Last weekend Palm co-sponsored an un-conference in Portland called CyborgCamp.
Despite the name, CyborgCamp isn’t really about cyborgs in the traditional sense (though we did have a disembodied robot head to look at). It is about how humans are augmenting their lives with technology in various ways (phones, Google, pacemakers, eyeglasses), and how we are adapting to this new world.
Some of the highlights included:
- An expert on human waste treatment (very insightful).
- Sally Applin, an anthropologist who designed a framework for determining human responses to different augmentations. You can read her slides here, and listen to an interview with her on “marking.”
- A wearable computing expert from Microsoft.
- Aaron Parecki and Amber Case, experts on geolocation and long term location tracking and analysis.
- Tyler Sticka on The Uncanny Valley of Interaction Design.
- A discussion on ways to effectively get and use government data.
In addition to great speakers, we also played with some interesting gadgets. This is conference organizer Aaron Pareki wearing video glasses which record everything he sees. They are surprisingly cheap. You can plug the camera into your computer to play back the captured audio and video.
A home made multi-user touch table running a novel music sequencer
Conference organizer Amber Case wearing a brain reading helmet
And of course before we go: one awesome robot head named Maxwell.
Maxwell, your robot friend who’s fun to be with!
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this event a big success—CyborgCamp was a lot of fun. We look forward to attending next year!