Computer interface design playlist

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOZqRJzE8xg&p A video about Ivan Sutherland's Sketchpad from an interesting computer interface design YouTube playlist. There's lots of good stuff, including Steve Jobs on Microsoft's lack of taste, Doug Engelbart's demos from the mid-60s and even some stuff on Eniac.

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Group Retweeting using Twitter Favorites and Yahoo Pipes

Group retweeting to one Twitter account isn't particularly hard, there are plenty group tweeting apps around (though you have to pay for the best of them), and of course you can give everyone the password and let them swap between accounts on a free Twitter app like Tweetdeck. However, for those of you who don't want to give everyone admin permission on a Twitter account, or who are, like me, too parsimonious to pay for a decent group app, here's a little hack using Yahoo Pipes and Twitterfeed that allows a group of users to post to a combined second account from their own by simply favorit...

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Emotional and neural tracking to improve messaging and content

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JXyhJYsFbQ A Google Tech Talk from Innerscope's (ex MIT post grads) Andre Marquis about their low-cost solution to tracking emotional responses to media. The main section is about traditional advertising, however, the insights apply to all types of content, and Andre covers web usability later in the talk as well as a reasonably detailed case study of work Innerscope has done for YouTube in Europe. This is a pretty good introduction to neuroscientific approaches to messaging, attention and the implications this has on how we order our messaging. You'll love...

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Didget – Nintendo DS game-based diabetes metering

Regular blood glucose level testing is often a difficult and frustrating routine for young people with diabetes to get into. So, in an attempt to help build good monitoring habits Bayer has created the Didget meter, a glucose-measuring device which connects to various flavours of Nintendo DS and a game called Knock 'Em Down World's Fair in which users can redeem points they get for regular diabetes testing to boost performance, unlock mini-games, etc. There's also a online community element where kids can go and talk about the game and diabetes. I'm a really, really big fan of this idea...

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Epic Win and the rise of pervasive gaming

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmKwF_Si734 Epic Win is a role-playing productivity app that brings pervasive game mechanics to aspects of real world behaviour. In other words: it gives you points of doing your everyday chores. It also allows you to compete with others. There's been a lot of talk about pervasive gaming behaviours over the last few years. Foursquare is arguably the first of these pervasive games to reach anything like a mainstream audience (figures in June 2010 report it now has over 1 million check-ins per day). Whether or not Epic Win will repeat the success of Foursquar...

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The Conspiracy for Good

Conspiracy for Good is a new augmented reality, transmedia, ARG from Tim Krings, the creator of Heroes. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkGyJHoHyzk According to Conspiracy for Good's Facebook page it's stated aim is: The Conspiracy For Good is a community that strives to inspire people to come together in common causes, through a shared narrative. The end game is to change the world for the better.This community is built to be filled by your ideas and actions. There's a live event this Saturday in London. Conspiracy for Good is sponsored by Nokia and there are related games and apps ...

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The growing importance of backchannel: or why the World Cup happened on Twitter and not in South Africa

When Faris Yakob tweeted this at the beginning of the World Cup final, he articulated something I'd dimly realised a couple of weeks earlier, i.e. for significant portions of the time I was more interested in what was being said on Twitter about the World Cup than what was happening on TV (not what was being said on TV, that's a given, but the actual action). Even in pubs watching it with groups of friends, I'd have one eye on my phone to see what Twitter made of any particular incident. Of course the biggest sin in strategy/planning is to take your own behaviour as a starting point for...

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Google TV, Apple TV and content convergence

Google TV launches at the end of this summer. Hardware partners include Intel, Sony and Logitech. There's an Android SDK coming soon, which will allow for full control of the TV from your phone. Apple TV has been around in one form or another for a few years now, however, it remains, relatively speaking something of the backwater for Apple, however, recent reports suggest that this is about to change: Steve Jobs' "hobby" — the Apple TV — is slated for a radical revamp, an extreme price slice, and a future in the cloud, according to "a source very close to Apple." Engadget reports tha...

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