First Foursquare Check-In From Space – NASA Partnership With Foursquare

In case you missed it, astronaut Doug Wheelock made the first check-in from the International Space Station on 10.22.2010.
Watch @Astro_Wheels “Check In” on Foursquare

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has its own page on Foursquare and the check-in service’s team has created the “NASA Explorer Badge” for this very special occasion. Maybe the hardest badge to get on earth. I mean, not on earth, but… oh well, you know what I mean!

I still want it!!

NASA Badge from FoursquareNASA Explorer Badge from Foursquare

Who’s next? Virgin Galatic with a “I’m in a space shuttle!” badge? 😀


Astronaut Doug Wheelock ‘Checks In’ From Space Station, Kicking Off NASA Partnership With Foursquare

NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander Doug Wheelock became the first person to “check in” from space Oct. 22 using the mobile social networking application Foursquare. Wheelock’s check in to the International Space Station launched a partnership between NASA and Foursquare to connect its users to the space agency, enabling them to explore the universe and discover Earth. 

Foursquare users “check in” to venues wherever they go, using the service to find friends nearby, get helpful tips about the places they’re visiting, and be challenged and rewarded for experiencing new things.

NASA Explorer Badge from Foursquare 

Image Credit: Foursquare

“Check-ins from around the world have been cool, but this blew my mind! We’re psyched to partner with NASA to help users explore the space program and the universe,” said Dennis Crowley, chief executive officer and co-founder of Foursquare. 

When Wheelock checked in to the International Space Station venue using Foursquare’s mobile site aboard the orbiting laboratory, he received a message that revealed a new Foursquare badge.

“You are now 220 miles above Earth traveling at 17,500 mph and unlocked the NASA Explorer Badge! Show this badge and get a free scoop of astronaut ice cream.”

When Wheelock completes his mission and returns to Earth at the end of November, the NASA Explorer badge will be available for Foursquare users to earn. 

The partnership also features a completely customized homepage for NASA where the agency will provide official tips and information about the nation’s space program in locations throughout the United States. 

NASA’s work ranges from proving flight technologies to creating capabilities for sustainable human and robotic exploration to exploring Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond to developing critical enabling technologies such as the space shuttle and conducting science in orbit aboard the International Space Station. Through this partnership, when Foursquare users check in to NASA sites, they will discover interesting things that happen at each of the agency’s locations. 

Wheelock launched to the space station as a flight engineer for the Expedition 24 crew on June 15. On Sept. 22, he assumed command of the orbiting laboratory and Expedition 25. During his time in space, he and astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson conducted three spacewalks to replace a faulty cooling pump module on the station’s backbone, known as the truss. Additionally, the Expedition 24 and 25 crew members continue work on more than 100 microgravity experiments in human research, biology and biotechnology, physical and materials sciences, technology development, and Earth and space sciences.

Parce que c’était elles. (GirlPower3, NKM, Bnf, mes photos)

Superbe soirée à la Bibliothèque nationale de France ! Son président, Bruno Racine, a reçu le 3 novembre le réseau Girl Power 3.0 animé par Natacha Quester-Séméon (@natachaqs) et Tatiana F.-Salomon (@tfsalomon).

L’invitée principale n’était autre que notre Secrétaire d’état (chargée de la Prospective et du Développement de l’économie numérique, auprès du Premier ministre) préférée : Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (@nk_m).

Michèle Fitoussi (@mfit), autre invitée (préférée), nous parla ensuite de son nouveau livre “Helena Rubinstein, La femme qui inventa la beauté” (@HRlelivre).

Une trentaine de “Girls” ont participé à cette enrichissante soirée, qui même si les sujets abordés sont sérieux (et la ministre de constater que la situation de la femme de s’arrange pas) est toujours ponctuée de sourires, de rires et d’une tout à fait féminine bienveillance.

Parmi elles, on a pu retrouver Audrey Defretin, Isabelle Juppé, Caroline Deschamps, Florence Debroux-Fouillet, Claudine Hermabessiere, Corinne Dillenseger, Moïra Marguin, Isabelle Germain, Pascale Reynaud, Katja Tochtermann, Marilyne Lacaze, Chantal Guez, Myriam Rosenrib, Mariane Bertout, Brigitte Fitoussi, Tatiana de Rosnay. Et Bien sûr Michèle Fitoussi, Natacha Quester-Séméon et Tatiana F.-Salomon ! 

Comme à chaque fois, j’ai l’exceptionnel privilège d’être le seul “Boy Power” parmi ces femmes intelligentes, puissantes et belles (!) afin de tenter de saisir des étincelles de ce moment unique sur une pellicule numérique, fixe ou animée. Un réel enchantement !

