200 discarded objects from a dump in San Francisco, meticulously catalogued, researched, and documented by Jenny Odell. The result is something more revealing than most pre-planned time capsule projects …although this project may be somewhat short-lived as it’s hosted on Tumblr.
Monday, April 8th, 2019
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018
Fax machines, pop-up books, radioactive televisions, writing boxes, microfilm readers, nuclear bomb cores, cupholders, bidets, jet engines, index cards, wiffle balls, oil barrels, lightning rods, playing cards, air conditioning, hair dryers, wheelchair ramps, handbags, diving bells, slippers, laundry chutes, sewing machines, pockets, skee-ball, safety pins, chalkboards, tote bags, holograms, hearing aids, dollhouses, billboards, airports, flash drives, cardigans, beer cans, stethoscopes, text editors, mugs, wallpaper, towel dispensers, bumber stickers, staplers, microscopes, fingerless gloves, wire hangers, toast, and more.
I’ll be in my bunk.
Sunday, July 1st, 2018
A fascinating treasure trove of objects recovered from the canals of Amsterdam.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
An early look at the just-in-time interactions that Scott has been working on:
Nearby works like this. An enabled object broadcasts a short description of itself and a URL to devices nearby listening. Those URLs are grabbed and listed by the app, and tapping on one brings you to the object’s webpage, where you can interact with it—say, tell it to perform a task.
Monday, April 21st, 2014
I like Matt’s observation here that the simple combination of a barebones data format like HTML delivered over HTTP is a good-enough low-level API for joining up all kinds of internet-connected things.
In the last 60 years, the biggest software platform for interop and integration – for new products, services, businesses, and value creation – has not been Android, or iOS, or Windows, or the PDP-11. The biggest and best platform has been the web.
One implication is that successful products are not necessarily those with seamless, beautiful, tightly-controlled “experiences”, but rather the ones that are capable of talking to each other.
Small things, loosely joined.
Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Scott gives us an excellent State Of The Web address, looking at how the web can be central to the coming age of ubiquitous computing. He rightly skips through the imitation of native apps and gets down to the potential of just-in-time interactions.
Thursday, August 15th, 2013
A state of the connected union address, with soundbites from smart people in the world of ubicomp, internet of things, everyware, or whatever it is we’re calling it now.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
A profile of Tom’s house.
It’s weird how normal this is.
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
On Open Platforms, Wifi, Home Automation, and Kitty Litter | John Battelle’s Search BlogJohn Battelle’s Search Blog
This echoes Scott Jenson’s call for more open standards when it comes to networked devices. We’ll need it if we want “If This, Then That” for an internet of things.
Monday, November 19th, 2012
Wondering whether that network-enabled device of yours is worthy of being considered part of the “internet of things?” Just answer these few short questions.
Friday, October 28th, 2011
Turning text into hypertext. Pivot on people, places and things mentioned in books. I really, really like this.
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
A great piece on the golden age of radio ...which is right now.
Friday, December 14th, 2007
"No Ideas But In Things is a library of controls, animations, layouts, and displays that might be a source of inspiration for interaction designers. Dan Saffer is the curator. The title comes from a William Carlos Williams poem."
Saturday, January 13th, 2007
Five things you may not know about Jeremy Keith
Cindy tagged me so let’s get this done.
Five things you may not know about me:
- My PIN.
- The root password for my computer.
- Where I put the front door key.
- My sexual peccadillos.
- What I’ve got in my pocketses.
There. That wasn’t so hard.
I don’t think I’ll tag anyone because everyone else seems to have fundamentally misinterpreted the question.