#Driverless #Trucks will come before driverless #cars
Posted on April 13th, 2017
04/12/2017 @MetroTech 6, NYU, Brooklyn, NY
Seth Clevenger – technology editor, Transport Topics News, @sethclevenger, talked about the rollout of driverless trucks. His main message was that there are many intermediate stages from adaptive cruise control (already exists in some cars) to fully autonomous operation.
Truck manufacturers are concentrating on systems that assist rather than replace drivers. These include
- Truck platooning – could roll out by year-end. – synchronize breaking; trucks can draft off each other for a 10% increase in efficiency. Brakes are linked, but still need drivers.( Peloton Technology plans to begin fleet trials)
- Connected vehicles – just starting to be regulated. (V2V, V2I). For instance, safety messages sent by each vehicle.
- auto docking at loading docks
- traffic jam assist – move forward slowly without driver assistance
Startups include: Uber/Otto, Embark, Starsky Robotics, Driver.ai
[One of my major concerns is the integrity of the software controlling the vehicle. A failure in software could cause accidents, however, my main concern is the potential insertion of a malicious virus as a sleeper cell within the millions of lines of code. In this case, the results could be catastrophic as all breaking and acceleration systems could be programmed to fail on a specific date in the future. At that moment, all vehicles on the road would be out of control potentially resulting in millions of accidents and thousands of deaths and injuries. Preventing such an event will require coordinating amongst suppliers and enforcement of strict software standards. The large number of suppliers makes this job especially complicated. This sleeper cell could lie dormant for years before it is activated.]
#InternetOfThings, #Drones, #Robots, and #Music
Posted on November 16th, 2016
11/16/2016 @WeWork, 115 West 18th Street, NY, 4th floor
The speakers were
- Marco and Jack Parisi, Artists in Residence at ROLI. ROLI, a London-based music technology startup, is changing the way people make music. ROLI has just launched BLOCKS, a modular music studio, that will be featured at all Apple stores globally this holiday season. ROLI has raised $43M from FirstMark, Balderton and Foundry Group.
- David Lyman, Founder and CEO of BetterView (drone marketplace for aerial photography jobs)
- Leif Jentoft, Co-Founder of RightHand Robotics (intelligent machines for e-commerce order fulfillment)
- Charlie Key, Founder and CEO of Losant (IoT solution platform)
- Cormac Driver, Head of Product at Temboo (software stack for IoT applications)
Charlie Key @Losant talked about asset tracking.: fleet managment, shipment tracing, equipment tacking, heavy duty parenting. The package often consists of two parts: GPS tracking + communication (usually cellular). Hologram allows purchase of data by the byte with data sent every 5 minutes.
Use Google’sAPI to look up locations. Then check if inside a geofence.
David Lyman@BetterView captures and analyzes drone data. They have analyzed 4200 rooftops for insurance companies. Experts currently analyze the images. They are moving toward deep learning. The main drivers of the increased use of drones are Regulation, hardware, experience.
He sees a longer term opportunity: 5mm workers that should have a drone in their trucks – fence installers, HVAC maintenance.
Vaughn @Temboo: SAAS to connect actuators and sensors to the cloud, gave several examples of IoT in industry:
- Monginis Foods Ltd. – cakes and pastry in India, UK, EMEA: retrofit equipment and processes to implement IoT. Examples include
- retrofitting x-ray machines that scan every cake and pastry – automate alerts.
- Monitor freezers and refrigerators to reduce food spoilage.
- Place temperature sensors as oven monitors
- Integrate with payment and logistics systems to make everything more efficient.
- One customer monitors soil moisture, electrical conductivity, light – in agriculture
- Aircraft repair company – monitor parts storage and temperature and humidity of storage for audit. Tracks technical manuals.
