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​Introducing Abler: All Technology is Assistive Technology
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"So you'll see lots of new and near-future prosthetics design on Abler. But you'll also see:

Critical design. Plenty of prosthetic devices solve problems. But others investigate what counts as a "problem" in the first place. Whose bodies need "fixing," and why? What happens when designers reconsider the definition of "normal"? Whether you call it "design for debate" or "interrogative design," these are tools and technologies that raise and suspend the friction of questions, rather than rushing to the seamlessness of solutions.

Old and new devices. There are surprising connections between devices across widely differing historical and cultural contexts. The history of war, for example, reveals both incredible advances and deep ironies in the development and use of assistive technologies among veterans. A long perspective is a good one. Abler will talk to historians and anthropologists who can illuminate these technologies.

Assistive technologies as culture. Abler is influenced by historian David Edgerton's call to pay attention not just to technological innovations because they're new, but to also pay attention to technologies in use to assess their importance. The day-to-day adoption and appropriation of technologies is where their real power lies. Assistive devices reveal all kinds of fascinating collisions with politics, material science, economic structures, and fashion, but also with accidental histories and contingent relationships.

What you won't see at Abler:

No soft piano music, no "overcomer" stories. Too often, tech writers are so much in love with the conflict-and-resolution stories of prosthetics that the users of those devices become a simplified backdrop for a scripted, questionably emotional catharsis. No prosthetics users here will necessarily be "suffering from" their conditions. Abler is about assistive technologies without sentimentality.

No breathless tech utopianisms. There will be plenty of celebration here about technical innovation. You will see us join sometimes in the holy-crap-they-built-WHAT?! conversation. But Abler values a measured skepticism about technological fixes for complex, sensing humans and their many tasks. Some new devices are truly groundbreaking; some are merely new. Abler is about welcoming the future with critical wits intact.

Abler is written and edited by Sara Hendren, with research assistance by Anna Raymond. Note: the Kinja platform doesn't allow us to provide alt-text for blind readers; we'll be describing images in posts and suggesting they change their policy."
sarahendren  aberism  gizmodo  2013  assistivetechnology  technology  culture  society  criticaldesign  utopianism  skepticism  complexity  annaraymond  davidedgerton  history  anthropology  prosthetics 
november 2013 by robertogreco
How Digg Was Saved in Just Six Weeks
"A scant six weeks after the site was dumped for peanuts, it was reborn. But it wasn't just given a spit shine—Digg is unrecognizable. Digg is foreign. Digg is... really, really pretty? And useful? Where was all of the spam, the lobotomized commenting, and the rehashed Reddit fodder? Gone. Instead you'll see big, bright, boxy graphics—think Pinterest—and a selection of the day's most interesting news, with an emphasis on tech—think what Digg was supposed to be before it was horrid. All in six weeks. The truth is, it wasn't so much determination as much as desperation…

Digg was an embarrassment. And yet, a tiny team of ten was able to turn it into what you see now in fewer than two months.

A lot of people might find this discouraging. Nobody really wanted Digg to come back. Nobody missed it. And besides, everyone just goes to Reddit anyway—and good luck beating that. But to the team who took on the work, it was a challenge made exciting by its absurdity…"
socialmedia  community  sambiddle  gizmodo  change  reddit  davidweiner  betaworks  johnborthwick  digg  2012  design 
october 2012 by robertogreco
The Most Popular Phone in the World
"This is what the next generation of the mega-selling phone will look like. They'll be rough facsimiles of the high-end smartphones forged for well-heeled buyers, stripped of fat and excess—an embodiment of compromise. They'll be 90% of the phone for 20% of the price, with FM radios instead of digital music stores, and flashlights instead of LED flashes. This is how the other half will smartphone, if you want to be so generous as to call the developing world's users a half. We're not even close."
via:blackbeltjones  gizmodo  development  nokia  mobile  phones  technology  usability  design  developingworld  smartphones 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Gizmodo's Essential iPad Apps - Best ipad apps - Gizmodo
"The iPad App Store is open! Here are the best of the apps so far—the ones you'll actually want when you finally get your iPad.
applications  ipad  lists  gizmodo 
april 2010 by robertogreco
IPhone Apps: Gizmodo's 20 Essential iPhone Apps
"It's been four months almost to the day since iPhone 2.0 came, and we've been hitting the App Store hard every week ever since to sift through what's new in iPhone App land. This week, we've decided to hold back for a second, take a breath, and compile a different kind of list: the apps that many of us on staff actually use on a regular basis. If you have a new iPhone or iTouch just waiting to be filled up, or you feel like you may be missing some essentials in your collection, this is the list for you."
iphone  applications  gizmodo  mobile  software  ios 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: Joel Johnson Spank Us All for Supporting Crap - Gizmodo
"Stop buying this crap. Just stop it. You don't need it. Wait a year until the reviews come out and the other suckers too addicted to having the very latest and greatest buy it, put up a review, and have moved on to something else."
activism  advice  criticism  gizmodo  culture  economics  business  markets  commentary  consumer  consumption  society  technology  electronics  gadgets  hardware  humor 
february 2007 by robertogreco

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