I spent the afternoon happily surfing the internet for cool new publishing-related news.
First is a video from a TED talk unveiling new technology designed by MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group. Researchers Patti Maes and Pranav Mistry have created “sixth sense technology” utilised by a necklace equipped with a camera, cell phone and projector. The necklace, along with finger sensors, provides you with relevant information that you need – without having to search for it. So, if you are searching for a book in a book store, you simply have to hold the book in front of you, and the necklace will project information like reviews, best-seller ranking, etc. If you want to know the time, you simply have to raise your wrist and draw a circle with your fingertip and suddenly the time will be projected. But the most mind-blowing? When you meet someone and are facing them, the person’s chest will immediately be projected with their name and information gleaned from google or their personal blogs or sites. You must watch this:
Next, is a cool new video packed with facts about the “social media revolution”. My favourite facts? That if Facebook were a country, it’d be the fourth biggest in the world. And this blog is just one of 200,000,000 worldwide.