- Manufacturer of lawn mowers includes sensors in motors
The usual configuration is Sensor monitoring – triggered notifications — actuator control. Vaughn gave the following advice to IoT startups:
- Start with a small but real, concrete problem
- Focus on saving time or money to create real value at the start
- Quick wins help build confidence and expertise
- Get internal backing based on having a a working system
- See how the data and functionality create additional uses
- See how existing application can be modified for other users
- Build new Iot capabilities on top of existing ones
Leif@Righthand robotics: Intelligent robotic order-picking systems, talked about opportunities he sees in the industrial robotics space.
Existing industrial ecosystem: build components + system integrators -> end application
Most of the cost is in integration, so he is looking for systems that are configurable by end users (simpler integration) . Examples include: Universal robotics (UR5), ReThink robotics (Sawyer), Franka produce collaborative robotics that users can program.
He gave some examples of industrial robotic applications:
- Robots as a service – a machine that thins the small lettuce plants. Farmers can rent when they need it.
- Navii is used by Lowes to tell customers were to find items in inventory.
He sees the key is having machines learning to handle variation as manual labor is hard to scale.
Finally, Roli, demonstrated a music technology that increases the flexibility and capabilities of accomplished musicians while being easy enough for beginners to create their own music.
Their original device in 2012 replaced a keyboard with a continuous sensitive surface: The Seaboard. They are introducing a more general devices (the block) that has the flexibility to play the sounds of multiple instruments, but in a simple and elegant package.
Posted on May 23rd, 2016
05/23/2016 @Rise, 43 W 23rd St, NY
A panel discussion was followed by a presentation by SIGFOX.
Jenny Fielding, Managing Director, TechStars, Moderator
Haytham Elhawary, Co-founder & CEO, Kinetic
Mike Kochanik, CRO, Flowthings.com
Deepak Krishnamurthy, Chief Strategy Officer, SAP
Ajay Kulkarni, Co-founder & CEO, iobeam
Allen Proithis, President, Sigfox NA
Francois Oudot, Sigfox
The panel focused on B2B IoT making the following points
- The emphasis on the internet of things has shifted toward B2B from B2C. Much of this has occurred since B2B applications can have a measurable effect on profitability
- The challenge in industrial IoT is integrating changes into the current business flow. One needs to understand how a device is used and why workers or facilities would use or not use a device. There is no substitute for understanding the business or spending time in the facility. Competitive pressures also demand that the knowledge be provided quickly.
- Cyber security is an increasing important issue with encryption key management insufficient while other methods are still being developed.
- For a small company to compete, it needs to solve a real problem and provide ROI, but most importantly, it needs to sell a vision.
Following the panel, Allen Proithis and Francois Oudot @SIGFOX talked about an alternative connectivity solution that overcomes the factors now limiting networks of IoT devices
- Battery Life
Instead of using convention networks, such as cellular or wi-fi, SIGFOX proposes a network that is
- Energy efficient – ultra narrow band, devices wake up to transit => low power consumption
- Simplicity – out-of-the-box no pairing required
- Low cost – license free ISM band, license-free standardized, low cost subscription model
- Ubiquitous connectivity – one cloud, world-wide.
Their network sacrifices bandwidth (12 byte messages) and quick response time (2 to 3 second latency) in exchange for low cost broad coverage (5 to 50 miles by one station). It is designed for devices that communicate very infrequently with the cloud and can communicate with short (12 byte) messages. Example applications are
- Preventative maintenance – washing machine failures
- Mail pick-up – button on mailbox requesting a pickup
- Leak prevention – water systems
- Livestock management
- Smart supply chain
- Forest fire prevention – smoke detection
- Launched in Western Europe. Expanding to Germany, US,…
- Your phone does lots of network signally since it needs to tell the cell tower your location. Can save a lot of battery is you only signal when you have a message.
- Message is 26 bytes including device ID and authentication hash – payload is up to 12 bytes
- Communication is bi-directional.
- Compatible with most chips on the market
HardwiredNYC: #hardware startups, #drones, #VC, #AutonomousVehicles
Posted on May 12th, 2016
05/11/2016 @WeWork, 115 West 18th Street, 4th floor, NY
There were six presentations starting with two brief introductions to companies and their products. Three speakers talked about products and investing in hardware. Adam Jonas closed the evening by describing a roadmap for the future of cars.
