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In this Ignite presentation, I examine the notion of "everyware" - the merging and flowing of data and content between virtual and real spaces and the layering of virtual content onto the real world. ...

In this Ignite presentation, I examine the notion of "everyware" - the merging and flowing of data and content between virtual and real spaces and the layering of virtual content onto the real world. Although this isn't hugely new, I argue that the growing convergence between device ubiquity, network speed, lowering cost, user familiarity, accurate LBS, geo-lo'd services and higher computing power points to a horizon where everyware is becoming a reality at last

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    Everyware - "the future is already here, it's just not well distributed yet" Everyware - "the future is already here, it's just not well distributed yet" Presentation Transcript

    • Everyware
      • "the future is already here,
      • it's just not well distributed yet"
    • wassat? ubiquitous computing data mobile web QR-tag internet virtual reality API network effects invisible technology usability services location devices identity RFID barcode feed
    • real-world virtual experiences
      • virtual content is rich, clever and quick
      • ..but we don’t live in a virtual space, we live in a real one (mostly)
      • “ everyware” means looking at content merging and flowing between the two
    • why is this important?
      • extra layers of information
      • easily accessible
      • starting (as we’ll see) to be easy...
      • ...which means the virtual is an adjunct rather than a replacement to the “real” experience
    • examples?
      • tikitag / violet / nabaztag
      • botanicalls
      • “ ambient umbrella”
      • wikitude ( http://www.mobilizy.com )
    • more..?
      • barcoded objects > barcoded environments
      • RFID
      • Bluetooth (Cityware / Facebook)
      • ..and, yes, mobile web browsing
    • I’ve heard it all before
      • well, yes, this kind of notion has been around a while
      “ Our preliminary approach: Activate the world. Provide hundreds of wireless computing devices per person per office, of all scales” Xerox PARC, 1996 http://sandbox.xerox.com/ubicomp
    • ..but now is a special time
      • finally beginning to see a convergence of several factors which make a real, non-clunky, “invisible technology” solution possible
      • ...or at least some exciting hints which look like they’ll become everyware-like
    • what is it of which you speak? everyware devices location network services content computing power
    • devices
      • we all have “a device”
      • 1.15bn new handsets last year
      • (of which 90% have colour web browser)
      • cheap, small, replaceable (~every 14 months)
      • 1.2bn "mobile web" users
      • devices themselves as sensors (more later)
      Source: Tomi Ahonen Almanac 2009 http://tinyurl.com/mobile-ref-1
    • network
      • GPRS, EDGE, 3G
      • WIFI and (possibly) WIMAX
      • cheaper
      • faster
      • more available
      • more marketed
    • location
      • cell(+) location
      • gps (if you’re outside)
      • + some WIFI location
      • mobile OS starting to be location aware
      • ..but more to the point, many geocoding services available
      • ..and millions of geocoded resources
    • computing power
      • (mobile) computing power is increasing at a huge rate
      • mobiles will be (are!) the platform of choice
      • at the same time, the services themselves are fast enough to cope
    • content
      • vast swathes of stuff is now available via API’s, which effectively means “on any device”
      • example: 100 million CC’d images on Flickr, many of which are geocoded
      • not to mention Google..
    • services
      • real-time access to services
      • realistic access times across our (nearly) ubiquitous networks
      • availability of these services is high, and they are usually free or cheap
    • tagging and flagging
      • once you begin to tag stuff, all sorts of other things can happen
      • examples include RFID, QR code, barcode
      • unique id + x,y,z = tracking
    • "vastpoint sensing"
      • twitter as sensor grid
        • weather
        • hayfever
        • current mood
        • ...not to mention news
      • ambient / non-ambient crowd-sourcing
    • devices as sensors
      • how about:
        • traffic reports based on real-time movement data (density, speed and direction)
        • weather data based on real-time brightness, temperature, etc
        • self-correcting maps based on crowd-sourcing gps data
        • camera? audio? altitude?
    • cheap hacks --> invisible
      • arduino
      • the networked printer :-)
      • http://www.pachube.com
      • free and available API's
    • privacy?
      • well, yes, but often about education rather than technology
      • more often than not, the benefits can be gained without specificity
    • predictions (dangerous..)
      • we'll see further increases of network and device speeds
      • ..perhaps rolling out of city-wide networks
      • ..but also understanding and embedding of the possibilities into the psyche of users
      • the tendency to move away from geek and closer to invisible
      thanks for listening
    • credits // thanks
      • “ Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing” Adam Greenfield http://www.studies-observations.com/everyware
      • “ ..the future is already here, it’s just not well distributed yet” Bruce Sterling http :// boingboing.net/images/blobjects.htm
      • Tikitag ( http://www.touchatag.com / ) / Violet ( http://www.violet.net/ ) / Nabaztag ( http://www.nabaztag.com/ )/ Botanicalls ( http://www.botanicalls.com/ ) / Ambient Umbrella ( http://www.ambientdevices.com/products/umbrella.html ) / Wikitude ( http://www.mobilizy.com/ ) / Cityware ( http://www.cityware.org.uk / )
      • Networked printer http :// tomtaylor.co.uk/projects/microprinter http :// www.flickr.com/photos/dmje/sets/72157615517467741