AL Project 2 - David, Jess & Kyle

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We talked about both various technologies that could be interesting to use and also about how to implement some technologies.

Bluetooth and RFID One thing that we looked at in relation to the "everyware" article was the idea of using bluetooth and RFID to change things when people enter a space. This seems like it could be useful to help make the library more social and give a more personal feeling to it. One implementation would be through the social network idea we were talking about in class. That whenever you walk into the library, the RFID or bluetooth device would let the system know you are there.

Lectures and Workshops Another idea involved making the Visual Arts Lecture Series, Music Workshop, Science Workshop, Social Science Colloquium and other various talks available to people who are unable to attend them. By recording them and putting them either online or in some database it would allow people who are unable to make it to some events they would like to be able to go to. At the end of each year they could be burnt to DVDs and put as a hard copy in the library.

Reading Lists Since most books from most classes taught at Bennington are in the library it would be nice if people could access what books were used for what classes so if they are interested in a topic they could act as book recommendations for that topic. This could easily be implemented through the wiki, although would be nice to be done through the library website because people are more likely to be there when they are looking for books.

Directional Speaker Thinking about ubiquitous computing lead us to research different technologies that could possibly become intertwined within everyday life. The directional speaker system is a brand new invention and would be amazingly useful in the library. "Researchers have developed technology that can project a beam of sound so narrow that only one person can hear it. "Directed" audio sounds like it's coming from right in front of you even when transmitted from a few hundred meters away." (wired article).

Memory Spot Like RFID except the memory spot stores information

multi-input touch screen This is the coolest thing ever