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
Pebble: E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android
Pebble is the first watch built for the 21st century. It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages.
Paul Higgins: They Raised $100,000 in the first 2 hours - Amazing. I have not worn a watch for more than 25 years but I am going to back this and get one
Full Story: Kickstarter
Only 1% of companies are strategic in use of social business. The myth of social media tactics vs the reality of social business strategies via Forbes
The JuiceTank is the first iPhone case to feature an integrated wall charger that folds flat to provide maximum portability. The automated plug deploys easily and allows you to plug your phone directly into any outlet. No cords required.
See kickstarter project.
This is a trend: mobile devices will have everything they need to operate independently. Their own plugs, but also being able to download music without a PC, to upload pictures without a PC, and so on. And soon, wireless electricity. Untethered mobility.
RightInbox and is a free Chrome and Firefox extension that was made specifically for Gmail. After a quick installation, your “Send” button in Gmail turns into two buttons; “Send Now” and “Send Later”. (via RightInbox Will Schedule Your Email Delivery in Gmail)