The three instruments you hear here represent the electricity use of three items of office infrastructure – the kettle, a laser printer, and a gang socket for a row of desks – in the Helen Hamlyn Centre office over 12 hours from midnight on a Sunday to lunchtime on a Monday, in December, monitored using CurrentCost IAMs. The figures were scaled to provide ranges that sounded better, and converted into a MIDI file using John Walker’s csvmidi and then Aria Maestosa.
The ‘ticks’ indicate each hour’s passing. The ‘honk’ (Tenor Sax) is the kettle (up to 1.5kW when in use). The ‘whine’ (Synth Brass 1) is the Kyocera laser printer. The other synth (Polysynth) is the gang socket, which mainly had a couple of laptops (15W-50W) plugged into it when people were in the office, and a charger (1W) plugged into it otherwise . Lower pitch indicates greater electricity use, hence the high-pitched whine is the background power of the printer (about 10W on standby, rising to 300W-500W when in use).
As the audio starts, you can hear, over the background whine of the printer, the kettle come on as the security guard makes himself a middle-of-the-night cup of tea. Then, early in the morning, the kettle is used three times by the cleaners – twice in quick succession (reboiling?) and then once again. Suddenly, from 9.30, as office staff arrive, the kettle goes on again, laptops are plugged in, the printer starts printing and the energetic hubbub of office life becomes apparent.
Orchestrated Text is where you enjoy pieces of classical music & read their stories as you listen. Click ‘Play’ and you’ll hear the music begin. Soon, descriptive text will appear on the screen, giving you new insights into the piece.
Most home weather displays use an LED screen or other moderately interesting methods of showing you what’s going on outside.
The [Tempescope], however, takes an entirely different route, actually recreating a tiny weather environment on your bookshelf! This active weather device is controlled via an Arduino as well as a pump, ultrasound diffuser, and other assorted components connected to a computer. It was originally meant to display, or more accurately recreate (precreate?) tomorrow’s weather. What is even more interesting is that using [World Weather] software, it’s able to simulate the weather on any place on earth.
The bears, created and animated by Framestore, will actually be digitally puppeteered during Super Bowl in order to react (one bear smiles while the other groans, above) to whatever is happening. The bears will even watch and react to all the ads too. And should a racy advert air, well, they’ll even respond accordingly…(via Creative Review - Coca Cola’s ambitious Super Bowl plan)
Feedair is a USB-powered WiFi enabled digital ticker that will span emails and tweets (or anything else with an RSS Feed) to its old-school dot-matrix display. Controlled with an iOS or Android app, it’s designed as an “unobtrusive display:” for those situations where you can keep a casual eye on a physical device or send messages to people who aren’t au-fait with technology. Feeling it in the hand, it’s machined from heavy aluminum and we could see this doubling as a paperweight for the right kind of office — and a great way for your assistant to send you discreet messages during tedious meetings. Constructing a “vidget” (visual widget) is apparently very easy and the company’s planning to court young developers to expand the capacity of the gear. Setting up the display to show Enagdget’s twitter feed took around 30 seconds, although in the process, the app froze out a few times, so it’s not quite ready for prime-time just yet. The Feedair is expected to hit the shelves in March and cost around $50.