21 6 / 2013

The Solar Impulse team hosted an event for Swiss alumni at NASA’s Ames Research Center just before their cross USA adventure.

The Solar Impulse team hosted an event for Swiss alumni at NASA’s Ames Research Center just before their cross USA adventure.

06 6 / 2013

uxcidental:

thedailywhat:

LEGO Craftsmanship of the Day: Sony & Lego Team Up for Programmable Lego Bricks!



Your kids’ childhoods will never be the same. At the recent 25th anniversary event for Sony’s Computer Science Laboratories in Japan, Sony announced a partnership with Lego and unveiled their first collaborative project titled “Toy Alive.” As shown in the video, the Danish toymakers’ first remote-controlled platform features several Lego characters that can be controlled with Playstation DualShock controllers, red bricks with built-in LEDs that simulate fire and a webcam that can monitor various objects’ movements in its field of view. But the project is still in the prototype phase, so it’ll be a few years until you can build the high-tech LEGO castle of your dreams.



Not necessarily a new idea but an awesome team up!Imagine the 3 years olds who get started with programming and legos today…

(Source: Ars Technica, via uxcidental)

17 5 / 2013

"

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately.

Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
Did this.

I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
Sho bit se-wee?

The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
She stopped crying.

She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,

Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
Would ride next to her—Southwest.

She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.

Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
Found out of course they had ten shared friends.

Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.

She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
Questions.

She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
And was offering them to all the women at the gate.

To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.

And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.

And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,

With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
—has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
This can still happen anywhere.

Not everything is lost.

"

Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” (via awelltraveledwoman)

"This is the world I’d like to live in."

(Source: oliviacirce, via cdespinosa)

09 4 / 2013

uxcidental:

Designing Great Feedback Loops
An excellent article by smashing magazine on designing great feedback loops. I really love this article because it breaks down the reasons why incorporating thoughtful feedback loops can make your product stand apart from the rest. By focusing on making feedback loops fast, meaningful, quantified and contextual you can design a user experience that is that much more engaging and useful. 

uxcidental:

Designing Great Feedback Loops

An excellent article by smashing magazine on designing great feedback loops. I really love this article because it breaks down the reasons why incorporating thoughtful feedback loops can make your product stand apart from the rest. By focusing on making feedback loops fast, meaningful, quantified and contextual you can design a user experience that is that much more engaging and useful. 

05 4 / 2013

life:

In anticipation of the Mad Men season 6 premiere on AMC this Sunday night, here’s a rare insider’s tour of the Time-Life Building in the 1960s—the setting of everyone’s favorite mid-century ad agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
(Photo: Courtesy Time Inc. Archives)

Gotta say I’m a big Mad Men fan. Mostly because it reminds me of Daddy. My dad worked in the Ad business for thirty years, leading several accounts that are actually mentioned on the show. He also spent some time at McCann Ericsson, one of Draper’s rival firms.

life:

In anticipation of the Mad Men season 6 premiere on AMC this Sunday night, here’s a rare insider’s tour of the Time-Life Building in the 1960s—the setting of everyone’s favorite mid-century ad agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

(Photo: Courtesy Time Inc. Archives)

Gotta say I’m a big Mad Men fan. Mostly because it reminds me of Daddy. My dad worked in the Ad business for thirty years, leading several accounts that are actually mentioned on the show. He also spent some time at McCann Ericsson, one of Draper’s rival firms.

02 4 / 2013

uxcidental:

If you’ve got 18 minutes to spare, watch this very insightful documentary by Bassett & Partners and Microsoft about our increasingly connected world and how the evolving pace of technology demands that we as UX professionals consider more holistic and ubiquitous solutions in addressing users changing habits and needs.

Some key points to takeaway (via fastco)

  1. Our phones demand too much attention, detracting from our real experiences.
  2. Analog metaphors are making less sense on digital devices.
  3. We’re waiting for new paradigms in experiencing media like text on screens.
  4. UX is a living, somewhat unpredictable thing. All experiences need to be fluid and flexible now.
  5. You shouldn’t just try to understand a product. You should try to understand its connected network.
  6. An “Internet of things”—countless connected sensors—is coming (and here).
  7. All of our information feeds into something larger than ourselves, a “superorganism” or “colony” of digital information.
  8. The hive mind got so big that greater Internet thought is now manifesting locally (think Egypt’s uprising or Occupy Wall Street).

02 4 / 2013

uxcidental:

A great infographic about the UX process by Franklin Andrade. Go to his website for a comprehensive explanation of how he goes about planning his UX. 

Hmm… Should look further into this

uxcidental:

A great infographic about the UX process by Franklin Andrade. Go to his website for a comprehensive explanation of how he goes about planning his UX. 

Hmm… Should look further into this

26 3 / 2013

futuretechreport:

The State of Digital Payments & Wallets in America - comScore Survey Results

comScore has released some data on Digital Wallets & Payments from a survey they did in November 2012 in the US. More complete information can be found in their whitepaper, but this infographic, originally released in January of this year, gives some of the highlights.

comScore proposes that the big takeaway from this infographic is that 52% of consumers say they’d prefer to make purchases using a digital wallet both online and in a physical store which suggests that they are willing to change and accept a new form of payment for shopping.

Although the survey does seem to point to an increasing level of comfort for these advancements in payment; it seems to me that Americans are still holding strong to the more traditional ways of performing digital transactions and therefore we have a longer way to go before we start to see everyone whipping out there phones to pay for goods at the grocery store.

The fact that most participants were more likely to use a digital wallet online rather than in-store when we compare these two scenarios is one reason. But also more people would prefer a password or pin rather than some of the newer methods of tapping or being charged by photo/name recognition.

I doubt that 2013 is the year for mass adoption of a wallet outside of the browser but I agree with comScore that we moving nicely towards a time when the digital wallet will be the only wallet we have.

You can view the full infographic on Visual.ly here.

The whitepaper can be found here.

I believe Europe is a different story, will hold on for further research.

(via designersofthings)

22 3 / 2013

kqedscience:

The Engines That Propelled Us Into Space, Recovered From the Ocean Floor“Two of the Saturn V engines have now been recovered from their watery, and only temporary, graves. And they’ve been surfaced by Jeff Bezos. (Yes, that Jeff Bezos.) The Amazon CEO’s other company, the space technology firm Blue Origin, has recovered a pair of first-stage engines so they can be studied, restored, and, later, displayed to the public. (“The objects themselves,” Bezos says, “are gorgeous.”)Read more here from The Atlantic.

Super cool!

kqedscience:

The Engines That Propelled Us Into Space, Recovered From the Ocean Floor

“Two of the Saturn V engines have now been recovered from their watery, and only temporary, graves. And they’ve been surfaced by Jeff Bezos. (Yes, that Jeff Bezos.) The Amazon CEO’s other company, the space technology firm Blue Origin, has recovered a pair of first-stage engines so they can be studied, restored, and, later, displayed to the public. (“The objects themselves,” Bezos says, “are gorgeous.”)

Read more here from The Atlantic.

Super cool!

22 3 / 2013

bitesbitesbites:

Taxis Get In-Built Soft Drink Vending MachinesNew Orleans Carriage Cab has launched a fleet of taxis that have in-built soft drink vending machines. http://bit.ly/XrindG

Nice! How about a taxi bar? Like those rolling bicycle bars in Germany!

bitesbitesbites:

Taxis Get In-Built Soft Drink Vending Machines
New Orleans Carriage Cab has launched a fleet of taxis that have in-built soft drink vending machines.
http://bit.ly/XrindG

Nice! How about a taxi bar? Like those rolling bicycle bars in Germany!