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Sensory fiction: Books that let you feel love and despair
January 30, 2014 | 12:25 pm The Media Lab at MIT may have been a year or two late on its Sensory Fiction project. Its aim is to physically enhance the reader experience with new technology. Sensory Fiction requires a connected book and a wearable type of gadget that fits like a vest. The book portrays scenery and mood while the wearable gets the reader to feel the protagonist’s emotions. This can be done through changing of heartbeat rate, constricting air pressure bags or temperature fluctuations. Imagine, feeling everything the protagonist is feeling. I can’t help but think that Sensory Fiction might be a year or two late as...

The Suicide of Computer Genius Aaron Swartz: Time for presidential peacemaking in the online copyright wars
January 14, 2013 | 10:03 am

After Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an African-American Harvard professor, was erroneously arrested for breaking and entering, Barack Obama spoke up. The President at first overdid his criticism of the police, but in the end played the meritable role of peacemaker, inviting both Prof. Gates and the arresting policeman to the White House for a “Beer Summit.” In time, Sgt. James Crowley even gave Prof. Gates a pair of the handcuffs used on the professor. Now President Obama should help make peace in a separate Cambridge case and consider another “Beer Summit”—in fact a whole series—between copyright lobbyists and America’s librarians, educators and consumer activists. Dead in the copyright...

Aaron Swartz suicide represents gross miscarriage of justice
January 13, 2013 | 8:33 pm

swartzOn Friday, Aaron Swartz was found dead in his apartment; he’d apparently hanged himself. Swartz was only 26, a brilliant and troubled young man who suffered from clinical depression, and also an Internet activist who spoke out and acted out in favor of making access to public information more free to everyone. He was a friend of both Lawrence Lessig and Cory Doctorow. Swartz’s other accomplishments include RECAP, a tool that uploaded public-domain legal documents retrieved from the subscription-based PACER document record system into a duplicate free-access database. He was also reportedly involved in the early stages of...

Participation and collaboration: The future of storytelling?
June 21, 2010 | 8:15 am

bovejpg Over at Nieman Reports, assistant editor Jan Gardner has an interview with V. Michael Bove, Jr., a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. Bove discusses interaction, user participation, and collaboration as components of the future of storytelling. The first part of the interview involves an idea for adding more interactivity to televised events by allowing user access to alternate camera feeds using a handheld device. For instance, being able to get a camera shot of the audience at a football game by holding up his iPhone and turning around. While an interesting idea, I couldn’t help being...

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