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iPad Thoughts:

A two year old plays with the iPad

Link : Erik Sherman

It is easy to view this and forget that you are watching a 2.5 year child, interacting intuitively, with a computer. Look how much she does without really thinking about it. And, when she does have problems, it is because of  inconsistent interface design. In fact, as a result  of this video, FirstWords are amending their applications splash screen to give it a start button, rather than the graphic that caused all the confusion.

Design with Intent Toolkit


Dan Lockton's toolkit, is a series of 101 cards, that aim to provoke discussion and raise awareness of issues that influence the way we interact with designed objects, both real and virtual.

Great free resource for discussion with design or computer science students. You will find download links on both sites below.

Links : 

Toolkit Wiki : 

Dan Lockton's Blog :

Robot Inspiration

Just shows what can be achieved with a little sticky tape and a lot of drive and  inspiration. 

With thanks to @digitalmaverick for tweeting the link to this video.

Weight vs Mass: An explanation from the ISS

Medical students go to the 3D movies :

3D technology on display

3D has taken the big screen by storm — blockbuster Avatar which uses the technology is reported to be the biggest grossing film of all time.

And the concept is becoming more available with the advent of 3D TV for the home and with Sky TV preparing to launch Europe’s first dedicated 3D TV channel, which it previewed earlier with a live 3D broadcast of a Premier League football match.

Now 3D is being used by the University of Aberdeen - in collaboration with the Digital Learning Foundation - to help teach medical students.

Aberdeen’s medical school is believed to be the first in the UK to use this particular kind of 3D software whichcan transform a medical scan such an MRI or CAT scan into a 3D image within seconds.

The 3D data can then be studied by medical students wearing special glasses just like those worn by movie-goers.

Hydroponics Experiment 1 : Making the Wick System

Hydroponics Experiment 1 : Making the Wick System

15 Living Walls, Vertical Gardens & Sky Farms :

future sky farm

Original on Environmental Graffiti

A living wall, also referred to as a green wall, vertical garden, or sky farm, is usually part of a building and consists of some sort of vegetation. These types of gardens are sometimes referred to as urban gardening, because they are well-suited for an urban environment where space on the ground is very limited but vertical space is plentiful. These vertical gardens can be quite spectacular in appearance, and in some cases, they even work to filter clean air into the building in which they are growing upon.

Computer Centre : LHC CERN visit Photo 6

The LHC is running, protons racing round the 27km ring 11,245 times a second, that is 99.9% the speed of light and around 600 million collisions take place every second... and the experiments capture these collisions in their detectors, just like enormous digital cameras... but then comes the problem, how do you store all of that information? Well, the short answer is you don't. Each of the experiments has a trigger a system, a filter, that decides whether there is something interesting in each collision and either dumps it,  or stores for later examination by mere humans. And, the data that is saved, ends up here, The Cern Computing Centre. These images don't really give a real feel for just how large this place is. 


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CERN Control : lhc cern visit : photo 5

This unassuming building is the CERN control centre for the LHC. I have to say, that going inside the control room was, well, a little bit of an anticlimax... perhaps it was after the amazing scale of ATLAS, CMS and the Tunnel... but I think I was expecting to be wowed by the visualisation technology and of course, it is just a load of LCD screens. That's all it needs to be.

Our new 3D school show "LHC 3D : It's All Down To Gravity" will be launched shortly.

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