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

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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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  • @blackbeltjones - yes, good plan - have done so. Actually, the microprinter pics are of mine, but I stole the idea from Tom Taylor so have credited him, too...
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  • Probably should point people to the social letterbox by Schulze & Webb / Microprinter code and engineering by Tom Taylor (http://tomtaylor.co.uk/projects/microprinter/). Perhaps replace this slideshow with a revised version with credits / citations...
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  • 1. Everyware
    • "the future is already here,
    • it's just not well distributed yet"
  • 2. wassat? ubiquitous computing data mobile web QR-tag internet virtual reality API network effects invisible technology usability services location devices identity RFID barcode feed
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. examples?
    • tikitag / violet / nabaztag
    • botanicalls
    • “ ambient umbrella”
    • wikitude ( http://www.mobilizy.com )
  • 6. more..?
    • barcoded objects > barcoded environments
    • RFID
    • Bluetooth (Cityware / Facebook)
    • ..and, yes, mobile web browsing
  • 7. 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
  • 8. ..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
  • 9. what is it of which you speak? everyware devices location network services content computing power
  • 10. 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
  • 11. network
    • GPRS, EDGE, 3G
    • WIFI and (possibly) WIMAX
    • cheaper
    • faster
    • more available
    • more marketed
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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..
  • 15. 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
  • 16. 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
  • 17. "vastpoint sensing"
    • twitter as sensor grid
      • weather
      • hayfever
      • current mood
      • ...not to mention news
    • ambient / non-ambient crowd-sourcing
  • 18. 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?
  • 19. cheap hacks --> invisible
    • arduino
    • the networked printer :-)
    • http://www.pachube.com
    • free and available API's
  • 20. privacy?
    • well, yes, but often about education rather than technology
    • more often than not, the benefits can be gained without specificity
  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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

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