Design a Digital Future

QR codes moving forward

The open databases that QR codes can access can be categorized by many different people. One group can pull different data from the same QR code, and generate an entirely different story.

A very interesting concept, that gives lots of food for thought. The database will always exist, and can be adapted into whatever technology. Social tagging can/will be huge. Same item, different story.

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To the panel

Asked if how privacy can be affected by all the topics spoken about.


If you put it out there. You have to be aware that it is there is the general feeling on this. Clearly still a sensitive issue where those not informed, elderly etc, loose the ability to protect their privacy.

Good point from Mike. Once it is out there, it is out there forever and ever. There is nothing you can do to stop that from happening.

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My question to Will

About how the ViewKi could be scaled to large events, eg Olympics.


This is a possible plan to moving forward. Scaleablilty and social media interaction, and this could be applied to show on a large scale current thoughts and opinions

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Joelle Bitton

Starts with a door, she sees herself as a door of perception.

Now talking about old tech, circa 1900. How tech inspired people.

Used to work as an interaction designer. Had a screen showing SMS’s from within a night club.

Back in time again. Communication through passages.

Now onto social inclusion in the SiDE lab, which Lalya mentioned.

Now into how 3d printing can change the economy and how people buy and interact. And thats that. Question time I think

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Yet more tech issues. Poor show here. Would it of been that hard to have a trial run to make sure everything worked. We have had mics break, lights flicker, slides not moving, slides moving to fast

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Dr Will Simm

Systens builder and researcher. Here to talk about “voice your view”

Starts with looking at the riots clean up. How technology can reach new people. How can tech be used to include more people. Imagein you are walking and think wow I think that town square. But you dont want to write to the council. You can feed this back to people.

Built the ViewKi platform which takes interaction from smart phones, sms and social media to tag comments, and categories, so you can see a visualisation about an area. Can see lots of different visualisations on many different topics, and comments.

Trial, the refurb of a local library. To see what local people thought of the refurb. Put a “telephone” around the library. Pick up and speak into it. This does speech to text to give a real time buzz and summary of the new library.

Then take a school class around manchester and let them comment on a phone app so that people are able to get a visual of current thoughts and feelings about places. Rather than interview people, this allows an open ended discussion on a place or area.

Not just for complaining. More positive comments were published, than by using tradition methods.

great talk. Very interesting here again

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Starts with a shed in a gallery. And then we learn about its life as a garden shed, then a boat, then a shed, and then in a gallery.

Now onto QR codes and tags again to build up multiple presances about the artists. They are here with us, and where they are. Lots of stories can then come out.

Did a co study with DCA with 2 groups. Onr print based in the DCA. then displayed in a gallery tagged with QR with gave info about the art from a curator. 2nd group had their work displayed and they talked about the art themselves. Then more personal stories can come together in an online space. This can create a digital text book.

Now looking at tagging art works people in remote locations, so they can build a worldwide identity.

In conclusion, providing a sustainable way of getting traditional artifacts out to the world

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Mike Chantler

Mike a professor  from the Heriot Watt texture lab. Investigating how we see texture using crowd sourcing. More issues with the slides moving.

Lots of slides with textures on them. Also takes a bash at Starbuck’s expensive cheese cake.

Now we see a run of textures and we have to match one we have just seen. We are all very good for seeing textures and analyzing textures. Computers are rubbish at it.

Now talking about how difficult it is for us to describe a texture. Moving onto current research, where people are asked to group a series of textures to codify a texture bank.

Then the textures go online for crowd sourcing. Asking people to match similar textures. This allows to get a massive number of results. This then allows computer algorithyms to be able to understand textures properly, using the knowledge humans gave it.

How many dimensions for textures? So many different types. With about 6 major ones, rough, coarse etc.

All to give designers a texture framework. It exists for colour but not texture.

That was good. Different and interesting.

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For this being a tech/digital night, they are having lots of problems with laptops and audio etc. There is also now hashtag or anything to tweet to. Poor there.

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Dr Ruth Falkner

From Abertay uni. Immersion visualizations. Talking about various engagement methods. Things like virtual environments. Getting a bit behind her slides now though. Lots of talking really quickly with big words that I am not sure everyone knows…

Working with dundee council and the regeneration of the waterfront in Dundee. Develop a virtual prototype of an environment. Interactivly move bit of the environments around, then become immersed in the environment. Loads of stats and graphs on the slide now. I cant read it all in 20secs. Talking more about how sustainable an urban environment is. Another virtual model of the waterfront, showing energy efficiency. Tested in local communities. At first found it hard, but then were able to understand quickly.]Talk over. Was about how to invlove the local communities in urban redevelopment, without all the tech jargon

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