Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Oh, Is That The Internet You're Wearing?

I can see it now...
[Enter Dream Sequence] 'ALOHA! We're here at the Red Carpet Event at the 2021 Web Movie Awards! All the stars are here wearing the latest in fashion trends. Oh, here comes DigiTom wearing his underarm sweat blocker shirt that also calculates how much moisture he is losing and how many ounces of water he needs to replace that sweat. Cool stuff. Ah, and here comes Hank Hologram and what is amazing is how his shoes continue to change colors depending on his mood. Ooop...With all those screams, it must be super director Steve Streamer who has 500 little HHDD cameras sown into his clothes and he is making a live action movie of this event!' Can't wait to see who plays me!'

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Wearables are one of the hottest trends pushing the Internet of Things. Many of us are familiar with the sensor bracelet things that keeps track of steps, distance, calories burned and all the things a pedometer used to do. But now there are sensors stitched in to our actual clothing! Nike recently patented a shirt that provides 'enhanced body position feedback.'  Basically you are wearing your coach as an outfit. It is a wearable instruction shirt that helps improve an athlete’s form or body positioning.

A Korean artist has released a kinetic wearable, Metamorphosis, which features a woman’s dress and man’s blazer that detect when you’re drunk. When consuming alcohol, the shoulders on the dress expand and transition between different colors, while the collar on the blazer rise to hide the wearer’s face. The dress is designed to show how a female’s confidence increases when consuming alcohol but the blazer hides the male when it senses too much alcohol on his breath. I'm not incoxitated ossifer!

A Brazilian designer has won an award for her lingerie that illuminates when touched. While not yet in production, there are micro sensors built into the bras and underwear and brings the red light district into your own home.

And of you think these are one-offs, this October in Portland there will be FashioNXT’s first annual Wearable Technology Fashion Competition. They are looking at ways to bring wearables into mainstream adoption with the focus on ensuring the technology blends into the essence of the clothing.

To top it all off, there is an interesting article about the 5 psychological challenges facing wearables. It is about behavior change technology and if these apps can actually change what a person does. The 5 challenges include:
  • Apathy - if you're not motivated to change, it doesn't matter.
  • Simplicity vs. Complexity - You can’t just shove complex psychology into an app and expect an incredible user experience.
  • Personalization vs. Scale - Psychology is generally applied in a clinical setting, with the best results from 1:1 interactions & does not scale.
  • Relapse - The process of anticipating/preventing relapse is integral to lasting behavior change. This important step is almost always overlooked in technologies
  • Integration with Real Life - There exists a natural barrier between doing something on your phone and taking action in real life.
With 82% of American wearable tech users believing that it has enhanced their lives, I'm sure this is just the beginning of the Wearable Internet.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Internet of Food

baidu-chopsticks-smart For those of you who like to post food pictures, this is something I can see being a benefit. Smart Chopsticks! Yup, you heard that right. Soon you'll be able to poke that dim sum and know if the food is tainted. Baidu, China's internet giant, unveiled them at their annual conference last week. While not ready for the mass market, Baidu says the chopsticks can detect oils containing unsanitary levels of contamination. They predict that you'll be able to detect the origin of oil and water and other foods...and whether they’ve spoiled and their nutritional content. You can hook them up to a smartphone to capture the content.

They have a video which shows them dipping the chopsticks in olive oil and getting a 'good' reading and then doing the same with recycled oil and getting a 'bad' reading. As of today, the chopsticks only measure the freshness of cooking oil but future chopsticks also will be able to measure PH levels, temperature and calories.

Of course I did a little digging to see what other utensil type things have gotten smarter.

At CES 2013, Hapi Labs shared their Hapi Fork. A little bigger that your regular fork but after a charge, it'll monitor how many bites of food you take and at what rate. If you try to stuff your mouth with more than 1 bite every 10 seconds, the fork will vibrate to tell you to slow down. With USB, you can upload the data to track your eating or share with friends along with the plate in front of you. How about an instrument which tells you when you're about to bite the inside of your mouth?

Then we got the Smart Cup, which counts the number of liquid calories you are two-fisting. Vessyl is a cup designed to automatically determine what’s been poured into it and track what you’re drinking in real-time. Whatever you pour into it, coffee, soda, juice, the sensors break it down to the molecular level to identify the beverage. It can even differentiate brands. Imagine the Pepsi Challenge in the one of these. It gives calorie count plus total grams of sugar, fat, protein, sodium and caffeine. You then connect to the app and it stores the drink along with making suggestions on healthier choices. Bad Bourbon...but so good.

