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Experimenting with Microsoft Hyperlapse

Brief thoughts on the user experience of Microsoft Hyperlapse:

While Hyperlapse corrects motion through a combination of image processing and hiding imperfections through speed, it does not solve the issue of camera positioning. My first experiment was to record a short bike ride and this proved challenging simply to get the camera (in my case a Samsung Galaxy Note 4) mounted in a usable way. I resorted to placing it in a waterproof case on a neck lanyard, b…

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Video: Ben Scott-Robinson’s #mexsession on reimagining digital mapping UX at Ordnance Survey

Seeking a path between the traditions and detail which have defined Ordnance Survey maps and the changing needs of a new generation of users accustomed to digital mapping, Ben Scott-Robinson explains the challenges faced across user research, prototyping and the design of OS’ new digital experiences. The talk looks at the balance between detail and simplicity, techniques for seeing beyond what users say to understand what they really need, and how design can add a sense of lasting value to a …

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Digging digitally at the intersection of consumption and creativity

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Digging digitally at the intersection of consumption and creativity

It was a Sunday in May and, if we wanted the beans to the grow, it was time they were in the ground. So I found myself on the windswept allotment, under the big white clouds and blue of a Norfolk sky, digging over that patch of ground which had become overgrown with weeds and the bolted remnants of last year’s crops.

Digging is a strangely satisfying activity imbued with the same rhythmic quality as rowing or climbing hills on a bike. An area of this size might take a couple of hours lab…

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Video: Dr Norman Lewis’ #mexsession looks beyond apps to the macro challenges facing digital industry

Lewis draws on lessons from history to remind participants of the huge challenges still facing humanity and to recognise the limitations of the individual digital developments generating buzz in the short term. His talk goes on to look at how the ability to communicate widely and bring together ad-hoc collaborative networks will deliver lasting change to the way we solve problems. He asks participants to consider what comes after the current craze for apps and how large scale services may be …

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Of batteries, startup culture & things which fall on your head

Dan Hill published this wonderful, roaming essay which begins with the expectations of the caricatured, generic product launch and goes on to explore the real, user-centred implications of developments like Tesla’s Powerwall batteries.

As startup culture begins to hit a city’s core infrastructures, we have to also ask questions about the expected levels of robustness, redundancy, security, ease of use, universal accessibility. We are surrounded by failures already, assailed by spinning beac…

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A different perspective at Future of Wireless

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A different perspective at Future of Wireless

The Future of Wireless International Conference (FWIC – 23/24 June 2015) is expanding to the Emirates Stadium in London following 6 years in Cambridge. I’ve participated several times in the past and always found it provides rewarding insight into the technologies and commercial issues at the heart of the wireless industry. Members of our MEX community working at the intersection of creativity and technology may find it particularly useful to equip themselves with deeper technical knowledge…

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Evolving digital language, as seen on TV

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Evolving digital language, as seen on TV

‘As seen on TV’ is one of those phrases commonplace enough to feel like a natural part of our phraseology. It was new once, though, and there will come a time when it is old and its meaning obscured by the mists of time.

Walking past a supermarket today, I caught sight of a poster in the window showing a single product, emblazoned with a red flash proudly proclaiming ‘As seen on TV’ – a hallmark of quality in the eyes of the copyrighter. For the first time I found myself considering what …

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Technology for an ageing congregation

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Technology for an ageing congregation

This advertisement for a local congregation to avail themselves of ‘Rob the computer expert’s’ knowledge intrigues me on a number of levels. On the one hand, it implies we live in an age where access to technology is something under the purview of community organisations which might hitherto have been known for their assistance with more basic needs: meals for the hungry, alms for the poor or spiritual matters. Should we assume an expansion of this particular church’s mandate in an attempt …

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The scrappy reality of operators’ customer service

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The scrappy reality of operators’ customer service

I’ll admit I was surprised and disappointed when she took out a tatty ring bound folder – the kind one might have used to hold one’s school notes in the 1980s – and ran her finger down the plastic covering of a printed spreadsheet. “£53 a month for the iPhone 6 Plus,” she said simply, reading the numbers off the page. As she listed more options, each representing a two year commitment which would have seen me spending at least £1000 with her employer, she scribbled the figures onto the back…

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Experiencing the Apple Watch at retail

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Experiencing the Apple Watch at retail

The Apple Watch occupied about 20 times more floorspace than the new MacBook when I visited the company’s Regent Street store in April 2015. The Watch’s display units stretch the full width of the store and are the first things a customer sees upon entering. The MacBook, in contrast, is tucked away at the back on a single table with about 8 demonstration units. Is this a reflection of the superior margins commanded by the Watch or rather an implicit acknowledgement this new product category r…

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