- Adam Jonas, Head of Global Auto Research Team, Morgan Stanley (Adam will discuss the autonomous vehicle market)
- Dan Burton, Founder and CEO of DroneBase (drone marketplace)
- Avidan Ross, Founder of Root/Ventures (early-stage hardware VC firm)
- Jonathan Frankel, Founder and CEO of Nucleus (smart home intercom)
In the first presentation, George Popescu@lampix talked about their product which projects a desktop image on any surface so that surface becomes a computer screen, a shared documents or piece of paper, etc. A projector shines an image on the surface making the surface a touch screen, drawing pad, etc. to view, edit or share materials.
Next, David @samlabs showed physical devices that can linked to each other using a visual interface. In this way push buttons can control lights, motors, tweets, cameras, etc. creating ways a non-programmer can prototype a hardware device.
Some configurations are monitoring the taking of medication from a medication box, squeezing a pillow to send a message, counting twitter tweets and activate motors when a hashtag is tweeted.
The product is somewhat similar to that offered by LittleBits.
Jonathan Frankel @nucleuslife.com (Intercom system which connects anyone to anyone, anywhere using a tablet like a home intercom.) spoke about how to increase the odds of success as a hardware startup:
- Keep it simple, stupid – hardware has a lot of complexity. When possible choose off-the shelf. Otherwise costly and requires extra time; also better interoperability, supply chain, lead times, avoids unknown unknowns.
- Cash flow > BOM . need to manage growth as well as the financing arrangements
- Hire DB / sales early – crowdfunding may not work, so you need to start selling early
- Carpe diem – small window of opportunities. Seizing them makes the difference.
- In-person > video > phone > email
- Get out more – network, network, network
- Put away the NDAs – being open gets you feedback and partners
- Who is on your mailing list? – follow-up with selected people on your email list
- Don’t work insanely hard – you need to have the emotional fortitude to overcome the valleys. So take some time off. Okay to mix business and pleasure.
NucleusLife elected to do a private presale (in favor of crowdfunding) since they wanted the ability to brand and control the entire experience start to finish. They also felt that their customer base was different from the early adopters
Next, Matt Turck interviewed Avidan Ross @Routeventures (seeds hardware startups). His interests are in physical products, with the emphasis on being an enabler in disrupting established businesses: they especially like low cost robotics and connectivity. They invest in only 6 to 8 deals per year so they can have lots of contact and input with each startup.
Their investments back their belief that robots are best when working in conjunction with humans
- Shapertools – handtools that assist the user when doing precision work
- Superflex – light weight clothing with actuation to augment human capabilities such as performing tasks involving standing and running.
- Plethera – software that works with 3-d plots (solidworks) to help you optimize the milling process.
They avoid one-off IoT products and hardware whose only advantage is lower production costs. They instead look for long term value and want to avoid the future struggle to maintain margins as technology and competition change over time. In the same vein, they want to price appropriately and don’t believe that products using Arduino’s or Raspberry Pi’s are scalable.
Design is important, but not core to IoT. Function comes before looks.
Dan Burton @ Dronebase talked about the rapidly evolving use of drones and their changing uses: real estate, mining inventory management, construction monitoring, etc. For instance, only within the past year has drone pilot become a profession.
Drone capabilities are increasing rapidly as a new generation of drones is created every 6 months. This has lead to the same dynamics as in smartphones, where retail products are often at the cutting edge lead by DJI. This means that most professional work is done with off-the shelf drones.
The systems making up a drone: software, gimbals, cameras, autopilots are all getting better exponentially. Battery technology lags.
Currently top end drones are accurate to 2 cm. One of the most promising next steps would be a light-weight Lidar system to get accuracy within 1mm.
