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Research Questions

Where we brainstorm the broad collection of items to consider...

PROCESS: Please enter your responses to the research question by adding to the list below, most easily done by moving yor cursor to the end of the last item and pressing RETURN to create a new bullet point. You may list as many items as you wish (and we hope you will!), but please list each item separately -- that is, if you say wish to list widget1, process2, and idea3 as important, please list each item as a separate bullet point, as we will be rank ordering these later.

Please indicate your work by marking with the code of 4 tildes (~) in a row that we can follow up with you if we need additional information or leads to examples- this produces a signature when the page is update like - [[image:../../user/pic/1243819412/alan-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="alan" link="user/view/alan"]] [[user/view/alan|alan]] Aug 8, 2009 7:42 am

Research Question Three

What are the key emerging technologies you see developing to the point that learning-focused institutions should begin to take notice during the next 3 to 5 years? What organizations or companies are the leaders in these technologies?
NOTE: Items in this category should also be easily supportable with examples, although some of them may still be only found in research contexts. Nonetheless, some work should be happening that we can point to for those who wish to learn more. Three to five years is not a long time for education to turn its attention to something, thus we should see evidence of pioneer efforts that can be documented. Listing the actual companies or organizations working on the items listed here is very very important, as we often will follow up with them to learn more as we turn to the actual writing.


Compose your entries like:
  • Idea Name. Add your ideas like this with few sentences description including full URLs for examples e.g. http://horizon.nmc.org And do not forget to sign your contribution with 4 ~ characters!


  • Location-based media. Content that is dynamically customized according to the user's location. See iphone app WikiMe that uses location to pull up Wikipedia articles nearby or Outside.in/radar http://outside.in/radar/ that brings you news based on your geographic location. Many iPhone apps are leveraging this (locating nearby twitter or flickr users). And Loki http://www.loki.com provides a very simple way for web site owners to embed user location into their sites. -- I think this is mid-term, not far-term. See comments and examples under RQ2. - [[image:../../user/pic/1246031669/ninmah-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="ninmah" link="user/view/ninmah"]] [[user/view/ninmah|ninmah]] Sep 18, 2009 2:32 am I think this is a huge area that will grow as the mobile computing space matures. Location based media and technology can be tied into many different disciplines for teaching and visualization purposes. The location based centric iPhone and its associated apps are great examples of this. This list is long for this but are centered around uses for GPS, travel, geotagging images, etc. Additionally, Google's Latitude http://www.google.com/latitude/intro.html and the soon to be released Twitter API with geo-location features http://blog.twitter.com/2009/08/location-location-location.html will be important in mobile social networks Additional social location based apps such as FourSquare and Loopt are tapping into this. Additionally, geotagging of photos and increasingly video, will also be important location based media. Flickr http://www.flickr.com, Picasa http://picasa.google.com/ and iPhoto http://www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/#organize, Locr http://www.locr.com/, Panoramio http://www.panoramio.com all are allowing easy tagging of images. The result is some interesting studies about the patterns of what images people geotag http://www.infoniac.com/hi-tech/study-of-flickr-photos-could-help-create-online-travel-books.html - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Sep 30, 2009 2:42 am Educause has several articles about geolocation and location-aware technology in higher education. A great article from their 7 Things You Should Know About series (this one on location-aware apps) is located here: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7047.pdf. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253636320/Sonja-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Sonja" link="user/view/Sonja"]] [[user/view/Sonja|Sonja]] Sep 30, 2009 5:53 am Location-based learning, location-based marketing have appeared in two other editions of the HR this year - [[image:../../user/pic/1252263649/Larry-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Larry" link="user/view/Larry"]] [[user/view/Larry|Larry]] Oct 3, 2009 11:22 am - [[image:../../user/pic/1253432287/kaoki-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="kaoki" link="user/view/kaoki"]] [[user/view/kaoki|kaoki]] Oct 5, 2009 2:24 am With the latest generation of GPS-enabled consumer devices, LBS has finally become robust enough for mass adoption in outdoor environments. I don't yet see a single technology emerging to provide similar LBS indoors; the solution will perhaps be networking and integrating a number of extant technologies such as cell ID, wifi, and RF with user-managed positioning through interfaces in mobile devices. A lot of money has already been wasted on indoors LBS; it seems to me that the key to avoiding more LBS failures in the 3-5 year horizon will be truly understanding the pain points and what adds true value, rather than just triggering communications and content delivery for the gee-whiz factor. [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254703829&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254703829]] - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Oct 5, 2009 2:53 pm
  • Widget Architecture - I struggled with a name for this because it's a collection of things emerging in several places to give glimpses of a really useful coherent future. This is a standards-based middleware approach - which is never sexy but always critical- to allow enterprise systems, like course management systems, to do more than pretend to be Web 2.0 wannabes (like Bb v9). Where is it appearing? The OU just bet on its future building on PlugJam from CommonNeed (see also Mod It Don't Build It) Sakai3 is taking this path, using Apache Shindig for social networking for example, to build a widget friendly learning environment. Wrapped up in this is the OpenSocial API by Google (this is essentially a mash-up API, allowing you to combine social data from one source with other data in another, out on the web or wherever). I think this is going to be huge because it enables, for the first time, the kind of creative canvas for context relevant, disciplinary specific applications (widgets) to be built into and easily added to enterprise learning content management environments (which lamentably aren't going away anytime soon).-
    Phillip.Long
    Phillip.Long
    [[user/view/Phillip.Long|Phillip.Long]] Oct 3, 2009 11:26 am
    See also wookie server http://getwookie.org/Welcome.html and Google Wave as other examples - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:10 am Solutions suchs as OKI also help provide interoperability between LMSs and widgets in particular, as it serves as an adaptor between different systems. The new MyUOC online campus is based on this architechture (video ). ~~~~
  • Thin Screens Flexible, plastic screens and OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology (Sony, Phillips, Samsung) See this announcement-- http://www.audioholics.com/education/display-formats-technology/organic-led-displays-oleds-the-next-trend There are many different technologies to make "electronic paper". The one that impresses me the most is the flexible display produced by E-ink where small spheres upper half black and lower half white, 1 micron in diameter, are suspended between between two plastic sheets where electronically created charges attract or repel white. The result is amazing; see for example, pictures of the electronic newspaper made by IBM over 5 years ago,
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    http://www.tug.org/tug2001/authors/jett/jettslides.pdf Better than real newspaper (carried over from 2009 Horizon Wiki) -- Also see this flexible cell phone: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/16/kyocera-unveils-kinetic-flexible-oled-cell-phone/ - [[image:../../user/pic/1246031669/ninmah-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="ninmah" link="user/view/ninmah"]] [[user/view/ninmah|ninmah]] Sep 18, 2009 2:32 am Ninmah,you are the wiki Ninja, quick and right to the point. Paper-like screens are appearing in many places, from "banners" is stores to windshield decals in some cars. In a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly (Sept. 19 I believe) the insert was a page with a paper-like video-screen showing 40 minutes of videos
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    for the new CBS season and commercials for Pepsi. [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254698078&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254698078]] But ... WAIT. There is more. LEDs produced a punctual source of light. Recent advances show that we can produce a surface of light (a sheet of light) with could be used to iluminate any transparent display.
