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If you figure out a way to live without a master, any master, be sure to let the rest of us know, for you would be the first in the history of the world. - The Master (2012)
Except for one small thing: While the data shows that I lead a pretty boring life, it doesn’t reflect the “emotions” behind the data. Why, you might ask, is this important? The answer is that as we move towards a quantified society, one shaped by data, we start to dismiss things that aren’t easily quantifiable. Empathy, emotion and storytelling — these are as much a part of the business as they are of life. Without these, we might as well residents of starliner Axiom.
The problem with data is that the way it is used today, it lacks empathy and emotion. Data is used like a blunt instrument, a scythe trying to cut and tailor a cashmere sweater. Some folks do a better job of making data interesting — like the fine folks at Foursquare. They use cutesy phrases to remind me of my coffee addiction and occasionally point out that Jared Kim and I are besties when it comes to eating ramen noodles or visiting Hakkasan, but they don’t really tell the whole story and they need to do more."
I’ve over-beaten my drum on this point, but it’s nice to see these views being discussed everywhere right now.
Very nice list of visualization tools, some of them I’ve never heard of:
- jQuery Visualize
- Google Charts
There’s one I know of that’s not in this list: Tableau Software.
In case you missed this the past couple of days, an impressive handheld 3D printing pen, allowing to draw in three dimensions. Video embedded below:
Have you ever just wished you could lift your pen off the paper and see your drawing become a real three dimensional object? Well now you can!
3Doodler is the world’s first and only 3D Printing Pen. Using ABS plastic (the material used by many 3D printers), 3Doodler draws in the air or on surfaces. It’s compact and easy to use, and requires no software or computers. You just plug it into a power socket and can start drawing anything within minutes.
Oh, and it’s also the most affordable way to 3D print… by a looong way! With 3Doodler we’re making fun 3D creation accessible to everyone.
You can find out more at the project’s Kickstarter page here
Something deeply uncanny about this… I think in that tech is supposed to look like tech, right? Electronics, screens, sensors. But here is the 3Doodler, making the *pen* suddenly unexpected and new, but nonetheless in a dream-like, deeply familiar way.