September 28, 2003
Bit by Bit

Media Lab spin-off Ambient Technologies is up to some interesting tricks. Their vision is to "embed information representation in everyday objects... the physical environment becomes an interface to digital information rendered as subtle changes in form, movement, color or light."

I was initially disappointed that the Ambient Orb glows in response to market information, but it turns out you can set it to indicate instant messenger presence and like that. It's not revolutionary, but it is a good set of next steps in liberating what's "digital" from the two arbitrary dimensions of the screen.

Posted by kevin slavin at September 28, 2003 09:39 PM
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