I wanted to give an update on the HTML5 game I’m building. I’m so excited about this project because it’s putting a lot of moving pieces together, from heavy Photoshop and Illustrator work with a lot of layers and effects to Building the intro in After Effects and then working with Adobe Edge to create the simple touch game.
I had a great app idea today while looking at Pinterest. First off a quick shout out to Pinterest… Pinterest is such an amazing way to get a graphical and visual experience for just about any flavor of life. I am a magazine junkie and so to have something digital that finally takes the place of the pure visual inspiration of a Design magazine is wonderful.
OK back to the topic of apps… When you look at Design Magazines and Visual Design from places like Pinterest you not only get a sense of the design but more often times than not the design is being put into context in layout like this: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/212091463675815662/
While this is great, it doesn’t help for actually interacting with the design UI itself. Wouldn’t it be great to have an app that you could upload your ipa, or .app, .xap, etc.
The app would take the user interface uploaded and put it into an environment in perspective on a device in the wild and then could display it moving while you interacted with close up layer of the UI.
The problems this app would solve could be:
– A Sense of up close and personal with the navigation.
– Seeing the UI from far away. I think this is something that classic UI and UX people leave out. What does the UI look like from the other side of the room? It sounds silly but in comparison to a good Logo designer, a good logo looks good if you shrink it down to postage stamp size, or if you blow it up to the size of a building.
– This could help the application fit into many to many scenarios during a single viewing (hospital, manufacturing, business, etc.)
– Great Presentation, tool.
I’ve been working on a series of simple Nano touch games. Games are fun, there is no better way to rough out the edges of your development skills than to build a game…
There are so many levels to game development, from trying to think of creative ways to make the game interesting to simply solving “if-then-than-that” situations that arise when dealing with something complex.
The sketches below are concepts for the game meant to be the prequel to the Moth flying. The potential animations at the end of having a FAT caterpillar/larva spinning a Cocoon and then emerging from it a beautiful moth could be so awesome, and it would have such an Eric Carl sort of feeling you can’t help but think of reading the “Very Hungary Caterpillar”
2014 is going to be a really good year for technology based wearable clothing. Take for instance CUTECIRCUIT. This company has been building LED clothing now for awhile and is just now starting to become mainstream enough that Mercedes has picked up on it.
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Wearable clothing technology has been out in the wild for some time but it has been encased in the avante garde and tech communities which have a higher adoption rate of technology.
In 2013 the “wearable” concept was really put in motion by wrist bands like NikeFuel Band, Jawbone, and FitBits. If you look at the group of people that these wrist wearables were targeting there is a marketing secret, in that “Athletes” bridge the divide. They are not completely avante garde but have passions for style, and they are not completely techy but they see a need for technology because it helps them compete.
Ok so without jumping into a Marketing Theory rabbit hole, as this is a short blog post, “Wearable clothing technology” is going to be hot… as it is the next evolution of the wrist wearable wave.
So I started thinking of places where we would see this outcropping of wearable technology and I came up with a really neat idea for a Basketball Jersey built on the Arduino LilyPad technology. Again nothing new as you would have seen in the CUTECIRCUIT link above ( I completely admire them by the way ) but I think unlike the CUTE CIRCUIT folks my idea for a basketball jersey has a more “mainstream” approach as the idea could expand into many different sports.
The basic idea would be to create a jersey that contained an accelerometer connected to an Arduino LilyPad. Which could detect specifically “jumping” at which point the Arduino would turn on LEDs contained in the jersey. If you think about it for a second the very idea of a player jumping to slam dunk a basketball or catch a football and to have their jersey light up with a pair of LED wings would be fantastic.
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With the recent news about Adobe DPS folio platform becoming free, and the fact that this holiday season the only advertisements we saw on TV were for tablets of every size, shape, Os, and color it is no wonder that Digital Magazines are going to become a hit in 2014-15. The animation capabilities of Adobe Edge have really take HTML5 UI and interaction to a whole new level. Not to mention that you can embed Edge projects into folio files.
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With all the hype I wanted to build a Banner that had some really interesting features, like “Choose Your Own Adventure”. The idea isn’t new… meaning that people have built interactive choose your own adventures before, but where I think this idea stands out is that it would be in a magazine type layout. So if you could imagine being on page 5 and seeing an ad in which you are interacting with something like a chair. You then continue on reading the magazine and you land on page 20, where the ad has built upon your experience from page five but now it shows the chair being sat on by someone…. Again nothing new designer have done thing like this before in Print and on the web… but again it is the context of a digital magazine.
I was using the bottle opener on my Swiss Army Knife the other day during a conversation about GPS Key Fobs… well like all good ideas ( they happen in the middle of good conversation )
First let’s back track and talk about Swiss Army Knives… I happen to be a really big fan of them because they embody everything about my dad and grandfather that can be bottled up into an object. My dad was an electrical engineer and an inventor, my grandfather was a machinist and wood worker… if you condense those ideas into a pocket object -poof- you have the legacy and essence of a little red pocket knife…
Technology in this day and age is becoming almost as Science Fiction as you can get, the tools and ability of the general public is edging into the realm of Batman’s Utility belt.
A piece of technology that I have always wanted was the cool quick toss magnetic tracking device, an idea used in comics as old as Dick Tracy. The gadget essentially upon throwing it magnetizes to the surface of an object ( if metal ) and can be used to track anything ( which is essentially how Batman always finds the super villains hideout )
In the practical world you could use the technology for loads of things like: you’re going camping with your dog… you don’t want to keep him on a leash but you want him to be able to run free… You’re with your kids, you want to let them go play in the woods etc. There are tons of spur of the moment situations where this handy little gadget’s functionality could be used.
This Native American prayer had such a profound impact on me when I heard it, that whenever I paint landscapes the words come back and form presence.
These words are so humble, you can’t help think of the resonant action, and how it rings with harmony.
O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me.
I come before you, one of your children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in the beauty of the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made; my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my people, the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so that when life fades as a
fading sunset, my spirit may come into your presence without shame.
I found a company the other day searching around online for Arduino projects that created LED clothes: http://led-clothing.com/
The web site is full of inspiration, and you can get lost for hours thinking of possibilities for trade shows, special events, new business opportunities, web apps… you name it the idea will come to you when your clicking around at that web site.
It really made me think about the possibilities of wearable gadgets and about the future and potential for making things that we really consider as science fiction. I’ve always admired the holodeck concept from Star Trek, but when it comes down to actually building something like the Holodeck the technology is extremely expensive, a little to high-tech and then there is the classical problem of the “human-plug-in” apparatus… The idea of putting something on your head, putting something on your hands, standing in a suspension cage, etc. becomes the classic hallmark of putting a person into a virtualized environment problem.
The basic idea of altering our environment to produce a desired outcome is an old concept and we can really see how technology is starting move us into this space in which we don’t have to have the physical object there but that the ability to have a representation of an object gives just enough visual to change perception. Think about the ability to actually change your environment in a radius around your body, that others can see like the floor projection example above.
So I set out on thinking about a way create mobile floor projection… The idea is pretty simple, and could be updated by some really good hardware specialists to be a fraction of the size. The visual effect of your shadow obstructing the light hitting the floor actually would be correct being that it would simulate light at high noon. The basic premise is to have three possibly 4 pico projectors mounted to a belt, that would in effect project the floor as you walked. You simulate games in which your jumping over obstacles, it could be used for training instances like construction sites, fashions shows, etc.