The Human-Human Interface

Shades of Digital Angel

Personal Infrastructure

Real time location services. Tracking your stuff, tracking your loved ones, well, don’t you want to know?

“The company’s Hugs and Halo systems are designed to help prevent infants from being removed from a hospital without permission, while RoamAlert is intended to keep patients—such as those with Alzheimer’s—from wandering unattended. The infant and patient-monitoring systems offer other protections as well, such as skin-sensing capabilities that can trigger an alert when a tag is removed from a wearer.”

Tesla Rides Again

Network Infrastructure for the Neurosphere

Although this is also interesting juxtaposed with the previous item, powering without wires is something I think about every business trip when I travel with power cords for PC, phone and iPod, and more if I bring the portable speakers…

“Researchers at MIT have shown that it’s possible to wirelessly power a 60-watt lightbulb sitting about two meters away from a power source.”

Put Your Hands on the Radio

Personal Infrastructure

Treating the electric with the electric. The boundary between the brain and the environment seems to be permeable.

“A device that specifically targets rapidly growing cancer cells with intermediate frequency electrical fields — called Tumor-Treating Fields (TTFields) — doubled the survival rates of patients with brain cancer, according to a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal article.”

Global Incident Map

The World Right Now

A little bit of a product brought to you by those who profit in times of fear, but so is your local newspaper, I guess.

“A global display of terrorism and other suspicious events.”

Consciousness Moves

Personal Infrastructure

I’m pretty sure Philip K. Dick already wrote this.

“Tel Aviv University scientists have shown that it is possible to store rudimentary memories in an artificial culture of live neurons.”

New Worlds Born of War

Personal Infrastructure

This is, alas, how humanity progresses.

“Arredondo lost his hand following an IED explosion in Iraq and is now able to use the the i-Limb which has finger ‘joints’ that act like natural fingers.”


The World Right Now

Our dreams right now.

“Gaia’s Dreams is an experiment based on Carl Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious. It is designed to gather and analyze collective dream quality and content, and to provide reports on emerging trends based on aspects of those dreams.”

Chipped Luggage

The World Right Now

This one needs government approval, but is the kind of high volume market that would further drive the deployment of an environment you can sense.

“RFID Limited is currently marketing its chipped luggage tags to airline industries as a means of reducing human error and decreasing the amount of luggage lost in transit. Additionally, the company is adding a dash of glitz and glamor to its BagChipElite lineup, which will reportedly be designed to match luggage crafted by the likes of “Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton.”

More Sun SPOTs

Personal Infrastructure

The money app is gaming, but check out the personal infrastructure angle.

“Ritter also described how he added a cool P5 data glove that can be used to control a mouse pointer on a PC. The glove had to be customized to work with the Sun SPOT: Ritter added two perpendicular gyroscopes, and then the Sun SPOT was attached to the back of the glove using velcro. In Ritter’s experience, a refresh rate of 1/25 sec is optimal for smooth mouse movement. However he also confirmed that the data glove is not yet a viable replacement for a mouse since it needs to be calibrated for each user.”

Rapid Prototyping of Technologies for Awareness

The World Right Now

SunSpot is Sun Microsystems’ technology program for small, wireless sensors for many applications. Here’s a recent example from their web site documenting different applications of the technology – think about this as how easy to actually build something that can tell you more about the world around you.

“So starting Friday morning, we built a rocket, embedded 2 Sun SPOTs in “Space Shuttle” vehicles, wrote the ground-telemetry software (in Java), developed some Sun SPOT antenna extenders and documented the whole thing from start to finish. The result? We launched two (redundant) Sun SPOTs on a single rocket that streamed light, temperature and acceleration data live over the radio to the ground stations that were busy plotting the data.”