It has been an interesting day down in Melbourne brainstorming many of the technologies that might impact on the higher education sector in the next 5 years. This brainstorming is forming the basis of the upcoming Horizon.Au Report – a version of the Horizon Report tailored specifically for the Australian and New Zealand community.
The North American 2008 report is available from Horizon, and there is a special Museums Report coming very very soon too.
The standard discussions around cloud computing, APIs, data sharing, participatory learning, open education licensing and many other things have been discussed so I’m just going to blog a couple of really exciting technologies I’ve become aware of through today rather than anything else. With such a diverse group of people here it has been exciting to hear about some of the things that institutions are experimenting with or planning to in the near future. The full report is being developed and will be out later this year.
One thing to note with these reports is that I learned that they try to describe the technologies that ‘jump the chasm’ from niche uptake (under 16% target population usage) to mainstream uptake – rather than those that are current niche (educational virtual worlds) or already mainstream activities (such as YouTube style video).
Here’s some of the cool things that have come up so far.
Camspace – use your webcam so that anything you hold in you hand becomes a WiiMote-style controller for any game!
LiveScribe – ‘computational paper’, or in other words a pen device that not only audio records your notes but also video captures them. It can even be used as an interface device – draw a calculator on paper and it becomes a real calculator. Draw an envelope on paper and write an email address to create an email to that person.
Buttons – an art project from a little while back that is a camera that shows you photos taken by other people (in Flickr) at the time you press the shutter (rather than taking a photo of the scene you are viewing). Extending this to geo-spatial, it would become possible to see the scene you are seeing as others have previously ‘seen it’.
Exposure – Similar to Buttons but available as one of the first iPhone applications. Exposure talks about a feature called ‘Near Me’ which shows you other people’s photos from near where you are taking a photo. Not only does this help you take better photos, learning from others, but also, means you can avoid taking the ‘tourist’ snap.
Possibly more to come.