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Beatquake: the Music Listening Activity across Facebook over 90 days

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Blog, Data Visualization | Comments Off on Beatquake: the Music Listening Activity across Facebook over 90 days

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Mapping Music on Facebook [facebookstories.com] by Stamen Design for Facebook shows the dynamic characteristics of the typical listening activity across Facebook.

Inspired by the dynamic movement of a graphic equalizer, Beatquake maps the popularity of the top three most popular songs in the U.S., each day over the course of 90 days, by way of vertically moving particles.

Colored layers, each representing one song, rise and fall over geographic locations to correspond with the number of plays in that area. The texture of the map is driven by BPMs (beats per minute), and thus changes as one song overtakes another in popularity.

 

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YouTube Trends Map: Explore the Most Popular Videos by Location

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Blog, Data Visualization | Comments Off on YouTube Trends Map: Explore the Most Popular Videos by Location

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The YouTube Trends Map [youtube.com] is a visualization of the most shared and viewed videos in various regions across the United States over the last 12 to 24 hours. It accompanies the more analytical Trends Dashboard to provide a full overview of the the rising videos and trends on YouTube in terms of actual views or shares, filtered by geographical location, gender or age of the viewers.

The demographic information of viewers is solely based on the information reported by registered, logged-in users in their YouTube account profiles. Next to the geographical map, the Trends Map also include a series of horizontal bar graphs, each representing a graphical summary of the top videos for a different demographic. Within each bar, a video is represented by a colorful segment, the colors are drawn from the video’s thumbnail. The width of a video’s segment reflects the number of regions on the map where the video is #1.

See also:
. YouTube View Tracking Data Visualization
. YouTube Swarm Related Videos

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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 already been used by federal law enforcement agencies to detect signs of deception in detained suspects.

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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 on 3-D printers.? Once goods become “content” and can be produced by anyone,? what happens to brands? The ability to easily turn digital content into a physical object changes the marketing premise. Nicknamed “physibles”? over at the Pirate Bay,? these digital blueprints lead the way to a nearby future in which “…you will print your spare parts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years.”

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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

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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 also have something to do, though, with the “default” date of many digital cameras out of the box being preset for October 1.

See the clip on Youtube

 

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