Space + Time = Spime

A true Spime creates spime wranglers. Wranglers are the class of people willing to hassle with Spimes. And it is a hassle. An enormous hassle. But its a fruitful hassle. It is the work of progress. Handled correctly, it can undo the harm of the past and enhance what is to come.
--Bruce Sterling
Internet of Things

Even Minnesotans know about RFID

I don't have anything for or against Minnesota, but why would this little known state come up twice in a few days? This merits a little examining. Earlier this week a friend of mine who lived in Minneapolis in the early 90s was telling me that upon her recent visit there she was amazed at...

Computer Vision on a Programmable Flying Board

Producing video content is said to be the way of the future. Every time I've attempted to develop a short video, I've found it difficult, orders of magnitude more effort than simply posting 500 words in a blog (and that is more difficult that it sounds). How are we going to overcome the barriers to...

Arduino at IoT Zurich

Arduino, for those who are not avid Do-It-Yourselfers, is the most popular IoT prototyping platform of all time. It is the open source hardware and software platform on which, since about 6 or 7 years ago, when Massimo Banzi introduced it, thousands of projects have been developed. Here's a list of over a dozen practical...

Sensors, Their Observations and Uses

There was a splash when my suitcase fell into the puddle next to the taxi outside the Exeter St. David's rail station last night. Although it was sunny under blue skies for both the days in London, while I was indoors attending the Open IoT Assembly, I was expecting rain in England and came prepared,...

Where are the users?

Information technology is supposed to benefit people. Not all people, necessarily. But some people, some of the time. Very frequently engineers are looking to solve a problem, but there are few or no end users involved in the design of solutions. There are many explanations, including lack of knowledge of the options, political agendas and...

IoT via Cloud Meetup in Zurich

The other day I traveled 2 hours and 45 minutes from Montreux to Zurich and 2 hours and 50 minutes home following a 2-hour meetup group meeting at the ETHZ. It was a classic case of my desire to meet and speak with interesting people being sufficiently strong to outweigh my feeling that I have...

The Air We Breathe

In IoT circles, air is a popular topic. There is so much of it and, at the same time, it is so fundamental to the quality of life on our planet. During the IoT-4-Cities event Andrea Ridolfi, co-founder of SensorScope, presented about the use of sensors mounted on buses and trams to measure air quality...

Where EVRYTHNG Connects

Over the past 10 days I've been traveling and participating in important workshops and events in the US so writing and posting to this blog has been infrequent. My recent face-to-face meetings involved those attending the AR-in-Texas workshops, followed by the participants of the Fifth AR Standards Community Meeting that I chaired in Austin. Then,...

City WalkShop

Adam Greenfield is one of the thought leaders I follow closely on urban technology topics. Adam and his network (including but going beyond the Urbanscale consulting practice) are far ahead of most people when it comes to understanding and exploring the future of technology in cities. In this post I'm capturing information about this small...

Risks and Rewards of Hyperconnected-ness

I often get asked to define a Spime. The definition is simple "Space + Time" but the implications are deeper than most people have time to think about. That's one reason that Wranglers are needed. But the fundamental attribute of a spime is that it is hyperconnected and it is doing something with its connections....

Can We Define IoT (continued)?

Ovidiu Vermesan is Chief Scientist at SINTEF Information and Communication Technology, Oslo, Norway and co-editor (with Peter Friess, EC Coordinator, DG Information Society and Media) of a book of essays on Internet of Things. This is a real masterpiece for those who are seeking a comprehensive look at all the different trends around IoT. Vermesan...

The Big Data Bandwagon

Big Data and I go way back. How can I get on the Big Data Bandwagon? It's not a domain into which I regularly stray but nuclear physics was the focus of both my parents' careers so their use of computers comes to mind whenever the topic of Big Data comes up. I'm stepping out...