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    See http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/technology/07bulb.html?th&emc=th -
    jpj100
    jpj100
    [[user/view/jpj100|jpj100]] Oct 5, 2009 7:33 am
    Thin screens have the potential to transform informal learning environments like museums enormously. Paper signs and labels are incredibly labor-intensive and therefore expensive to update and maintain;
    networked thin screens will provide a powerful new way to communicate in real-time and even in a personalized way with people in interactive learning spaces. [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254703829&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254703829]] When these finally hit retail, it will be interesting to see if this gets adopted quickly by education. Will wireless + laptop/mobile campuses be more agile in terms of adoption and new practrices? - [[image:../../user/pic/1254116655/Nick-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Nick" link="user/view/Nick"]] [[user/view/Nick|Nick]] Oct 6, 2009 7:15 am
  • Social Search There is consensus between academicians and practitioners at Google, Yahoo, IBM, etc, that the Future of Search includes Social Search. Social search is any search aided by a social interaction or connection. Search should involve humans and algorithms. These later can be applied to graphical representations of social networks. Any classroom, any course, etc can be regarded as a social network. For more on social search see, for example, http://venturebeat.com/2008/01/31/googles-marissa-mayer-social-search-is-the-future/ http://datamining.typepad.com/data_mining/2007/05/i_spent_thursda.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLXvjy0SaHM Also see the use of microformats for searching social connections in the diso project http://code.google.com/p/diso/ Search 4.0 Putting the Humans back in Search Search 4.0: Putting Humans Back In Search (carried over from 2009 Horizon Wiki) -- This has ties to the semantic web - [[image:../../user/pic/1246031669/ninmah-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="ninmah" link="user/view/ninmah"]] [[user/view/ninmah|ninmah]] Sep 18, 2009 2:32 am Definitely one of my preferred ideas. I have used it many times in the last two years, mainly to do searches in 3D Virtual Worlds where 3D-image search is by no means trivial. In 2007 UC Berkeley organized a special workshop on the Future of Search http://www-bisc.cs.berkeley.edu/FutureSearch/FutureSearchVideo.htm and I launched a challenge at the end of my presentation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLXvjy0SaHM - and got several unexpected results .... in 2009, thanks to recent progress in social search, using "wisdom of the crowds". -
    jpj100
    jpj100
    [[user/view/jpj100|jpj100]] Oct 4, 2009 4:36 am - [[image:../../user/pic/1253432287/kaoki-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="kaoki" link="user/view/kaoki"]] [[user/view/kaoki|kaoki]] Oct 5, 2009 2:33 am
    All I can say is about bloody time, some of us have been doing 'social search' using our blog networks as the lens for 6 years - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:14 am
  • Communication Continuum - WAVE Alan, where's your plea for a WAVE account? I see microblogging as just a short WAVE message, and email as a longer WAVE message, and broadcasting as a continuous WAVE message. And isn' that the point Google is trying to make? It's all one architecture folks. Maybe this should be another bullet point under Operational Transformation (OT) implementation, the underlying technology that makes WAVE happen. Whatever it's called look out. It's coming.-
    Phillip.Long
    Phillip.Long
    [[user/view/Phillip.Long|Phillip.Long]] Oct 3, 2009 11:58 am
    Searching, visualising and mining this continuum for themes, provenance of ideas and references. - [[image:../../user/pic/1254719717/cyprien-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="cyprien" link="user/view/cyprien"]] [[user/view/cyprien|cyprien]] Oct 5, 2009 3:04 pm I thnk this will definitely be big in terms of emergent practices for learning and teaching - [[image:../../user/pic/1254116655/Nick-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Nick" link="user/view/Nick"]] [[user/view/Nick|Nick]] Oct 6, 2009 7:15 am~
  • 3D Telepresence Moving past desktop video conferencing and bringing people together as if they were f2f. http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/09/16/net-insight-holds-live-3d-telepresence-demonstration-shows-it-o/ The real-time video system in development by Mitsubishi (http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/04/mitsubishi-shows-off-3d-tv-technology-no-glasses-needed/) could offer convergence of online and face-to-face. As it provides either live 3D, or recorded, there is application beyond the social dynamic. The use of the TYZX platform (http://www.tyzx.com/index.html) provides for the development of immersion and recognition in remote 3D spaces, as well as local environments. This could provide the means to develop the next generation CAVE (carried over from 2009 Horizon Wiki) See the HeadSPIN 3D demo video: [[http://alexandria.rice.edu//uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=1252453833|1252453833]]
HeadSPIN: A One-to-Many 3D Video Teleconferencing System from MxR on Vimeo.
Given the accomplishments of some of the 3D presentation companies that are making effective use of AR and advanced displays for group presentations (http://www.musion.co.uk/about_musion_systems.html), it seems that these same methods, are a proven potential for 3D telepresence (http://www.musion.co.uk/projects.html). Given, they are not your desktop solution, but in terms of a class, conference, or event, this would be a great asset for larger scale 3D telepresence. See also comments from Augmented Reality below. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Oct 5, 2009 12:52 pm. As cost declines, lots of potential here for personalizing distance ed. - [[image:../../user/pic/1254745931/drvdiaz-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="drvdiaz" link="user/view/drvdiaz"]] [[user/view/drvdiaz|drvdiaz]] Oct 5, 2009 9:31 pm
  • Courseware interoperability - First, CMSes are experimenting with exposing content to the open Web (Blackboard's Scholar.com, Web publishing in Moodle). Second, NISO is exploring courseware standards. Third, if federated login and identity projects continue to win adherents, there will be much incentive to move among silos (OpenID, Shibboleth).(carried over from 2009 Horizon Wiki) This is critical if innovation and course management want to survive in the academy. CMS tools are necessary for typical activities -- quizzing, dropboxes, roster management, etc but fall short with anything like group authoring, collaborative work, or other innovative practice. Open API and interoperability is the lynchpin to making these things play well. - [[image:../../user/pic/1254582102/colecamplese-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="colecamplese" link="user/view/colecamplese"]] [[user/view/colecamplese|colecamplese]] Oct 4, 2009 5:39 am As I mentioned, the UOC in Barcelona is using a new interoperable platform, MyUOC , which can interoperate with others through "adaptors" (OKI). ~~~~ Oh god, please no! - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:14 am
  • New Interface I/O Standards -Light Peak - this may be huge. Light Peak is a replacement connector for mobile devices that combines what was high speed data transfer (ala FireWire or IEEE1384), USB and video into a single plug that fits on mobile devices like the iPod. Demonstrated at IDF2009 on the 'hackintosh' it delivers higher than HD video while transferring data at 2 GB/sec or more. Imagine driving your 52 in. display with your iPhone. Built by Intel it means the holy grail of connectors , one size fitting all, is really possible, can be done with high performance, and for multiple simultaneous data types streaming concurrently.We can't even get that for cell phone chargers...-
    Phillip.Long
    Phillip.Long
    [[user/view/Phillip.Long|Phillip.Long]] Oct 3, 2009 10:54 am
    Yes, I agree, and it is planned to be scalable to 12 GB/s so it might be able to provide similar connectivity as fibre channel http://techresearch.intel.com/articles/None/1813.htm - [[image:../../user/pic/1253198048/alanwolf-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="alanwolf" link="user/view/alanwolf"]] [[user/view/alanwolf|alanwolf]] Oct 4, 2009 2:05 pm
