Week 4

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Part 1

MIT is where a lot of research is done and where people “design technologies for people to create a better future”. They try and make inventions that can help aid humans with all the new technology there is around us that we all take for granted.

Part 2

So I did my research on The Net Leverages article. This was really cool to look at because it was an old article and it had a hyperbole that there would be 1 billion people who use the web. As far as I know this is true already. The hyperbole was that the internet would reach 1 billion users by the year 2000. This I’m not so sure of but now a days I guarantee that it is getting one billion users especially those who own a cell phone can easily access the web with a hit of a button.

Final proposal

I will be doing a website for my final for this class.

MIT – SurroundVision

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Adding an alternate reality to the living-room, the idea of using a mobile phone or tablet as a second screen that can be used for manipulate and enhance television.A viewer could use the second screen to look beyond the edges of the television to see the live television audience, to look around during big football game, or change the camera perception for the viewer. An app has already been created for Apple products and user studies involving several genres of broadcast television programming.

This idea could will add a level of interactivity, that many people will enjoy…I see it being very popular for educational programs allowing the viewer participate with the people on the show

Negroponte – New Standard for Standards

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The need for standards has been seen in different areas. However when it came to standards in the past, focus was not on the standards and how to implement them but on how to prepare to discuss them. TVs followed suit with the issue that future TV specs were offered but the targeted demographic didn’t seem to care. With the introduction of digital data to TVs standards did arise (compression, digital error correction,); these are good standards, but not necessarily ones that would be more beneficial like new digital content.
Modems do it right always trying to connect at the fastest speeds, and standards allow for software to assist. (I’m sure that the writer of this article was pleasantly surprised with what modems have turned into, indefinite uptime, fast speeds, open phone lines, or no need for them at all…)
The English language is brought up as a standard protocol in air traffic control, and that it is the standard for the Net yet in 10 years (This article was published in 1997) would be replaced by Chinese, and that other languages would flourish as well. The article goes on to discuss computer language standards and that we need to get the net multilingual ready as a standard of communication.

Way ahead of it’s time, this article address many standards that we see in place today.

MIT – Vision Correcting Displays

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Screens are being built that will allow users to view their devices or screens without corrective lenses. If you need glasses, you can program your prescription into the filter which has tiny pin holes in it and it will correct the picture. They are using 4D modeling that will replace the need to put on glasses or put in contacts to do certain things. This applies more towards near sighted people who don’t have to wear vision correcting lenses all the time. The screen itself is hardware, but there is software inside that allows you to tailor the screen for yourself so you see the best picture.

Negroponte – Laptop Envy

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The laptop is a basic machine that can do basic functions. It runs of of AA batteries and no longer demonstrates its core power but advances in the looks and design of it. Laptops are also being designed as a portable desktop and not made for people laps to be moved around. The ones that are designed for peoples laps need to have a certain weight to it and have the display parameters changed so people can use them for longer. As the display gets more powerful, the more battery packs you need for trips if you can’t find an outlet to use. Rules about using laptops on planes have come into place and you must power down the CD-ROM during flight operations. Laptops can only be a certain size and that size is based on your hands and the keyboard that you use and the display must be similar. The laptop can’t be too thin and must be rugged in nature. Instead of making “smart looking and power hungry” machines, they should keep it simple and add a location finder so your machine can change languages and time zones.

If the author could write another piece now about laptops, I wonder what he would say about all the changes that have been made to them and if he would still agree with his article.