Collaborating with Stimulant and WorldStage, Microsoft has created an interactive art installation that allows participants to interact with a cube device positioned in the center of a dance floor. Cube projects a virtual space outwardly onto four square projection screens and uses Kinects for the user input.
Software legend Ray Ozzie has uncloaked Talko, a phone app in which bits of recorded sound and other media make up the conversation. Messages can be async or immediate, and Talko also maintains an archive of conversations!
Medium is covering the launch, and discusses Talko extensively with Ray Ozzie.
Quoted from the upcoming print edition of Exclusive: U2 and Apple Have Another Surprise for You:
“I think it’s going to get very exciting for the music business,” Bono tells Time, “[it will be] an audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you’re sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens. You can see photography like you’ve never seen it before.”
This is a touching story about Daisuke Inoue, inventor of the karaoke machine.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more.”
- Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
In order to produce a truly stand-out watch, Apple had to radically improve upon or create new methods of interaction. Otherwise, the Apple Watch would just be a shrunken-down phone/pad.
The human input and output of the Apple Watch mainly focus on watch-face interaction and the “Digital Crown” controller, which on its own is quite clever. But one i/o feature that I find sublime is the ability for the watch to send and immediately receive taps via the “Taptic Engine”.
Taptic might be powered by some sort of tiny electromagnetic solenoid, or perhaps a deep-base speaker. What it enables is for people to send a series of taps to each other.
The possibilities for subtle and silent communication are endless.