you speak, the more chatty it becomes — speak enough and will begin incorporating more English words into its speech” There […]

Robot Movies!

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Robot Wonders and Wanderings 2012-06-29 Robot and Frank Official Trailer #1 (2012) Near-future setting touches on themes of “robot companions for old people” w/ a dark comedy heist twist. (Frank Langella’s character on his robot): “I need him.” “What do you need him for?” “He’s my friend.” Also something in there re: paper books and physical libraries vs. ebooks & internet. So, yeah, right up my alley. invade ALL OF THE humans!!! – YouTube Two […]

Misc. Links re: kids, design, apps, learning

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Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats | Inside Higher Ed “In experiments at six public universities, students assigned randomly to statistics courses that relied heavily on “machine-guided learning” software — with reduced face time with instructors — did just as well, in less time, as their counterparts in traditional, instructor-centric versions of the courses.” — they’re using “robots” in the headline to describe software teaching systems 3 Ways To Design […]

Quix – useful tweak for web workflow

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I learned about Quix today. It’s a bookmarklet-driven shortcut tool for web browsing and has LOTS of potential for shortcuts and helpful information processing workflow due to its built-in and custom command features. Here’s an example of my custom quix.txt configuration file. I expect this will evolve rapidly over time (and I’ll eventually get this into github or something)(Done!) David’s quix.txt I use Chrome as my primary browser. Unlike safari, it does not allow for […]

DINO’s Tips for Making the Most out of Book^2 Unconference

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Originally Posted on DINO Studio’s blog Aaron and I are on our way to Book^2 Camp in New York. It’s an “unconference,” an event that has a participatory style of generating bottom-up content from the attendees rather than providing top-down, pre-determined content. In the tech industry this is a very common format. After talking with a couple of our clients also attending, I realized that to people used to “normal” conferences, the notion of unconferences […]

Week 40/41 Increasing Capacity

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Originally Posted on DINO Studio’s blog (this was meant to go up last Monday. Oops.) Ugh. Halloween, and by extension, October has come and gone. 2010 is nearing its end. This has been a hectic couple of weeks for us. Transitory periods have a way of making you feel like time is rushing past and also like you’re not going fast enough. Some highlights from the past these past couple of weeks: Aaron and I […]

DINO Week 39 – What the heck is DINO doing?

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Originally Posted on DINO Studio’s Blog The last weeknotes post was 38 weeks ago. Writing weeknotes, obviously, is one of those things that is very difficult to maintain as a habit, but it feels like one of those things that is really important, as well. Before I left for a badly needed holiday last week, Aaron and I sat for coffee to have one of our quasi-regular “what the heck are we doing, here?” sessions. […]

Apple unleashes four new FaceTime ads (with video)

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via macdailynews.com Apple’s FaceTime ads are really beautiful. They emphasize emotional connections we can create with (and through) our technological artifacts. The critical mass isn’t there yet (needs to be about 20% of my address book having an iPhone w/ FaceTime) for this to be a realistic way for us to communicate regularly. Posted via email from davidnunez’s posterous

art&code workshop on OF and iPhone

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I’m currently in Pittsburgh at the Art&Code Mobile event. We arrived last night and came straight from the airport to attend the Rossum’s meetup. The group is an Art and Robotics collective that meet regularly to host speakers, collaborate on projects, and promote their work. This morning, I particpated in the OpenFrameworks and iPhone workshop taught by memo akten and Zach Gage The project we were working on was, essentially, pong for the iPhone. It […]