Visualizing Flickr: Web 2.0 as “The World’s Eyes”

When uploading to Flickr, users set tags, locations and other data– upon which an enterprising group of MIT researchers have built a project called “The World’s Eyes”.  Now exhibited in the Design Museum in Barcelona, “Los Ojos Del Mundo” tracks photographers both local and tourist throughout their photographic adventures in Spain.  As described by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab:

When posting photos online, users of the photo sharing platform Flickr transmit to the world their perspective of a place or event through the lens of a digital camera. Each digital photo file codes both the time when that photo was taken and the location it captures. Analyzing this information allows us to follow the trail that each Flickr photographer travels through Spain. (Un)photographed Spain maps thousands of these public, digital footprints over one year. As photos overlap in certain locations, they expose the places that attract the photographer’s gaze . In contrast, the absence of images in other locations reveal the unphotographed spaces of a more introverted Spain.

The result is a visually stunning display of the collective photographers’ view of Spain.  Where and when do these photographs take place?  What objects and locations are the most photogenic?  We salute the work of MIT’s SENSEable CITY, as the art captured by Flickr photographers has been visualized into collective art from 30,000 feet.  [MIT via datavisualization.ch]

Vuzix Augments Reality With Glasses Add-On

We’ve already seen how Vuzix’s latest virtual reality glasses add style to an admittedly nerdy pastime, but the company’s latest augmented reality clip-on, seen above in red, might be a step back. Still, the idea seems cool enough. Vuzix says text will “literally pop out of the book” when the technology is displayed at the ongoing Game Developers Conference. “Additionally,” the company adds, “be prepared to experience the thrill of a fantasy tale coming to life with a fire breathing dragon flying overhead.” Please. I was born ready for that. Along with the “CamAR” clip-on, the package includes a “PhasAR” control that acts as a six-degree controller in the virtual space. Unfortunately, Vuzix doesn’t mention how a consumer might use the headset and controller for everyday enjoyment; I guess it’s one of those gadgets you show off, then forget about. [via CrunchGear]

Visualizing Flickr: Web 2.0 as “The World’s Eyes”

When uploading to Flickr, users set tags, locations and other data– upon which an enterprising group of MIT researchers have built a project called “The World’s Eyes”. Now exhibited in the Design Museum in Barcelona, “Los Ojos Del Mundo” tracks photographers both local and tourist throughout their photographic adventures in Spain. As described by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab:

When posting photos online, users of the photo sharing platform Flickr transmit to the world their perspective of a place or event through the lens of a digital camera. Each digital photo file codes both the time when that photo was taken and the location it captures. Analyzing this information allows us to follow the trail that each Flickr photographer travels through Spain. (Un)photographed Spain maps thousands of these public, digital footprints over one year. As photos overlap in certain locations, they expose the places that attract the photographer’s gaze . In contrast, the absence of images in other locations reveal the unphotographed spaces of a more introverted Spain.

The result is a visually stunning display of the collective photographers’ view of Spain. Where and when do these photographs take place? What objects and locations are the most photogenic? We salute the work of MIT’s SENSEable CITY, as the art captured by Flickr photographers has been visualized into collective art from 30,000 feet. [MIT via datavisualization.ch]

No Joke, Bang & Olufsen’s Got a $137K, 103-Inch HDTV

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We see a lot of crazy stuff pass through here at GearCrave, but leave it to Bang & Olufsen to completely boggle the mind. The high-end A/V company’s latest HDTV measures 103 inches — the kind of size that we’ve only seen in company demo sets so far. As if I wasn’t already floored, the BeoVision4-103 will cost $137,000, not including Bang’s nearly-obligatory $5,377 home theater setup with 7.1 surround sound. The TV weighs about 1,100 pounds and swivels on an automatic stand that rises up to reveal the surround system’s center speaker. Resolution is 1920×1080, and the TV automatically recalibrates brightness and color settings every 120 hours. When can you get your hands on one? Never, unless we’ve got more millionaires reading this blog than we previously suspected. Seriously though, the BeoVision4-103 ships in July and can be pre-ordered now. [FlatPanelsHD via Dvice]

Cajun Crawler, Segway Killer?

Segways were supposed to be cool, until they became the transportation method of choice for mall cops, sucker tourists and lazy rich people. The Cajun Crawler, however, might still have some “wow” appeal, with its network of legs that provide crab-like movement. Inspired by Theo Jansen’s crawling beach creatures, students at the University of Louisiana wanted to create a similar idea, but one that could carry some weight on its shoulders. The legs are constructed of 5052 aluminum, and all joints contain deep-groove ball bearings. Looking at the video, it seems that the Cajun Crawler moves at a walking pace, but if you can play Chamillionaire’s “Ridin’” in the background like the student inventors did, you’d be in business. [YouTube via Dvice]

Nikon Coolpix eXtreme, Perfect For All Weather

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Uber cool, ultra sleek and adored with sexy curves, Nikon Coolpix eXtreme is a concept design by Camillo Vanacore that plans to steal the heart of every shutterbug across the globe. Equipped with an ability to overcome, dust, snow, rain and everything else that nature can hurl at it, the Coolpix eXtreme oozes with overwhelming class. However, keep in mind that the camera is extreme, and you’ll still need to run for cover. Anyone from Nikon reading this? [via Yanko]

