Virtual Schnaps
This blog is my journal of all things linked to Interaction Design.

Some of them inspire me while others are just part of my curiosity logs.

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Scientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass.

The man had been using the technology for around 18 hours a day – removing it only to sleep and wash – and complained of feeling irritable and argumentative without the device. In the two months since he bought the device, he had also begun experiencing his dreams as if viewed through the device’s small grey window. […]

The patient – a 31-year-old US navy serviceman – had checked into the Sarp in September 2013 for alcoholism treatment. The facility requires patients to steer clear of addictive behaviours for 35 days – no alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes – but it also takes away all electronic devices.

Doctors noticed the patient repeatedly tapped his right temple with his index finger. He said the movement was an involuntary mimic of the motion regularly used to switch on the heads-up display on his Google Glass.

Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device | Science | The Guardian (via new-aesthetic)
Machiavellian Intelligence Hypothesis

Real Prediction Machines by Auger-Loizeau
Real Prediction Machines is a data-driven approach to fortune-telling, a speculative design project that proposes that prediction algorithms, like Amazon’s anticipatory shipping algorithm, or financial forecast algorithms, will potentially be used in domestic scenarios to predict things like future arguments or family deaths. The service provider of this thing would tune the algorithm to the data needed to make such a prediction and then the user would see on a minimal device interface whether the event is approaching, receding or imminent.  A bit of a vague project, but worth adding to the algopop archive.
The project is on display at the Crafting Narrative exhibition in Ealing, London, that ends this Sunday.

(via Google sending its Street View cameras to the desert… on camels - News - Gadgets and Tech - The Independent)
Mobile malware infections race through Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

EXCLUSIVE: Hundreds Of Devices Hidden Inside New York City Phone Booths

A company that controls thousands of New York City’s phone booth advertising displays has planted tiny radio transmitters known as “beacons” — devices that can be used to track people’s movements — in hundreds of pay phone booths in Manhattan, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Computer Virus Catalog curated by Bas Van De Poel (2014–). Artist interpretations of the greatest viruses from computer history.

Part of my diploma project at Beckmans College of Design, 2013. A 70x100 Etch-A-Sketch.

Setting Up Raspberry Pi To Run Bots by Jeff Thompson
Artist Jeff Thompson who is responsible for Art Assignment Bot has put this comprehensive tutorial on how to run bots on a Raspberry-Pi microcomputer - including the basics of setting up the Pi to run without a screen and programming it remotely by SSH-ing into it from another computer. He also includes tips on file managing and bot scheduling, thanks Jeff!