FrankandPat

May 31, 2007

bottom up VS top down

Filed under: uncategorized — gavinedwardsuk @ 11:38 am

a unique approach to deconstruction….

bootm up deconstruction

saw this unusual site walking to work this morning near the Lloyds building in the City of London

London 2012 Brand Launch

Filed under: uncategorized, web — Warren Hutchinson @ 11:14 am

At work we’ve been working with the London 2012 Olympic organising committee on their digital touchpoints and the new brand goes live in 4 days time.

This will be interesting in terms of Olympic branding history and in terms of digital.

No clues yet, I can’t say anything, but please do join the treasure hunt and be inspired and see something with impact in a few days.

I’ll post the answer to ‘the clue’ later today if you can’t solve it, but it’s nothing Google can’t help with.. 😉

May 30, 2007

google maps streetview

Filed under: uncategorized — gavinedwardsuk @ 3:55 pm

google have released another viewing method for their mapping site to durther push them forward in the online mapping industry.

The new streetview allows the user to switch to a 360 degree view o fthe street with the streets overlayed. Its a great tool, not flawless but another step into images and mapping techniques and adds an extra layer of context.

So far the photos are only available in certain places stateside. I decided to have a quick look up the strip in vegas and visit the Bellagio as i know it. Its here i spotted that the system isn’t without its flaws….

google vegas map

priceless, free advertsiing for the ‘evening lady services’ available in Vegas.

Mobile widgets

Filed under: 80/20, mobile, user experience, widget — danielharris @ 3:17 pm

I’ve made a mobile widget of frankandpat.chat so that more and more people can access the wisdom of this crowd wherever they are!

You can download the widget engine onto most phones via http://www.widsets.com, and provides quite a nice experience. igoogle or netvibes to go really. You can scroll around your set of widgets in order to find the one you want – an interface paradigm that’s becoming quite familiar what with google maps and multimap etc. but particularly useful for small screens.

Would be nice to see somemore non-RSS reader widgets available – and mobile widgets that function in a more contextual way to the how and where of the mobile experience

Find the frank and pat widget below:

May 25, 2007

Wi-Fi and RFID to keep track of you?

Filed under: GPS, RFID, tracking, Wi-Fi — Mike @ 3:02 pm

A recent BBC article: Wi-Fi and RFID used for tracking, reports how companies are currently trying to tout wireless tracking systems that could be used to protect patients in hospitals and students on campuses through tracking them in real time.

My first impression was this all sounds a bit familiar. Another way of technology intruding on our privacy. Very ‘big brother’.

But it was the idea of how this technology could be used in emergency situations that made me think that maybe there’s a definite good to be had from these systems. If, for instance, the systems allowed Fire brigade services to access them, they could be far more efficient at ensuring burning buildings were evacuated and help locate trapped persons quicker?

This idea could be extended to the use of rescue services utilising GPS tracking in phones to help locate victims trapped in buildings at the scenes of earthquakes, maybe?

There is obviously still the issue regards misuse of information and the fact the a large number of people are still very uncomfortable about the possible invasion of their privacy to overcome.

But on this last point though, as younger generations appear to be fully embracing social networking and the sharing of personal information on the web, how concerned are they likely to be in the future about the fact someone knows where they are? Perhaps letting everyone know where you are will just be a part of everyday life and the inconvenience of them trying to find out, one less thing to worry about?

May 21, 2007

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! do battle

Filed under: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! — Phillie Casablanca @ 12:13 pm

The level of acquisition in the tech industry over the past few weeks is astonishing. Let’s recap:

Rumoured (grain of salt required):

So what does this mean for the average user? There’s a reasonable piece here, but my take on this is that it’s a very good thing for the consumer – so long as the competition remains hot.

Ignoring the ad related acquisitions for a moment, my experience of similar situations has been good. Blogger were acquired by Google and, not only did my Google username and password work, but a lot of investment on Google’s part means that site performance has improved and integration with Google Reader (so I can show my shared items on my blog page) is seamless. Just last week, Google proved the value of buying YouTube last year for $1.65bn with the introduction of their Universal SearchRobert Scoble explains the importance of this move very well. That’s good for the consumer too. And Yahoo have continued with incremental performance improvements since they bought Flickr – they daren’t do anything too drastic. If it ain’t broke…?

In this day and age, there is little point spending this much money on an acquisition, only to make significant changes and marginalise your new customers. And you need to continue to innovate to stay ahead of the crowd – which means continued investment after purchase is practically guaranteed. Which is good for customers – so long as competition is still there. I doubt whether Microsoft or Google will run out of money any time soon, but I think it would be bad news for users if one of them were to buy Yahoo, for example. Unlikely? Maybe not.

Hopefully the bad old days of acquiring and killing the competition are dead and buried. The days of one company dominating the landscape are, hopefully, behind us. It’s a good time to be in this industry.

Footnote: Companies acquired by Microsoft, by Google and by Yahoo.

May 18, 2007

Move over nerds: the Internet is for girls

Filed under: social web, user experience, web — Stephen Hellens @ 11:09 am

So its official – there are now more women aged 18-34 using the Internet in the UK than men in the same age group. As of March 2007 they make up the most prevalent group of users. It’d be very interesting to know how this translates in terms of pounds spent and decisions made about online expenditure.

More information in this Macworld article and you can read the Nielsen//NetRatings findings here.

May 17, 2007

Augmented reality

Filed under: uncategorized — Stephen @ 7:40 pm

I came across this a few years back, but it’s still as cool now as it was then…

[xposted: barbd]

veotag

Filed under: uncategorized — thedelman @ 2:54 pm

veotag is an exciting new service that lets you display clickable text, called “veotags,” within an audio or video file.

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Your audience can see the veotags whenever they play your file on the web. Clicking on a veotag lets your audience jump right to that part of the file.  

You know what I’m thinking… this would be interesting for documentation, this could spice it up. So instead of handing over 500 pages of pure documentation, the clients will receive a nice clickable video, demonstrating function and features. In fact this has the potential to work as a clickable prototype, but that’s getting a head of myself.

May 16, 2007

ET (Eighty, Twenty) Momentum

Filed under: 80/20, team culture, team dynamics — Warren Hutchinson @ 11:59 pm

ET Time.

Phone home.

I really hope we’re keeping momentum on this golden chalice of creative, innovative freedom.

It’s worth fighting for.

Comment if you’re engaged…

Even and ‘Aye’ will do.

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