It’s dangerous to assume that numbers tell the whole story. It’s better to think of data not as a smoking gun, but as a trail of breadcrumbs. Metrics can point you toward problem areas or alert you to a potential issue that you might not have otherwise noticed.
Larry Page Lists 5 Things That Google Will Conquer In The Future
Google CEO Larry Page just published his annual founder’s letter for shareholders and, as usual, it’s a fascinating glimpse into where Page thinks Google is going, how it’s going to get there and what the company will conquer in the future.
Sure, he mentions the usual things: search and email and being always logged in through Chrome so that your stuff can be seamlessly accessed on a laptop, phone or even on your TV.
But there are also a couple of surprises in there
Full Story: Business Insider
Google Calendar has become indispensable for organizing my own time and sharing my schedule with friends and coworkers. But what about letting others know about my preferred availability? Likewise, when I look at my hairdresser’s online calendar, I wonder why I can’t just book the open slot instead of remembering to call during regular business hours. Now, with appointment slots in Google Calendar, any individual or business can manage appointment availability online 24/7.
» via Google Gmail Blog
Stained Glass Labs Infographic: Wearable Ecosystem
Fantastic breakdown of the wearable technology space by Stained Glass Labs. Great go-to list of the major players. If you are interested in this space, check out some of the names under Optics, Clothing and Watches.
Source: Stained Glass Labs Blog
Design: Scan and color, great! (Must be great for matching up paint).
Designer Jinsun Park has designed the Color Picker concept, a marker that is made with a color sensor and ink cartridges.
When you spot a color that you would like to use in the real world, simply scan the sample with one end of the pen, which will detect the color and use the RGB cartridge to mix the necessary inks to produce the target color.
When designers are looking to be “innovative,” many often forget that it’s not just about trendy aesthetic appeal. It’s about genuinely improving an experience and filling a need. Korean designer Joonhuyn Kim’s “Flat Bulb” does just that, reducing its volume to be 1/3 smaller, reducing the cost of packaging and transport. Better yet, its slim shape allows bulbs to be easily stacked and prevents breakage as it does not roll.” Simple, yet effective. That gets design daps.
The world’s first city-wide white-space network has been unveiled today in Cambridge, England.
Neul, which has been part of a trial of the technology in Cambridge, said the trial had been a success. According to Glenn Collinson, Neul’s co-founder, the company was moving to a pre-commercial phase this year with a view to a full commercial roll out in 2013. “The network is aimed squarely at ‘the Internet of things’ applications, machine to machine communication,” he said. “We see a whole host of things being enabled by this in smart cities.”
White space is the unused and underused parts of the wireless spectrum. For example, around the world many TV channels are left vacant in most locations. One of the issues had been whether there would be interference in the remaining TV frequencies. The trial established it was possible to keep them apart.
Other potential uses of the freed-up spectrum was as an alternative way of providing mobile broadband connectivity. Mr. Collinson said this was not on offer.
One of the first uses of the network will be smart electricity meters. This is the first step toward smart electricity grids that will allow electricity supply to be matched more efficiently to real-time demand.
“We see that as the first of many smart applications, starting in Cambridge, but spreading out to other cities.” Mr. Collinson would not say which cities were next, but did say there would be announcements about a city in North America and one in Asia.
Source: The Wall Street Journal