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24. 11. 2006   9:48 | 01_Mobility_&_Mashup_Situations , 03_Sketches_&_Projects_4 , 12_Curated_posts

Smart mobs & camera

Tiré du blog *Smart mobs*, quelques lignes sur les caméras de surveillance dans l'espace public:

This USA Today article says that in "U.K. public places, smarter closed-circuit TV cameras have been given the ability to listen for disturbances and also keep an eye on citizens.The system has already been put into use in the Netherlands to listen for people speaking in aggressive tones, to try to counter violent attacks in Dutch streets, prisons and railways.
The aggression detector has been fitted to CCTV cameras on the streets of Groningen and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. In the U.K., London police also are considering installing the system, said Derek van der Vorst, the director of Sound Intelligence, the company that created the technology.The system works by putting microphones in CCTV cameras to continually analyze the sound in the surrounding area. If aggressive tones are picked up, an alarm signal is automatically sent to the police, who can zoom in the camera to the location of the suspect sound and investigate the situation".
'Big Brother' cameras listen for fights

Posted by patrick keller at 9:48

20. 11. 2006  17:07 | 01_Mobility_&_Mashup_Situations , 02_Project_Links_&_Ressources_4 , 12_Curated_posts

Hyperlinking reality

Christophe Guignard sent me this link about a research project lead by Nokia where their goal is to "hyperlink" real environment and super-impose digital information over real-world. Very applied approach where the phone, one more time, is the target and where visual markers are not there.
Read the article on Technology Review.
Researchers at Nokia are also developing a proprietary technology for their phones called MARA software (for Mobile Augmented Reality Applications).

Posted by patrick keller at 17:07

01. 11. 2006  16:44 | 02_Project_Links_&_Ressources_4

New (eco)design challenges?

Following the publication of the Stern review of climate change economics, John Thackara (Doors of Percpetion) sees some new challenges for Design.
Read more about it HERE.

Posted by patrick keller at 16:44