Monthly Archives: March 2010

France skiing in March – some time off

… but sadly still online. We are currently winding down after the 4th day of skiing in the Paradiski ski domain in France.  We are in a catered chalet with a comical and diverse range of guest, eating well and with an seemingly endless supply of local wine.  Our hot tub overlooks the valley between the resorts Les Arcs and La Plagne. If you know the area we are in the village beneath the Vanoise express new cable car. Today is was scorching and at the chalet 19 degrees.

Here are just a couple of photos.

Looking for directions in La Plagne

I had to seek some directions for the return trip.  A lovely contrived photo! And to show you how beautiful this place is in the sunshine.

A view from the restaurant we had lunch in today

Newspapers joining the debate as experts

I am currently sitting opposite my boss who is on an online panel inside the TimesOnline travel section answering questions from the general public.

I thought it was worth a mention to comment on the engagement online and angle the paper is taking as experts in travel and the place for experts to discuss travel.

TimesOnline debate on travel

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of users (I am sure they are not all staged questions from their PRs!) and the use of inline polls on topics to gauge the participants opinions.

This I think could be the future for ‘experts’ to host the discussion.  Little shocked though on how little onsite promotion they had.  Maybe they are warming up.  Well done – Matt – you look tired after all that typing!!

The future of augmented technology

Pranav Mistry in a TED presentation talking about how we physically interaction with objects, physical world and each other. This 6th sense technology is to replace the limited capability of current peripherals such as the mouse and keyboard and upgrade this to a more intuitive and natural method.

Pranav demonstrates his Gesture Interface Devises (GID).  My favourites were his augmented projector helmet! And the camera device demo when he walks around the city and the technology displays his augmented information such as reviews on books in a shop, live updates to information in newspapers such as weather or news through to way of showing information about people we meet.

I liked the way he summed it up “Humans we are not interested in computers – we are interested in answers and knowledge”

I personally like this type of “geeky” research as it makes technology work for us, rather than us having to sit in front of a computer interacting on its terms.

Check out the video for yourself.

To add my own comment – first time I have seen this in the UK Google SERPs

UK Blog entries in Google SERPs at foot of page