When it comes to showing something on your phone to friends or co-workers, it’s not always ideal to have them crowd round the small screen size of typical mobile devices. While it’s possible to push the display to larger screens such as connected TVs, the element of touch control is still limited to the smartphone. Currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, TouchPico is a device that can wirelessly project an 80″ display from Android smartphones, with a touch interface. READ MORE…
It’s the age of personalization.
Our laptops, phones, and tablets suggest books we should read and movies we should watch. Grocery stores give out coupons based on our buying habits. But up until now, cloud computing has been ready-made, rather than custom-made. That’s about to change.
If you’re a New Yorker who likes to nerd out about maps, urbanism, and data visualization, a new app called Tunnel Vision will be like poetry to your eyes. But even if you’re not into any of those things, it might make dismal waits on subway platforms a little more fun.
COMPOSE, or Collaborative Open Market to Place Objects at your *lowercase your* Service
In the new Pew Internet report on the Internet of Things in 2025 I was cited for inventing the term ‘computication’:
Desktop computers will be in museums, although a certain cadre will not give up their keyboards and will resist learning how to subvocalize or sign. People who talk to their goggles are considered infantile, since most people give up on that technique before starting school. Most people have wrist or finger devices that talk with their goggles, even when the goggles are off (in bed, exercising, in the shower, etc.), giving notifications, and allowing a subset of computication capability.
Some work objects — and other social objects — will become partly animate, capable of communicating with each other and us. Sensors, AIs, intelligent documents — all will demonstrate the characteristics of Bruce Sterling’s spimes. They will have ‘lifetimes’ and they will persist. They will have relationships with us and other spimes. They will computicate.
Our work graphs will be richer for that, but today’s tools are organized around inanimate and flimsy work objects. Beefing that up is one of the major trends for the next five years in the enterprise.
Control your Drones from DroneDeploy Simple Web-Based Mission Planner
DroneDeploy launches their web-based drone control platform, enabling users to control drones over the internet. The software is designed to simplify drone workflows, making it easy to create high-precision surveys, agricultural maps, and point clouds.
Full story: Adafruit
Google’s self-driving fleet of Prius and Lexus vehicles have a stellar safety record, and, at least according to Google, are now safer than human drivers. That’s partially because machines aren’t distracted by things like spilled coffee or an obnoxious song on the radio. They also don’t get tired after a 10-hour day at the office.
These cars are safer because they are the most passive object on the roads. There is no aggressive driving. If you watch at minute 1:04 you’ll see the cyclist just messing with the car. Now I’m sure this is done for testing and demonstration purposes, but I guarantee the first driverless cars are going to be cut off constantly, because the other drivers on the road will know that they’ll stop.
A look at 3D printed food.
Hungry? Just hit ‘print’
3-D food printers could revolutionize the way we make meals. Take a look at the variety of foods — from chicken nuggets to carrots — that can be printed.
Civic authorities can’t be everywhere at once and often rely on citizens to inform them of the improvements that need making. The NYPD already launched its own crowdsourcing crime reports app, and now the Bürgerforum Vorarlberg mobile app is enabling citizens to flag community issues that need addressing by sending photos and text direct to the council. READ MORE…
If you’re walking, you really shouldn’t be texting. While not as perilous as texting and driving, there’s no surer way to annoy fellow pedestrians than by zigzagging across a sidewalk, eyes glued to your precious screen. But if you absolutely must walk and text, Apple might have a new feature that could make that action safer.
Paul Higgins: A solution looking for a problem. Just don’t walk and text. be a little more in the world