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The future of wireless innovation - more than just software

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Slides presented by David Wood at the Cambridge Wireless 2012 "Future of Wireless International Conference", speaking against the debate motion "This house believes that the future of innovation in the wireless industry is in the virtual rather than the physical world”: http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/news/article/default.aspx?objid=42264.
An updated version of this debate featured in the E&T magazine in June 2014, http://eandt.theiet.org/magazine/2014/06/debate.cfm.

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The future of wireless innovation - more than just software

  1. 1. David W. Wood – @dw2 Chief Technology Architect, Accenture Mobility “This house believes that the future of innovation in the wireless industry is in the virtual rather than the physical world” Too narrow a view There’s MUCH more to future wireless innovation than innovations in the virtual world
  2. 2. 2 Handsets as commodities? The march of the black slabs? We’ve heard that story before! (e.g. 2001…)
  3. 3. 3 Wireless industry innovation: Game-changers, standing out from commodity “Nokia today announced deliveries of its first imaging phone in Finland. Incorporating a digital camera, Multimedia Messaging (MMS) capability and a full-color display, the Nokia 7650 phone opens up a new era in personal mobile communications…” http://press.nokia.com/2002/06/26/the-nokia-7650-imaging-phone-is-now-shipping/
  4. 4. 4 Handsets as commodities? The march of the black slabs? We’ve heard that story before! (e.g. 2001, 2006, …)
  5. 5. 5 The future of wireless industry innovation: Transparency Transparent double-sided touchscreen display Android NTT Docomo smartphone prototype by Fujitsu http://www.diginfo.tv/v/12-0099-r-en.php
  6. 6. 6 The future of wireless industry innovation: Touch Physical buttons that rise up from the display “Buttons when you need them – gone when you don’t” http://www.tactustechnology.com/ Button feedback Blind navigate Reduce typing errors
  7. 7. 7 The future of wireless industry innovation: Scent http://www.arts.ac.uk/tfrg/node/10957 Dr Jenny Tillotson Visiting Scholar Dept of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology University of Cambridge
  8. 8. 8 100-micron-thick “Willow Glass”, by Corning: a new ultra-thin and flexible substrate for LCDs and OLEDs http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/04/corning-unveils-slim-flexible-willow-glass-video/ The future of wireless industry innovation: Flexibility
  9. 9. 9 The future of wireless industry innovation: Power Management Adaptive charging of Li-Ion batteries More run time Faster charging Longer cycle life http://www.qnovocorp.com/
  10. 10. 10 The future of wireless industry innovation: Imaging Array of low resolution sensors: software subsequently recreates the combined image “Enter the third dimension” Thinner smartphone High quality images New applications http://www.pelicanimaging.com/
  11. 11. 11 The future of wireless industry innovation: Sensors Based on a cartoon by Jeff MacNelly Another ginger beer, please Hal I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that The bathroom scale and the hall mirror are reporting disturbing flab anomalies
  12. 12. 12 The future of wireless industry innovation: Sensors http://www.forbes.com/sites/markpmills/2012/05/21/tricorder-update-social-medicine- is-the-next-big-thing-after-social-media/
  13. 13. 13 The future of wireless industry innovation: Sensors http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120603/NEWS/106039760/1003/NEWS03 Developed by Professor Ki Chon, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  14. 14. 14 The future of wireless industry innovation: Sensors http://alivecor.com/video.htm/ Electrocardiogram (ECG) on an iPhone: Dr David Albert, AliveCor
  15. 15. 15 The future of wireless industry innovation: Sensors http://alivecor.com/video.htm/ Electrocardiogram (ECG) on an iPhone: Dr David Albert, AliveCor
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  17. 17. 17 “People will check their bodies as often as they check their emails”
  18. 18. 18 The future of wireless industry innovation: The creative destruction of medicine Basis for improving healthcare: Miniature sensors Imaging & scanning 3D manufacturing Synthetic biology Personalised genomics Electronic medical records Ubiquitous smartphones Communications facilities Next gen social networks Huge computing power Expert decision systems Online medical training http://CreativeDestructionOfMedicine.com/ – Eric Topol MD Technology super-convergence
  19. 19. 19 Physical: Sensors Surfaces Miniaturisation Power management Virtual: Cloud Connectivity Mass storage Big data analytics The future of wireless industry innovation: Ongoing super-convergence
  20. 20. 20 Physical: Sensors Surfaces Miniaturisation Power management Virtual: Cloud Connectivity Mass storage Big data analytics Design: Insight into user requirements Ergonomics; Simplicity Integration: Multi-disciplinary execution & quality The future of wireless industry innovation: Two missing dimensions (‘D’ and ‘I’)
  21. 21. 21 The future of wireless industry innovation: Integration as a Service PlatMaaS: Platform Maintenance as a Service ALMaaS: Application Lifecycle Management as a Service WSTaaS: Whole System Testing as a Service All involve technology running in clouds All depend on detailed knowledge of on-device platforms, for multiple platforms, evolving across time
  22. 22. David W. Wood – @dw2 Chief Technology Architect, Accenture Mobility “This house believes that the future of innovation in the wireless industry is in the virtual rather than the physical world” Too narrow a view There’s MUCH more to future wireless innovation than innovations in the virtual world

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