New Scientist has an article and video showing how astronauts can get helping hand from soccer ball robots.
Consumer electronics are the core of these robots as part of the NASA SPHERES project.
The goal here is to have robots take over repetitive or high risk tasks, freeing up the astronauts to work on higher value efforts. We’ll likely see much more down to earth examples of this in business and homes before the end of the decade.
My Slate7 arrived today. This is HP’s venture into a 7” Android tablet. Here is a picture of the box it came in:
As well as a picture of the Slate itself:
Sorry for the quality of the JPGs I just snapped them with my phone. The device itself seems very solid. One of the first things it installed was GoogleNow, so it is definitely running some of the latest Android software. I wish I could make a longer blog post, but you know how it is when you have new technology in the house.
Yesterday, the newest Enterprise 20/20 chapter, Mobility 20/20 went live! This chapter offers a glimpse of a world in which enterprise IT is increasingly shaped by consumer trends and everything—people, companies, governments, and, of course, household objects—is connected.
Yesterday, I met with a number of technologists and educators from North Texas (Interlink) to discuss the changes that educators need to prepare for in their high school and college curricula. It was a lively discussion and reminded me of the issues IT organizations have in determining where to encourage their people to develop themselves and prepare the organization for the future...
I was talking yesterday to a professional futurist about the workplace of the future. We started off with the question “How do you think the workplace has evolved/changed over the last 10-15 years?”
I thought there has been an interesting merger of entertainment and work over the years with more gamification (Entertainment as work) and work taking place everywhere (work as entertainment). The days of sitting on a plane or train and resting are over – working is almost always an option.
We are well on our way to move from discrete devices to personal ecosystems that support our sensory, communications and entertainment needs. For example: 15 years ago, we would use MapQuest to print out a map before driving somewhere we’ve never been before. It was soon replaced by low cost discrete devices like a TomTom or Garmin. Today, I can do all that on my Android phone. It is less than a commodity, directions are a side effect of other tools I use.
My phone now knows when I am in the car and I can make it change its behavior for that environment, with little or no thought on my part. It can use the cars speakers… This shift to an integrated environment view rather than a product specific view is fundamental and well underway and will expand out to hotel rooms, conference rooms… rather than just my home office or car.
Another big shift that I’ve seen is the use of a whole communications arsenal instead of just email. 15 years ago, email was considered cool and new to some people – I think I had my first email account in the early 80s. Now it is recognized in its rightful role as a conduit of workflow and information… The synchronous phone call is almost an imposition not the mainstay of collaboration of a few years ago. Now hybrid tools (Lync as an example) is unifying communications, bridging between the asynchronous IM (r u there?) and buffering, yet supporting the interruption required for synchronous voice and video. With consumerization, we have those same capabilities in our personal lives now too (and they may even be better) and with a smart phone available all the time..
Personalization is common. We have come to expect that websites know we’ve been there before. With 3D printing, I can make what I want when I want it. Some of the cottage industry mentality has come back, allowing people to do what they want to do, at home.
What do you see as the biggest shift? I’ll try and put a post about some of the ways I see it shifting in the future soon, as well the effect on IT.