Adam Jonas @MorganStanley gave a roadmap of how cars might evolve. He considered two dimensions:
- driver driven vs. autonomous
- owned vs car sharing
Based on these two dichotomies, he sees a rapid transition from owned-driver driven to shared-autonomous model of car usage. With this transition comes a change in point of view from number of vehicles sold to the number of miles traversed in a year. This transition will also create many economic winners and losers, but it is less clear who wins and who loses. Even with a transition from gas to electric cars, it is unclear whether the world-wide demand for gasoline increases (more mileage) or decreases (greater efficiency in energy usage).
There is no #IoT #Stack
Posted on November 24th, 2015
11/24/2015 @Cardozo Law, 55 Fifth Ave, NY
Tom Luczak, @flowthings.io talked about building #InternetOfThings applications and demonstrated a sample application with walkthrough of the code.
Tom’s view is that there is such a wide range of challenges and methods to implement IoT that no single system or set of system stack will be the best solution or even an adequate solution. Power and cost limitations will drive the solution in some cases. In other cases, the decision will be dominated by speed of data transmission, package size, system security, or distance to communicate.
Due to these varying requirements, no one has come up with a best solution that can be Googled. Also the hardware limitations much be considered when designing the software. This means that IoT requires more innovative thinking to fit the application to the physical world – as limited by the world and as a method to control the physical devices.
He made recommendations based on this world view
- IoT breaks from past software since it is not designed for humans, but for control of objects
- If you a student majoring in CS you should minor in Electrical Engineering
- Computing power will become cheaper so more applications will be best controlled by LINUX processors
- Only specialized applications with severe price or power limitations will use ARM processors
- The handling of unstructured data will become more and more important
- #Blockchain may hold the key to fully integrating IoT devices with commerce
- Expect to see Bluetooth and other low power networks in neighborhoods
- Does not see a large company setting the standard system stack for IoT
- Design and build the system using off-the-shelf software and hardware. The mix is the challenge.
Tom concluded by demonstrating a toy application in which a proximity sensor monitors the location of a “car” relative to a “storm” and sounds a horn on a web page if the car comes too close to the storm. He simulated a storm using a Bluetooth low energy beacon. Both the car and the storm run on Intel Edison chips. The car chip sends data to the cloud which monitors the distance and sounds the alarm.
Tom noted issues with the Yocto version of Linux running on the Edison and the difficulty of programming the #Bluetooth devices.
#IoT panel: software is king and you need to understand the industry when building applications
Posted on October 14th, 2015
10/13/2015 @Verizon, 140 West Street, NY
Samantha King moderated a panel of experts on the #InternetOfThings. The discussion covered many aspects of mobile computing which can be divided into the 4 areas of smart: wearable, home, city, enterprise.
The panelists came from different parts of the IoT world.
Jamyn Edis @Dash talked about how Dash developed onboard diagnostic device that plugs into the car dashboard and broadcasts the performance of the car and driver to a smart phone. They have a deal with DOT in NY and an insurance company. The device also allows fleet managers to monitor driving behavior. They collect sensitive data, but they don’t share the data with others.
He talked about the importance of a software platform to capture the data and how they want to be hardware agnostic.
Ed Maguire is a research analyst for CLSA. He divides the industry into consumer and industry sectors. He believes that sensors, wireless connectivity, data connectivity will soon be absorbed into household products. But, sensors in industrial processes might have an even larger long term effect. These sensors can help us better understand what is going on in complicated systems and help us improve the processes.
He sees a glut of smart wearables. The next area will be the smart home: Savant announced a $500 universal remote. GE, IBM, CSCO are pointing their businesses toward IoT.
He cautioned that when industrial and public systems are linked and controlled by sensors there is risk and we need to be careful about what is revealed about this infrastructure.
Ed said that devices should run off a platform and solve a specific problem. This means that specific industry knowledge is needed before developing the device. Industry knowledge is also important in considering the adoption of a new method. For instance, connected farming offers many advantages but might be a difficult sale since farmers buy through channels and they are not comfortable when someone else owns their data.
One trend he sees is edge analytics where as much processing/analysis is done near the source so the data send over the internet is minimized.
