12 Pixels is on Sony Ericsson new phone.


Sony Ericsson included 12Pixels as a standard feature of its new mobile phone.

12Pixels is an interface and application that allows creating and sharing sophisticated pixel art drawings using just 12 keys of a mobile phone. We developed it at Sony CSL.

Cedar™ is exactly the type of mobile phone that we had in mind for 12Pixels: an affordable candybar-shaped handset designed to be used anywhere in the world in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and Americas. Somehow we keep forgetting that more then 80% of mobile phone users do not use smart phones with touch screens! It is phones like Cedar™ that connect majority of people to each other.

In addition to 12Pixels Cedar™  has impressive specs including web access, 3G modem, nice color screen, camera and Facebook integration.

Daniel Leithinger joins Interaction Group.

Daniel Leithinger has joined Interaction Group at DRP until the end of summer.

Daniel has just started his Ph.D. at MIT Media Lab in Tangible Media group. I quite liked his Master graduation project Relief which falls into the same broad category of deformable interactive surfaces as Lumen that I built few years ago when I was at Sony.

Relief takes a rather unique approach to designing and interacting with such surfaces and the results look quite good. The project was demonstrated at ARS Electronica this year.

12Pixels paper gets an award at Pervasive 2010.

A paper on 12Pixels project was presented at Pervasive 2010 Conference in Helsinki.

A title of the paper was “12Pixels: Exploring Social Drawing on Mobile Phones” and the entire paper can be downloaded from here.

The paper was presented in Helsinki by Karl Willis and he did an excellent job presenting it. In fact he received a Best Presentation Award! Unfortunately, I had to stay in Pittsburgh and could not attend the conference and see his presentation.

12Pixels in Tokyo Interactive Ad Awards!

12Pixels was awarded a Bronze Prize in the application category of Tokyo Interactive Ad Awards! Tokyo Interactive Ad Awards is a prestigious design competition for digital media advertisement in Japan. 12Pixels got an award both for the web site and for it’s promotion campaign developed by Imaginative Inc.

The idea of promotion was to let people to produce their own physical accessories by drawing them with 12Pixels first and then submitting for production. It was cute. A full list of awards can be found here.

12Pixels hits 20000 downloads!


12Pixels service hits 20000 uploads!

This means that 20000 pixel drawings have been created and uploaded on SonyStyle 12Pixels web site. It took us approximately a year to achieve this number and although its tiny when compared to PC-based services for user-generated content, it is nevertheless a significant achievement for such a niche application as pixel-art drawing tool and sharing service for mobile phones.

The drawings created by 12Pixels users continue to amaze me. Below is a collection of some of the drawings that were uploaded to 12Pixels web server. The current stream of drawings can be experienced here.

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