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Malls tracking shoppers via cellphone signal

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Blog, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on Malls tracking shoppers via cellphone signal

British company Path Intelligence is testing a shopper tracking system called Footpath in a southern California shopping mall. The technology picks up the unique IDs in shopper’s cell phones in order to study their movements through stores and throughout the mall. Describing the product: “Path Intelligence detects each shopper carrying a phone that enters the mall. It identifies how long they stay, which shops they visit, whether or not they have visited before and how they travel around the mall during their trip. Path...

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H&M and computer-generated catalog models

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in Blog, Media and Markets | Comments Off on H&M and computer-generated catalog models

Even fashion models are being disintermediated.? Some catalogs trade lavish description for models (notably,? J. Peterman) while others keep the idea of human models,? but save on the pesky expense of photo shoots by computer-generating the women.? At H&M,? skin, hair and eye color are changed with the click of a mouse to give the impression of many different models. Market research has long shown that people look first and longest at other people.? In catalog marketing,? the exact items in the colors worn by the model nearly always sell...

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Speech intention can be decoded from brainwaves

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Blog, Data Visualization, Emerging Science and Technology, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on Speech intention can be decoded from brainwaves

UC Berkeley scientists have demonstrated a method to reconstruct words that a person may be thinking, by examining brainwaves using fMRI. The technique reported in PLoS Biology relies on gathering electrical signals directly from patients’ brains, via implanted electrodes. Computer models reconstructed words/sounds from the signal patterns. Although the possible uses include helping comatose, locked-in patients, or the speech-impaired to communicate, concerns have been raised that the method could be used for interrogation. fMRI has...

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Physibles and the future of brands

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Blog, Data Visualization, Emerging Science and Technology, Media and Markets | Comments Off on Physibles and the future of brands

Brands have a psychological reality in that they provide differentiation for goods that might otherwise be seen as interchangeable commodities.? I give you vodka, salt, and baking soda, as pertinent examples. The advent of 3-D printers in recent years, though,? introduces a possibility that branded goods may have less utility in the future.? The Pirate Bay,? already a source of downloadable content of all types (some of it probably of dubious legality) has created a new category of downloadable content containing the code for producing items...

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Augmented Reality Glasses

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Blog, Data Visualization, Emerging Science and Technology, Media and Markets | Comments Off on Augmented Reality Glasses

    Daily Mail: “Translucent TV: Lumus’ PD-18-2 is a set of spectacles that can beam high-quality images directly into your eyes but allows the user to see through the images too.”...

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A Year in Snapshots: Photos around the World for each day of the year

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Blog, Data Visualization, Geolocation and Psychogeography | Comments Off on A Year in Snapshots: Photos around the World for each day of the year

Mobile travel guide provider Triposo provides free travel guides, augmented by location based data. ? With the abundance of data from a variety of open datasets, ? Triposo has created a remarkable short video showing photos taken around the world, on each day of the year. ? On a world map, ? the relative density of the photo data is shown. Notice the brighter dots at specific points in time in several regions, many probably related to holidays. For example, around the beginning of October in China or May 1, in Europe. The October surge could...

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Scale wants to post weight chart to Facebook

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Blog, Data Visualization, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on Scale wants to post weight chart to Facebook

My new scale at home — a sleekly gorgeous black slab of glass — asked me if I wanted to share my weight chart to my Facebook or Twitter friends. Apart from that being a terrifying idea, it also raises some interesting questions about the implications of widely sharing this kind of data online, how wireless devices like this one will aggregate and store data, and whether it would actually help a person knock off some lbs. if their scale threatened to tell everyone about a backslide. And if I would ever dare to share …...

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Bulletproof Human Skin

Posted by on Aug 23, 2011 in Blog, Data Visualization | Comments Off on Bulletproof Human Skin

A Dutch artist and research team created a piece of “bulletproof” skin from spider silk and human skin cells and discovered that the new substance can withstand bullets, but only slow-moving ones. ? While not providing enough protection to classify as a material for use in bulletproof armor or vests, the new material is extremely strong and lightweight. Jalila Essaidi, the Dutch artist who, along with the Forensic Genomics Consortium in the Netherlands, created the skin, said that she embarked on the project to show “Which...

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ISPs required to track all activity for a year

Posted by on Jul 30, 2011 in Blog, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on ISPs required to track all activity for a year

While ostensibly this bill passed in order to allow law enforcement improved ability to track child pornography activity online, it is extremely broad in scope. Essentially, internet service providers (ISPs) will now be required to keep extensive records on each customer and everything they do online, and maintain those records in a revolving annual cycle. Privacy activists are concerned that the resulting huge database could be used by entities for surveillance and other purposes, without the consent or knowledge of the ISP customer. House...

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Embedded Camera-Eye

Posted by on Jul 10, 2011 in Bioreactive Media, Blog, Emerging Science and Technology, Geolocation and Psychogeography | Comments Off on Embedded Camera-Eye

After losing an eye in a car accident, Tanya Vlach is trying to raise money to have a webcam fashioned like an eye installed in the non-functional eye socket. The prosthetic camera-eye is designed to be waterproof, capable of wireless HD video transmission at 720p, and will include zoom and still-capture features, activated by blinking. On Vlach’s wishlist for the eye — expected to cost at least $15,000 to design and embed — is facial recognition, geotagging, and infrared...

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