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March 11, 2009

Happiness and problem solving

While we’re at it

It’s easier to solve problems when we’re happy than when we’re agitated. Plus we like bright colours more than dull ones.

This chimes with thoughts I’ve had on creative working environments – how far does this sort of space:

Office

encourage positive creativity? Compare to:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/grid/newvisitors/see/gallery/

Also – if this quote is correct:


“80% of a decision is based on emotion, the other 20% is our intellect convincing us that the emotion was correct!” Friedrich Nietzsche

then what is the impact of environments that generate negative emotional responses to our decision making process.


Interesting interfaces and I/O

At the last few conferences I’ve spoken at I’ve started with some little demo’s to demonstrate that the web as we know it is no longer a text based environment that you interact with using keyboard and mouse. Devices like the iPhone, Wii and others are shifting the way we interact with information and data – touch and gestures can be used to manipulate our digital environments.

As a demo I use the following Zefrank toy to show a simple example of using your laptop’s microphone to control a web app – http://www.zefrank.com/meditation_flowers/ – which is pretty cool. Certainly it get’s home the idea that thinking about the web as something driven by text and keyboard is an idea we need to move away from.

Two further thoughts though.

I recently downloaded Wikime to the iPhone which is a great little app that uses geo location to bring up wikipedia entries about places or things within up to 25km of your current location. A really great tool for interacting with the physical space around us and learning an awful lot about obscure places on the Moreton in Marsh to Paddingto rail line.

I thought that this was a great app for bringing together the physical and digital environments. It’s a similar shift to that which you see with apps like snap tell or QR codes that using the camera in your phone allow you to create interactions between the physical and digital.

This TED video then takes that to the extreme.

Cool and rather scary at the same time!

How does this change what we do? Not sure, but certainly a point of discussion.


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