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Smart Grids Give Utility Customers Bargaining Power -
greatest challenge to the smart grid is the cost of replacement meters
energy  internet  web  ubicomp 
may 2009 by gnat
The Demon-Haunted World
matt jones talk at webstock
ubicomp  urban  talk 
february 2009 by gnat
How Nike's Social Network Sells to Runners - BusinessWeek
Runners have collectively logged 93 million miles on
numbers  ubicomp 
november 2008 by gnat
MSR SenseWeb Project
"SenseWeb is a peer produced sensor network that consists of sensors deployed by contributors across the globe. It allows developing sensing applications that use the shared sensing resources and our sensor querying and tasking mechanisms. SensorMap is one such application that mashes up sensor data from SenseWeb on a map interface, and provides interactive tools to selectively query sensors and visualize data, along with authenticated access to manage sensors."
ubicomp  sensor  network  microsoft 
november 2008 by gnat
Wireless Sensor Networks » Blog Archive » Now, a computer to decide for a C-section
Wireless sensors + software = decision support system for C-sections. The question, of course, is what algorithm does the software use?
medicine  ubicomp 
october 2008 by gnat
Bioenergy pact between Europe and Africa
underground sensors to collect soil moisture, temperature, and nutrient info.
ubicomp  agriculture  sensor  network 
october 2008 by gnat
anab jain
"Anab Jain is educated in India, Vienna and London, with a masters in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art. She is interested in exploring the implications of emerging technologies in our everyday lives through a people-centered approach to design"
design  ubicomp  microsoft  nokia  people  england 
october 2008 by gnat
Here comes EVERYTHING!
These stamp-like pieces of adhesive plastic will also contain RFID chips and you will be able to tag the “7995 other items in your house that don’t know how to communicate, yet”. Apparently we all own about 8000 items of which only 5 know how to talk to the rest of the world. Violet’s goal is to make them all smart and connected.
rfid  physical  interaction  computing  ubicomp 
october 2008 by gnat Blackberry As A Bomb Sniffer
"... Technologists at Purdue University is designing a detection system that's so small it could fit into cell phones. The project, known as Distributed Nuclear Detection by Ubiquitous Cell Phone, would help locate dirty bombs or nuclear weapons by "triangulating" the source of radiation when people carrying mobile phones pass by"
ubicomp  sensor  web2.0  mobile 
september 2008 by gnat
Distance no barrier to reef care | Australian IT
reef-based IP network monitoring Great Barrier Reef. Sensor measures water temp, salinity, pressure, and acidity.
network  fish  sensors  ubicomp 
september 2008 by gnat
The evolved radio and its implications for modelling the evolution of novel sensors
"This paper describes an evolvable hardware experiment that resulted in a network of transistors sensing and utilising the radio waves emanating from nearby PCs. We argue that this evolved 'radio' is only the second device ever whose sensors were constructed in a way that in key aspects is analogous to that found in nature. We highlight the advantages and disadvantages of this approach and show why it is practically impossible to implement a similar process in simulation. "
evolution  hardware  ubicomp 
september 2008 by gnat
Twitter / laundryroom
Olin College laundry room tweets what's available.
september 2008 by gnat
Home | tikitag
"Tikitag is the Alcatel-Lucent venture that will build the Internet of things"
ubicomp  hardware 
september 2008 by gnat
Pulse Laser: OFF=ON, or, Whatever happened to Availabot?
It's a long and interesting update, with pictures, but in short: they're making it factory-ready, preparing to pimp it at toy fairs, and you'll be able to buy one soon.
ubicomp  physical  interaction  hardware  web 
september 2008 by gnat
Some Problems with the Notion of Context-Aware Computing, by Thomas Erickson
"The root of the problem is that the context-awareness exhibited by people is of a radically different order than that of computational systems. People notice a vast range of cues, both obvious and subtle, and interpret them in light of their previous experience to define their contexts. Thus, when at the theatre, we know when to talk, when to listen, when to clap, and when to leave. In contrast, context-aware systems detect a very small set of cues, typically quantitative variations of the few dimensions for which they have sensors."