I know there are already smart refrigerators but I wonder what they'll be in the future. I was thinking about a fridge that had Rubik's cube type inside and based on whatever the sensors pick (smelly, past date, UPC, recall, whatever), those cubes move to the front so you can see what's about to spoil or needs to be eaten. How many times have you pulled a few things out and suddenly seen the science experiment covered in plastic wrap?

This Internet of Things is branching in so many directions and it's interesting, at least to me, just how many items are starting to get sensors. The food supply has had it's share of recalls, contaminations, cover ups and other challenges and smart utensils really could be a life saver for some people, especially with food allergies. For me, it would be pretty cool to stick some food to find out if there is any lactose in it and then predict how soon I'll be bending over in stomach pain.

That's smart.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Breach of Things

Yet another retailer has confessed that their systems were breached and an untold number of victims join the growing list of those who have had their data was stolen. This one could be bigger than the infamous Target breach. I wonder if some day we'll be referring to periods of time by the breach that occurred. 'What? You don't remember the Target breach of '13! Much smaller than the Insert Company Here Breach of 2019!' Or almost like battles of a long war. 'The Breach of 2013 was a turning point in the fight against online crime,' or some other silly notion.

On top of that, a number of celebrity's private photos, stored in the cloud (of course), were privately stolen. I'm sorry but if you are going to take private pictures of yourself with something other than a classic Polaroid, someone else will eventually see them.

Almost everything seems breach'able these days. Last year, the first toilet was breached. The one place you'd think you would have some privacy has also been soiled. Add to that televisions, thermostats, refrigerators and automobiles. And a person's info with a dangerous hug. Companies are sprouting up all over to offer connected homes where owners can control their water, temperature, doors, windows, lights and practically any other item, as long as it has a sensor. Won't be long until we see sensational headlines including 'West Coast Fridges Hacked...Food Spoiling All Over!' or 'All Eastern Televisions Hacked to Broadcast old Gilligan's Island Episodes!'

As more things get connected, the risks of a breach obviously increase. The more I thought about it, I felt it was time to resurrect this dandy from 2012: Radio Killed the Privacy Star for those who may have missed it the first time. Armed with a mic and a midi, I belt out, karaoke style, my music video ‘Radio Killed the Privacy Star.’ Lyrics can be found at Radio Killed the Privacy Star.

Enjoy.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

VMworld 2014 – That’s a Wrap

I wrap it up from VMworld 2014. Special thanks to F5ers Bill Church, Brandon Frelich, Nathan Pearce, Calvin Rowland, Paul Pindell & Kent Munson for their guest appearances. A special thanks to Andrew Berenato of AirWatch and thanks to Lars, Natasha, Jay and Robert for helping with the cinematography. Also check out VMworld 2014 - Best Partner Solution in the Cloud Automation Category Award video jointly produced by F5 and VMware.

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VMworld 2014 – F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator (feat Munson)

Kent Munson, F5 Principal Solution Engineer, explains why the F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator won Best Partner Solution – VMworld 2014 – in the Cloud Automation category. The F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator provides automation, management, and orchestration of BIG-IP atomic actions within vCO workflows. Kent shares what it is, what it does and the benefits for VMware administrators everywhere.

 

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VMworld 2014 – From VDI to EUC: The End User Computing Timeline (feat Pindell)

Paul Pindell, F5 Biz Dev Solution Architect, takes us over to the Whiteboard Kitchen to talk about the history of the F5/VMware EUC collaboration, walks through the timeline of the cool integrated solutions over the years and gives a glimpse of the upcoming F5 EUC alliance roadmap. Paul has been a frequent guest and always provides interesting insight to all things VMware.

 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

VMworld 2014 – F5 & VMware Alliance (feat Rowland)

Calvin Rowland, F5 VP Business Development, talks about the F5 & VMware partnership and brings us up to date on some of the latest developments. He also explains the criticality of technology alliances in today’s application driven world along with F5’s philosophy and guiding principles around technology alliances. Integration, collaboration and interoperability. We aim to satisfy business needs with architectural and technical solutions. Great insight and a fun interview.

Also check out our first video together almost 5 years ago. We haven’t aged a day: Oracle OpenWorld - Interview with Calvin Rowland

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