  • Intelligent Parsing of unstructured data Tools like dabbleDB, Google calendar and others can start to recognize and parse data that is not explicitly marked up or formatted. This could be a good way to get data out of our Courseware silos.(carried over from 2009 Horizon Wiki) T. Berner's Lee in his talk at TED about the Web of Data says it "enables data to be open and connected so that people can build interesting things from it" . See LOD : http://esw.w3.org/topic/SweoIG/TaskForces/CommunityProjects/LinkingOpenData and http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/web_of_data_machine_accessible_information.php - [[image:../../user/pic/1252946351/bdieu-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="bdieu" link="user/view/bdieu"]] [[user/view/bdieu|bdieu]] Sep 23, 2009 3:31 am Not sure that I agree with the phrasing of the title (it would be very cool if in fact we could get this!) but agree in general that scraping technology will continue to improve and will end up being a big contributing factor to the 'Semantic Web' - who wants to write Triples? - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:14 am
  • Multiplayer Mobile Gaming : Not necessarily just for the iPhone, a Windows Mobile Player exists for Wow: http://www.mobiletopsoft.com/board/3370/wow-player-for-windows-mobile.html. Also see : http://blogs.macworldcanada.ca/2009/08/world-of-warcraft-mobile-armory-app-released/001. In a recent announcement, Z2Live is securing venture capital to develop "a wide range of social games on the iPhone, including turn-based, racing, role-laying games, and soon, first-person shooters" : http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/2009/08/mobile-multiplayer-platform-z2live-secures-3m-round.html . If the Z2Live SDK were accessible, development of mobile 'serious games' and simulations that connect learners through social gameplay might be possible.-
    jasonr
    jasonr
    [[user/view/jasonr|jasonr]] Sep 19, 2009 6:32 am
    Researchers are working on an open, interactive "plug and play" video game (also designed for mobiles) that would allow the user to easily create his or her own objective. The game, once fully developed, will give players the capability to explore serious issues (Should we use ethanol?), as well as lighthearted questions (Should I get a dog or a cat?). http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2009/02/playing-the-news-ready-for-testing052.html - [[image:../../user/pic/1253636320/Sonja-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Sonja" link="user/view/Sonja"]] [[user/view/Sonja|Sonja]] Sep 25, 2009 1:14 am This could follow the pattern of gaming's intersection with academia so far: some leading-edge adopters, plus a broad driver of hardware and interface design. - [[image:../../user/pic/1252416424/bryan-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="bryan" link="user/view/bryan"]] [[user/view/bryan|bryan]] Oct 5, 2009 7:33 pmFor anybody who would like to test this in action, Outer Empires (http://outer-empires.com/) is available for browser play now, and should be out for the iPhone in the next few days.- [[image:../../user/pic/1254786598/rubenrp-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="rubenrp" link="user/view/rubenrp"]] [[user/view/rubenrp|rubenrp]] Oct 6, 2009 7:23 am
  • Content Detection - iPhone apps like Shazam http://www.shazam.com/music/web/home.html allow users to uncover what a song is that they are hearing. Increasingly, there's a possibility for doing similar stuff with vision (although most of this is still in research paper stage, not product stage). I expect to see these kinds of technologies mature in the next 3-5 and they introduce interesting opportunities for learning. What if Shazam didn't just detect the song but provided detailed music lesson information about the construction of 4-4 beats and the history of this song's melody? What if the image detection algorithms could help students explore botany by allowing them to photo something and get a detailed background to that object? Adding Wikipedia-esque knowledge to the detection would be a great learning option. - [[image:../../user/pic/1252859592/danahboyd-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="danahboyd" link="user/view/danahboyd"]] [[user/view/danahboyd|danahboyd]] Sep 21, 2009 12:12 am SnapTell is there for identifying books and music from their covers http://www.snaptell.com/ - [[image:../../user/pic/1243819412/alan-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="alan" link="user/view/alan"]] [[user/view/alan|alan]] Sep 22, 2009 2:09 pm this is a very powrful concept and is changing how we think about music archives - [[image:../../user/pic/1252263649/Larry-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Larry" link="user/view/Larry"]] [[user/view/Larry|Larry]] Oct 3, 2009 11:22 am Increased sophistication of the users of content detection software. e.g. If using a botanical identification algorithm it would be important for the user to 'capture' or observe the specimen in the way that scientists do (citizen scientists theme here too). - [[image:../../user/pic/1254719717/cyprien-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="cyprien" link="user/view/cyprien"]] [[user/view/cyprien|cyprien]] Oct 5, 2009 3:01 pm Similar functionality has existed in high end commercial 'Digital Asset Management' systems for finding images and video that "look" like a certain sample (cf http://imagefolio.com/ or http://www.northplains.com/). Such technology will start to show up soon in mobile shopping apps (point a camera at a blouse in a store, 'find me similar blouses at online stores'). See also http://vimeo.com/6496886 for a demo of software that does image search based on a freehand sketch. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:20 am
  • Rise of Real Time Web Search - Just published article in Wired by Clive Thompson discusses how the rise of real time web search my eclipse the traditional search engines of the Web. Mentions these emerging search services. http://www.tweetmeme.com, http://www.oneriot.com, http://topsy.com, http://www.scoopler.com, http://www.collecta.com. The main article is here: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-10/st_thompson - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Sep 22, 2009 11:39 pm- [[image:../../user/pic/1254340927/lisaspiro-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="lisaspiro" link="user/view/lisaspiro"]] [[user/view/lisaspiro|lisaspiro]] Oct 5, 2009 4:37 am
  • Augmented Reality. "-- the overlaying of digital information to enhance the viewer's understanding of the real world -- " (Horizon Report: 2009 Economic Development Edition.) We're seeing more promising experiments in augmented reality, like researchers embedding the technology in a contact lens: http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/bionics/augmented-reality-in-a-contact-lens/0 - [[image:../../user/pic/1253636320/Sonja-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Sonja" link="user/view/Sonja"]] [[user/view/Sonja|Sonja]] Sep 23, 2009 12:58 am Absolutely! Augmented reality is already breaking into the corporate (http://ge.ecomagination.com/smartgrid/#/augmented_reality) and entertainment (http://www.experience-the-enterprise.com/ww/) industries, demonstrating the ability to convey information and provide engaging interactions on multiple levels. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Sep 24, 2009 11:35 am A company doing innovate things in the AR realm, showing what's possible is http://www.metaio.com/ There are some compelling iPhone apps as well now coming into the AR space. These include AcrossAir http://www.acrossair.com/apps_acrossairbrowser.htm GraffitiGeo http://www.graffitigeo.com/ and Layar http://layar.eu/ - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Sep 30, 2009 2:42 am I was also going to point to Layar but apparently can't beat anyone in this crowd to the punch. AR will be huge in 3-5 years time - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 1, 2009 6:32 am . This MIT article lists the iPhone augmented reality apps already listed and also lists ARider by Ubiquitous Entertainment, which lets cyclists make hands-free calls & see a map projected through a head-mounted display, and an AR Marble Game by Columbia University--which is played using goggles! : http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/24147/?a=f -
    jasonr
    jasonr
    [[user/view/jasonr|jasonr]] Oct 1, 2009 10:25 pm