ubicomp  research  mobile 
august 2008 by gnat
Google Shows Off Android App Winners -- Google Android Developer -- InformationWeek
Another datapoint. Google and Nokia are investing and believing in the move of computing to the real world: GPS, local data, geodata, are all essential ingredients for the untethered networked device. The revolution will not be televised, but it will be geotagged.
android  google  geo  mobile  ubicomp 
august 2008 by gnat
Future of Internet Search: Mobile version « petitinvention
wonderful imagination of what the future of a ubiquitous all-in-one device might be able to do for us.
ubicomp  technology  future 
august 2008 by gnat
russell davies: draping the city in data and dodging augmented urban spam
someone else thinking about architecture, spam, advertising, and ubicomp
ubicomp  advertising  architecture 
august 2008 by gnat
More on interactive advertising: Better be careful what you wish for « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
he's found a brilliantly evil concept that unites behaviour-modifying real world constructions with ubicomp and advertising: windows that change opacity depending on whether the occupant is exhibiting correct consumption behaviour. Worth reading for Adam's acid prose but also for the idea. Architecture-commerce feedback loops are scary.
architecture  ubicomp  advertising 
august 2008 by gnat
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Research News 08-2008-Topic 5
“The goods are registered by a camera integrated in the scales. An image evaluation algorithm compares the image with stored data and thus automatically recognizes which type of fruit this is,”
ubicomp  shopping 
august 2008 by gnat
Adobe Design Center - Columns and articles from experts on web design and motion graphics
"one of the common problems of giant screens recast as building surfaces is that their content is utterly disconnected from the architecture and the function of the building"
ubicomp  architecture 
august 2008 by gnat
thingm :: an electronic product studio: WineM
smart wine rack, RFIDs on bottles and a barcode scanner let you manage inventory
ubicomp  rfid  hardware  hack 
august 2008 by gnat
Orange Cone: UX Week Ubicomp UX Presentation, Sketching in NYT
Adaptive Path's UX Week was apparently good. Says Mike Kuniavsky: "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."
ubicomp  speaking 
august 2008 by gnat
Inhabitat » Paris Visualizes Air Quality Via Color-Changing Balloon
"Airparif recently deployed a giant helium balloon that will provide Parisians with an at-a-glance indication of both atmospheric and inner-city air quality. The Aérophile balloon is the first of its kind and will employ an innovative color-changing system to broadcast an important environmental message." Ambient orb in the sky! I vote they add a grid of emissions detectors and some high powered lasers. Ambient orb KILL! EMISSIONS LAWS ENFORCED BY GIGAWATT LASER
viz  environment  ubicomp 
august 2008 by gnat
MiFare RFID crack more extensive than previously thought
"It seems that all these wireless technologies are hyped for comfort, mostly," said Nohl. "Swiping a card is presented as cumbersome, whereas tapping a card is considered fancy and new. At the same time, these technologies are not really understood in terms of threat models."
rfid  ubicomp  security 
august 2008 by gnat
Open the Future: Making the Visible Invisible
"The flip side of "show me everything I want to know about the world" is "don't show me anything I don't want to know.""
august 2008 by gnat
Maison Fleury: My new project: OpenRemote
home automation, along with mark spencer of asterisk
july 2008 by gnat
confectious: Sketching in Hardware Day 1: Tom Igoe
a list of the projects that everyone reinvents with ubicomp tech. These are the "Hello, World"s, the equivalent of "write a wiki in 11 lines of code", the celsius-fahrenheit temperature conversion programs that are everyone's first steps in a new lang.
ubicomp  hardware  hacking  patterns 
july 2008 by gnat
Prototype - Finding and Fixing a Home’s Power Hogs -
smart power meters the killer app for zigbee. "Governments would have to take steps like developing rate structures that reward efficiency, not power production, and eliminating write-offs for energy use"
energy  home  management  ubicomp 
july 2008 by gnat
Smart Home Monitoring for Elderly
watch electrical outlets, detect when abnormal use, triggering messages
research  ubicomp  nz  foo 
july 2008 by gnat
Rain Master's Smart Controller Outsmarts The Thief
networked mobile devices can report their own theft. how long before this is expected and built-in? why don't Macs have this ability out of the box? phones?
