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Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Patrick

Snippets of creative tech – bike barometer, firefly/skateboard, smart objects

Here’s the online version of my regular newsletter of interesting creative tech things upon which I have stumbled. You can subscribe here. The Bicycle Barometer is a neat melding of public data into a directly useful form. Richard Pope created this read-out to inform his daily decision on whether to ride or take the subway […]

Thursday, September 1st, 2011 by Patrick

Digital Crafting

Today I came across the (provocatively named) group Technology Will Save Us. They’re launching a physical space in East London designed to allow people to connect to technology as something they can be designed and shaped by ordinary people. In their own words: Bethany says: ‘I believe technology plays a huge role in all of […]

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 by Patrick

Report from Ubicomp Done Small, Cheap, Simple at FITC 2011

Here’s another summary of a session I liveblogged at this year’s FITC, Ubicomp Done Small, Cheap, Simple by Joshua Noble who’s currently studying at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in Denmark. Joshua introduced his talk by saying that “Building interactive spaces and devices that communicate with spaces is not really all that difficult.” and explained […]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 by Patrick

Report from Narratives in New Spaces at FITC 2011

I was lucky enough to be invited to the FITC conference here in Toronto as a live blogger. Something I quickly learned about live blogging is that you don’t actually get much chance to absorb what’s going on as you’re too busy trying to capture it. So I thought I’d try digesting some of the […]

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by Patrick

Patrick Dinnen, Creative Technologist

For years I’ve struggled when trying to describe what exactly it is that I do. My work with Media Lab Toronto over the past five or so years pulls from many areas. I write computer code but I’m not a coder. I connect to online media but I’m (thankfully) not a social media guru. I […]

Friday, March 4th, 2011 by Patrick

TEDxWaterloo Tower of Tweets with Christie MicroTiles

I was pleased to be asked to create a custom Twitter wall for TEDxWaterloo (one of many independent spin-offs of the famous TED conference and the biggest of all I gather). As an extra fun challenge I had the opportunity of creating for a stack of Christie MicroTiles – a very cool display technology that […]

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 by Patrick

Research collaboration with OCAD

OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) received funding through a Federal grant undertake research towards the commercialisation of research projects in collaboration with private sector partners. Media Lab Toronto is fortunate to be one of the dozen partner companies selected. OCADU’s President, Sara Diamond, described the project thus: OCADU is a proud incubator of […]

Friday, November 5th, 2010 by Patrick

A busy time

I’m just starting to catch my breath after a busy period. Media Lab Toronto was involved in three separate installations during TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in September. A long overdue recap: For a Royal Bank RBC VIP event we provided SMS/Twitter projection pieces for before an invite only screening at the wonderful Winter Gardens […]

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 by Patrick

Better poetry through destruction

Well, better poetry is a stretch. But more fun poetry for non-poets might be more like it. A quick demo I hacked together of a system where haiku form poetry is created by blasting away unwanted words with a lightgun. My idea is that this could be scaled up to a fun, creative experience to […]