    Mixed Reality Labs is using a system of marked blocks that the user manipulates to interact with an AR story (http://www.ijvr.org/issues/issue4-2008/9-16%20wIzQubes-SZ-V3.pdf). The various configurations presented for interacting with AR content opens a variety of applications for learning, especial K-12, but advances in using markless (http://thomaskcarpenter.com/2009/04/20/augmented-reality-primer/) approaches to AR still offer those unexpected learning moments and unintentional ways to apply the technology. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Oct 2, 2009 1:48 pm This may belong under holograms, but there are some incredible examples of using HD display configurations in conjunction with some excellent AR elements that produce stunning results (http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/real-holograms-paris-management-convention). While the provided examples is corporate in focus, the obvious application into learning should be obvious. Watching this, I could not help thinking of the potential with a host of disciplines. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Oct 2, 2009 1:55 pm. Sensors and Secondlife - MIT is connecting sensors/actuators to objects in Second Life: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/cross_reality_when_sensors_meet_virtual_reality.php. It is possible to imagine live data being streamed into SL or other virtual world providing visual representations of information. For instance, data from sensors within buildings identifying environmental conditions as well as locations of individuals; data from health records represented in avatar behavior; data from microscopic research studies represented in changing virtual environments. In this way unseen data can be made visible in a virtual world. - [[image:../../user/pic/1252958226/wshapiro-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="wshapiro" link="user/view/wshapiro"]] [[user/view/wshapiro|wshapiro]] Oct 5, 2009 3:14 am Agreed: see the discussion of mobile augmented reality in Question 2 as well: http://horizon.wiki.nmc.org/Research+Question+Two [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254703829&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254703829]] There is a lot of convergence going on that combines advances in HD displays technology and AR (passive and interactive) technologies into a visual communication medium that definitely leverages the strengths of mixed reality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzi_SKGwtVI&NR=1). It will be interesting to see what impact AR will have not only on the content being presented, but in terms of hardware innovations within the next five years. Will we see changes in educational content that might find the traditional text book supplemented, or dare I think replaced, in certain cases, by mixed media that brings an AR experience that the student interacts with as part of the learning process? What about virtual instructors? Could class content include and virtual instructor or guest speaker? OK. This might cross over into virtual reality, holograms, or telepresence, but it seems that there are some new options that may become available. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Oct 5, 2009 12:38 pm What will the first generation of AR art classes look like?- [[image:../../user/pic/1252416424/bryan-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="bryan" link="user/view/bryan"]] [[user/view/bryan|bryan]] Oct 5, 2009 7:33 pm
  • Nanotechnology. This is still pretty far on the horizon, but we are seeing some applications of nanotech. Here, researchers have created a breathalyzer test for lung cancer: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27083_3-10346594-247.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5 - [[image:../../user/pic/1253636320/Sonja-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Sonja" link="user/view/Sonja"]] [[user/view/Sonja|Sonja]] Sep 23, 2009 1:06 am More on nano-tech from MIT: NanoRadio : http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?ch=specialsections&sc=emerging08&id=20244 & Racetrack Memory using nanowires : http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?ch=specialsections&sc=tr10&id=22115-
    jasonr
    jasonr
    [[user/view/jasonr|jasonr]] Oct 1, 2009 11:10 pm
    The nanoHUB includes curriculum-related materials and assignments in this area; Purdue is one of the key players, along with other academic institutions, in this NSF-funded initiative. http://nanohub.org -
    JoanLippincott
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    [[user/view/JoanLippincott|JoanLippincott]] Oct 6, 2009 12:10 am
  • Wearable technologies - technologies that are integrated into everyday objects -- allowing us enhanced experiences with that product -- Think Nike + and Ipods, but on a greater scale. - [[image:../../user/pic/1252943249/timmodugdale-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="timmodugdale" link="user/view/timmodugdale"]] [[user/view/timmodugdale|timmodugdale]] Sep 23, 2009 2:27 am 'Smart' bandages test cholesterol, http://www.sciencecentric.com/news/article.php?q=08051501; and a sports bra doubles as a heart monitor: http://www.innovationintextiles.com/articles/104.php. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253636320/Sonja-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Sonja" link="user/view/Sonja"]] [[user/view/Sonja|Sonja]] Sep 25, 2009 12:57 am
  • Learner-faculty connections - if eharmony can get people married, why can't we have software - especially for online learning - that matches faculty with learners based on support needed/desired? -
    gsiemens
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    [[user/view/gsiemens|gsiemens]] Sep 24, 2009 3:08 am
    Along the same line, researchers are considering how the new Netflix search technology (a sophisticated program of matching people with movies they might like) can be applied to other arenas, like commerce and politics http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/technology/internet/22netflix.html?partner=rss&emc=rss .[[http://alexandria.rice.edu//uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=1253907579|1253907579]] Unclasses http://unclasses.org/ community powered learning pairs people up based on matching people with teaching skills and others with learning needs.. Live Mocha does this weel for language learning http://www.livemocha.com/ - [[image:../../user/pic/1243819412/alan-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="alan" link="user/view/alan"]] [[user/view/alan|alan]] Sep 29, 2009 2:11 pm
  • Merging past and present - the simple recommendation system of amazon would work well as a foundation for recommending learning resources...or Google's historical record of GReader. Connecting past information habits with current information seeking activities seems logical -
    gsiemens
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    [[user/view/gsiemens|gsiemens]] Sep 24, 2009 3:08 am
    Recommendation systems for researchers (e.g. the promised recommendation engine for Zotero, https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3504/developers) will help them deal with the abundance of information.- [[image:../../user/pic/1254340927/lisaspiro-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="lisaspiro" link="user/view/lisaspiro"]] [[user/view/lisaspiro|lisaspiro]] Oct 1, 2009 6:23 am The models developed as part of the Netflix research project competition (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/technology/internet/22netflix.html) provide an even better toolkit than Amazon's system for this purpose. Come to think of it, wonder whether a foundation would be willing to provide a 1M prize for an academic research competition along these lines...- [[image:../../user/pic/1254786598/rubenrp-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="rubenrp" link="user/view/rubenrp"]] [[user/view/rubenrp|rubenrp]] Oct 6, 2009 7:33 am
  • George Siemens and Peter Tittenberger's March 2009 Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning - This gives nice overview technology related issues. Its fairly in-depth and gives lots of references. Good point of departure for examining technologies in more detail - Link will lead you to another link for the PDF for those interested. George I see you posted above. Thanks for your work! http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2009/03/11/handbook-of-emerging-technologies-for-learning/ - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Sep 29, 2009 11:38 pm
  • Holograms and 3D printing - In the next 3-5 years we may see this type of imaging get more mainstream with lots of possibilities for education. One company that is doing interesting work in this are is Zebra Imaging http://www.zebraimaging.com/#_jmp0_ Also Sweet Onion Creations is looking into creating low cost 3D prints of CAD, Google Earth and SketchUp files. http://www.sweetonioncreations.com/ Microsoft's Photosynth is also showing some promise with innovators using it as 3D scanning tool. http://digitalurban.blogspot.com/2009/09/photosynth-point-export-photosynth-as.html - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Sep 29, 2009 11:44 pm There are attempts to make 3D printing truly simple and affordable e.g. http://www.desktopfactory.com/ target price sub-$5K if it makes it to market. We now have courses using our 3D printer (same tech as the sweet onion process, but printing in color) from several disciplines creating models, but cost is limiting use. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253198048/alanwolf-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="alanwolf" link="user/view/alanwolf"]] [[user/view/alanwolf|alanwolf]] Oct 4, 2009 1:52 pm
