Check out TiLDA, an Arduino-powered conference badge premiering at EMFcamp in late August (EMFcamp.org).
Open-source and extensible software; probably too pricey to make for most conferences but very cool.
I’m attending a friend’s wedding this summer – the first of anybody my age. Frankly, it’s freaking me out a bit; we all just turned twenty-four.
Frankly, weddings are about the one kind of event that Proximate really doesn’t get into. But with wedding season hitting full swing in the summer months, I figure I’d better pay attention to tech at weddings (if only to tide myself over until open bar).
There are some obvious ones – what is Pinterest without wedding ideas? – and portals like the Knot. But what about general-use tech than can solve some annoying parts of planning and running a wedding? I’ve got five ideas here.
Invitations are CRAZY expensive and time-consuming. It’s the one part of the print industry doddering along blissfully unaware of the digital age.
And if you don’t want just plain old embossed paper? Depending on your level of hipster, you might spend upwards of $3500 to send people old-school Viewmasters from Etsy. I say take a look at the glorious Paperless Post options available. If you get over paying a buck to send an email, it’s way cheaper than paper; they’ll even help you track RSVPs.
Now that you’ve got your guest list notified, jettison another silly cost by disinviting the DJ.
DJs are really expensive for someone who’s essentially looping Sinatra, regrettable 80′s pop, and “The Electric Slide.” Luckily, there’s a lot out there if you choose Spotify or your streaming service of choice. Getting your guests in on the playlist-creation before the reception takes it off your already full to-do list. And, because I founded a company with Evan Morikawa, the day will come where I see a Turntable.FM wedding.
Caveat: I hope they don’t do this at the wedding I’m going to this summer, because complaining about the DJ is my best icebreaker. But once you’ve got the best soundtrack, what about video of the ceremony?
I’m going to admit that I’m not anticipating your wedding nearly as much as the Apple WWDC (iPhone 5 plz). But you can one-up Tim Cook – who’s not putting video up until after the event – by offering those who can’t come a live stream of your wedding. Grandma can’t make it in from Omaha? College roommate in the Peace Corps? Offer everybody a Ustream link and put the best stuff up on YouTube afterwards.
Just remember the Internet is forever before you go imitating these people. Speaking of Grandma, what about the gift registry?
I’ve got a great buddy working for Amazon, and he’s definitely going to be in my wedding party (many years from now). Why not include the always-cuddly Jeff Bezos in your wedding? With Amazon, you can have guests pick items off your registry and ship them directly to your door, where you can open them out after the honeymoon. Frankly, opening gifts is just a drag on the cake-eating and dancing, but could be awesome when you’re nursing your Hawaiian sunburn later. Now that almost all of Target is on Amazon, even your luddite relatives can get in on the action.
Basically, all of social media boils down to looking at other people’s pictures. [Spoiler alert.] You wanna get the best wedding pics on Facebook, like, pronto. This brings us to photo albums.
Why not crowdsource it and have those moments up immediately to stick it to now-pudgy high school boyfriends? I’m not gonna recommend photo apps: and everyone in your wedding party probably has your personal choice of mobile solution to apply 70′s analog filters to iPhone snapshots. When it comes to sharing them, having an official Twitter hashtag seems a bit too San Francisco. Why not check out Evan’s most recent project, Shadowbox? It pools your whole group’s photos and lets everyone pick the best ones to post to social networks.
Phew. Now weddings don’t seem nearly so scary! They always say men in their 20s are scared of commitment, but I’d be happy to settle down with any of those websites. Well, at least for the summer.