mobile  ubicomp  security 
july 2008 by gnat
ButtUgly: Main_blogentry_300608_2
my rebuttal: Smart Spaces only works if useful and fades into background (see Bruce Sterling's talk). Finding evolutionary path to Internet of Things is hard but arguing that it'll never happen is like creationists arguing the eyeball couldn't happen.
ubicomp  mobile 
july 2008 by gnat
Younghee Jung » Blog Archive » gradual dissemination: the usefulness of touch
suipo is japanese touch-as-interface mobile payment system. can even check into flights with it.
mobile  japan  ubicomp 
june 2008 by gnat
Jura Coffee Maker hack
News from the future for ubicomp: remotely exploitable coffee machines.
june 2008 by gnat
Gumption: UbiComp 2008 Workshops
workships at the 2008 Ubicomp conference. It's in S Korea this year. Covet!
ubicomp  events 
june 2008 by gnat
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: revelations
need the internet; everyone permanently lost; address becoming enough
ubicomp  urban 
may 2008 by gnat
Review: Five Themes for Interaction Design
Doing is different from planning, design for expert use, expose actions, risk builds trust/responsibility/attention, augment the physical with digital
ubicomp  design 
may 2008 by gnat
Mobile-phone microscopes | Doctor on call |
mobile phone becomes microscope, useful for quick in-field malaria detection .
ubicomp  medicine 
may 2008 by gnat
The Daily ACK: The death of the desktop, the end of the Internet?
review of "hardware killing intarwebs" fears, with general response of HTFU
ubicomp  hardware  internet  future 
may 2008 by gnat
How Dopplr teaches us about owning our identity data - Own Your Identity
beginning to think about this as a key enabler of web-type innovation in physical domain products
ubicomp  data  open 
may 2008 by gnat
Orange Cone: Information Shadows in children's experiences
webkinz and a disney toy. Big brands => must be hugely successful
kids  ubicomp 
may 2008 by gnat
Designing Calm Technology
Mark Weiser's manifesto for what it is to design calm technology.
ubicomp  design  hci 
may 2008 by gnat
The address book desk / Timo Arnall
fascinating address book desk mashup. I don't see this as a way forward, though: physical space in offices is too valuable. Computers should provide new uses for existing space.
ubicomp  interaction  design  rfid  mobile 
april 2008 by gnat
Marcus Foth | Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City
what the academics are up to in urban ubicomp. Interesting: Australian academics active in this field.
australia  books  urban  ubicomp 
april 2008 by gnat
Wish I’d seen this « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
("this" = Coates+Jones on personal information ubicomp). I hope it was recorded.
ubicomp  design  web2.0  data  privacy 
april 2008 by gnat
Twitter / andy_house
andy's house twitters, thanks to mr house
home  automation  social  web  ubicomp 
april 2008 by gnat
cityofsound: The Personal Well-Tempered Environment
"Essentially, the idea is for a system that makes previously invisible aspects of people's behaviour visible, in order to help change individual and collective behaviour. In this case, the primary drive is towards leading a more sustainable personal life"
ubicomp  urban  society  energy  design 
april 2008 by gnat
Ship locations
live tracker of ship locations around the world
geo  ubicomp 
april 2008 by gnat
cityofsound: Transport informatics
"a quick survey of new informational approaches to transport, hinging on individual behaviour and engagement via public data". impressive set of examples of public data in action.
data  urban  design  ubicomp 
april 2008 by gnat
Crime cameras not capturing many crimes
when privacy concerns neuter the effectiveness, reducing it to placebos. ubiplacebo?
ubicomp  privacy  society 
april 2008 by gnat
Bruce Sterling: InnovationsForum InteraktionsDesign
fantastic talk by Sterling about ubicomp and design. much to chew on.
ubicomp  design 
april 2008 by gnat
Being Human: Human-Computer Interaction in the Year 2020
very long reading list. some interesting bits in there, including future of HCI and "Natural Born Cyborgs"
hci  ubicomp  books 
april 2008 by gnat
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