Seeing, feeling, and showing ‘bodies-in-place’ – videography and the body

A new paper co-authored with Michael Glass, accepted (finally… bit of an epic story there) in Social and Cultural Geography here. You can also access an eprint here. Seeing, feeling, and showing ‘bodies-in-place’: exploring reflexivity and the multisensory body through videography This paper considers the challenge of representing embodied, multisensory experience of ‘bodies-in-place’ through film, an…

Talk on robots as ‘companion species’ at Carnegie Mellon, Jan 14th

So my next upcoming talk is at Carnegie Mellon University, at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, on January 14th, 4-5.30pm. Link on the CMU website is here. Here is the title and abstract: Robots as ‘companion species’? Designing for disability and the mixed spaces of human-robot interactions There is a burgeoning ecology of robots as “machines…

The Tongue Display Unit (TDU) at UPMC: seeing with the tongue?

Courtesy of staff at University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center (UPMC), in September 2013 I was invited to the Sensory Substitution Lab to do something that I have wanted to do for years: have a hands-on experience with a device that I have written about. WICAB’s ‘BrainPort’ is a ‘sensory substitution’ device that translates a visual feed from a camera…

‘Google Glass for cops’: wearable cameras, surveillance, and Ferguson

At the end of June I submitted an article to the Journal of Geography in Higher Education on using Google Glass based on the Urban Studies fieldtrip. In between receiving the reviewers’ comments (which were hearteningly, unmistakably positive, the first time this has happened for several years…) and then doing the edits for the final version,…

Urban Studies fieldtrip: Google Glass ‘in the wild’

“OK Glass – direct me to coffee” The end of day 3 of the Urban Studies fieldtrip – we’re in Kuala Lumpur, it’s hot and humid, and we are encouraging the students to use Google Glass and handheld video equipment to gather impressionistic street-level data in the different quarters (Chinese, Malay, Anglo, Arabic) in the city….

Using Google Glass for social science research…

Or, put another way: I am about to become a ‘glasshole’. A research grant co-authored with a colleague from Urban Studies, appropriately named Michael Glass, has meant we are awaiting delivery of a bunch of video-recording equipment along with one very new, very shiny Google Glass kit. Why for research in Urban Studies? We’re going…

Leonardo Art-Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in NY: January 19th

Short notice, but I’m speaking at an art-science event in New York on the 19th. LASER is part of the beautiful, sprawling Leonardo project that encompasses a journal, book series, and other events. LASER stands for Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous. The official website blurb is here but the relevant section I paste below: LevyArts 40 E 19th…

How to search for things and distinguish objects if you’re a robot.

Two separate but related intriguing new touch technologies for robots from Georgia Tech has some intriguing implications. The first being Charlie Kemp’s development of a form of tactile sensing for robotic arms (Kemp was supervised by the world-famous Aussie roboticist Rodney Brookes). Reported in the New York Times (here) and elsewhere, searching in cluttered places for…

Robotic touch – now better than human touch…

Using a fascinating combination of ridges like fingerprints for fine-grained texture sensing, plus a fluid casing for its vibrotactile sensors, this is a fascinating approach from USC to the haptic perception of textures. Apparently 95% accurate, judged against a database of textiles, this is better than human assessment. As with all forms of sensory perception,…

Interview for CBC Radio, ‘Spark’

In May, the presenter of the long-running technology and ideas show on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ‘Spark’, asked me to be interviewed for the programme. So off I went to the BBC studio in Exeter to record it, having never listened to the programme before. The end result of the programme was pleasing – they intercut…