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Sunday, July 06, 2003

AOL IM Robot
This weekend I've spent some time playing with the JAIMBot project. Its a Java based AOL IM interface which uses AOL's TOC protocol to IM enable your applications. Its very cool and worked straight away. The code is very very good. Its got all the bells and whistles I'd need including persistence, auto relogin etc.

So now my mind is running round with ideas on what to build with it that would be useful and teach me a few things. The application has to make sense in an IM environment which is pretty wide in scope, especially if you start to thing of new phones which have a built in IM client which can be more flexible than SMS. So far I've come up with the following ideas - Weather Report, Dictionary lookup, Directions, Server monitor, Music recommender, a Loebner Prize entrant and one related to blogs which I'm going to start on this week.

If you have AOL IM keep an eye out for robotneuronwave which is the account my development bots will run under.

If you have any other ideas please post a comment.

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Playground Finder Flink Labs - Data Visualisation

neuronwave is the personal site of Ben Hosken. I am the founder of Flink Labs, a data visualisation studio based in Melbourne. Previously I founded AgentArts, where I developed a recommendations system that we ultimately sold to MSFT.I have two patents, one in Recommendation Systems and one for a datamining algorithm I invented. I have a strong interest in physical computing, emergence, self organising systems, immersive games, bluetooth ad hoc networks and other fun things.
A while ago I built and ran Blog Change Bot - an AOL IM Bot which notified you when blogs you like are updated. I also built IcyPole, a bluetooth based P2P mobile phone app in 2004. With Suzette, I've built Playground Finder - a community contributed site for parents to find playgrounds nearby and while traveling for their kids to play in. Its a "playground" for my social, location, community and mobile interests.
I live in Melbourne with my wife Suzette, son Oskar Tex and my little girl Jasmine

Random Pile of Ben
Bodypump, Flink Labs, autumn weather, balance.

Downloads etc
The Best Bagel Recipe ever
iTunes XML structure
Photo of some of my best Panetones

Neuron EcoSystem
Flink Labs
oskartex.comOskar Tex
JasmineJasmine Aurora
Playground Finder


ben at neuronwave dot com