Sunday, March 30, 2008

RoadID Interactive

RoadID lets runners, bikers, nudists or demented/tenured elders keep emergency contact & medical information on them without having to carry a wallet. Laser-etched stainless steel threaded onto a bracelet, anklet or shoelace fob presents seven lines of text to tell paramedics who you are and what special conditions you've got. So far, not exciting.

What *is* exciting is the RoadID Interactive. Two lines of text identify you to whomever finds your mangled body, but the rest of the text instructs rescuers to contact RoadID by 800 number or web for your information, 24/7. An included serial number and PIN secure these data with a shared secret.

You tell RoadID what drugs you're popping *now* or what condition you *just* got from a toilet seat and they make sure that first-responders always get the latest info.

Does your neighbor in the changing room really need to know that you're taking antipsychotics?

HP PhotoSmart C4385 All-in-One

We got one of these printers a few months ago and it's perfect. When not in use, the paper in and out tray flips closed for maximum kitty-defense. It includes wifi networking. It reads any kind of memory card. You can scan over the network -- and I don't mean the box just says you can do it -- you can actually do it, even with a Mac. And it fits fine on a standard book shelf. (Goodbye ugly table just for holding a printer and network adaptimifier!)

Anxiety for Mac OS X

Part of the iCalendar specification describes "To Do" items. Apple complies with the spec, but you have to open Mail to access your To Do lists. Can't I just have 'em in a floating little window that I put somewhere out of the way, yet always at hand?

It's small, it's simple and it's called Anxiety!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Incoming message from starfleet command..." because in the future we'll *all* use video voicemail. Embedded in laptops and fones, video cameras are becoming ubiquitous. Web browsers with Flash(tm) easily capture video from any device, letting web developers "just embed it." Now just add broadband internet/3G and season to taste.

Seesmic is structured as a forum for *discussion* rather than broadcast, and it's fascinating. Watch someone's comment in video, then watch others' video replies to it, then click to add your own video to the fray. The interface makes it simple to view the current threads or quickly find replies to your own comments.

I think this site's gonna succeed where others fail because it's not just another broadcasting tool ... it's about conversation. It'll be awesome to see what happens as the community gets bigger and integrates disparate voices and sub-cultures. The video flame wars should be spectacular!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wifi Autodiscovery Soap Box

Some clever attendee at sxsw set up a politically-inspired shared-device on the wifi network. (Easily done with file sharing or printer sharing settings.) When browsing the available wifi networks, their device's name appears in the menu of auto-discovered choices.