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Co-founder of OnMobile, Arvind Rao, gave up a “comfortable job” and decided he had to work for himself

Indeed the co-founder of OnMobile says it’s what drove him to leave his “very comfortable job” working in the financial services sector in New York to start his own business developing value-added services for mobile phones.

Now in its eleventh year, the company produces a wide range of “add-ons” for mobiles, such as ringtones, wallpapers and mobile apps.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13096032

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What passes for new is really the old remoulded for the present. The metro newspaper ran a story “Fashion shoot has Twitter in a panic” on thursday 20th Jan 2011 (see below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This story has echos of Orson Wells “War of the worlds” radio drama which aired  30th October 1938 causing the same mass panic and hysteria on the public as the current “Twitter” story has, 73 years later.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(radio_drama)

These are exciting times. We are at the coalface of change. Everything we do we must asked ourselves this question, how can I do this digitally, how can I do this online?. Every thing will change. The old analog ways has run its course. I’m not suggesting a total abandonment of analog ways for  a virtual online life, i’m advocating the need to develop new techniques, new methodologies for the digital/internet world. We can borrow some techniques from the analog world, however wholesale analog methodology for the digital age is doomed to failure.

3D Holgraphic teleprescence using Microsoft Kinect cameras (permalink)
Created on Friday, 12/17/2010 12:52 PM by Lee Griffiths

3D Holgraphic is finally here on a budget by using two Microsoft Kinect cameras.

One of the main problems with 2D video conferencing is how participants look at each other. Traditional 2D camera setups mean that the users will look at the screen and noat particular make eye contact with the other people in the conference.  Using 3D tracking it is possible to reconstruct an on screen hologram of the people involved in the conference and this tend to promote better eye and body language contact across the conference. Using two Kinects it is possible to create a 3D image of a user by pointing a Kinect on either side of the the user towards their front.  So with a modest budget of less than £1000 including a computer one can build a 3D holographic system.

 

http://vle.salford.ac.uk/webapps/lobj-journal-bb_bb60/blog/SG-G400-20010-11/course/

Attended the 3D conference at Rave Thursday 6th Jan 2011

The conference was well attended with many workshops oversubscribe. Could not help but notice a small one-man band 3D rig doing the rounds from workshops to filming delegates. The industrious stereographer is Michael Tomas of iwatch3D Stereoscopic Video Productions www.iWATCH3D.com. The rig is so compact and cheap to put together.

The cameras are Drift HD170 sports action cameras with remote £250 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camera Remote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glidecam 4000 Pro £280

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 3D shooting kit for under £1000

 

 

7 Dec 10

The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell, Abacus, 2000

The process in reviewing this book is borrowed from fellow MA student Viral Patel. His methodology is basically to write a summery after each chapter read.

The premise of the Tipping Point is that small things can cause big changes.

The introductions to the Tipping Point, looks at the rebirth of Hush Puppies, a popular but old and dieing, American shoe brand and the fall of violent, crime in New York city during the a five year period from the late 80’s.

Hush Puppies became the fashionable footwear of choice to a small group of young men in New York City. The group influenced others and saved Hush Puppies from almost certain closure with US sales of just 33000 to a spectacular near 2million sales within two years on the strength of word of mouth.

New York City was a violent place in the late 80’s, a combination of poverty and drugs created near ghost town after dark in the poor areas of Brownsville and Brooklyn. These areas also accounted for the majority of the 2154 murders committed in 1992. Fast forward five years and cases of murder had fallen by a staggering 64%, not from any great initiative, but from small improvement in the economy, declining drugs trade and improve policing.

The question is at what point and what case the dramatic departure from the status quo. What’s the final ingredient needed for change? The notion of  “contagious behavior” is introduced to explain why people started to wear the hushpuppies having not been subjected to traditional forms of advertisement.  Hush puppies simply became hip because hip kids started wearing them and in so doing influence other hip people eager to be hip and “with I-it” likewise the fall in violent crime in new York is the effect of what Malcolm Gladwell calls “small number of people in the small number of situations in which the police of the new social forces had some impact started behaving very differently, and the behavior somehow spread to other would-be criminals in similar situation.

In closing the introduction leaves us with the idea of what causes an epidemic, the concept of small changes of a few people who carry the infectious agent, the infectious agents, the environment of the infectious agent. These agents, Malcolm Gladwell calls “the law of the few, the stickiness factor, and the power of the context.”

 

creative workshop for Woolwich Olympic memorial bid

This afternoon the MA group had a lecture, no, more a seminar on brainstorming methodology. We were placed in groups and worked on our bids for the Royal Artillery Barracks Memorial. Please find our charts below.

The process entails the following six brinstorming rules:

1. Focus on the topic

2. One Idea at  a time

3. Differ judgment

4. Have wild idea

5. Build on the ideas of others

6. Quantity not quality