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Practical Magic | Think Quarterly by Google
"The most original innovations spring from mucking about, not from thinking hard. Perhaps that’s really why all this is happening now – components are getting smaller and cheaper, computing is becoming disposable, networking is getting easier – but I don’t think this is driven just by technology. It’s driven by a generation of inventors who’ve learned the power of fast, cheap ‘making’ on the web and want to try it in the world.

This, to me, is as exciting as the day I downloaded a browser. We’re seeing the connectivity and power of the web seeping from our devices and into our objects. Everyday objects, yes, but also new generations of extraordinary objects – flying robot penguin balloons, quadrocopters that can play tennis, Wi-Fi rabbits that tell you the weather."
google  innovation  russelldavies  tinkering  berglondon  berg  wifi  arduino  mikekuniavsky  html  web  internet  making  hacking  internetofthings  spimes  2011  iot 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Information is a Material (Device Design Day talk transcript) - Orange Cone
"When something becomes cheap, it quickly joins the toolkit of things we create our world with. It becomes a design material. Sometimes for better and other times for worse.<br />
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In the last five years cheap, small processors have drastically lowered the cost of taking information in, evaluating it, manipulating it, rearranging it, and acting on it. It is no longer unthinkable to have an everyday object use an embedded processor to take a small piece of information--say the temperature, or the orientation of a device, or your meeting schedule--and autonomously act on it to help the device do its job better. Information processing is now part of the set of options we can practically consider when designing just about any object.<br />
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In other words, information is quickly becoming a material to design with."
mikekuniavsky  via:migurski  data  information  design  microprocessors  embedded  informationprocessing  processing  informationasmaterial 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Peak MHz - Orange Cone
"This chart demonstrates that we hit the era of what I'm calling Peak MHz in about 2004. That's the point when processor speed effectively peaked as chip manufacturers began competing along other dimensions. Those other dimensions--energy efficiency, size and cost--are driving ubiquitous computing, as their chips become more efficient, smaller and cheaper, thus making them increasingly easier to include into everyday objects.<br />
For those who grew up during the 1990-2004 era, this can be quite confusing, since CPU speed was how the value of computing devices was commonly measured. Now that is shifting to how that power is applied. In other words, it's gone from being a discussion of raw power, to how that power is applied (for a similar phenomenon, see the superbike top speed competition among motorcycle manufacturers, which ended with the 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa agreement)."
processingspeed  systems  power  ubicomp  2010  mikekuniavsky  energy  efficiency  cost  size  computing 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Orange Cone: UX Week Ubicomp UX Presentation, Sketching in NYT
"It was a pleasure to be invited and to present to a group of old and new friends. I felt so comfortable that I decided to abandon my usual presentation format and present without any slides. I brought a suitcase of stuff and a stapled pile of notes, and pulled things out of the suitcase to illustrate my point. Kind of like a prop comedy version of a presentation, except not as funny. Or not as intentionally funny, anyway. However, as usual, I had written the presentation (108K PDF) in PowerPoint, so you can still read what I said, even though the slides are blank and you don't get to see me pulling a Motorola Dynatac phone out of a fake Prada purse. AP says they'll have video of it up soon."
presentations  speaking  ubicomp  mikekuniavsky 
august 2008 by robertogreco

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