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28 hours with a Pebble Smartwatch

I decided I wanted to be on the forefront of the Smartwatch revolution. For all practical purposes, I’m late. I now own a Pebble Smartwatch and intend to develop apps for it.

My first 28 hours were a delight.

It fits nicely. And naturally tells the date and time.


I can pay for my coffee by scanning that bar code (under the birds).


And the watch gives me directions without my eyes leaving the road.

These are the early days of smartwatches. Essentially we are seeing the proof of concept and the vetting of the potential for these devices. And the potential is huge!

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I live in your future

I am living in the future. The future is now. Most people are living in the past. Those who use words such as "glasshole" simply are adverse to change or do not have the vision to see that we will all be using such technologies soon or be relegated to the non-trainable generation often associated with grandparents. I used text messaging aggressively before it was vogue. My family organized our lives and social schedules with T9 SMS while those around me decried "put your phone down." Little did they know how active and involved my life was because of those texts. Today those same people we see typing away endlessly and making fewer phone calls. Five years before it took off, I begged for using technology, such as iPads, as learning tools in our schools. People shunned my suggestions stating, "that will never happen." Now politicians are running on platforms based on getting tablet computers into every students’ hands.

There are many futures I have missed either from lack of skills, such as mechanical engineering, lack of money, or lack of time. For instance, I’ve missed the 3-D printing revolution. I’ll be a participant but as one who lived in the past. 3-D printers have come. Commonplace 3-D printers, like our now disposable inkjet printers, will soon be in everyone’s homes.

I am participating in one of your futures. I very much participate in the Internet of Things which connects our physical world to the virtual world. Today I installed a Nest Protect which is a smoke and carbon monoxide detector far more sophisticated, yet kept incredibly simple, than traditional smoke alarms. The Nest Protect speaks in addition to its alarm so if you have several in the house, they all go off via wireless interconnection and speak the problem location, "smoke detected in the hallway" or "carbon monoxide danger in the den." The Nest Protect has motion detection so it turns on a night light when someone moves under it. This motion detector talks to our Nest Learning Thermostat so that the thermostat can automagically adjust the temperature in the house based on whether or not people are home. Both the Nest Protect and Nest Thermostat are connected via the Internet to my cell phone so that I can set the temperature of the house while I’m anywhere in the world, I can know the home is safe, and I know when there is activity in the house.

Another one of your futures that I am participating in is the Quantified Self. I use the accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, GPS and other sensors in my various devices to track myself. Those living the past reactive with "creepy" and "loss of privacy" but I am enhanced. The quantified self has memory beyond the fallible human mind. My applications tell me exactly where I was and when. I never have to ponder, "what was I doing last Thursday?" My health is improved because I am aware via the tracking of my self. Loss of privacy? Not really but that’s a different post. Join me in your future! It’s a neat place.

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Technologies to come

Someone titled this "Microsoft’s Vision for 2019" I don’t know if that is true or not. What I do know is that much of what is presented in this video is already in the works. I’ve seen some of it demo’d. I know we have the technology to be deploying some of it today but necessary infrastructure improvements and profit margins stand in the way. For instance, if Nokia has a plan to release version A B C D and E of a phone there is a good chance that while were are using version A that B C D and E are in the works if not already developed. If B and E were developed at the same time Nokia could sell E but would miss out on all the profits by release B then waiting awhile to release C and awhile longer to release D and so forth. It doesn’t make fiscal sense to jump ahead. If money were not the issue and the technology improvements were solely about the advancement of society, you can bet we’d jump from A to E.

2019 is too far away. We need these technologies today! Freeze me and wake me in 100 years.

Update: Take a look at how AT&T envisioned the future back in 1993. Pretty amazingly on the nose!

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Orweillian of the Day

All those cameras and now "give us your keys."

People in the UK who encrypt their data are now obliged by law to give up the encryption keys to law enforcement officials…[Source]

Note: I have not confirmed the above against any other sources.

Per capita there are more surveillance cameras in the UK than any other country in the world…

The average city dweller can expect to be captured on film every five minutes…

Source, UK Something to watch over us, BBC News