Local Report 2012 | Creative Time Reports

The piece that I helped Robert Whitman create is up on Creative Time.  

We had 90 or so callers send in video and make phone calls via a custom iPhone app, Android app and regular phone number over the course of an hour.

Check it out: http://creativetimereports.org/2012/10/18/local-report/

AnDevCon Workshop

I’ll be teaching a workshop at AnDeCon in March:

Developing Media Applications on Android
Learn how to harness the Android’s media capture and playback capabilities in your applications. In this class, we will examine Android’s capabilities for developing applications that utilize the camera and microphone for photo capture and manipulation, sound recording, processing and audio synthesis as well as video capture. We’ll work our way through several example applications that utilize and illuminate these capabilities.
In particular we’ll develop a custom camera application and extend to automatically create double exposures. We’ll create a an audio capture and playback application that allows us interactively to scrub through recordings. Finally we’ll create a video capture example and learn about how we can extend it adding effects such as solarization to the output.
This hands-on workshop is suited for those with some previous Android development experience. Please come to the workshop with a laptop running Eclipse and the latest Android SDK. It would be helpful to have an Android handset that can be used for development as well (don’t forget your USB cable).

Open for Business

Walking Productions provides software development and consulting services. Appealing projects are those that deal with online and mobile media (audio/video). Get in touch: vanevery@walking-productions.com

Android Application Development
Flash Video Players, including P2P (Adobe Stratus)
Wowza Media Server Plugin/Module Development
Flash Media Server Development
Development related to Axis IP Cameras
QuickTime/Darwin Streaming Solutions
Audio and Video Encoding/Transcoding Pipelines
iPhone Application Development
JME/J2ME Application Development
Asterisk and VoIP Application Development
Phone call to streaming applications
Voicemail to Blog/CMS
Podcasting Systems
Mobile and Microblogging Solutions
SMS Campaign Management Software
2 Screen Interactive Television Applications (Enhanced TV)
EBIF iTV Application Development
HTML 5 Video Player Development
Media Asset Management Systems
AJAX/JavaScript/DHTML Development
LAMP Application Development (Linux, MySQL, PHP)
Java Desktop Application Development
Mobile Video Capture, Sharing and Playback Applications
Live Mobile Video Streaming
Computer Vision Applications in Java and Flash
Flash Video Capture
Location Aware Mobile Applications
Video Indexing, Searching, Recommendation Engine and Presentation Systems
Network Controlled Devices
WordPress and Drupal Plugin/Module Development
Flash Lite Application Development
AIR/ActionScript 3 Application Development
WebService Integration and Development (XML-RPC, SOAP, REST)
Podcasting (Audio/Video) Solutions
MP3 Streaming Servers
MMS Gateway Solutions
Java and AJAX Chat Application Development
Interactive Whiteboard Applications

ITP Show in full swing

ITP’s end of semester show is all the rage at the moment. Been floating around playing with projects and taking some snapshots.

More soon but here is a teaser courtesy of Meredith Hasson’s Video Mosiac

And another courtesy of Nobuyuki Nakaguchi’s Breath Note

(I love the digital take home)

C-SPAN online coverage of debate

C-SPAN has a really interesting site for showing the debate videos. It has a transcript search, a blog aggregation, a twitter message board and so on.

Here are some screen-shots:

Transcript along with video

Twitter and Blog Aggregation:

Transcript Keyword Visualization (wish you could drill down):

This might be even more interesting: Performance Group Blends Video Art, Public Service
“Three MIT grads have devised a way to “remix” the presidential debates — live. Friday night in Boston, they used custom computer software to analyze the candidates’ movements and speech patterns in real time, with a nightclub vibe.”

ITP Projects at ETel

This past week, 7 ITP students and myself headed to San Francisco to attend O’Reilly’s ETel conference. The students were demoing their projects at the ETel Fair. The demos definitely created a buzz around the place:

Jim Van Meggelen and Brady Forrest wrote a couple of nice blog posts summing up the projects: ETel Coverage: The Future of Telephony – O’Reilly Emerging Telephony and O’Reilly Radar > Fun with Asterisk at the Etel Faire

If anyone is interested, most of these projects came out of my course at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, Redial: Interactive Telephony.

More projects from the class can be found on ITP’s show website by searching for Redial

Last, I would like to offer on behalf of the students and myself, a big thanks to the organizers of the conference and O’Reilly in general for inviting us and congratulations on the event.

Some meta learning from Beyond Broadcast 07

First of all, major kudos to Steve Schultze and the rest of the folks that took on the organizing this year. Great job!

Some other things I knew but was reminded of regarding events and conferences of this sort:

1: It is much better to be a participant (audience member) than organizer just for the fact that you can actually pay attention.

2: Most events, Beyond Broadcast included, work better as a one day events than two day events. Energy and participation are sustained much more effectively. Cutting portions out can be tough but in the end probably the right thing to do.

3: Given the opportunity, people will enthusiastically participate in documentation and “continuing the conversation” using web technologies. Utilizing something as simple as a common set of tags to be used across sites and platforms is an effective means to enable and encourage participation. People want to and will gladly contribute if the structures for contribution have low barriers.

Want some evidence: Try the tag “beyondbroadcast” on flickr, blip.tv, youtube, google blog search, technorati, del.icio.us and so on.

ps. If anyone has an IRC transcript or if anyone did any reporting from Second Life (I am using the word reporting very loosely) I would love to be pointed to them.

Beyond Broadcast 2007

Beyond Broadcast, a conference that I was involved in organizing last year is happening again this year. It is coming on the heels of the Integrated Media Association’s Public Media Conference in Boston which is definitely a good time to have it.

Last year was great (despite the rain) with a series of fantastic talks and panels (check the archives). This year promises more of the same.