Category: NTNM Turned-In Assignments

Tummino #NTNM Assignment 5

Using Tinkercad, I tried to turn myself into a character from The Sims by putting a 3D diamond above my head. However, the shape wasn’t embedded enough in my head and it fell off. John tried to print the model a second time, but the results were the same.

John Sim

In communications and storytelling, 3D printers could be used to create diagrams of real life objects or places that news anchors could play with at the desk and show off certain aspects. In fact, an entire news set could hypothetically be created from 3D printing. A 3D model could be constructed of an area of the media market where a major event is underway, so that instead of flying a helicopter, a reenactment could be done with 3D printed figurines in the studio. For example, if you were previewing a parade route for a morning show, you could walk viewers through the route using a small-scale 3D model of a few city blocks and drive a 3D printed car through the route.

In public education, presentations would never be the same again. A diorama can be livened up by 3D printing all the shapes and figures involved. A reconstruction of a DNA strand for a biology class could be 3D printed. Recorder instruments could be made and given to elementary school children to use in music class. A drawing done in class could be turned into a figurine or model. Children could create their own board games, thus enhancing their critical thinking skills. Math teachers could use 3D models to help students visualize mathematical equations and models. Art classes could also use 3D printing to create sculptures and ceramics.

Tummino #NTNM Assignment 4

Part I: I am intrigued by how Public Lab, a do-it-yourself community of people who investigate environmental concerns, used sensors to track where oil had spread after the BP Oil Spill. This information was crucial, as it would let Public Lab know where the oil was reaching land (so cleanup efforts could be organized) and possibly help assess liability and damages. They did this by taking pictures of the Gulf with weather balloons and kites. But in late 2010, the focus shifted to discovering the source of leftover oil that was still washing up after cleanup operations were already complete. So, Public Lab decided to use spectrometry in an attempt to prove that the black sludge showing up on Gulf beaches had the same composition as the oil that came from the Deepwater Horizon spill. While the spectrometer results could not prove liability, the low-cost spectrometer design survived.

There are now three spectrometers made by Public Lab: a USB kit, a smartphone spectrometer, and a foldable mini spectrometer. All of them can be used to identify oil pollution in soil and water. They are all also open source, so anyone can build them. For example, if you wanted to see if a property you intended to buy had oil contamination, you could build your own smartphone spectrometer in 20 minutes. All you have to do is install black paper liners to the base of the spectrometer device, followed by a precision printed collimating slit and diffraction grating. Then, the pieces are fit and screwed together to make the spectrometer. Finally, one can attach the completed device to a phone using glue dots and calibrate it using a compact fluorescent bulb.

Part II: Here is an example of how the Sparkfun Vernier Sensor could be used in a civic capacity. Home security is a huge industry and many homeowners choose to have some type of home security. However, these security systems can be expensive. A person, if inspired to try and protect his home on his or her own, could use the sensor to detect intruders into his home, or even anyone who walks in or out — regardless of being an intruder.

A hypothetical situation where I could use such a sensor in my future career as a journalist could involve a wild animal invasion late at night in a town in the market I cover. The sensor could be placed in a strategic place where many of the complaints are stemming from to measure the volume of wild animals in that area. If the results are staggering, it could prompt animal control authorities to act.

Voll #NTNM Assignment Three

For advertisers, getting noticed in increasingly competitive outdoor spaces has become incredibly difficult to do in an affordable way. Often, guerrilla marketing tactics are used in public spaces to catch the public’s attention, and drones are becoming part of a growing set of tools that companies can use to convey their messages.

One company, DroneCast, is doing just that, testing out drones as flying billboards in Los Angeles and other areas around the country. Regulatory issues aside, the drones are an inexpensive way to turn heads and stand out against the advertising clutter that everyone has grown accustomed to ignoring.

The drones themselves have even become the stars of ads, like in this Coca-Cola commercial in Singapore:

Or in this promotion for the Star Trek sequel and Earth Hour in 2013:

The important thing to consider about these ads is how inexpensive they are to produce. A helicopter for a single video shoot like the Coke one could easily cost thousands of dollars. With drones, incredible aerial shots can be done with very little money, bringing higher production value to projects with even the smallest budgets.