French Police Save Millions With Ubuntu, OpenOffice

Solving budget crises at the local level may not be so complicated after all, if the French Gendarmerie Nationale police force is any indication. By switching to open source software, such as the Ubuntu operating system and OpenOffice instead of Windows and Microsoft Office, the force has saved roughly €50 million since 2004. The best quote comes from Lt. Colonel Xavier Guimard: “Moving from Microsoft XP to Vista would not have brought us many advantages and Microsoft said it would require training of users,” he said. “Moving from XP to Ubuntu, however, proved very easy. The two biggest differences are the icons and the games. Games are not our priority.” But what about those sweet, sweet icons? No matter, the department says its budget dropped by 70 percent by switching to open source, and it’s obviously an approach they’d like to continue in the future. The entire organization should be running on Linux by 2015. My editor, an open source junkie, is probably ecstatic. [via Ars Technica]

Apple’s iPod Shuffle now talks to you

Apple’s newest iPod shuffle doesn’t just play your tunes, it also talks to you. The device has a new “VoiceOver” function that will tell you the name of the song you’re listening to as well as the artist name. You can also get it to read you what tracks are coming up in your playlist (since the shuffle doesn’t have a display screen). The 4GB music player is so small now that all its controls are located in the earbud cord (which will definitely create an issue if you like to rock other headphones or lose yours). At $80, the player is pretty reasonably priced; we’re definitely thinking about picking one up- what do you think about the new shuffles? [via Wired]

Afternoon Slump: Nerd Wants $1M for Missing Xbox

 

Jesse Maiman is ready to fight.  For his rights.  To a missing Xbox 360 lost by U.S. Airways.  Just how much is asking for in place of the missing console?  $1,000,000.  Good luck, Jesse.  [traveling light]

10 iPhone Apps That Could Get You Fired

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The economy’s not so great right now, and getting a new job could be tricky — especially if you got canned for bad behavior in your last gig. So as tempting as it is to play around with that sweet iPhone you got when finances were peachy, it’s probably best to put it away. But if you must, here are 10 apps that should definitely be avoided in the workplace.

iVoodoo

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When you need to settle a score, this app is certainly less risky to job security, but creepier than physically assaulting a co-worker. After slapping a photo on the voodoo doll’s face, users can wield seven different kinds of pins— affecting wealth, power, success and more — and hex up to five people at a time. I love how “looks and feels like a standard application” is a selling point on OEFun’s Web site. Because it’s actually causing years of pain and misery. [Store Link]

Annoying Sounds

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There’s nothing clever or funny about a soundboard that includes a dial tone, a buzzing mosquito, fingernails on a chalkboard and a screaming baby. It’s just obnoxious. We’ll take the air horn noise once in a while, but that’s it. Definitely don’t play more than one sound at once, even though you can. [Store Link]

Vibrating Massager

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It’s meant to massage muscles, but some intrepid users have found naughtier applications. This isn’t just pervy speculation; check out Vibrating Massager’s comments section in the App Store, and you’ll see an abundance of testimony to the app’s pleasurable appeal. Just, don’t try it at work. It’ll make for great water cooler conversation, but you won’t be around to enjoy it. [Store Link]

Whoopee Cushion

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This gag is worth attempting on your buddy in the next cubicle, but only if your boss isn’t passing by. Sneaking into your superior’s office and planting the prank probably isn’t a good idea either, even though you’d become a martyr for it. Stick with iFart and keep it to yourself. [Store Link]

Lightsaber Unleashed

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It’s cool to show co-workers your geeky side, as long it doesn’t entail swinging an iPhone around to make Lightsaber noises and pretending to assault Janice in accounting. Trust me, she doesn’t get it. The upswing? You could be the next YouTube star. [Store Link]

Hold On!

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Nothing kills productivity like doing nothing, and that’s the point of Hold On! The app requires players to hold down a button for as long as they can. IMAK Creations says this game, of sorts, will develop perseverance and improve concentration, but try telling that to your boss when you’re spotted leaning on your iPhone all day. [Store Link]

iBeer

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The iBeer app is a virtual beer glass that sloshes around as you move the phone. It’s perfect for playing bartender and practicing the countertop slide, but not in the sober climes of the office. Get caught, and your brazen show of affection for alcohol could either get you fired or force a staged dialogue about addiction and your willingness to recover. [Store Link]

Prank Box

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Want to piss off your co-workers? Go cubicle-hopping with iPhone in hand, pretending to give out stress tests. The Prank Box interrupts this fake exam, along with others like the Hearing Test and Health Test, with a frightening sound and image. It’s a lot like the Maze Test, and a great way to get fired if you end up causing any heart attacks. [Store Link]

iJiggly-Bikini

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Ogling breasts at the work place? Inappropriate. Ogling virtual breasts with iJiggly-Bikini? Plain creepy. Unless you work at a strip club, it’s best to stick with the app’s original jiggling Jell-O imagery when you need to blow off some steam. It’s still pretty weird, though. [Store Link]

iSteamy Porn App

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Say what you want about the iJiggly Bikini, but if that won’t get you fired– this certainly will.  Turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a super porn library– ensuring a speedy removal from your next business meeting, followed by your job.  Of course, Apple won’t support this app, so you’ll only be able to use it if your iPhone is jailbroken.  If it is, you’re on your way to the jobless abyss– ironically, you might be able to find work in the adult entertainment industry, being the face of the next film on the iSteamy app.  [Store Link]

Thanks for reading, GearCravers, Stumblers, Redditers and otherwise.  What did you think of our list?  Did we miss that killer job-ending app that you would have added here?  Let us know in the comments.  In the mean time, a stumble, a reddit or an email to a friend would make our day!  Why?  We just got busted with the iPhone Vibrating Massager on the clock…