Four short links: 10 May 2017
Indie Finances, Fog UI, Push on Green, and Scratch for Distributed Systems
- Indie Band Finances — Pomplamoose shed light on the economics of their recent tour and how they’ve not so much “made it” as “are making it every day.” We’re entering a new era in history: the space between “starving artist” and “rich and famous” is beginning to collapse. Interesting for those tracking the gig economy and how people make money with digital creativity.
- MistForm: Adaptive Shape-Changing Fog Screens — Mistform combines affordances from both shape-changing interfaces and mid-air displays. For example, a concave display can maintain content in comfortable reach for a single user, while a convex shape can support several users engaged on individual tasks. MistForm also enables unique interaction possibilities by exploiting the synergies between shape-changing interfaces and mid-air fog displays. For instance, moving the screen will affect the brightness and blurriness of the screen at specific locations around the display, creating spaces with similar (collaboration) or different visibility (personalized content). Neat tech, but if you thought it wasn’t fun sitting beside someone using their laptop on the bus, wait until their display is basically a sneeze.
- Push on Green (PDF) — overview of the DevOps approach that Google takes. The nine steps of feature flags was a great a-ha for me.