Tummino #NTNM Assignment 3

5 years from now, every local and national news station will own at least one drone. It’s presumable that stations in bigger markets or cable networks like CNN or MSNBC will have more drones, and better quality drones as well. In the event of breaking news, drones will be employed to get the first pictures, or at least to supplement ground coverage. For local stations, covering a fire or major traffic accident from the air will no longer be impossible but commonplace. Major stories would also benefit from drone coverage as well. Take the many demonstrations across the country this past week in wake of the grand jury decision in Ferguson. All of those could be covered from the air via drone footage. This has already been done by some for this fall’s protests in Hong Kong:

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(Source: YouTube)

By this point, news helicopters will be mostly obsolete, due to their expense in being launched and operated, as well as due to the danger inherent in flying them over crowded urban and suburban areas. Cameramen will be trained on how to fly the drones in addition to station cameras.

10 years from now, the companies which make drones will have figured out how to make them stay in the air for hours at a time and will be able to mount bigger cameras on the drones. Pre-planned flight routes will allow drones to turn into blimps, flying around sports stadiums to supply aerial coverage of games. Drone proliferation will cause them to become somewhat more affordable, leading to news organizations buying more. By this point, it will no longer be necessary for news organizations to carry a large army of photographers, and instead will replace them with drone operators, who will be able to remotely fly drones and hover them near the ground to gather close video. Additional innovation may be required to allow drone operators to remotely operate cameras and microphones so the drones can be used to gather interviews as well.

#NTNM Assignment Three – Keith Zubrow

In the next decade drones and journalism will become synonymous. The addition of technology that allows storytellers to reach places that were previously untouched will help bolster a struggling industry. One of the key impacts drones will have on journalism deals with surveillance. Unmanned aircrafts will give journalists access to locations that were once considered illegal or impossible to reach.

In a previous post I discussed how drones will allow journalists to access restricted crime areas like fires. However, the impact of drones will far exceed simple crime scenes. In the past, journalists covered foreign American wars by being embedded with military members. That practice has since ended, and in the time since the accuracy of frontline reporting has suffered. Drones would provide a new opportunity for journalists to cover dangerous military conflicts without being in harms way.

Finally, imagine how the coverage of the Fukushima nuclear disaster would have altered if journalists had access to drones. The coverage would have unquestionably included better footage of what was actually going on inside and around the reactor. In the time that followed drones could have been utilized in an investigative way, to determine what precautions the government was taking to cleanup the disaster site. Newer technology that allows drones to perform 3-D scans, like the depiction found below, will one day allow the common person to not only read and watch a story, but move around and interact with the story.

Dandora Dumpsite in Nairobi, Kenya
by African skyCAM
on Sketchfab

#NTNM Assignment 3

(Source: YouTube)

That video isn’t shot with a helicopter. It’s pure drone action at its finest. This video not only demonstrates what drones are capable of  now, but it provides a glimpse into the new world that drones will help usher in. In five years, drones will be more commonplace within society and people will be more familiarised with drones as they will be an inherent part of the media as well as the average person’s daily life.

With its ability to reach new heights at that is more than half the price of a helicopter, drones will be a more cost-effective way to obtain footage from great distance and are able to reach areas that helicopters aren’t able to go to without endangering lives. While this may mean job cuts for people in the film industry, this is fantastic news for storytellers who are looking to reach areas that weren’t accessible to them before due to high costs. Journalists can access dangerous areas that they aren’t able to cross, allowing them to uncover more of the story and show more in-depth footage for their viewers. The average filmmaker can film footage with less people and the digital divide is broken down as flying a drone is certainly easier than flying a helicopter!

Big conglomerates are also looking to utilise the power of the drone. Facebook is also looking to use drones to carry Wi-Fi access to remote areas, which could improve rural societies with better education. Meanwhile, Amazon is researching a way to use drones to deliver packages and products to their customers directly.

In essence, the drone in 5 years will make people’s lives overall a lot easier. Storytelling will go in a different direction, forcing cinematographers and journalists to reconsider how things are shot. Personally, I could also imagine drones being used to deliver aid and services in areas that need assistance. I also wouldn’t be surprised if drones just showed up in in every household, right next to the vacuum cleaner…or maybe someone will develop a drone vacuum cleaner? We’ll just have to wait another 5 years. In the meantime, here’s a video, summing up how far drones have come:

(Source: YouTube)

#NTNM Assignment 2

Five years from now, advertising will be doing its part to make our world a much better place, enhancing our lives by putting brands right in front of us everywhere we go with gestural interfaces.

