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Review: Robot & Frank

SPOILER ALERT: I reveal plot points of the movie, Robot & Frank, in this post. Paro robot seal with elderly patient. Photo: Reuters For my Human-Robot interaction class, I was assigned to go watch the indie movie, Robot & Frank and do a warm-up writing exercise to critique what I saw as

Review: Robot & Frank

Robot Wonders and Wanderings 2012-07-07

1. Blinky™ on Vimeo – Horror short film about a robot helper at home – things go wrong. Horribly wrong. I thought the robot’s smile was an especially fantastic design touch. 2. Furby 2012 has been (officially) announced * Uses cheap-o LCDs for eyes * No off switch * some more thought to its

Robot Movies!

Robot Wonders and Wanderings 2012-06-29 * Robot and Frank Official Trailer #1 (2012) Near-future setting touches on themes of “robot companions for old people” w/ a dark comedy heist twist. (Frank Langella’s character on his robot): “I need him.” “What do you need him for?” “He’s my friend.” Also

Misc. Links re: kids, design, apps, learning

1. Report: Robots stack up to human professors in teaching Intro Stats | Inside Higher Ed “In experiments at six public universities, students assigned randomly to statistics courses that relied heavily on “machine-guided learning” software — with reduced face time with instructors — did just as well, in less time, as their counterparts

Quix - useful tweak for web workflow

I learned about Quix today. It’s a bookmarklet-driven shortcut tool for web browsing and has LOTS of potential for shortcuts and helpful information processing workflow due to its built-in and custom command features. Here’s an example of my custom quix.txt configuration file. I expect this will evolve

DINO's Tips for Making the Most out of Book^2 Unconference

Originally Posted on DINO Studio’s blog Aaron and I are on our way to Book^2 Camp in New York. It’s an “unconference,” an event that has a participatory style of generating bottom-up content from the attendees rather than providing top-down, pre-determined content. In the tech industry this

Week 40/41 Increasing Capacity

Originally Posted on DINO Studio’s blog (this was meant to go up last Monday. Oops.) Ugh. Halloween, and by extension, October has come and gone. 2010 is nearing its end. This has been a hectic couple of weeks for us. Transitory periods have a way of making you feel

DINO Week 39 - What the heck is DINO doing?

Originally Posted on DINO Studio’s Blog The last weeknotes post was 38 weeks ago. Writing weeknotes, obviously, is one of those things that is very difficult to maintain as a habit, but it feels like one of those things that is really important, as well. Before I left for

Apple unleashes four new FaceTime ads (with video)

via Apple’s FaceTime ads are really beautiful. They emphasize emotional connections we can create with (and through) our technological artifacts. The critical mass isn’t there yet (needs to be about 20% of my address book having an iPhone w/ FaceTime) for this to be a realistic

art&code workshop on OF and iPhone

I’m currently in Pittsburgh at the Art&Code Mobile event. We arrived last night and came straight from the airport to attend the Rossum’s meetup. The group is an Art and Robotics collective that meet regularly to host speakers, collaborate on projects, and promote their work. This morning,

art&code workshop on OF and iPhone