Wearables & Sensors Big #2
at “All Things Digital” conference
from Forbes Magazine 6/13 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz
Google’s Sundar Pichai (SP) is certainly no stranger to wearable technology. He runs Google’s Android division, but his company is famously experimenting with Google Glass — that hundreds of people are now wearing to be able to view the web or get directions without picking up their phone or send & receive Tweets or Facebook messages by looking through the small lens on a glasses-like device they wear. SP went beyond wearables, suggesting that the windows and other glass in our homes could someday be replaced with glass panes that do double-duty as display screens. “To me, it’s obvious that you’re going to see a lot computing around you, not just on you,” he said.
iPhone call Home er control Home !!!
Alex Hawkinson the founder of SmartThings, showed off an “under $200 kit that would enable you to control Sensor-equipped devices from a Smart-phone. Hawkinson demonstrated using the phone to unlock a door, turn on a coffee pot & to program a light to turn on automtically when a cabinet door was opened. The kit consists of a Wireless Router & inexpensive Sensors that attach to various things in the home. The feature we all need is the one that lets you glance at your phone to find out if you locked your door.
from Fantasyland & Football Fields
Even Disney and the San Francisco 49ers are big on wearable technology. Tom Staggs who runs Disney’s theme parks, showed off Disney’s MagicBand – a wrist-strap that serves as your admissions ticket, electronic wallet & park ID. You can use it to arrange an experience within the park or — as an option — to let a Disney character automatically know your child’s name.
The 49ers don’t have a wrist band but the team’s CEO, Jed York, who shared the stage with Sony said: “We want to be a software-driven stadium, not a hardware-driven stadium.”
In addition to talk about Sensors & Wearables, there was plenty of discussion about Tablets & Smartphones, but hardly a word was spoken about PCs. They are oh so yesterday with the more mobile revolution going on.
Comments: What do you think of this? Do you have any ideas for this type of technology?