Lisa Talia Moretti You may not know, but your phone does...

Great read.... To add to this, I think one of the most important things apps will do in the future is the ability to suggest things we haven't thought of or have forgotten.


You're nearly out of milk. Your phone knows you've run out of milk cause at the check-out counter at the supermarket you scanned all the items on your phone and then hit the "Pay for it button" and then paid for all your items with your phone. So now, your phone knows how much that 2L bottle of milk weighs. So every time you take it out the fridge to use for cereal or tea your phone knows you've taken it out the fridge because of the GPS sensor on your phone and all the other data about the milk that was contained in the barcode when you scanned it.

So you're walking down the street, completely unaware that you're nearly out of milk but your phone knows... so as soon as you pass a supermarket it lets you know that you should probably buy some more milk because you're approximately two cups of tea away from running out of milk.
Posted: 28 April 2011 at 11:12

Lisa Talia Moretti RE: You may not know, but your phone does...

Another scenario could be...

You pass a H&M and your phone beeps letting you know that it's your friend's birthday in two days time and she loves H&M (you're connected in the social networking world which lists all her favourite brands). And your friend saved a particular cardigan on her fashion page which she hasn't bought yet and the store has the same cardigan in your friend's size. No one has bought your friend this cardigan yet --- would you like to buy it for her?

In the future, men will have no excuses for buying their wives/girlfriends the wrong gift =)
Posted: 28 April 2011 at 11:13

John Whillier Open season for abuse?

We would need to eliminate abuse by spam merchants and the like, otherwise users will disable these links. How many will have (already have?) "back doors" inserted by national security agencies for big brother monitoring and control?
Posted: 28 April 2011 at 11:21

Doug Vining Cars are computers too

It's interesting to see cars getting more and more software, not only to improve their efficiency and operation, but also to integrate into our increasingly connected lifestyles. In fact, the next problem is going to be stopping hackers taking control of your car!

I guess car-jacking will have an entirely different meaning in 2020.
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Posted: 28 April 2011 at 13:35

Wolfgang Grulke Love the IBM video!!!

Great graphics and down-to-earth commentary - the MindBullet is not bad either - well done!
Posted: 3 May 2011 at 18:08

Doug Vining The internet of flying things

Now there's a flight recorder for your personal drone. Not only does it record and send telemetry about the flight, but it's also connected to the internet. So your friends can see where you're flying.

"'Both Amit and I have been flying quadcopters for recreational purposes for a long time now, and we always wondered why can’t we see and play with one another and with other drone hobbyists. It felt like there’s a whole social dimension that is currently missing,' explains Yariv Bash, who, along with his co-founder, Amit Regev, conceived of the idea behind Flytrex Live."
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Posted: 14 August 2014 at 12:57

Doug Vining Emerging technology the focus for 2015

Even the World Economic Forum is taking a hard look at the impact of emerging technologies on the future, and particularly the internet of everything. This quote sums it up for me:

"Connecting one object to every other object will not necessarily transform the way we live or do things. It is by connecting things to processes, and then using the resulting data to change the way we behave – that is where you will see a dramatic shift. The Internet of Things will be the foundation, but it will be the business models on top of it that will change our lives."
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Posted: 5 January 2015 at 09:59

Doug Vining Snap-To-It

Here's a great idea for connecting your phone to the internet of things. Just snap a picture of the device and the cloud service identifies the device, and connects you to it. Hence Snap-To-It.
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Posted: 25 January 2016 at 17:00
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