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Outrun March 23, 2009

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Previous dorkbotSF presenter and dorkbotsocal overlord Garnet Hertz outdoes himself again with Garnet-enhanced Outrun, an arcade driving game that he modified to take GPS info from an iPhone and render it on the screen. To make it even more challenging and dangerous, the cabinet will also be drivable!

And as a future feature, if there are pedestrians with iPhones hopefully there’s not much latency in rendering them so they don’t get hit 🙂

This is what the cabinet looks like:

More pix on Garnet’s flickr set here

OSC on your Iphone March 20, 2009

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Thanks to Brian Jepson for this link: http://lux.vu/blog/oscemote/
And to Bjoern Hartmann for this one:http://hexler.net/touchosc

If you don’t know what OSC is, find out. It was developed at Berkeley a while back and is quickly becoming a standard for hardware and software control, especially open source hardware and software. It’s very open and flexible. I find the protocol a bit verbose (and writing a parser for IEEE hex floats for an embedded device sucked), but there are lots of parsers out there for all sorts of platforms, so you don’t usually have to think about the underlying protocol.

ANYway, now you can do OSC from your iphone/ipod touch with a couple different applications: OSCemote and TouchOSC

From the OSCemote website
OSCemote is a remote control application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It lets you send Open Sound Control messages to other programs like Max/MSP, Puredata, OSCulator, etc. Those programs then play music or respond to the remote control however you want them to. Open Sound Control is a modern networked cousin of MIDI.

From the TouchOSC website:
The application allows to remote control and receive feedback from software and hardware that implements the OSC protocol such as Pure Data, Max/MSP/Jitter, OSCulator, VDMX, Resolume Avenue 3, Plogue Bidule, Reaktor, Quartz Composer, vvvv and others.

iPhone 3.0 as ubicomp and virtual worlds platform March 18, 2009

Posted by Trevor F. Smith in Events, Uncategorized.
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While the tech media goes bonkers about cut-n-paste coming to iPhones I think that most of their audience would be pissed if they realized that this is the least interesting part of the story.

Seriously, this thing has accelerated 3D graphics hardware, onboard acceleration and location sensors, and in 3.0 it will provide an in-app microstransaction function that makes the iPhone the first US phone that’s able to make good on the old promise of virtual goods based mobile virtual worlds.

Is cut-n-paste more important that the fact that bluetooth devices will be addressable by third party apps? Being able to link to nearby devices opens up the possibility for display wearables, ambient input devices and HUD hacks. Just think of all the arduino art out there which could be that much better by slapping on a bluetooth shield and hooking into the cloud of iPhones passing by.

Fuck cut-n-paste. Bring on the lickable gear cloud wearing, multiworld occupying, environment meshing masses.

Information overload reaches new frontiers March 17, 2009

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There is an article in the NY Times today entitled “Mistrial by iPhone”.  Here’s the first paragraph:

Mistrial by iPhone
“Last week, a juror in a big federal drug trial in Florida admitted to the judge that he had been doing research on the case on the Internet, directly violating the judge’s instructions and centuries of legal rules. But when the judge questioned the rest of the jury, he got an even bigger shock.  Eight other jurors had been doing the same thing. The federal judge, William J. Zloch, had no choice but to declare a mistrial, wasting eight weeks of work by federal prosecutors and defense lawyers.”

Fascinating. With hindsight, of course, we should have seen it coming. It has become automatic to pull out a mobile device wherever you are (dinner, street, stoplight) and get an info-fix. And the judicial system is not prepared to deal with it. At first, judges and attorneys will ask for the phones themselves to be sequestered. But as information gets more and more prevalent, what will be the new models for handling jury sequestration?