Parce que c’était vous, 
Parce que c’était elles, 
Merci <3


À lire sur : “Girl Power 3 à la BNF avec Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet” 

Photos : © Sacha Quester-Séméon. All right reserved. 😉 

Canadian filmmaker decided to have his badly damaged eye replaced with a wireless camera!

Rob Spence has a camera in place of his right eye.

Rob Spence has a camera in place of his right eye. Photo: Justin McManus

WHEN Canadian filmmaker Rob Spence decided to have his badly damaged eye removed from its socket, he chose to replace it not with a prosthetic, but with a wireless camera. The decision, he says, was easy.

”Every person I know who’s lost an eye immediately thinks, ‘I should think about getting a camera,’ ” he says. Although so far, Spence is the only person who has actually acted on the notion.

In a world first, Spence and a team of engineers and eye specialists developed an eye-camera, a miniature camera and wireless transmitter fitted into his eye.

Spence badly damaged his eye after a childhood accident with a gun.

Spence badly damaged his eye after a childhood accident with a gun.

Spence damaged his eye as a child after mishandling a gun, and had been legally blind in his right eye for years. After several operations, doctors eventually advised him to remove it.

”As soon as I knew the eye was coming out, I thought about the camera and I started making the calls,” Spence, now 36, says.

His first calls were to Australia, known for its research into bionics, but eventually he found young engineers keen to collaborate on a volunteer basis; the first prototype took just three months.

Spence shows his prosthetic eye during an interview in 2009.

Spence shows his prosthetic eye during an interview in 2009.

It has since been refined – and continues to be – but it is essentially a 1.5 millimetre-square low-resolution video camera, a round circuit board, a video transmitter and a three-volt rechargeable battery, all contained in the clear acrylic used to make prosthetic eyes. As well as fulfilling millions of kids’ Six Million Dollar Man fantasies, the eye-camera was recognised last year in Time magazine’s 50 best inventions.

Spence, also known as Eyeborg, is in Melbourne this week as a special guest of the Other Film Festival, and will present the world premiere demonstration of the camera in operation on Thursday night.

The footage quality, he says, is similar to that of a phone camera.

The camera in Rob Spence's eye socket is wireless.

The camera in Rob Spence’s eye socket is wireless.

”The aesthetic, oddly, is very similar to the point of view of the Terminator from the first Terminator film, including a slight wavering of video, which is actually now part of film language to talk about surveillance and cyborgy stuff,” Spence says. ”In [film-editing software] Final Cut Pro, there’s a filter called ‘bad video’ which, if you’re doing a futuristic film, you use to give you that effect.

”Happily for me, I have this built-in aesthetic for the pop-culture references that I enjoy referencing and the ideas I enjoy talking about.”

The obvious use for one’s own in-built camera is documenting one’s own life – or ”lifecasting” as it’s known – but Spence is not interested in that.

”I don’t want to be going to the bathroom or on a date with a girl and shooting. Plus, I’m a big fan of editing,” he says. ”What I’m going to do is what anybody would do with a new camera – just shoot all kinds of stuff.”

But he hasn’t discounted using his eye as a ”hidden” camera. ”I could do undercover stuff. I think people have done good work with undercover cameras, although I know there are ethical issues,” he says.

”And I know it freaks a lot of people out. The two words that always come up when I meet people are ‘fascinating’ and ‘creepy’.

”It scares people even though they’ve probably just walked down a street and been filmed five or six times on security cameras.”

For now, Spence is working on his first documentary using footage from the eye, exploring ”the literal point of view” and the convergence of all these issues – ”cyborgs, video surveillance, privacy”.

He has yet to be recruited by the military – or so he says.

”Although I have been approached by [news wire service] AP – they wanted me to go into war zones! I don’t think so,” he says.

”And I’ve also been approached by Bollywood to play an evil womanising spy that goes to India and is destroyed by a handsome young Indian hero. That sounds like more fun.”

See the world premiere of Rob Spence’s Eyeborg footage at the Other Film Festival, Thursday, 6pm, at the Melbourne Museum.


The Rise of Facebook Mobile


Facebook recently announced that the site now has 150 million mobile users worldwide. Much of this has to do with the rapid growth of app usage, specifically on smartphones.Perhaps not surprisingly, social networking apps are the the fastest growing category of all apps, with download rates increasing by 240% in the last year. Of these, Facebook apps are tend to be the most popular; in fact, Facebook is the number one app across most mobile operating systems. We took a look at the rise of Facebook mobile, and compiled a number of the most interesting facts and figures in the above graphic.
It’s quite amazing.