Futurology Math: The Birth of ‘Second world’

April 9, 2007

Ok, a little bit of futurology for you…..Every now and then I will put a few company’s products together and come up with some predictions about the near future, in terms of what products, services and technology will be needed or might emerge.

Today’s Equation:

Secondlife + PS3 Home + (VirtualEarth * Crytek engine) + Cardspace =

Lets start with video-conferencing. At a high level, video conferencing simply provides a window into another place in the world through the internet. High-quality video and audio then provide a fairly emersive environment for people to talk, collaborate and socialise without needing to be physically next to one another.Video calls today are almost always ‘active’ experiences, where the call is initiated much like a phone call, with a specific purpose and requiring the immediate attention of the other callee(s).

unc office of the future

So imagine if video conferencing could become a ‘passive’ experience in some way, where the video/audio connection to that other place in the world is constantly open, and so it now becomes your choice whether to passivley watch it, or actively interact with people on the otherside….

Lets explore an example; imagine if two coffee shops could have displays spanning a whole wall, each set up as digital window into the other, with sound and video mirrored both ways (similar to UNC’s inevitable “office of the future” concept above). Would this simply be another marketting gimmick to help Starbucks force more mocha-lattes into you, or could it actually have a use? Read the rest of this entry »


The death of the mouse, by Apple

March 22, 2007

The Mouse (1972-2008)

So, all of the major players (incl MS) are now looking toward making touch devices that interact more like physical objects than computers; i.e. the traditional pen + paper, blackboard or fridge scenario.

Why is this happening? I think the quick answer is that hardware and software have come to the point where touch/pen/voice interactions are possible at the speed that consumers expect. But perhaps a more subjective answer would be that consumers have growing expectations of simplicity and speed when it comes to computers, and perhaps the market has started to show this, and maybe this is why we see hardware and software companies now clammering to react. Read the rest of this entry »


If Digg did debates…

March 13, 2007

Digg debates banner
Everyone is moaning about Digg not having a Picture section, so I thought I’d weigh-in on the feature request posts…. Why Digg should do a debates section? Read the rest of this entry »


Futurology Math: Windows is a social network?

March 10, 2007

Ok, a little bit of futurology for you…..Every now and then I will put a few company’s products together and come up with some predictions about the near future, in terms of what products, services and technology will be needed or might emerge.

Today’s Equation:

SharpCast + Microsoft HomeServer + Orb Networks =

Imagine everything you have on your computer is backed up, automatically. You set it up once, and your files are backed up to your home server in your closet, and then onto remote storage supplied by a company selling raw storage in a storage facility. This is something that MS Home server will allow you to do when it ships this year. Read the rest of this entry »


Futurology Math: Google Earth on steroids

March 9, 2007

Ok, a little bit of futurology for you…..
Every now and then I will put a few company’s products together and come up with some predictions about the near future, in terms of what products, services and technology will be needed or might emerge.

Today’s Equation:

Microsoft VirtualEarth + Photosynth + Vexel Inc + Seadragon =

Errrr……equals Microsoft?! The first two are Microsoft, the last two were acquired by them.

Seadragon were acquired by MS for their technology which allows for incremental streaming of images. So when you are zoomed out of an image, you have only streamed the low res parts, and as you zoom in, more and more detail of the section you can see is streamed to you. Read the rest of this entry »


“Computer, where are my nail clippers”

March 1, 2007

thoughts on voice recognition for computers

Why Voice? Voice doesn’t make sense in so many areas, particularly in the office cube or even the home office. Key to a company’s success in this area will be understanding where this is best used, but more importantly, where people are most comfortable with using it. Read the rest of this entry »


Scoble has alot to answer for…

January 15, 2007

So i am checking out blogging software, wordpress came up trumps purely because i can mess with the css for a reasonably small amount of cash. This foray into the blogging world was primarily spurned by watching a hideous amount of channel9 and podtech recently. If i continue with this, i will likely post an awkward mix of techie stuff, utopian politics rants and on odd occassion music reviews.

I have also been playing with Vista’s media center with democracy player and tvrss to download video for free in a sky-like fashion. Democracy player beats iTunes because it downloads feed based shows/podcasts via torrent as well as traditional http downloads that you do from websites. Anyways, i’ve subscribed to a whole bunch of shows this way including “the oc” and “heroes”. It’s kinda nice just turning on media centre and seeing what’s been downloaded for me…

random links
me.dium – an interesting attempt at making browsing a social experience.


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