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Circuit Hacking Mondays at Noisebridge

This week I am San Francisco for meetings at Capgemini Group’s “Applied Innovation Exchange”. It’s a great new venue for us, which we will use to accelerate innovation with our customers.

While being in town, it’s easy to find interesting meetups and just show up to learn and meet really cool people. Yesterday evening, I went to Circuit Hacking Monday at Noisebridge. From their site: “Noisebridge is a hackerspace for technical-creative projects, doocratically run by our members. We are a non-profit educational institution intended for public benefit.”

Inspiring and friendly place. The evening was spent over breadboards, cutting wires, putting together integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, and LEDs. Some participants were already very knowledgable and others had just begun their hardware hacking journey.

In these times of IoT and sensification, basic electronics is where it all starts. A blinking LED is the new “Hello world”. Thank you Jason and Noisebridge for a great evening!

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Innovation @ Home

Digital revolution is not the result of new tools. It’s driven by a fundamentally changed information behavior. Always connected, always moving around in a digitally contextually enriched augmented reality, always present in two different worlds – the physical and digital. We’re taking the tools for granted, it’s not about them.

It’s about the behavior the new tools enable. See below. I couldn’t resist but pull out some screenshots from various “Internet of Things”- and “connected home”-related sites. Look beyond the tool. In your mind, connect what you see with your location, your interests, your friends, your insurance, your bank… and see digital hitting home and hitting business. Buckle up.

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Internet of Things-labs and connected flowers

Internet of Things… there’s nothing like cutting through hype and getting your own hands “dirty”. Chris Forsberg is visiting at our Stockholm office and the desks are now occupied by iBeacons, Arduino boards, Electric Imp-stuff, and soldering irons. Today, Dag Pettersson joined us and showed his latest experiments.
Below you can see some of the action and one of the finished ideas is a flower that is connected to the actual sales results of a customer, and depending on sales performance, the flower “changes” color. Only the imagination is the limit and that’s what I love with new technology.

… and now, we’re heading to Amit Chintawar’s place for some real Indian food. Life’s good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From wearables to biohacking

Sogeti’s trend lab, ViNT, recently published its second report on “Things”: “Empathic things: Intimate Computing from Wearables to Biohacking”. The 40-page report “explores the coming transition toward a more empathic form of computerization. … even more intimate, human-oriented and ubiquitous…. We are witnessing a computer boom in devices of all kinds, shapes and sizes – around, on or inside the body – that behave increasingly smarter and link up more and more intuitively with mankind’s extremely personal and natural interface.”

Topics like the shift from systems of records to systems of engagements, things IN-ON-AROUND you, and the increasing level of intimacy and intelligence in things, are addressed in the report. If you want to go deeper in understanding the context of wearables like Google Glass and where we’re heading, this report is well worth the read.

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This PC is SD card-sized

Intel recently showcased the Edison Development Board. It’s a PC not much bigger than an SD-card. It’s based on Intel Quark Technology and the specs are impressive given that the performance seems to, without any problems, be able to address most IoT ideas I’ve seen so far: 400Mhz, 2GB, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB…

It’ll be around this summer and so will a number of Kickstarter-projects, I assume.

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