Mobile Twin Cities – Beyond Mobile

curtCurt gave one of his usually insightful presentations – thank you!!  His presentation took us  to the future – it is not clear how quickly this future will come, but most likely it will still catch up by surprise.

Curt’s main emphasis was on connected devices – not just mobile phone, but mobile device as a part of something else, more physical than virtual.  The presentation is available by texting ROMO to 75309.

I found a few points below particularly interesting.  Maybe it explains why that so much awaited “year of mobile” has not quite come yet…  Mobile is a part of something else, rather than a goal in itself.

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One of the most interesting points from the Curt’s presentation is the fact that even if B-to-C devices are expected to popularize the concept, the B-to-B industries will benefit the most.  The ability to adjust lighting and heat remotely in somebody’s home does not have as much value as managing the same aspect of an office center or a shopping mall.

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Another interesting point is the expectation of hardware-based revolution.  So far, most of the activities happened in the software engineering.  The next generation of the entrepreneurs could be engineers that create physical devices with the heart of mobile “computer” that is already available, understood, and can be added as a “command center” of the new tool or a toy.

Could it be the step in the direction of “pervasive sensing” and devices that take actions based on the sensor’s data?  Future is always interesting to watch.

A device allowing to evaluate content of the food with a sensor and a mobile phone

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A device allowing to detect level of radiation with a sensor and a mobile phone

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A “camera ball” – relatively simple device comparing to existing alternatives allowing to view situation in a dangerous or hazardous location

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A variation on a “personal drone” with possible uses of photography and geographic explorations

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An app for managing home appliances.  It is reasonably useful for individuals, but the industrial version of a piece of equipment (sensor) and an app is much more powerful application of the same idea.

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Curt shared an interesting point: 3/4 of people on Black Friday made purchases from the mobile site rather than an app.   My guess, the main conclusion is the flexible state of current consumer/mobile/shopping evolution.

Curt also demonstrated a few interesting mobile approaches, which are fun, useful and innovative.

A useful application of augmented reality

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A very interesting visual translation app

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“Coin” an electronic container for many credit cards – actually, quite attractive…  when it will be widely used 😉

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