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In the last issue of the Winters Free Press (March Edition), I began a section called Meeting the Fellows. Who are Fellows?
Fellows are chosen from both inside the University community and outside in the world beyond the campus boundaries. They are selected on the basis of the contribution they can make to the academic, intellectual and artistic life of the Winters community
Most people however, are not aware of who the fellows are and what their role is. Each month we (try to) introduce a fellow by either interviewing them, or writing an article about the work they do. This allows both the students to recognize who the fellows are and what they stand for, and it allows for the appreciation of the revered members of our community.
The March issue had the following article. Please click the image for the full version. Stay tuned for more. If you would like to contribute to the Winters Free Press, please leave a message here and we will get in touch with you.
An important aspect I have recently come to understand about technological convergence is the innovation factor. Often, when a gadget or device incorporates several different tools, it brings about synergy, opening a hallway to a completely different use than intended or at least, expected. What is even more interesting is when several gadgets’ innovative use brings yet another synergy effect. This, I would like to call the super-synergy effect. Let me demonstrate: Combine the very talked about iPhone and not so talked about Nintendo DS, and what do you get? Music. More specifically, the iBand. Two softwares for the iPhone, namely PocketGuitar and iAno and a software for the DS called Electroplankton come together to form beautiful experimental music which holds great promise. What happened here is that two devices with possibly no relation to the other have created super-synergy. The DS allows one to play both games and create music; the iPhone, among other things allows you to make phone calls and create music as well. The following is the result:
Here is an article by Gizmodo about the iBand. What do you think of the possibilities of both the iBand, and innovation with technological convergence?