Ted Ullrich consults with hardware startups. He sees a proliferation of sensors connected with wifi and cellular. Examples include Hitatchi instrumenting its trains, Canary developing smart apartment security system, Kean Home working on connected ventilation and sump pumps.
Ted sees some companies using open source and others using closed source depending on their changing needs. He mentioned that originally Makerbot was open source, but then became closed source as they wanted to control their hardware.
The largest changes will be in software and connectivity as sensor technology evolves more slowly.
Thomas Gilley is currently in his 12th startup. Software is the key to useful outputs. In the next 3 years he sees large companies waking up to what is happening in small companies and acquiring them.
Data is the thing of value. For instance, a soft drink company has connected their dispensers and are looking to correlate demand to events. They would eventually make predictive models of demand.
To protect your ideas, start a dialogue with larger companies and get them on board. Once you become larger, create an advantage in execution.
Real time stream processing is becoming increasing important. Data cleaning is an essential part of this processing.
You need to understand the domain to know what the sensors tell you.
Posted on July 29th, 2015
07/29/2015 @ ThoughtWorks, 99 Madison Ave, 15th Floor, NY
Brian Hall and Dan Grinkevich introduced the group to @NYCMesh a city-wide independent #wi-fi network for computer-to-computer communications without going through the commercial web (e.g. Comcast, TimeWarner). The mesh is owned by the community and individuals can install routers hooked into the network. See the image for other reasons to join this network.
Community meshes are relatively new in the US with the most prominent being: Red Hook wifi (25 nodes) and SeattleMesh.net (10 nodes). By contrast, there are many large networks in Europe. Two noteworthy ones are Spain, which started as a way to get internet on farms and Germany, which has few wifi hotspots (providers are liable for anything anyone does on your hotspot).
Routers can be set up in less than 2 hours using open source software BMX6 in qMp. More information and downloads can be found on their web site: https://nycmesh.net/.
#InternetOfThings NY #21 Smart #HomeSecurity / Security of #SmartHome
Posted on July 24th, 2015
IoT meetup NYC #iotNY @lindadrabik
07/23/2015 @ Cardozo Law School room 206, 55 Fifth Ave, NY
The meetup had two speakers and three presentations by IoT hackathon award winners
In the first presentation Andrey Katsman @Canary (a home security system) spoke about the differences between most programming and software development for IoT. The three main differences he highlighted were
- specific to hardware
- better performance
- greater robustness
One of the key differences is the need for precision especially in coordinating the timing of the program to the timing of actions to be performed in the physical world. This is especially important for safety (self-driving vehicles).
Andrey recommended several ways to minimize errors. These include
- unit tests
- statistical analysis, be as scientific as possible
- analyze the math (e.g. roundoff errors)
- collect data and visualize it
- chart how the logic should behave
- study your data sheets,
He next talked about precise timing
- real time means done exactly as expected
- hard real time is the goal
- soft real time means we are close enough to satisfy the task (just good enough)
- goal is deterministic control of all peripherals
and how do we get there
- use lower level language (compilers try to optimize the code & garbage collector can cause problems)
- be mindful of how hardware is called
- delay of a sensor reporting results – problems with blocking & time delay
- memory mapping – compiler needs to know about it
- know the limitations about your processor – e.g. how are threads handled especially on a single core processor
- make sure your processor can handle the network
- plan for firewalls
- plan for encryption.
He then talked about how low level drivers can be tricky – unexpected behavior since it might be trying to optimize specific targets that may or may not be consistent with your assumptions such as how they are initialized,
Next, Sanjay Sarma @ MIT spoke via speaker phone on the ongoing challenges facing IoT.
He noted that historically the most successfully technologies were eventually dominated by a single technology (e.g. packets to create the internet, internal combustion engines, AC current). But IoT has many ways to connect thing (e.g. Zigbee, Wifi,…) and networks such as those in cars are not secure and idiosyncratic. Standardization and protocols will make security better. He proposes creating everything as an avatar in the virtual world. In a world with massively pervasive sensors, anything you buy will also include an avatar in the virtual world.