  • High Dynamic Range Displays - This may fit better in a broad category of new display technologies. After years of limited availability and prohibitively high pricing, HDR monitors appear to be ready for mass release. http://www.engadgethd.com/tag/hdr/ With 16 bit color and an infinite contrast range, it will be interesting to see if this new display capacity drives demand for new production tools (HDR cameras). - [[image:../../user/pic/1253282146/billshewbridge-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="billshewbridge" link="user/view/billshewbridge"]] [[user/view/billshewbridge|billshewbridge]] Sep 30, 2009 1:48 am
  • The Semantic Web - This area in the next 4-5 years should begin to bear fruit that will particularly impact education. The ReadWriteWeb blog has covered this area extensively and keeps tabs on its evolution. This links to their Semantic Web tagged articles on their blog. http://www.readwriteweb.com/tag/semantic%2Bweb Additionally, the UK company Talis is doing good work in the Semantic web are and publish a blog and newsletter called Nodalities about new developments. http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities/ Researchers are using semantic web technology to make their databases "smarter" for doing focused research on specific topics. http://www.newswise.com/articles/semantic-search-engine-helps-scientists-do-productive-searches - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Sep 30, 2009 2:56 am I agree. For a quick overview of several popular semantic web apps, see ReadWriteWeb's Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2008: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/top_10_semantic_web_products_2008.php. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253636320/Sonja-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Sonja" link="user/view/Sonja"]] [[user/view/Sonja|Sonja]] Sep 30, 2009 11:41 pm [[http://alexandria.rice.edu//uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=1254683127|1254683127]] One crucial academic use will involve campus archives, like digitization projects, recordings of campus speakers. Another could involve LMS content; imagine being able to run semantic queries and apps over a decade of teaching and learning! SemTech is a key player in this, http://www.semtech.ecs.soton.ac.uk/. - [[image:../../user/pic/1252416424/bryan-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="bryan" link="user/view/bryan"]] [[user/view/bryan|bryan]] Oct 5, 2009 7:33 pm we'll see... - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:29 am There's work on a standard called RDFa that could make Semantic Web ideas a reality in a much faster and less painful way. See this Jon Udell "Interviews with Innovators" podcast: http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail4233.html -
    gardnercampbell
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    [[user/view/gardnercampbell|gardnercampbell]] Oct 7, 2009 4:21 am
  • e-Books and e-Readers - I realize this may be an opinionated topic and is posted elsewhere in this research, but I think e-books in the next 3-5 years are going to have a large impact on education and it may take that long before its really felt. This space is just starting to heat up. As new devices, formats and delivery platforms emerge, we could see students in 3-5 years using e-books more and more. The textbook industry is about to be changed by this as well. The big questions will be formats (See NYTimes article http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/technology/personaltech/24basics.html) and devices (See ZDnet Dawson article http://education.zdnet.com/?p=3139). Who uses what, when and where. Several interesting articles have recently appeared that bear this out. The release of Dan Brown's new book has initially been a best seller digitally vs. hard copy, at least initially on the Kindle which is interesting. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10354453-17.html O'Reilly Radar has posted about this as well but takes things further by offering books with far more interactivity and data integration than just words and images formed with e-Ink technology. http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/09/rebooting-the-book-one-apple-i.html Also see http://seekingalpha.com/article/163360-e-reader-wars-heating-up-apple-may-have-edge-with-younger-generations?source=yahoo and http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138481/E_readers_could_push_growth_in_e_textbook_market_analysts_say Companies to watch include iRex http://www.irextechnologies.com/, Apple, Amazon, Sony, Readius http://www.readius.com/ and Plastic Logic http://www.plasticlogic.com/ Gizmodo's Brian Lam has a take on what an Apple tablet might do for the print industry. http://gizmodo.com/5370252/apple-tablet-aiming-to-redefine-newspapers-textbooks-and-magazines - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Sep 30, 2009 3:05 am Evolution of eBooks - Some potential designs include Microsoft’s future Courier booklet - http://gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-microsofts-secret-tablet, Fujitsu color ebook reader, called the Flepia: http://i.gizmodo.com/5173090/fujitsu-flepia-color-ebook-reader-has-finally-arrived-yours-for-1000 - [[image:../../user/pic/1252958226/wshapiro-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="wshapiro" link="user/view/wshapiro"]] [[user/view/wshapiro|wshapiro]] Oct 5, 2009 3:30 am. - [[image:../../user/pic/1254745931/drvdiaz-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="drvdiaz" link="user/view/drvdiaz"]] [[user/view/drvdiaz|drvdiaz]] Oct 5, 2009 9:31 pm And what about the impact of an increasing amount of research and education materials available for smartphones; the preprint physics site arXiv, some IEEE publications, audiobooks from various publishers, Google Book Search mobile, etc. Will there be enough people who will read this type of content on phone-like devices, or will e-readers such as Kindle or SONY e-book reader vs. a laptop or netbook be the device of choice? Or, will different people read various types of content on different devices? -
    JoanLippincott
    JoanLippincott
    [[user/view/JoanLippincott|JoanLippincott]] Oct 6, 2009 12:19 am
    still not convinced! - [[image:../../user/pic/1253161238/amichaelberman-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="amichaelberman" link="user/view/amichaelberman"]] [[user/view/amichaelberman|amichaelberman]] Oct 6, 2009 12:33 pm What I love about my eBook is the sheer quantity of books it holds and the size and feel of a book for readability (I would think that hours of reading on a small iPhone type screen would hurt after a while); and the wireless access to resources (a good concept aside form the business model of who provides it and for how much). Where it fails me and I think it would frustrate students is the inability to mark up and annotate ala "highlighters and sticky notes" - I woul dbe very happy with a device that added the ability to mark up with a pen rather than key strokes alone. Voice markup would be another desirable feature. Not to mention color and graphics. But the strengths it has still stand for me.-
    jgetman
    jgetman
    [[user/view/jgetman|jgetman]] Oct 6, 2009 11:38 pm
  • 3D Video - Cross posted from Question 2. As this technology matures in industry expect to see it spill over into academic arenas. The technology is improving and getting less expensive. This might be an area that will also emerge in the next 3-5 years in education. http://money.cnn.com/2008/04/03/technology/cash_3D_boom.fortune/index.htm - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Sep 30, 2009 3:28 am As mentioned in a previous question, Philips has a great 3D HDTV system that provides 3D without glasses (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/10/philips-3d-hdtv/). So, the technology is out there, and as Keene pointed out, is going to get less expensive. The question as to time to adoption within the education world could happen sooner than later depending on the institution. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Oct 2, 2009 2:00 pm An additional option here might be a fog screen (http://ilab.cs.ucsb.edu/projects/ismo/fogscreen.html). While the current state of this technology in mainstream seems definitely generation 1, as seen on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World, and in other applications (http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_tourism_aviation/2009/08/fog-and-robots-to-be-part-of-universals-harry-potter-world-.html), the future refinement of the technology (http://www.fogscreen.com/en/news.html?NewsId=131) promises higher resolution and greater flexibility. [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254720383&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254720383]]
