Survey Results for iCAN apps!

Focus Group Survey Results

On Friday, February 25, astrodimer sam smiley gave a presentation on the iCAN (TM) and also handed out surveys. The panel/presentation was called “An Afternoon of Dialogue, Debate, and Discourse” and included art historian Cher Knight and AIB faculty member and artist Nathan Felde. Stuart Steck was the organizer and moderator of this panel.


On behalf of Astrodime, sam sam smiley created a survey, which would help AstroDime in the creation of “apps” for the iCAN (TM). Here are the results of the survey.


1. If you had an iCAN, how often would you use it and what would you use it for?

Meetings, talking to myself in public
I would keep one half and give the other to a friend.
To recycle my thoughts, to prevent my thoughts from escaping to others, to prevent word pollution, to communicate with my head.
Every thought I had that I wanted to transmit to myself
Holding Soup, Talk Soup
Once a month
I’d use it for silly fun
I would poke, various noises, ring tones
I would pretend I was talking to my therapist
I’d use this every day in class. I think this would be a pretty amazing way to conduct crits.
The first thing I would do would be hack it.
Then I’d post my hack on the instructables under my hacker alias.

2. What would be your preferred network?

T riders
deep, dark secrets
None
Neural
People
Verizon
Party Line
huh
Just my close hacker community friends

3. What accessories do you suggest would be useful for the iCAN? What are your favorite colors?

Naples Yellow
“Phone covers”, bedazzled iCANs! Personalize your own!
An iCAN “sock” for a) modesty, b) cold weather use
Economy-can sized unit for family chat
Stylish label-cases: chunky and Campbell’s preferred
Jolly green giant, Cotton candy blue, Warhol soup can red
I love the blue
Funnel attachment
Those little cell phone charms. That would be way cute, like Hello Kitty or something.
Orange
A hands free head/neck holder brace thing so you can text at the same time (multitasking)
I like the natural colors of the materials
A hands free version would be nice

4. Can you suggest any apps you would like to see developed for the iCAN?

Music, Political rants
Thought whirling, circular thinking (like circular breathing), If you get thoughts whirling fast enough, they may puff up like beaten egg whites. Think what we might discern!?!
The eye-can camera phone
Pee-redirector
Recycling-yard filler
CAMP Bells- bang cans together to ward off bears
CANdid camera- easily changed into a pinhole camera
Puddle jumpers or step-ups to see over crowds
Pictionary
Poetry app
Inside joke app
Peaceful protesting “megaphone” app
Voice modifier
Some app that tracked my metrics and posted my usage data to twitter

iCAN call for APPS!

Looking for APP or APP proposals for our bleeding-edge technology, the iCAN!

Brief plug for great crafter from Mexico

I just wanted to put in a plug for a crafter whose work I saw in Mexico..when AstroDime was in Mexico city, there were street artisans..I loved this work by Anomia. It was sort of like Hello Kitty gone bad.  I will post a picture of the crafty kat I bought shortly.

http://www.anomia.com.mx/

Excellent work! I hope they come to Etsy sometime.

Astrodime at Maker Faire Rhode Island

Astrodime at Maker Faire Rhode Island

Sept 30 2009 by Amanda

This is a recap of Astrodime’s experience at the Maker Faire festival in Providence, RI. The website for the festival is at http://makerfaireri.com/.

On Saturday, September 19 the Astrodime Transit Authority demonstrated our tin can telecommunications system at the Maker Faire Rhode Island festival. The technicians of Astrodime, including sam, Julia, Lisa, and Amanda worked directly with adults and young children in using the AstroCan communications systems. Many adults were eager to prove to their children that the tin can system worked just as well as their iPHONES.

Set in the heart of the Financial District in Providence, Astrodime’s exhibition consisted of 2 videos displaying the most current INtransit journal “Can You Hear Me Now?” and “Secret Decoder”. Also on display were the hand-crafted iCANs, tin can phones, and wire tapping devices. Between 2pm and 10pm locals and out of towners experimented with our iCAN, tin can party line, and tin can phone wiretapping. Throughout the day, over 200 people tested the tin can communication device, and sam experimented with our wiretapping capabilities.

Maker Faire is the foremost event for grassroots American innovation. Being the first Maker Faire festival in Providence, this event attracted over 50 makers, inventors, and artists to showcase their most recent inventions. One of the highlights of the day was the disco bicycle party, designed by the custom frame bike-makers Circle A Cycles; another rare gadgeteer was Tellart, and they installed an interactive mixed reality pong game that people could play by wearing helmuts with IR LED’s attached. As Maker Faire continued into the late evening, the Providence River was set on fire as the themed “Celebration of Life” Waterfire festival took place!

Tin Can Telecommunications at NAMAC

On the last day of NAMAC,  Astrodimers MaryAnn, sam, Bebe, and Julia (with some assistance from Walter) did a  demonstration of cutting edge tin can technology at the Park Plaza Hotel. You would be surprised how many people don’t believe tin can phones work!! Sadly we didnt have a chance to demo our Party Line or Wire tapping techniques but we did make the iCAN available. Here’s a few quicky cell phone pix..

Bebe tries out the iCAN

Bebe tries out the iCAN

Maryann and Bebe talk to themselves near the NAMAC table.

Maryann and Bebe talk to themselves near the NAMAC table.

Good Social Networking site and a Hot Tip

Thanks to AstroDime member Gina Kamentsky, we found a great social networking site called Squidoo. Then a few of us got together to pool our knowledge about using digital photo frames for playing video. Here’s the result, let us know if you have any suggestions!

http://www.squidoo.com/lensmaster/workshop/digital-video-in-photo-frames

Introducing the iCAN

AstroDime think tank operators and engineers sam smiley and Gina Kamentsky designed the first prototype of the iCAN, a telecommunications device where you can actually here yourself think (if you speak out loud that is)

Here’s our beta version:

our pvc and tin can masterpiece

our pvc and tin can masterpiece

You can actually bid on it on Ebay until November 6.

Check it out on eBay!

Video in a suitcase

Here are some pictures from AstroDime’s installation on Oct 17-19. Basically, Bebe, sam and Ali projected video in a suitcase, put Queen Victoria’s and President Buchanan’s voices in tin cans, and hung the vests.

Here's the big picture.

The gallery space was pretty interesting.

Video in a suitcase

Video in a suitcase

President Buchanan in a can

President Buchanan in a can

Fry's Electronics in Vega$

Just came back from Las Vegas, where I had been teaching for a weekend. I was told by my techie friends that no visit to Las Vegas is complete without stopping at Fry’s Electronics before hitting the airport home. So I did..and got some sweet little battery powered Sony speakers, and some astronaut ice cream.

-sam smiley

View from the highway

View from the highway

Entrance, overwhelmingly Las Vegas

Entrance, overwhelmingly Las Vegas

AstroDime at Rock and Roll Yard Sale

Mary Ann, Sam, and Gina went to the Rock and Roll Yard Sale in Union Square, Somerville on Sept. 6. It mostly had mostly vinyl, but a few people bought DVD’s. It was really fun and the evening ended with a screening in which an awesome music group called Devil Music Ensemble created a live soundtrack performance to “Red Heroine”, a silent martial arts film from China 1929.

Selling AstroDime videos and T-Gina comix

Selling AstroDime videos and T-Gina comix