The evening was concluded by three lighting talks
Goodsleep talked about monitoring the humidity, temp, light, accelerometer, sound, VOC in the bedroom to assist in getting a good night’s sleep.
Microexpression talked about using a state machine to map text to Morse code
TeamImpact talked about sensors to save lives and better understand the effects of head trauma. They use accelerometers to measure head impacts which can be compared to historical trends, benchmarked against ones cohort and epidemiologically studied.
Review of Google I/O 2015
Posted on June 26th, 2015
06/24/2015 @Google, Chelsea Market, 9th & 15th St, NY
Speakers presented their impressions of the #Google I/O meeting that was held in San Francisco, May 28 to 29.
First, Nitya Narasimhan gave a rapid overview of the directions of Google’s research over the past year. These initiatives include
- Advanced Tech and Products (ATAP)
- Chrome browser update
- Polymer & web components
- Internet of Things
- ATAP – advanced tech & products included
- Jacquard – Use fabric as a touch sensor
- Ara – modular smart phone- with hot swapable components
- Soli – use radar for gestural interactions – interactive interfaces can be on anything
- Abacus- replace passwords with a series of gestures and your unique actions
- Vault- security archive
- Tango – indoor location sensing
- Chrome browser update – focus on R.A.I.L. performance standards (click here for a full presentation or Paul Irish’s keynote) which are performance goals to improve the UI. Other things to improve the user experience
- devtool – Filmstrip shows you what the page looks every second as the page loads.
- web security using a “speed dating” analogy as you move from one web app to the next.
- Polymer & modern web APIs. (web components) :
- you can create custom HTML tags
- you can export HTML components to other HTML files
- templates to create Polymer elements
- shady DOM – faster than shadow DOM but less capable – for older browsers
Polymer has families of custom components that make it easier to create custom HTML tags
- Iron- web components
- Material design
- Go web – Google services
- Gold targets ecommerce
Polymer starter kit is available with app templates
Material design is now available for both web and mobile.
- Cardboard VR
- Cardboard 2.0 now available for iPhone.
- Can handle bigger phones and the device is easier to assemble
- Expeditions is an initiative to create content for cardboard for education.
- Jump – a goPro hardware setup which captures a 360 degree view with software to stitch it together. Output to cardboard and Youtube.
- SDK for cardboard- example includes a walkthrough for building with Unity.
- Design- designing for virtual reality – see the online demo – see cardboard design lab for guidelines
- Tango – 3d motion tracking and depth scanning
5.Internet of Things
- Nest – thermostat
- Thread group – industry consortium looking to standardize a web and communication links between objects
- Brillo – smallest version of Android OS to run on almost anything – a tool for building with Brillo is expected out soon
- Weave is the messaging system
- Speech and neural networks
Next, Dario Laverde covered Android M, the upcoming version of the OS. It’s also called MNC, short for ‘Macadamia Nut Cookie’ and has an expected release date in the 3rd quarter
- Google Now can be done from any app. This means one can ask for the lead singer of a song as an app is playing that song
- App permissions : at run time you are prompted if you want to access camera, etc. – similar to that on the iPhone. Developers need to check their apps on the emulator to see if this affects older apps. Can also view permissions by app or by capability (e.g. camera).
- Voice Interactor allows for confirmation of actions by voice
- Fingerprints for authentication
- Android backup – backups up all data by default
- Google Play Services 7.5 – one can build deep links to features within your app.
- Can Cast the screen image to a remote display;
- Smart lock so passwords entered on one device do not required repeated password entries across web and mobile devices
- new exercise types added to types in Google Fit database
- untouched devices causes apps to become “inactive”. However, developers can whitelist an app so it does not go to sleep;
- Android design support library: notification icon can now be a resource id or a bitmap (not just jpg and png files)
- new version of Android Studio including real time step-by-step debugging in C++ in Android NDK
- Styluses are now supported on tablets
- Tools: Systrace is a tool to locate problems. Also new compiler optimization
- External storage such as USB device supported by adb
- Graphics – separate TORCH light from the camera controls
- Audio – midi interface
Other developments related to Android include
- New Android Developer Guide
- Android wear now allows maps to be displayed on a watch face see Github/googlemaps…
- Project Tango
- Tango tablet contains the sensors for motion tracking, area learning and depth perception.