  • Live object identification, face recognition, text filtering, smarter messaging, voice alteration - Some things in the next iPhone OS? These are from patents Apple has filed that may hint at what's next as their mobile os evolves. http://www.unwiredview.com/2009/07/09/next-in-your-iphone-os-live-object-identification-face-recognition-text-filtering-smarter-messaging-voice-alteration/#_jmp0_ - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Sep 30, 2009 3:28 am An interesting article, Video surveillance system that reasons like a human brain, is available here: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=8144. The surveillance camera recognizes abnormal behavior (like terrorist activity and violent crimes). - [[image:../../user/pic/1253636320/Sonja-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Sonja" link="user/view/Sonja"]] [[user/view/Sonja|Sonja]] Sep 30, 2009 5:47 am
  • New Tools for Distance Education. Advanced acoustics and life-size HD displays give users of telepresence technology a striking sense of shared physical presence. Educause published an article, 7 things you should know about Telepresence, found here: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7053.pdf. The article discusses, among other things, which colleges and universities are currently using the technology. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253636320/Sonja-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Sonja" link="user/view/Sonja"]] [[user/view/Sonja|Sonja]] Sep 30, 2009 6:04 am
  • Rich Media Notebooks through Creating media-linked transcripts to help users find contextually relevant video-segments and with facility to Bookmark, annotate, create clips, author, alow Social Editing (improve transcripts), Concept and semantic searching plus semi-automated creation of concept vocabularies. OEIT/MIT is looking at these as the next phases of its work with the Spoken Lecture Browser (web.sls.csail.mit.edu/lectures)-
    vkumar
    vkumar
    [[user/view/vkumar|vkumar]] Oct 5, 2009 3:58 am

  • along with partners.
  • Audio Indexing Systems - As the proliferation of user-generated content adds to a greater ‘collective intelligence’, our ability to find content depends on our ability to search for and find specific pieces of information within a variety of knowledge objects. However, what happens to our searchable dataset when the content we need to find is represented with audio and video instead of text? Tagging may help us find chunks of content but is insufficient in helping us to parse it—take for instance, Youtube. Audio indexing systems have the capability to address this dilemma. Last year, Google released an audio indexing system called GAudi (on the Google Labs site : http://labs.google.com/gaudi). This system is being used to index political speeches—but think about what this could mean for instructional a/v content—lectures, podcasts, etc. Further, think of the wealth of information that, if indexed, could open up new avenues for course content to be more easily found and integrated for use by faculty. Microsoft also has a research project that is targeted towards indexing audio—MAVIS. The Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System (info @ http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/mavis/) is still in development.[[http://alexandria.rice.edu//uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/5?searchdata1=1254341587|1254341587]] yes, an absolutely critical technology as more & more of our information and educational materials are provided as audio and video content. [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254703829&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254703829]] If we are talking about indexing vs transcripts (degree of accuracy) it maybe sooner in the timeline. Another example is the spoken media project from MIT http://oeit.mit.edu/gallery/projects/spokenmedia-project that Phil Long and Brandon Muramatsu presented at the last NMC conference. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253198048/alanwolf-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="alanwolf" link="user/view/alanwolf"]] [[user/view/alanwolf|alanwolf]] Oct 5, 2009 12:11 pm This is mostly the same as 'Content Detection Systems' above - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:29 am
  • Big Data Analysis and Visualization - Interesting comments surfaced from NYTimes Deputy Tech Editor David Gallagher interview who quotes another NYT writer Ashlee Vance "Some of the most interesting research going on right now is the area of "big data"- dealing with massive volumes of information being churned out by research labs exploring things like the human brain, the data being collected by major Web companies. Facebook, for example, stores some 40 billion images. Companies and researchers are working on a host of new computing techniques to handle this flood. These include replacing copper wires in chips with optical components, writing software that can spread the work across hundreds of thousands of chips, and storage systems capable of filing away all this information. This work travels all the way down to the desktop, where companies have started to make what amount to supercomputers in a PC case that plug right into the wall." http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/28/business/media/28askthetimes.html?pagewanted=all - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Oct 1, 2009 7:32 am Another example of big data analysis is using the Google Books project corpora for data mining. As various parties review the proposed Google Books settlement, one issue that has surfaced is that there is concern that the data being produced by Google is too dirty to be relied upon by researching wishing to use it as a basis for data mining. Nunberg presentation at UC Berkeley conference. http://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/newsandevents/events/20090828googlebooksconference [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254760253&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254760253]] Absolutely, visualization will become a critical skill in the 21st century - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:29 am
  • The end of the mouse and keyboard as we know it - The industry is moving to touchscreen interfaces giving users new freedom for interacting with information and media. The possibilties have been seen in products like Apple's iPhone/iPod Touch and Microsoft's Surface system. This will trickle into desktop and other form factor mobile devices. See http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/29/touching-all-rumors-point-to-the-end-of-keysbuttons/ - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Oct 1, 2009 7:59 am The BumpTop interface also shows promise to moving us beyond the traditional mouse and keyboard. http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/30/bumptop-goes-multi-touch-um-awesome/ - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Oct 2, 2009 1:21 am Ranjit Makkuni has been an influential and creative voice on the subject of alternative interfaces for some years: http://sacredworld.com/asp/team.htm It's critical that we consider how interfaces (hw & sw) empower and/or exclude huge sectors of the population; like standardized achievement tests, they are culturally biased. [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254703829&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254703829]] A very large topic. For one, speech recognition might finally go somewhere. For another, watch for backlash about literacy and reading. Gartner sees this as a historical shift, with keyboard becoming a minority device: http://let.blog.nitle.org/2008/07/22/move_over_mouse_gartner/.- [[image:../../user/pic/1252416424/bryan-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="bryan" link="user/view/bryan"]] [[user/view/bryan|bryan]] Oct 5, 2009 7:33 pm We are already starting to see this, it is a 2-3 year horizon piece - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:29 am Looking at a new inexpensive Dell laptop yesterday, the touchpad has different behaviors for 1,2,3, and 4 fingers... mouse already seeming pretty dated. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253161238/amichaelberman-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="amichaelberman" link="user/view/amichaelberman"]] [[user/view/amichaelberman|amichaelberman]] Oct 6, 2009 12:33 pm
