Category Archives: concept

Concept: Learning Object assembler

What is it?

A portable app for mobile devices that allows user to assemble a learning sequence of Learning Objects.

What does it do?

Provides an interface between a repository of data(learning objects) and a trainer. Mobile view provides a proxy version of LO to reduce data usage. The sequence created by trainer can be annotated, tagged with metadata etc. The sequence can be shared with others!
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Concept: Air guitar app for mobile devices with an AR extension

What is it?
It’s an air guitar app for mobile devices (iPad, iphone, droid phone) with an AR extension.

What does it do?
The air guitar app allows user to jam to their favourite songs. The app also contains a collaborative feature that allows other instruments to be added to the mix. For example, the band can grow from a trio to an orchestra.
The AR extension allows user to see the instrument that is being played. The AR extension can also display customisable musician specific details such as the Jimi Hendrix headband and afro combination or the top hat worn by Slash.

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Incomplete work: BusBuddy – Flash app for mobile phones

Some day my bus will come…

What is it?

BusBuddy was an exercise in developing a Flash-lite based bus timetable application for my Nokia N95. The concept for BusBuddy came about from my need for an accurate timetable for bus and train services I used in my daily travel to work.

What did it do?

BusBuddy provided discrete bus and train timetable data on demand.

So, what features did it have?

BusBuddy used web services to access bus and train timetable data. At the time, timetable data was only available as PDF. Downloaded PDFs were to be stored and browsed on the phone.

Here are some screen captures of BusBuddy.

Home screen (Text labels not rendering)
myFriends/s
myAlert
myTrain Line/s
myTrip
myBus
myTimetable

Concept: A scheduling app for students

What is it?

A scheduling app for students that operates on mobile devices.

What does it do?

The app can connect to existing student records/results services and display:

  1. Class/tutorial dates and times (Semester/Year)
  2. Assessment/assignment due dates (Semester/Year)
  3. Assessment/assignment completion status. For example, the status update could read ‘you have completed 2 of 5 assignments. There are 3 more to complete.’
  4. Student and public holidays
  5. Alerts for any changes to schedule. For example, change of classroom location, date, time or cancellation.
  6. Location of student in relation to classroom. For example, the map you suggest to the student that ‘you’re HERE and you need to go THERE.’
  7. Additional information about events/activity occurring across campus(es). Students can choose to (un)subscribe to these event/activity updates.

Concept: A persistent location based ambient sound layer

Concept sketch for a persistent location based ambient sound layer. The ambient sound layer will leverage location data (google maps, directions), photographs (Flickr, Twitpic etc), text (blog posts, wikipedia, annotation, comments via Twitter). The ambient sound layer is designed for mobile devices. Relationships between sound recordings can be created (For example, the same type of sound at different locations). Time specific recordings can also be located on the layer (For example, the sound of something last month, year or decade). So far the ambient sound layer is just a concept.

ds106: My ds106 lawn

In Australia, mowing the lawn is the quintessential suburban experience. I actually don’t mind mowing the lawn. As a household chore mowing the lawn has potential for a bit of a creative twist. In the past I have attempted to create the Black Flag bar logo and a strange heart shape in an attempt to capture the interest of a Google satellite (No luck in that department). Today was different. I decided to try to mow something new. Something simple. Two letters. Three numerals. ds106.

Two letter, three numerals in my lawn. ds106.

I’ll continue to trim, shape and refine the ds106 in my backyard. Until the end of summer anyway.

ds106: Bag of Gold

I want to live,
I want to give
I’ve been a miner
for a bag of gold.
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
for a bag of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a bag of gold
And I’m getting old.

Use the controls to listen to Bag of gold.

 

‘Bag of Gold’ is by no means the finest piece of audio production you will ever hear, but I had fun making it and sharing it with ds106.

‘Bag of Gold’ contains audio sampled from Neil Young’s ‘Heart of Gold’ & Gardner Campbell’s ‘No more digital facelifts’ presentation. I hope Neil and Gardner don’t mind.

Representing ‘real life’ elements on screen

Interactions based on the ‘compliant completion of documentation’ are a resource development staple. They always present an interesting challenge. Representing a ‘real life’ element (paperwork, document, forms, pro-forma) on screen in a meaningful way.

This drawing describes how a interaction that requires the learner to complete an ‘OHS action plan’ could be represented on screen.

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