- Google announced 3 Contests to build Tango-powered apps in utility, VR or entertainment
- Tablet sells for $512
The third speaker, Ralph Yoozo spoke about Firebase, an online, real time database. Firebase is easy to setup since it requires no server side code to set up security. It can receive data using web sockets or virtual infinite web pages. He has built two applications using Firebase
- A web page to show runners their times (adjusted for their start time) as they crossed the finish line
- The bills in discussion in the NY state senate: see https://nysenate.firebaseapp.com/# s
Ralph also noted
- Firebase is open so everyone can read and write to it, but this can be adjusted
- Can run a curl command form the command line to test the app
- Have a simulator page to debug the code
Ralph also briefly talked about Universal Second Factor which promises to offer better security than just a password. It is a small device (can attach to key chain) that provides a second layer of security in addition to your password. It uses a FIDO protocol.
The meeting was concluded by two brief talks
In the first, Howard Goldstein@NYTimes talked about Smart Lock, which integrates Chrome’s password manager so it extends to Android. Howard said it was very easy for the New York Times to integrate Smart Lock into their applications
- Needs Google APIClient
- Request credentials (the password)
- If succeed, can auto-login
- If fail, some credentials may not have passwords
- If fail, might have multiple accounts on the device – have the user select an account
- Can push credentials to Google so user does not need to enter them again
The second brief talk was by Anna Yan, a first timer’s visit to I/O. She spoke about the two devices demonstrated:
- Exiii makes robotic arms costing $200 They capture motions to an android phone and can be customizable using 3d printed
- Neosensory maps sound patterns to different locations on a vest making use of the sense of touch. The vest can be used as a sensory substitution for the deaf or in extremely noisy environments.
Techmakers U: #IoT, Google #Polymer & Collaboration Tools
Posted on March 22nd, 2015
03/22/2015 @Saint Peters University, Jersey City, NJ
A half day of activities presented by Women Techmakers and GDG North Jersey included presentations, group activities and tutorials. Of the activities, I summarize two of the many sessions.
In the keynote address, CK Kerley contrasted the world when the web was first introduced versus the connected world of smartphones today. She then presented a view of the world where networks of things talk to each other and to us.
This is the Internet of Things: Nike+ basketball shoes that track performance. Umbrellas that tell us when rain is in the forecast. Never look for your luggage again. Never look for parking spaces again. Bottles remind us when to take pills (glowcaps). Inhalers tracking high risk areas.
Currently we live in a world which has already been changed by mobile devices: More mobile devices than people, on-demand everything, selfie-nation, showrooming (comparison shopping), couch commerce, NoMoPhobia (panic when we are away from our mobile phones – constant connectivity)
CK then talked about the components of smart products
And their value proposition
- Products become solutions – Nest is a home efficiency product
- Revenue generating services – lifetime benefit – monthly services for pet monitoring dog collar – razor blade proposition
- Data-driven customer experience – customer engagement drives loyalty. Smart golf clubs give you real time advice
- Optimization & personalization – constantly improve services and profits.
She summarized by saying that the last 25 years were a time when data and connectivity became available to everyone. The next 25 years will be a time when all things become smart.
Later in the afternoon, Lucy He of Google, presented web components as extensions to html tags. These tags make it easier to create customizable elements. The functions of these elements can range from customizable buttons on web pages to toolbars for mobile devices and objects formatted in accordance with material design concepts (link to a previous post on the material design).
Since all browsers do not yet support web components, Polymer is a transition library giving them web component functionality. Lucy grouped the Polymer elements into
- Core-elements – general purpose elements e.g. <core-toolbar> and <core-header-panel>,
- Paper-elements – incorporate material design concepts such as <paper-input>, <paper-checkbox> , <paper-ripple>, <paper-shadow>, etc.