  • Wireless Power - What would it mean if we could ditch the power cable? Or disposable batteries? What would its use mean for consumer electronics? Your electric car? MIT is using WiTricity Technology, based on resonant energy transfer to power things from lightbulbs to cellphones. See a presentation & demo from the TED Conference @ http://www.dailywireless.org/2009/08/25/wireless-power-demo/. Moreover, Dell has finally come out with a laptop that can wirelessly recharge using a magnetic field. http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-10362968-260.html?tag=rtcol;inTheNewsNow. Props to N. Tesla. -
    jasonr
    jasonr
    [[user/view/jasonr|jasonr]] Oct 1, 2009 11:10 pm
    I'm with Jason. I think that the emergence of wireless power (http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_giler_demos_wireless_electricity.html) holds huge potential and may result in an unexpected boom in how we use our technology. Who here has ever been caught without an adapter or gets sick of dealing with searching for an outlet? This could really extend the learning environment. Not only positively impacting our ability to access information, but to gather and process it. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Oct 2, 2009 1:29 pm Yes, portable power is the next big technology hurdle; once overcome, so many applications will begin to emerge that we couldn't even imagine before... [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254703829&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254703829]] As devices continue to demand more power (think of the 4 or 5 powered antennas on an iPhone) it's hard to see when the improvement in batteries will outpace demand for power. And inductive charging is nice but not transformational. The "wireless campus" will have a lot of extension cords and power strips for many years to come. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253161238/amichaelberman-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="amichaelberman" link="user/view/amichaelberman"]] [[user/view/amichaelberman|amichaelberman]] Oct 6, 2009 12:33 pm
  • Spintronics - Spin Transport Electronics - doubling Moore's Law, allowing for loer power use -green technology, smaller footprint, end of the desktop pc? instant on computing - providing mobility, great convenience. See the IBM labs at http://www.almaden.ibm.com/spinaps/ -
    DaveP
    DaveP
    [[user/view/DaveP|DaveP]] Oct 2, 2009 4:14 am
  • Paper thin batteries. If you ever received a musical card you must have seen thin (pun not intended) batteries. Thin screens, ebooks, e-readers, eyc, wll greatly benefit from these new batteries. In fact Entertainment Weekly of Sept 19 featured a paper-thin interactive video-display inside, which can be played for 40 minutes of promotional videos, many times. See http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/out-there/creative/e3i85e5bb2dd55c9c87272644249699db31 When the cost of this technology comes down all kinds of new educational uses can be imagined. -
    jpj100
    jpj100
    [[user/view/jpj100|jpj100]] Oct 4, 2009 4:52 am
  • Identity Management and Federated Identity. By working to provide a higher education federated identity management environment our ability to easily connect with outside services becomes more possible. If we can allow our constituents to use their institutional identities to connect to places like twitter, Facebook, etc we can create new trust relationships with these organizations and promote innovative practice. - [[image:../../user/pic/1254582102/colecamplese-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="colecamplese" link="user/view/colecamplese"]] [[user/view/colecamplese|colecamplese]] Oct 4, 2009 5:37 am A very important enabling technology. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253161238/amichaelberman-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="amichaelberman" link="user/view/amichaelberman"]] [[user/view/amichaelberman|amichaelberman]] Oct 6, 2009 12:33 pm
  • Layering the web. Web-based applications such as Layers , which provide the ability to annotate videos, text, images on any webpage and share your notes with others would be great applied in education, depending on subjects taught. - [[image:../../user/pic/Eva-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Eva" link="user/view/Eva"]] [[user/view/Eva|Eva]] Oct 5, 2009 2:52 am Reframeit http://reframeit.com/, Diigo http://www.diigo.com/, GoogleSidewiki http://www.google.com/sidewiki/intl/en/index.html are other example. How does collaboration with these tools change content creation? - [[image:../../user/pic/1254719717/cyprien-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="cyprien" link="user/view/cyprien"]] [[user/view/cyprien|cyprien]] Oct 5, 2009 2:30 pm There are a host of other annotation tools like this, both server-based (cf. Marginalia http://www.geof.net/code/annotation/) to client/server ones like Trailfire (cf http://www.trailfire.com/) that *seem* like such a good idea and seem to have huge potential in education and yet have been around now long enough that one wonders why they don't seem to get traction. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:29 am
  • Tangible/ambient interfaces: Imagine a display that customizes its information stream based on who is looking at it. Or a "Geo DJ" that plays sounds (trains, factory noises, etc) depending on your current location to give an aural sense of the past. Or a tangible browser that represents climate history through the sense of touch. Bill Turkel's group is working on these and other projects through its "Interactive Ambient and Tangible Devices for Knowledge Mobilization" initiative, http://digitalhistory.wikispot.org/Interactive_Ambient_and_Tangible_Devices_for_Knowledge_Mobilization, part of a larger effort to make computing ubiquitous and tap non-verbal means of perception.- [[image:../../user/pic/1254340927/lisaspiro-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="lisaspiro" link="user/view/lisaspiro"]] [[user/view/lisaspiro|lisaspiro]] Oct 5, 2009 4:37 am
  • Reconceptualizing communication. Google Wave - A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using text, photos, videos, and maps. http://wave.google.com/ & http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html Reconceptualizing content creation. What else can Wave be used for? - [[image:../../user/pic/1254719717/cyprien-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="cyprien" link="user/view/cyprien"]] [[user/view/cyprien|cyprien]] Oct 5, 2009 2:30 pm
  • eMemory - moving the data from our brain onto computers – MyLifeBits: A personal database for everything; http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=a-digital-life & http://research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/default.aspx?id=64157 Shared eMemories? What would these look like? - [[image:../../user/pic/1254719717/cyprien-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="cyprien" link="user/view/cyprien"]] [[user/view/cyprien|cyprien]] Oct 5, 2009 2:30 pm
  • Free education for anyone interested! Free education for anyone on earth connected to the internet – Academic Earth http://academicearth.org/ [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254703829&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254703829]] This is more a business model than an emerging technology, but to my mind goes hand-in-hand with universal healthcare as a basic human right. || Here is where my comments start. In principle, I agree that everyone should have access to education, but approaches like the University of the People (http://www.uopeople.org/Default.aspx) honestly don't feel right or seem to have the academic credibility to make the grade - no pun intended. Open Source is awesome, and I commend MIT and other institutions that post so much incredible content for anyone to access. But the assessment and accreditation of institutions of higher education are critical, though not perfect, to providing some semblance of merit. OK. Too close to opinion. Sorry. Changes in paradigms regarding how we teach our students and assess their understanding seems to be just as critical a need as availability. If we are going to feed those in need, let's make sure the food is nutritious as well as satisfying. Now let's talk about free national wireless access. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Oct 5, 2009 1:38 pm The monopoly of Higher Education on certification of advanced knowledge is crumbling already, and the economy is starting to push it over the edge. There will be many more options, even if they are not all free, for achieving "higher knowledge" and "higher skills" without "Higher Education." - [[image:../../user/pic/1253161238/amichaelberman-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="amichaelberman" link="user/view/amichaelberman"]] [[user/view/amichaelberman|amichaelberman]] Oct 6, 2009 12:33 pm
