Lego are launching son of mindstorms in the UK next month - Mindstorms NXT - this is the next generation from the massively successful toy robotics kits launched back in the 90's. Just like lego factory after it, the success all has come from what the users/owners/consumers (whatever you want to call them) did with the product after it was bought. 10 programming languages, all sorts of different kinds of robots. Forbes says that the European Space Agency uses the kits to rough out the mechanical arms it uses in outer space. This is great as I suppose lego was the original co-creative brand. Good review in Forbes magazine, from their The Robots are Coming special
About 6 months ago we had an idea to fire a jar of Marmite into space (surprisingly cheap btw on the back of a Russian nuke rocket). It seems those crazy Russians have gone one further and are now going to whack a golf ball off the ISS on Thanksgiving Day to promote a Canadian golf manufacturer. What I want to know is whatever happened to Moonvertising?
Amateurillustrator.com looks like it is going to be quite interesting. Plenty of content, and seems to be going for a community type space that deviantart has inhabited for some time. The gallery seems to be of consistently high quality and the interviews with ilustrators are also very cool.
This is one of the craziest things I have heard for a long time.
£15 a month Shoreditch TV offers the chance to plug in to 400
surveillance cameras in the neighbourhood. If you see someone who you
think is dodgy, you can send an anonymous message to the police, thanks
to a wireless keyboard supplied with the subscription. The first 3
months are free. "Combat crime from your couch" - www.digitalbridge.org.uk/sdtv/ With thanks to the Anarchists, via Pictures on Walls
Jakob Nielsen gets with the zeitgeist. Of course, true to form he does it with 'double logarithmic axis graphs'. The nut of it is that websites could increase traffic by generating large numbers of low traffic pages. However, you couldn't afford to make these yourself - so get the users to make them for you... http://www.useit.com/alertbox/visualizing-traffic-analysis.html