Monday, October 25, 2010

First Online Review

Scott Bright, of Synapse, tries out PhoneQi and likes it!

Thanks, Scott!

Synapse helped Exbiblio create the Qi® hardware device.

PhoneQi for iPhone

Here is a sample screenshot. Read more about the app on Exbiblio's site.

Check out a little demo that Tony put together.

Exbiblio's PhoneQi for iPhone

Apple approved version 1.0 of Exbiblio's app for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 today. If you have access to one, please give it a whirl.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Strange Pattern on Ocean Floor

Google's underwater exploration tool reveals an interesting pattern.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Paper-Aware Search

Exbiblio has developed a way of bringing together the paper and digital worlds, creating a rich interactive experience in paper documents. This new technology requires no change to present or historic print publishing processes. Rather, it makes use of the remarkable uniqueness of written text. In Google’s indexed corpus the average length of a unique English phrase is about 6 words. So virtually every line of every printed document is unique; every line serves as its own barcode or URL. This is true in books, magazines, newspapers, business documents, etc. And it works in documents printed today, or printed 200 years ago. Exbiblio exploits this phenomenon to connect the paper world to the digital world, using software and cameras on existing mobile phones, or Exbiblio's small "Qi™" device. When Search Engines are paper-aware, many powerful web-based activities can be extended to the world of paper documents.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Nano-ink Diabetes Tattoo

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Plastic Logic

This looks like a nice e-book reader.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Movie on a card

Snapily is working on letting you get a short movie snippet (e.g. 12 frames) printed on a card that reveals the movie as you swivel it in front of your eyes.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Neural Nets, the Soft Kind

Functional MRI used to reproduce seen image. Fascinating.

Monday, November 03, 2008


People are pronouncing the world's words at Forvo. Nice resource!

They don't want you to pronounce words except in your native tongue, but I think it would be really interesting to hear how people from x pronounce y.

I wonder how long the notion of "native tongue" will hold, before it would need to become like a long DNA sequence describing all your influences, much like I think the notion of ethnicity soon becomes impossible in a world with easy travel.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Worst translation ever?

Through Q comes what may be the worst translation ever, almost as bad as the disconnect in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that almost started an intergalactic war.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Creativity & Education

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Lucifer Effect

A fascinating statistic: People are about 10 times more likely to mistreat others seriously if they themselves are anonymized by wearing a uniform, dressed for a role, etc.

Friday, September 26, 2008


I would love to see a site that provides the missing manual for children (and their parents).

Health, Population

Anantika says she wants to live longer than any other animal.

Here's an interesting video on some things to keep in mind with such a project:

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Interactive Music on the iPhone

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Snow Leopard

One project that Exbiblio has helped fund does some very good work using well-thought-out levers designed to help both snow leopards and the local human population.

They could really use some publicity in the context of the forthcoming OS X release.

Waiting at the Bus Stop

A wonderful sense of life.

Monday, August 04, 2008

HP TouchSmart

I saw the HP TouchSmart yesterday and tried it out very briefly. As with Windows CE, I got an immediate sense that there's a huge mismatch between the I/O device and the UI, i.e., that a much better UI could be made given the possibilities of the input and output capabilities of the hardware.
I don't know whether the screen supports multi-touch (sensing multiple fingers at the same time), but, I didn't have time to ponder where in a Windows UI I might find something to test on.
Still, you can passably tap buttons, except even there, I tried to hit the close 'X' button at the top right corner of the screen, and, well, I couldn't. The bezel around the screen juts out at a 90 degree angle 1 or 2 millimeters beyond the last pixel, and it's a massive 1/2" or so high, so fingers can't go there. Back to the drawing board.
Still, HP makes some wonderful video ads.

Saturday, August 02, 2008


PolarisMotor in Italy has some very fun-looking vehicles.

Thanks to Q for the link.