  • HTML 5. Slipping under the radar right now, but it's the biggest change to HTML in a long time, with embedded video, graphics, and many other rich-media elements and tweaks that will enable new experiences on the staid web and a new standard that will help with multipurposing web content across platforms. E.g., Google Wave, non-Flash video, web games. [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254706887&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254706887]] Agree that this will provide a more standard platform for the next round of web-based rich app innovation - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:29 am Agreed, this is a key step for browser based apps. Also a key point in the browser wars. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253629178/bryantt-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="bryantt" link="user/view/bryantt"]] [[user/view/bryantt|bryantt]] Oct 6, 2009 5:01 am - I agree that this will be a good step forward in increasing the use of audio/video services and also increase the ability to build web based educational applications. -
    J-Madden
    J-Madden
    [[user/view/J-Madden|J-Madden]] Oct 7, 2009 5:57 am
  • Immersive Interface Devices - Value in virtual worlds comes from, but is not limited to the ability to achieve greater immersion into the subject or content surroundings, demonstrate concepts, ideas, and principles in a manner not practically or feasibly possible within a real world environment, and engage a broader range of the participant's senses in order to provide a richer and holistic learning experience. Current methods work within sound and sight, but the tactile experience is quite limited. While there is force feedback for gaming, it is not enough to further pull the participant into the situation and enhance the "realness." There are an increasing number of haptic devices emerging that promise interactions that could be a real benefit in bringing students into the world of the subject of student. If we can incorporate feeling, as well as a more genuine sense of actuality within the environment, more can be gleaned from the experience. Likewise, enabling more natural interfacing reduces distraction and allows a deeper engagement. No comment on Digiscent (http://www.internetretailer.com/internet/marketing-conference/42715-digiscents-runs-out-cents.html). Below are a few examples of devices, some which have been around long enough to have had the bugs worked out:
At the Envision Center at Purdue, they have developed some haptic applications and have integrated them into the curriculum. http://www.envison.purdue.edu/hardware.html -
JoanLippincott
JoanLippincott
[[user/view/JoanLippincott|JoanLippincott]] Oct 6, 2009 12:15 am

  • Odd Printables - This, perhaps, is a bit too far on the horizon and may fall under the "what are you thinking" category, but while doing research I came across several mentions of printing food (http://elitestv.com/pub/2009/07/a-mad-scientist-on-the-future-of-food-moto-restaurants-homaro-cantu) in relation to molecular gastronomy (http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/03/an-adventure-into-molecular-ga.html). Some of this obvious relates to 3D printing, however, it seems that this is unique in that it engages the additional sense of taste, and even perhaps that of smell. The application could be quite interesting in combination with a virtual environment. Aside from the obvious candy store and restaurant tie ins, what if there was a historical environment and students had the ability to print an image showing a food dish relevant to a specific period. In one configuration, it would be nothing more than a picture of the dish on rice paper that the student would be able to eat and taste the flavor of. In another configuration, a 3D food object could be printed (http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2008/01/print-your-own/, http://www.psfk.com/2008/01/3d-food-printing.html), to give a true sense of what it might have looked and tasted like, a medieval tea cake or Turkish Delight. This could also be a tool for creative expression. A form of edible art that could be stored and reproduced digitally. Print on demand meets the sample tray? - [[image:../../user/pic/1253212650/Dougdar-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="Dougdar" link="user/view/Dougdar"]] [[user/view/Dougdar|Dougdar]] Oct 5, 2009 3:48 pm
  • Brain-based learning - not just learning that takes into consideration factors of neuropsychology in how it presents learning opportunities (cf http://www.brains.org/) but actual learning that seeks to act directly on the brain (as in things like http://www.hemi-sync.com/ which employ Binaural Beats http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binaural_beats to reprogram the brain.) Add in things like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainport and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BrainGate and Licklider's "Man-Computer Symbiosis" starts to not seem like such SciFi ravings. Or not...ok, maybe further out than 3-5 years, but it is coming. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253122575/sleslie-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="sleslie" link="user/view/sleslie"]] [[user/view/sleslie|sleslie]] Oct 6, 2009 1:33 am
  • Robotics and AI - maybe too general, and maybe a bit kookie, but what will the effect be on what we teach students as robots start to be able to do more complex tasks assisted by expert systems and AI? For instance, large parts of the medical profession may be augmented by practices like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_assisted_surgery especially to cope with increasing scale and cost issues. What does that mean for our curriculum? [[http://bearcat.baylor.edu/search/i?1254769838&startLimit=&SORT=R&endLimit=|1254769838]]
  • "Weak" AI, coupled to avatars and body tracking - Microsoft's Project Natal (http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/projectnatal/) has created quite a bit of buzz, particularly where the Lionhead Milo demo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HluWsMlfj68) is concerned. Interestingly, the AI used in this demo is extremely basic - it's (at best) a mix of Weizenbaum's ELIZA and Winograd's SHRDLU. However, coupling this basic AI to a computer avatar and body tracking appears to suffice to create the suspension of disbelief necessary for useful interactions with the software. This could have some very interesting applications for "natural" interfaces for a broad range of devices, including information management assistants.- [[image:../../user/pic/1254786598/rubenrp-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="rubenrp" link="user/view/rubenrp"]] [[user/view/rubenrp|rubenrp]] Oct 6, 2009 7:13 am
  • 3D Printing - mentioned also on last page. Yeah, I know it's always 2-3 years away... but it's going to have an impact when it hits education. - [[image:../../user/pic/1253161238/amichaelberman-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="amichaelberman" link="user/view/amichaelberman"]] [[user/view/amichaelberman|amichaelberman]] Oct 6, 2009 12:33 pm
  • PhotoSketch technology - Generating a photo montage based on a user's sketch and labels. The labels and sketches are then used for internet searches that retrieve the images based on the label description and then compile the photo montage. Incredibly wild! http://cg.cs.tsinghua.edu.cn/montage/main.htm also see http://blogs.zdnet.com/weblife/?p=965 - [[image:../../user/pic/1247426531/KeeneH-sm.jpg width="16" height="16" caption="KeeneH" link="user/view/KeeneH"]] [[user/view/KeeneH|KeeneH]] Oct 6, 2009 11:57 pm
  • Neurotechnology, cognitive enhancers, synthetic biology. There'll be an explosion in cognitive and pharmaceutical neuroscience over the next five years. Education and brain science will finally begin the steep ascent we've been thinking about for decades. Interesting podcast interview here: http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail4223.html -
    gardnercampbell
    gardnercampbell
    [[user/view/gardnercampbell|gardnercampbell]] Oct 7, 2009 4:21 am
PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage from tao chen on Vimeo.