Leap Motion gesture based technology interface

Technology watchers are saying that gesture based technology ala Minority Report will be the next big thing after the touchscreen. A lot of eyes are looking at the Leap Motion controller which only costs USD70 and can track the user’s hand movements to a hundredth of a millimeter. Check out the Youtube video seen by …

What is data journalism?

To answer this question, let’s turn to the source of all modern knowledge, Wikipedia :- Data-driven journalism is a journalistic process based on analyzing and filtering large data sets for the purpose of creating a new story. Data-driven journalism deals with open data that is freely available online and analyzed with open source tools. Data-driven journalism strives to reach new levels …

Big Data – hype or emerging trend?

In this article by Wired magazine (sept 2012) “Why Everyone (Not Just Geeks) Should Care About Big Data”, the author raises some thought provoking questions about Big Data, considering that it is becoming ubiquitous now with the proliferation of computing devices, data clouds and sensors. “The amount of data and our ability of process it …

Golan Levin speaks at FITC’s ETA Conference

This blog post is about Golan Levin’s presentation from FITC’s ETA Conference in Toronto, 19 October 2012. Slides are courtesy of FITC/ETA Conferences. This series of slides is a must read for any indie developers, independent new media artists, and those who work in the commercial advertising sector. The thrust of his argument is for the corporate …

A new Processing library called Ketai

The open source community is one that I admire and respect greatly. They are made up of techie artists who create free tools and platforms for other artists to use. Members share their works openly and are willing to share their knowledge and help others in their projects. Some of these people write software libraries …

Make and share beautiful sound online

The Internet has shifted the power to produce and consume media content from the traditional big media conglomerates into the hands of ordinary people. In the area of music, websites like mixcloud and soundcloud are online platforms for people to share and distribute content, conveniently categorised into playlists or genres. Jango is another popular website for …

Why I want to be programming at 50

This article really hits the nail explaining why programmers will never run out of jobs and why programming is really an easy job. According to the article, it summarises the perks of programming into the following points (my comments in italics) :- Little or no required education (you can learn programming by yourself. In fact, this is the …

Tangible user interfaces

My proposed project was originally a screen-based one meant for a museum exhibit. My lecturer criticized it as being too “boring” and asked me to think of a user interface. This meant that it was back to the drawing board for me, as I had to rethink the whole project concept based on the idea …

The future of education is online

I believe that the future of education is online. Education will be accessible to anyone with an internet connection and who is willing to learn. I don’t believe in the traditional classroom-and-textbook method of learning because it is an outdated model that was borne out of the Industrial Revolution – whereby students learn a specific …