Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mobility Vision Integration Process awarded IDEA Silver and Bronze

Mobility VIP, a project that I worked on with a friend has been recognized with two 2008 IDEA awards:
Silver in the category of Interactive Product Experiences
Bronze in the category of Ecodesign

What is the Mobility Vision Integration Process?
The Mobility Vision Integration Process is a research project being undertaken by Art Center’s Advanced Mobility Research and Graduate Industrial Design Programs. Mobility VIP investigates ways that expert designers can support and accelerate the dialogue about the future of sustainable mobility.
The outcome of mVIP is to enable teams of creative people, charged with designing viable, future mobility solutions to deal with wide-ranging, unpredictable and disparate issues that we usually have no control over and to spot otherwise unforeseen opportunities.

What are Mobility VIP cards?
The mobility VIP cards are an experimental tool piloted in 2007 and now in public beta. The cards support rapid future scenario development on the topic of sustainable mobility so that groups and individuals can quickly enter a dialog and brainstorm about possible outcomes, solutions and strategies.

The mVIP cards are an actual deck of cards to be used in workshop settings. The deck contains 109 cards in 11 categories. The deck is also available for review on this site as a Flash application.

Want to learn more...

Friday, July 11, 2008

iPhone 2.0 == expensive brick (update)

After many hours without a phone, I finely got past the iTunes Authentication point (I guess patience does payoff) and my phone is now recognized as something other than a brick. This was very annoying. For anyone out there with this type of problem, I would recommend trying every 10 to 15 minutes.

I really like apple's products and services but they should planned for this. I wonder which part of the system broke down today: iPhone -> iTunes (local) -> iTunes validation (Apple server) -> AT&T service configuration?

On a side note: Does anyone know if the new supports IMAP? Right now, I don't think they do. I am hoping that Google will figure out a way to push my emails/contacts/calendar to my iPhone very quickly.

iPhone 2.0 == expensive brick

I woke up this morning all excited to play with the new iPhone 2.0 firmware. But after downloading itunes, downloading the 200ish meg firmware upgrade...upgrade (or better a firmware 2.0 restore) seemed to go through as planned. Nothing happened that caused me to think otherwise.

Now upon reset of the iphone, I get an error -9838, unable to connect to itunes store. So far, not a good experience.