Mediamatic is going to kick start this year’s Picnic with a first live event, a Hackers Camp, a team of professional geeks and interaction designers with technical and creative skills who will use RFID and physical computing to realize the most creative and ambitious of ideas. Mediamatic has assembled a nerd’s paradise – a bunch of exciting equipment for participants to play with while questioning social interaction and identity.
A brightly lit room of Oosterlijk Meterhuis is filled with shiny laptops, cords and strong smell of coffee. After a brief introduction, Klaas lists available equipment and seems like brainstorming is about to begin. The anticipation is high but there are still a few obstacles on the way - the participants have to familiarize themselves with the working environment, RFID tags, RFID readers, social interaction concept and the coffee machine. So in short the brainstorming will take place after lunch starts up the brains.
Semi-sunny afternoon weather is positively stimulating grey cells and the results are exciting.
sure, you can encrypt the number of beer-vouchers printed using a given RFID; and using oAuth to lock the visitor toilets is also perfectly safe. Only it breaches any level of absurdness.. - We'll fix that later; but could we actually measure the throughput, now?
Robin Gareus, Luis Fernandez
Thinking about evolution as basics for social game grows into an idea of developing “creatures”, based on your profile characteristics. Your creature breeds with other creatures, and the offspring enters an arena where only the strongest survive. But which keyword in your profile determines the strenght of your offspring ?
Luis Fernandez, Thijs Gadiot, Kai Lin TIng
imagine a performance where participants pose as part of a company that uses private information and sells it? They call themselves department of information security and privacy
Eleanora, Simon Claessens
How about a massage from a “mobile massage couch” whose quality will be based on your “massage credits”, or a platform that can raise you up and down depending on your “google meter”, or a “friend finder” that maps your coordinates for your friends?
Axel , Edwin, Ralph and Fbz
It’s nice to check your “contact memory” - how well you remember your contacts and if you mix their details up it must be for a reason and it must be also a good reason to connect them. But imagine a “mobile polling device” or in other words an “ambient mood visualiser”, which will project audience’s mood
Mark, Eelco, Arjan
An interaction force ball or jubilator with RFID and wireless camera will stream the profiles of the one's touching it. But the favourite is the “Magnetic Bar” holding glasses which are moved by magnets away from you on the bar counter to the one person with whom you should connect. Just follow your beer.
Eric, Martijn, Alexander. Dirk,