Future Trends

For my five future trend concepts, I will be choosing wearable technology, holograms, the development of bendable smartphones, virtual keyboards on any surface, and mind controlled computers.


With wearable technology, devices like google glass and smart watched are on the rise. Google Glass is basically a glasses based HUD that is tethered to an android phone and notifies users of text messages, social networking notifications, gives navigation directions, and can take pictures or videos. With some of these applications, they can be vocally called out by saying “OK Glass” followed by the command.

While holograms aren’t a new technology, their application is finding new ground, with uses like putting on concerts, as shown with the Tupac Shakur hologram concerts , or HP Lab’s (still in development) 3D displays that can be viewed from multiple angles without glasses. While that technology is still in infancy and nowhere near whats seen in Star Wars, it is still a bold step with much potential.

Bendable smartphones is a really interesting concept. A phone that can flex, conform, be angled, etc. In early 2013, Samsung unveiled the prototype for a bendable, thin plastic display which uses OLEDS and a thin sheet of chemicals to display images over the plastic (which is used instead of glass). LG is also working on working on a bendable smartphone that they plan to launch as soon as next month.

Keyboards can really get in the way of things sometimes! I know that if I’m trying to take notes or something, I always end up moving my keyboard so I have some more arm and paper space. It’s annoying! There is a company called Cellulon, which has decided to take matters into their own hands and create a projector with sensors that projects a keyboard that one can actually type on! I personally think that in the future this will catch on and the technology will be integrated into computers to cut costs, decrease box space, be more environmentally friendly, and look cool.

Mind control is a still developing technology. No, we can’t bean thoughts to other people yet, but we can be hooked up to machine that read our brainwaves and use them to accomplish a set function. There is one company, Intendix, who has developed a working, albeit slow and bulky, mind controlled keyboard application. There is another company called Interaxon, which has developed a simple, lightweight headset called Muse. Muse is a lightweight EEG reader that, through Bluetooth, connects to a wearer’s smartphone and can be used as the point of interaction for apps designed for it’s use.












Learning Outcome 4 – Current Trends

For this blog post, I will be exploring the topic of pirated media, its activists, and those who oppose to it. If you don’t know, pirated media is media that is taken and distributed without the owner’s consent or profit. As an example, say I buy the newest album of a popular band. After buying the album, I would upload the song files to a file sharing website for others to download. The artist would only be profiting from my purchase, but wouldn’t be making a cent from everyone else downloading their music. 

Anyways, pirating is huge in New Media, where people’s hard work is being taken advantage of. While there are the people who are too lazy or cheap to go to the local music store or an online retailer, there are those who may not have access to the music they want to listen to where they live, or they may want to try an artist out before they buy into them. 

The statistics when it comes to pirating merit a double take. According to Go-Gulf (Nov 2011), 22% of global bandwidth is taken by users committing piracy, with China being the lead in online piracy in general. Again, according to Go-Gulf, Visual media seems to be the most pirated medium, with movies, mostly pornographic, being the most popular.

Internet service providers like Comcast are trying to combat this by using content detection methods and redirecting users to pages to purchase the content legally. Other providers may display popups to the users and give warnings before their internet subscription may be taken down.




Ted Nelson and Hypertext

Theodore “Ted” Nelson is a digital media pioneer, known for his creation of the term “hypertext” for “text that contains links to other texts” as well as “Project Xandu”, a project that seeks to “create a computer network with a simple user interface.” Born in Greenwich Village, New York in 1937, Nelson was the son of actress Celeste Holm and director Ralph Nelson, but was raised by his grandparents, having little to do with his actual parents. In 1960, Nelson enrolled in Harvard, where he worked on a linked document system that was ultimately never completed, though it did pave the way for Xandu. 






Scavenger hunt

Okay, so this is my first blog post. I will just get on with it


The new media pro I chose is Jay Freeman, AKA Saurik. Freeman is widely known to be a huge infuence in the iPhone jailbreak scene and…well…yea. Anyways, here is a link to a blog post of his about explaoiting a bug in google glass (http://www.saurik.com/id/16) and if you want to talk portfolio, I suggest you jailbreak an iPhone and open up Cydia and that’ll be portfolio enough!

Here is an example of interactive media used in a public space (a playstation vita being used at an EB Games/Gamestop)

This is the Facebook page for Swearnet, which is the new network that Trailer park boys season 8 will be hosted on. The admins interact with the fans and sometimes have posts asking for responses from the members on things.

An innovative use of new media in the medical profession would be WOULD BE THE STUDY OF WHAT INTERACTING WITH THINGS IN NEW MEDIA DOES TO THE HUMAN BODY AND MIND (woops, forgot i had caps on. I dont feel like going back and using the brain power to rewrite that.). I’ve heard in the past about how cell phone users have arthritis in their thumbs from texting, or how there is literally a condition that is based around being addicted to facebook. 

Here is a screenshot of an app icon that uses location-aware technology for an interesting purpose. I’ve never used it because I am too poor to afford data, but I hear its terrible.