23 big impact technologies by 2022.

Predicting stuff is hard, especially when is comes to digital technologies. However, by looking at the 23 technologies listed below I don’t think the list is far off. This particular list was created by 9 technical leaders of the IEEE Computer Society who symbolically surveyed 23 potential technologies that could change the landscape of computer science and industry by the year 2022. They might be missing out on a few things like Virtual Reality and a Financial protocol though.

You can find the full report here, and I’ve listed the technologies here divided in 4 categories: Schermafbeelding 2014-09-29 om 09.21.30

Aspirational: Kirsten Dunst vs the selfie generation

Mobile’s 40-Year Awakening in 90 Seconds

Today, there are over 7 billion active mobile devices in existence. In its relatively short time here on Earth, the mobile device has, and continues to, transform our lives. Drawing from World Bank data, this is a visualization of the rise of invention in mobile phone technology.

Bitcoin: the Internet of Money

Great presentation about Bitcoin (with a capital B) by the Winklevoss brothers

How Technology becomes Nature

Technology has become a inseparable part of life. This is not something specific for digital technology, but this goes back to the stone age. From stone-axes to smartphones, technology has always been an extension of the human. Yet, despite the our relationship with technology, most of us are still relatively unaware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted or discarded within our society.

In this TED-talk Koert van Mensvoort (director of the Next Nature Network; an Amsterdam based think and design tank on the changing relation between people, nature and technology and sort of the Dutch Kevin Kelly) shows how technology becomes nature in seven steps and what engineers, inventors, designers and entrepreneurs can learn from that. This talk is based on a very interesting essay Pyramid of Technology. Here’s a link to the essay that also contains a great infographic style image of the presented seven steps.

The Internet of Things Meets the Connected Car

Our friends at Telematics Update added significantly to VINT’s own IoT research by conducting a live poll to an audience of 300+ telematics professionals. Three burning questions were posed as the Internet of Things meets the Connected Car. Afterwards, three renowned industry experts from Nissan, Ericsson and Continental commented on the results.

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Smart City
Smart city would have got my vote. Automated driving is an interaction between the infrastructure and the city and the vehicle and the ability for real time data exchange will be an enabler for lots of new functionality.
– Joerg Lutzner, Head of Services & Commercial Vehicles, Continental

Safer Driving
The survey results don’t surprise me. Smart city can offer a lot to the connected car but I think we should also consider the other items. Health and the ability – especially now as wearables are becoming more and more common – to assess a person’s health and whether they are appropriate to drive at that point of time; whether they are suffering stress at that point of time; could the car change its characteristics to better suit the person’s feelings? This potentially has knock on effects to safer driving.
– Ian Digman, General Manager Product Planning, Nissan

Completely New Ways
It’s hard to predict the future but it’s interesting. I mean, the question is what industry has the most to offer the connected car, but it is also interesting to see, what does the connected car have to offer in return to the smart city? And I think this is going to be in ways that we haven’t really thought about yet.
– Magnus Lundgren, Head of Connected Vehicle Cloud, Ericsson

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How Will We Get Monetisation Work?
Personally I think privacy concerns could be solved by monetisation. I guess that’s how the smartphone manufacturers solved the problem. You give a lot back to the consumer and they give up the privacy. The key here is, how are you going to get monetisation working? How are you actually going to make money out of this in the new Internet of Things when people start sharing cars or selling transport?
– Magnus Lundgren, Head of Connected Vehicle Cloud, Ericsson
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Connected Objects are Physical Avatars for Digital Services

m1mxswxafgtd_wd1280From a consumer perspective the internet of things is about connecting the objects around us and adding some kind of digital layer to interact with. Increasingly, stuff like our thermostats, coffee makers and store displays will have a digital interface to interact with.

To design these internet of things user experiences we can look at connected objects as physical avatars to tie a digital service to a real world context. 

Apple’s iBeacon and excited retailers
A lot of interest is going towards Apple’s iBeacons. iBeacons are Apple’s implementation of Bluetooth beacon technology. Simply put, it’s a low-energy chip enclosed in a small plastic housing. The beacon can only send data and is generally used to just broadcasts micro-location data.

Retailers are excited about their in-store actions and advertisements becoming more location-aware. Say your in a store and looking to buy a new camera and you stop and look at a specific model. The store’s app on you’re iPhone will then receive the location data from the iBeacon and pull up a discount coupon or more specs about the product hoping that doing so will prompt you to buy it.

So Beacons are somewhat similar to the concept of URLs for the physical world. However, there are much more options here.

Nearables: tying the physical to the digital
A year ago I wrote about a company called Estimote. Back then they just launched their beacon product line with a strong focus on retail. One year later I think Estimote leveled up a notch in the way they think, but also considering their new product: beacon technology in a sticker.

Estimote calls them ‘nearables’ and they are just that. The stickers are avatars to digital functionality and services and become active if the user context is right. [Read more...]

Netflix wants to conquer the world

Last week Netflix was launched in Belgium. Sander Duivestein was asked by the television program Terzake for his opinion.

IT Tomorrow – Internet of Things

Last week Sander Duivestein was a guest in the new Dutch internet television program “IT Tomorrow”. He talked about the Internet of Things.

Internet of Things – New Paradigm for Business

The Internet of Things isn’t coming soon…It’s already here. IOT is real. It’s inevitable. It’s huge. Is your business ready for the connected world?