An alarm clock that shows you that other people are awake

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Morten Just

Know the feeling when you wake up, and it is pitch black outside, and you think it's a mistake? The clock says 7am, but honestly, it could be wrong, right?

I hacked a Chumby to show me a live webcam feed from a camera pointing out the window to the street. That would be proof that it is indeed morning, and other people are responsible adults with their jackets on already.

At night, it shows a feed from the airport with the planes landing and taxiing to their gates. Not seeing any planes means you're up too late.

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What would reality do?

I like to think of software as a person in a service conversation with the user. The user would be a teenage girl ordering concert tickets or a hung over dad figuring out how to turn on his phone. But the software would always be a professional. Even better, the software acts and makes decisions as if it were among the world’s best in what it is doing. Why shouldn’t it? As interaction designers, we spend hours preparing for a simple five minute conversation. One way to apply this could be imagi

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What if radio stations were people, too?

I signed up Denmark's biggest music radio station to last.fm, hoping to uncover the truth

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Reading while running

Let's just be honest: running can be boring. Running on a treadmill is always boring. So I made a feed reader for people on treadmills. You start it and it automatically scrolls as you're running.

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Uber for tech support

It's a well-established fact in the universe that there's a lot of moms out there needing help with their computer. It's also a fact that their kids are not always around the corner. But someone is. Could we fully automate tech support for moms? A mom would call our automated phone number, which would prompt her for her postal code, then send out text messages to our army of tech supporters. The first to answer the message gets the mom's phone number—and a customer. Did it work? Surprisin