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Faust for the 21st century

One of my pseudo-resolutions for 2009 is to better document and publicise the stuff I work on. This is a great example of that. The concept for a iPhone geolocated game that Jefferson Wright and I created (in an intense weekend) during the CFC Interactive Arts and Entertainment program.


We came up with this nearly a year ago (April 2008), and I think it contains some pretty neat ideas. I just wish that we documented it online then rather than now – when it feels a little less cutting edge, because this stuff really exists now.

Written by Patrick Dinnen

March 25th, 2009 at 11:12 am

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Gaku – a grandparent/grandchild communications appliance

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to spend 5 months as a resident in the Canadian Film Centre’s New Media Lab programme. This was an opportunity to learn from a great faculty of ‘new media’ experts and then to spend time working within a team to develop a prototype project.

Our team, Angella Mackey; Deiren Masterson; Jeff Wright and myself, found common ground in an interest in using technology to strengthen human relationships at a distance.

Over an intensive 10 week production period we designed and built the Gaku you see here (in fact we built a pair). Gaku is a stand-alone device for use by grandparents and grandchildren to communicate, sharing photos and recorded messages.

Special thanks are due to Howard Suissa of Suissa Computers who helped up take our design for a wood encased, physically controlled computing device and make it a reality.

We’ve had a great response when we show the prototypes and we’re currently looking at options for moving forward beyond the prototype stage.

Written by Patrick Dinnen

October 22nd, 2008 at 3:43 pm

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