Creativity and scientific thinking

During the holidays, I spent some time reading about creativity and the basic principles of scientific research. We (researchers) are supposed to come up with innovative ideas, but no one ever told us how to do that exactly. Great ideas are often said to be discovered by accident. People assume creativity is a talent, something … Read more

How to decide if a chatterbot is intelligent

I experimented a bit with Jabberwacky today. Jabberwacky is a chatterbot that won the Loebner Prize in 2005 and 2006. It learns from the interactions it has with humans. This sometimes results in funny conversations. Here is an excerpt of the conversation I had with it: Me: Hey, don’t be rude, you are the robot, remember? Bot: You are not a … Read more

3D tracking for games with ZCam

Just a quick update on my posts about using the IR receiver of the Wiimote for tracking objects. Yesterday I reported on Johnny Lee’s new Wii hack. Earlier, he used the Wiimote to track your fingers and allow you to interact with them. I just read an article on ZDNet about the ZCam, an infra-red camera that can also … Read more

Evaluating User Interface Systems Research

Alex pointed me to Evaluating User Interface Systems Research, an article by Dan R. Olsen Jr. that was published at UIST 2007 as part of a panel discussion. Abstract: The development of user interface systems has languished with the stability of desktop computing. Future systems, however, that are off-the-desktop, nomadic or physical in nature will involve new devices and … Read more

Disqus commenting system

I am now using Disqus to handle the comments on my blog. Disqus is a new global blog commenting system. It has a lot of nice features, such as avatars, threaded conversations and global notifications. It allows you to track when a comment you posted got replied to and will in the future even support SMS notifications (hopefully this … Read more

Adam Greenfield’s talk in Leuven

On Tuesday I went to the talk of Adam Greenfield in Leuven, organized by the Microsoft Research Chair on Intelligent Environments. The main topic of his talk was the social and ethical implications of ubiquitous computing. Adam started his talk by saying that there are a lot of ubicomps. He uses the term everyware to cover Weiserian ubicomp, pervasive computing, tangible media and … Read more

SemaNews idea catching on

The paper Making Bits and Atoms Talk Today I wrote together with Ruben Thys about his Master’s thesis featured a scenario on interaction with printed media called SemaNews (there is also some information available at Ruben’s page under the section “Results > Daily Newspaper”). Here is a very short video of the SemaNews scenario that I used in my presentation at … Read more

STRP festival redux

This is a quick update on my previous post about the STRP festival. Apparently, the technology expo continued at night, so I was able to see some of the demonstrations anyway. I wanted to share a few of them just to give an impression. There were a set of large screens mounted in the expo that displayed a video … Read more