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The Intertubes Everywhere


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This is a museumy version of my Ignite Cardiff presentation - I presented it at UKMW09.

The basic premise is that I believe we're approaching a kind of "perfect storm" for mobile and ubiquitous computing: the dream has been around for a long time but now we're seeing network speed increasing, cost dropping, device capability improving. Now could be the time for cultural heritage to really embrace mobile...

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The Intertubes Everywhere

  1. 1. the intertubes, everywhere <ul><li>&quot;the future is already here, </li></ul><ul><li>it's just not well distributed yet&quot; </li></ul>
  2. 2. or, just “everyware”
  3. 3. By the way <ul><li>I’m not going to talk about museums </li></ul>
  4. 4. so this is? ubiquitous computing data mobile web QR-tag internet virtual reality API network effects invisible technology usability services location devices identity RFID barcode feed
  5. 5. real-world virtual experiences <ul><li>virtual content is rich, clever and quick </li></ul><ul><li>..but we don’t live in a virtual space, we live in a real one (mostly) </li></ul><ul><li>“ everyware” means looking at content merging and flowing between the two </li></ul>
  6. 6. which means what? <ul><li>extra layers of information </li></ul><ul><li>easily accessible </li></ul><ul><li>starting (as we’ll see) to be easy... </li></ul><ul><li>...which means the virtual is an adjunct rather than a replacement to the “real” experience </li></ul>
  7. 7. examples? <ul><li>tikitag / violet / nabaztag </li></ul><ul><li>botanicalls </li></ul><ul><li>“ ambient umbrella” </li></ul><ul><li>wikitude </li></ul><ul><li>layar </li></ul>
  8. 8. tagging and flagging <ul><li>barcoded objects > barcoded environments </li></ul><ul><li>RFID (hello, UKMW09...) </li></ul><ul><li>Bluetooth (Cityware / Facebook) </li></ul><ul><li>..and, yes, mobile web browsing </li></ul>
  9. 9. “ Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard it all before..” “ Our preliminary approach: Activate the world. Provide hundreds of wireless computing devices per person per office, of all scales” Xerox PARC, 1996
  10. 10. ..but now is a special time <ul><li>finally beginning to see a convergence of several factors which make a real, non-clunky, “invisible technology” solution possible </li></ul><ul><li>...or at least some exciting hints which look like they’ll become everyware-like </li></ul>
  11. 11. devices location network services content computing power invisible and everywhere
  12. 12. devices Source: Tomi Ahonen Almanac 2009 <ul><li>we all have “a device” </li></ul><ul><li>1.15bn new handsets last year </li></ul><ul><li>(of which 90% have colour web browser) </li></ul><ul><li>cheap, small, replaceable </li></ul><ul><li>1.2bn “mobile web” users </li></ul><ul><li>devices themselves as sensors... </li></ul>
  13. 13. network <ul><li>GPRS, EDGE, 3G </li></ul><ul><li>WIFI and (possibly) WIMAX </li></ul><ul><li>cheaper </li></ul><ul><li>faster </li></ul><ul><li>more available </li></ul><ul><li>more marketed </li></ul>
  14. 14. location <ul><li>cell(+) location </li></ul><ul><li>gps (if you’re outside) </li></ul><ul><li>+ some WIFI location </li></ul><ul><li>mobile OS starting to be location aware </li></ul><ul><li>..but more to the point, many geocoding services available </li></ul><ul><li>..and millions of geocoded resources </li></ul>
  15. 15. computing power <ul><li>(mobile) computing power is increasing at a huge rate </li></ul><ul><li>mobiles will be (are!) the platform of choice </li></ul><ul><li>at the same time, the services themselves are fast enough to cope </li></ul>
  16. 16. content <ul><li>vast swathes of stuff is now available via API’s, which effectively means “on any device” </li></ul><ul><li>example: 100 million CC’d images on Flickr, many of which are geocoded </li></ul><ul><li>not to mention Google.. </li></ul>
  17. 17. services <ul><li>real-time access to services </li></ul><ul><li>realistic access times across our (nearly) ubiquitous networks </li></ul><ul><li>availability of these services is high, and they are usually free or cheap </li></ul>
  18. 18. devices location network services content computing power now these are in place ...we can go nuts thinking about the potential
  19. 19. &quot;vastpoint sensing&quot; <ul><li>twitter as sensor grid </li></ul><ul><li>weather </li></ul><ul><li>hayfever </li></ul><ul><li>current mood </li></ul><ul><li>...not to mention news </li></ul><ul><li>ambient / non-ambient crowd-sourcing </li></ul>
  20. 20. devices as sensors <ul><li>how about: </li></ul><ul><li>traffic reports based on real-time movement data (density, speed and direction) </li></ul><ul><li>weather data based on real-time brightness, temperature, etc </li></ul><ul><li>self-correcting maps based on crowd-sourcing gps data </li></ul><ul><li>camera? audio? altitude? </li></ul>
  21. 21. predictions (dangerous..) <ul><li>we'll see further increases of network and device speeds </li></ul><ul><li>..perhaps rolling out of city-wide networks </li></ul><ul><li>..but also understanding and embedding of the possibilities into the psyche of users </li></ul><ul><li>the tendency to move away from geek and closer to invisible </li></ul>
  22. 22. thank you for listening <ul><li>@m1ke_ellis </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  23. 23. thanks to these people too <ul><li>“ Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing” Adam Greenfield </li></ul><ul><li>“ ..the future is already here, it’s just not well distributed yet” Bruce Sterling </li></ul><ul><li>Ti kitag ( ) / Violet ( ) / Nabaztag ( )/ Botanicall s ( ) / Am bient Umbrella ( http:// lla.html ) / Wikitude ( ht tp:// ) / Cityware ( http :// ) </li></ul>