Imagine a location service that sold itself on the fact that your personal information was securely contained in its environs, used by you and you alone. You could have devices on your person that used their sensors to know things about you – when you last ate, what your dining preferences are, what your blood-sugar is, and so on, but these devices would have no truck with the cloud, and they would not deliver that information to anyone else for analysis.
Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
John peers behind the surface veneer of the web’s current screen-based setting:
The challenge for us as developers and designers for the web becomes less about screens and pixels and buttons and much more about how the web augments our lives, both actively and passively; how it makes us know ourselves and our homes and workplaces and environments better.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
A profile of Tom’s house.
It’s weird how normal this is.
Friday, March 29th, 2013
Sorta sci-fi from Adam.
Consider this a shooting script for one of those concept videos so beloved of the big technology vendors.
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Dan isn’t keen on the term “natural user interface.” Here’s why.
Sunday, October 21st, 2012
My last shipment from the Quaterly contained everything I need to get a sourdough starter going (thanks to Alexis Madrigal). I think I might have to get me one of these cute sourdough globes: “It’s like a Tamagotchi, but actually alive.”
Be sure to check out the the blog documenting the design and development.
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Put the kettle on, make yourself a cup of tea, and settle down to read a couple of thought-provoking pieces about networked devices.
First up, Scott Jenson writes Of Bears, Bats, and Bees: Making Sense of the Internet of Things:
The Internet of Things is a growing, changing meme. Originally it was meant to invoke a giant swarm of cheap computation across the globe but recently has been morphing and blending, even insinuating, into established product concepts.
Secondly, Charles Stross has published an abridged version of a talk he gave back in June called How low (power) can you go?:
The logical end-point of Moore’s Law and Koomey’s Law is a computer for every square metre of land area on this planet — within our lifetimes. And, speaking as a science fiction writer, trying to get my head around the implications of this technology for our lives is giving me a headache. We’ve lived through the personal computing revolution, and the internet, and now the advent of convergent wireless devices — smartphones and tablets. Ubiquitous programmable sensors will, I think, be the next big step, and I wouldn’t be surprised if their impact is as big as all the earlier computing technologies combined.
And I’ll take this opportunity to once again point to one of my favourite pieces on the “Internet of Things” by Russell Davies:
The problem, though, with the Internet Of Things is that it falls apart when it starts to think about people. When big company Internet Of Things thinkers get involved they tend to spawn creepy videos about sleek people in sleek homes living optimised lives full of smart objects. These videos seem to radiate the belief that the purpose of a well-lived life is efficiency. There’s no magic or joy or silliness in it. Just an optimised, efficient existance. Perhaps that’s why the industry persists in inventing the Internet Fridge. It’s top-down design, not based on what people might fancy, but on what technologies companies are already selling.
Fortunately, though, there’s another group of people thinking about the Internet of Things - enthusiasts and inventors who are building their own internet connected things, adding connectivity and intelligence to the world in their own ways.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Animatronic rabbit ears powered by brain waves …in Japan. Of course.
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
Use your Mac laptop's motion sensor to get lightsaber sound effects.