Alright, so I lied about the “enhancing our lives” part, but waveable technology certainly does have the opportunity to change the way that we interact with advertisements in out-of-home environments. For advertisers, getting consumers to interact with your brand in a deep way is the holy grail of engagement. Advertisers that are doing it already are ahead of the curve and have seen huge success.

For instance, this ASICS ad in a subway station lets commuters race an elite marathon runner:

Advertising like this works now because it has a factor of surprise and delight, standing out from the standard billboards or posters that people in large cities are accustomed to tuning out. It works because it provides tangible value to peoples’ lives, giving them permission to let loose for a short period of time.

Five years from now, though, it will be much more difficult for advertisers to stand out once this technology becomes more common.

Keith Zubrow #NTNM Assignment 2

There is no question that the inclusion of new technology in society will have a great affect on journalism. Pin-pointing what that affect will be seems difficult, but by basing my opinions on both historic and present trends, and some help from my crystal ball, here is some insight as to what journalists should anticipate.

The most trusted factual information will be based on data collected without anyone even realizing.

The next time you walk into a shopping mall, look around and to see if you’re being watched. No, not by the creepy guy on the other side of the store, by data collecting cameras.

New technology is emerging to track the habits of customers in order to better advertise to them. Within the next five years this data gathering technology will come from your cellphone and media companies will be equally interested in the trends, as retailers are interested in them now. The information will help journalists determine what you actually care about, and further optimize what content you see compared to others. Data will become one of the key drivers in journalism.

Is this real or fake?

We may not all have run out to the store to by a 3-D TV, but if you could travel back through time, would you? In the next 20 years, emersion technology will be come readily available and the oculus rift will become affordable. Instead of telling you about the day’s big news story, journalists will put you into the situation. The use of emersion technology will alter the perception that we as a society have on, well society. Instead of imagining what it is like to walk in someone’s shoes, we will walk in someone’s shoes. Furthermore the demand for journalists who can code will be at an all-time high.

Tummino #NTNM Assignment 2

5 years from now, waveables will be used in the broadcast journalism industry to enhance the quality of storytelling that is already out there. So long as any new technology exists than can enhance a craft, there will be a demand for its use, and waveables are no exception.

Right now, you see national news organizations make computer models of places where news stories take place. But using technology such as the Structure Sensor, they will be able to map entire places where a newsworthy event occurred. For example, if a murder occurred at a home, a news organization could map the home to show what happened. Granted, it would be a bit macabre, but it exemplifies how the technology would be used to bring the viewer to the scene of news.

You could also see interactive gesture walls popping up in newsrooms. Many news organizations are using giant televisions as part of showcasing news stories, and an interactive wall would definitely make those screens more appealing. Using the screens, anchors and reporters could interact with structural data taken from the real world.

LeapMotion technology could also be used to create interactivity with online audiences. News organizations could create content that users can manipulate themselves so long as they have the technology. This would make the news much more appealing because it turns consuming information — usually a passive act — into an active process.

20 years from now, the television component of journalism will be obsolete. Oculus Rifts will be in every home in America and will be the primary means by which news is consumed. Structural data sensors will be used to recreate real environments around the world and news consumers will merely put on their headsets to see what happened somewhere. Scanning technology will allow all major newsmakers to be scanned so virtual reenactments can take place. Online news consumers will be able to use technologies which interpret their body motions to explore virtual environments as well — and even alter them to uncover different things. By that point in time, an augmented reality platform like Magic Leap may have even evolved to let a news consumer step into a version of a real event without even having to put on a headset.

#NTNM Voll – Assignment One

With the progression of technology moving in the direction of portable and personal electronics, the way that we consume news is very rapidly changing. I want to explore the opposite of that: opening up news in a much more public venue, where multiple people are encouraged to interact with a story at once. Just like Microsoft’s Kinect sensor fundamentally changed how we experience video games, it can also change the way that we tell stories.

I would like to test out how the Kinect sensor, when combined with a large screen in a public area, changes how people use media, and answer several questions:

  • How can it best be used to convey information and data?
  • How can we make such an interface intuitive, so anyone walking by can interact with it?
  • How should such an interface be designed?
  • What types of stories work well? (e.g., longform vs. short, video vs. graphics, deeply interactive elements, etc.)
  • What are the benefits of storytelling in a public area?
  • How can such a medium be utilized for other forms of media, such as advertising?