Between Blinks and Buttons (NOT the Blind Camera) – Sascha Pohflepp

Networked things

(Tim Hawkinson, Secret Sync) – every day objects turned into clocks by tiny alterations. Clocks are all synchronised. Eg: two hairs on a hairbrush.

It’s always people that communicate, not people and objects; objects and networks intermediate between individuals.

Of course: this exists already (the camera – one of the easiest intermediates to adapt.)

Three things that make cameras suitable for intermediating

  1. Ubiquity: about 50% of the business population owns a phone with a camera in it. It’s becoming ubiquitous.
  2. Metadata: starting with the date-back, stamping dates onto pictures (you could argue scrawling on polaroids is the same thing.)
  3. Way we distribute/experience these – Flickr acts as archives of experience filtered across so many axes of metadata.

The big connector is, of course, time: the camera is better a clock. Given how many pictures there are on Flickr, there are many for every second (about 8-10 at the moment)

When you take a photo, you share a connection with someone taking a photo at the same time. Not location, not topic – but you share time.

cf: Twittervision.

How do you tackle this in projects?


What if you don’t have a camera on you?


Buttons are the part of the device that are sensors for the human will