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Urban Sync Data + RapidMiner = Reality Mining

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Having fun out-of-the-box. The GPS data of my sessions are available in CSV-format. RapidMiner is the top-notch data mining and machine learning tool. No magic so far. Just data import and plots. Above you see the first two sessions and by plotting latitude/longitude against the time axis and adding a little bit of color for the speed you see when I am active or lazy … Cool, I have to dig deeper.

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October 31, 2008 at 3:02 pm

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Captchr: Urban Sync goes Google Android!

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In a mid-term future the Urban Sync multimodal contextual real-world streams could be used for immediate processing of context within mobile Web2.0 applications. For now we have already CAPTCHR.

CAPTCHR is a mobile application based on Google Android. This week Matthias Kaeppler presented his final thesis on the topic of context-aware mobile situated media sharing. The resulting application consists of a server backend and a client to be deployed on the GPhone. We wait for the GPhone…

PS: The slides of his presentation are available online. Check his site and the interest section for the pdf.

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October 31, 2008 at 2:27 pm

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Mobile Music Workshop 2004-2008

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A lot of researchers take care of the future of mobile sound. The very active european ones have organised a series of Mobile Music Workshops which I attended first in 2006. In Brighton we had a wonderful time and I met there Frauke, Lalya, Erik, Arianna, Atau, … Over the following years we met occasionally at related events. Since we take care about the issue of mobile sound and dissemination we love to link back and forth.

Meanwhile they have published a book about it which is a serious buy! Creative Interactions – Mobile Music Workshop 2004-2008 was reviewed by Regine recently at We-make-money-not-art. Check it!

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October 31, 2008 at 11:01 am

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Urban Sync goes Emotiv?

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$299. The Emotiv EPOC. All the details about the hardware and SDK to dig into conscious thoughts, etc. on their website. Should I consider a hardware upgrade of Urban Sync? Or should I stop reading WIRED? Comments appreciated!

Excerpt of the SDK description for developers being interested in using the Emotiv EPOC:

Affectiv™ Suite
The Affectiv suite monitors player emotional states in real-time. It provides an extra dimension in game interaction by allowing the game to respond to a player’s emotions. Characters can transform in response to the player’s feeling. Music, scene lighting and effects can be tailored to heighten the experience for the player in real-time. The Affectiv suite can be used to monitor player state of mind and allow developers to adjust difficulty to suit each situation.

Cognitiv™ Suite
The Cognitiv suite reads and interprets a player’s conscious thoughts and intent. Gamers can manipulate virtual objects using only the power of their thought! For the first time, the fantasy of magic and supernatural power can be experienced.

Expressiiv™ Suite
The Expressiv suite uses the signals measured by the neuroheadset to interpret player facial expressions in real-time. It provides a natural enhancement to game interaction by allowing game characters to come to life. When a player smiles, their avatar can mimic the expression even before they are aware of their own feelings. Artificial intelligence can now respond to players naturally, in ways only humans have been able to until now.

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October 31, 2008 at 10:08 am

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Afterglow – Urban Sync on YouTube!

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I did it. A lot of people have been asking about the visual layer. In the end I mashed-up phonecam images with sound snippets of the project. YouTube what else, spread the buzz…..

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October 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm

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Day21: Mission accomplished / Download section updated!

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I am back. Today on Day22 I had a look on the big graffiti-like monster that was painted on the Porto region by my pure body interaction with the city.

The download section is now complete regarding the 19 interventions. You find there the un-edited fieldnotes and the .kmz-files. In a couple of days I will post about the update of the remaining high-volume data. In the meantime I have to figure out ways to deal with compression, typical data transfer rates, etc. …

Urban Sync in Porto is closed, mission accomplished. Big thanks to the Português Conexão!

PS: See you July09 at SMC2009.

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October 27, 2008 at 10:25 am

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Day20 – Part II: I do like Tuesdays and disturbance!

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People have a real life. Good. On weekends they get lazy about reading blogs. Good. Urban Sync had its best days always on Tuesdays. A nice reoccuring pattern. Interesting. You are allowed to disturb it!

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October 25, 2008 at 2:17 pm

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