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
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Who is Leading Us Indoors?

Financial analysts' blogs are not on my list of top reads this summer so I was surprised to find myself reading this fresh post on SeekingAlpha. It is a thorough research study on the potential revenue to be generated from Nokia's patent portfolio. After describing how much Nokia has invested in R&D in the past...

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...

Business Models for Indoor Positioning

Given its low penetration in today's smartphone-focused world (16% of 2011 smartphone sales, down from 33% in 2010, according to IDC) and its recent difficulties, Nokia is not frequently listed as a technology leader in 2012. But it is too soon to dismiss the company entirely. Its deal with Groupon is worthy of note as...

Life is too short to be busy

In the past two months, there has been little time for idle thoughts about Spime Wrangling. The expression "Dawn-to-Dusk" to describe how hard a peasant worked in the fields in the middle ages or a worker in a South Asian sweatshop doesn't do justice to how fully engaged I've felt during the 2nd quarter of...

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...

Skin in the Game

Those who read this blog are more than likely among the group that shares some level of conviction (maybe not as strongly as I do!) that Augmented Reality is going to be important. We are a small minority, but April 2012 will represent an important historical milestone. Perhaps it is as important as the June...

Intel’s First Full Acquisition of Korean Firm, Olaworks

The Korea Herald is not where I normally get my news. Nor do I regularly visit The Register (whose tag line is "Biting the Hand that Feeds IT"). But today I visited both in order to learn more about Intel's $30.7M acquisition of Olaworks. In case you are not familiar with it, Olaworks was one...

Searching for a Viable Business Model

Customers value what they pay for and (usually) pay for what they value. If customers do not pay for value, is the business model at fault? This basic question is at the root of a current polemic facing Facebook. Companies in other markets as well, for example AR, must answer the question or die. I...

Project Glass: The Tortoise and The Hare

Remember the Aesop's fable about the Tortoise and the Hare? 11,002,798 viewers as of 9 AM Central European Time April 10, 2012. Since April 4, 2012 Noon Pacific Time, in five and a half days, over the 2012 Easter holiday weekend, the YouTube "vision video" of Google's Project Glass has probably set a benchmark in...